The nominations for the 61st annual Grammy Awards were revealed live on “CBS This Morning”, announced by Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Janelle Monae and Beats 1’s Zane Lowe.
In addition to announcing this year’s nominees, Monae and Mendes also received nominations, and they shared their reactions on live television.
“It was just really overwhelming,” said Mendes, who received two nominations, for Best Pop Vocal Album and Song of the Year for “In My Blood”. “My whole team is back there. It’s just amazing, honestly, it’s like… I don’t have very many words I can say about it. I’m kind of speechless… You kind of are not expecting it to feel so crazy and then you hear your name and it actually is super emotional.”
“I was waking up pretty much every hour on the hour,” Mendes later told Gayle King. “It’s nerve-racking. It is what it is. But it’s a really amazing day, though.”
Mendes also landed a shout-out from One Direction’s Niall Horan, who tweeted his congratulations:
Janelle Monae couldn’t hold back tears when her new album, Dirty Computer, received a nomination in the Album of the Year category.
“Oh my God, really?” she said. “This album is so much bigger than me,” she continued. “It’s not about me, it’s about a community of dirty computers, of marginalized voices. Being a young, black, queer woman in America. There was something that I had to say, and there was a group of people that I wanted to celebrate.”
While Alessia Cara didn’t receive any nominations, the 2018 New Artist of the Year winner offered praise to fellow nomination presenters Mendes and Monae: “It’s amazing. You guys both deserve it so much. And whatever happens, you deserve to be here.”
Other nominees shared their excitement on social media: