Rising artist Anderson .Paak says hard work and staying true to his vision and sound on his sophomore studio album, Malibu, contributed to his present status a first-time Grammy nominee.
"I think the reason why the album has such an impact is because it was honest and it was unique. In the climate that we're in right now, there's a lot of stuff that sounds the same. And I think what we put together was really unique, special and soulful, and it was true," Anderson tells Billboard.
"I think that helps it resonate with a lot of people," he adds.
Anderson tells the publication that even though winning a Grammy would be an unforgettable experience, "the journey is the reward."
"Winning a Grammy would help me always remember what it took to get something this special done," he says.
The "Come Down" artist is nominated for two 2017 Grammys in the categories of Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album. His song, "Am I Wrong," featuring ScHoolBoy Q, also is featured on the 2017 Grammy Nominees album.
The 59th Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, will be held February 12 in Los Angeles.
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