There was plenty to celebrate during Wednesday night’s announcement of the 2009 Grammy nominations–except of course, for the snubbing of El Cangrí, Daddy Yankee–but nothing made me more psyched than Karina Pasian’s nod for Best Contemporary R&B album. The Dominican singer just turned 17, and her debut album, Karina, was released in August–and now she’s in the running for a Grammy against industry giants like Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo! Given my own excitement, I couldn’t even imagine how she was feeling. So I decided to call her and find out:
Congratulations on your nomination!
Thank you so much. I’m really, really excited.
Where were you when you first heard the news?
Well, I was doing my homework and we were watching the nominations
on TV. And we knew they weren’t going to announce every single category, but since I was pre-nominated for six of them my Dad had all my uncles over the house, and they all had drinks and stuff. I was like, ‘Dad, you could at least wait until we find out!’
When the show finished, they said the rest of the nominees would be listed online, so my sister checked and shouted “Karina’s nominated!” and I was like, “Oh my God, I’m nominated!” And I was like crying and screaming…the whole reaction was so amazing. Everyone in my house was cheering. We were throwing a party.
I bet you didn’t get back to your homework after that.
No, I really didn’t! [laughs]
You’re in pretty big company–Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo–how does it feel?
To me it’s just an honor–you know, knowing that there were other people that I was chosen over, basically. This is my first album and I’m only 17, and to get my first Grammy nomination is like a dream! I really feel like I’m living my dream right now.
Have you already started to think about who you’ll bring to the ceremony?
Yes, my entire family. I would really want to take them all.
I know it’s early, but have you thought about what you’ll wear?
I started thinking about that, too. Probably some designer like Versace, or Gucci [laughs]…I know I have some time to choose and check out what I’m going to wear. That’s gonna be fun.
What are you most proud of, in terms of what you’ve achieved with your debut album?
I’m just really proud of the fact that it’s reached a lot people. I get a lot of emails everyday, and comments on MySpace, from people who say that my songs have inspired them to sing or be more positive in life. I’m really just happy that I achieved that with this album, because that’s what I wanted to do.
Well you definitely achieved that and a whole lot more this year. Now if you had to make a resolution for 2009, what would it be?
Every time I make those I never keep them. But this is my senior year of high school, so it would probably have to do with that…graduating!