Melanie Fiona happy to be nominated
Published 29/01/2010 | 12:24
Melanie Fiona has insisted she already feels like a winner after being nominated for a Grammy Award.
The singer faces still competition in the Best Female RnB Vocal Performance category from Beyonce, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi and Lalah Hathaway.
"If I don't win the Grammy, that's OK because the company I'm in feels like a Grammy (win) already, and that's Beyonce - like I have to pay a lot more dues before I get to Beyonce's status," she said.
She went on: "I could say, 'You know what, yeah, she's going to win.' And also at the same time, I could be like, 'I had no idea I'd be Grammy-nominated.'"
Andrea Martin, a songwriter and producer who worked on Fiona's album, says the emotions in her nominated song It Kills Me could be compared to that of the trying economy - and that's why the song resonates with listeners.
"With the recession and everything right now there's more pain than happiness right now and I feel like that's the reason why It Kills Me is happening," said Andrea, who's written hits for Toni Braxton, Monica and Leona Lewis.
"When you don't have money, you lose your job, you break up with people ... I feel like It Kills Me explains it all," she added.