SR Exclusive: Anita Baker Says Grammy Nomination is "Shocking," Talks InspirationFri, Dec 07, 2012
â€śItâ€™s shocking,â€ť Baker told Singersroom about her latest Grammy nomination. â€ś I had no expectation. Itâ€™s shockingly beautiful at this point in my career. Itâ€™s a dichotomy of emotions; crazy lovelyâ€¦Itâ€™s saying you did Ok so stay in the lane.â€ť
She continues: â€śTo be nominated with my sister Beyonce and Ms. Fiona (who she calls little Melanie), and the other artsts nominated, Iâ€™ve already won. However it pans out Iâ€™m happy.â€ť
Baker insists she never aims for awards when she creates music and her forthcoming album is no different.
â€śI sing from inspiration, inspiration directs me,â€ť she adds. â€śIâ€™ve never been bold enough to try to say Iâ€™m going to create a song thatâ€™s going to be worthy of a Grammy or any accolades for that matter. To receive 16 nominations over 30 years is crazy, but it encourages me to stay true to my inspiration. Thatâ€™s always been my starting point.â€ť
She adds: â€śThat single [Lately], I cut that song four times before you ended up with what you hear now. As a result of this nomination weâ€™re going to give fans an additional remix
Anita Baker has stood the test of time and has maintained an integrity that is represented in her sound, work ethic and image. Her model stands as a testament to what individuality and expression creates and her sound is still as original as when she came on the scene in 1975 as a member of Chapter 8. With classic solo albums like 'The Songstress', 'Rapture' and 'Giving The Best That I Got', itâ€™s clear that everyone from established artists to new fans should pay attention to the jewels she continues to share in her career.
The 55th Grammy Awards will be held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013. CBS will televise the ceremony.
Congratulations Anita Baker.