J. Cole Says He Was So Confident He Would Get Nominated For A Grammy He Pushed Roc Nation To Release His Debut Album Before The Cut Off Date

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The 54th annual Grammy Awards is fast approaching. With just a few days left before the big event the Associated Press caught up with Best New Artist nominee J. Cole.


I feel blessed first and foremost, but I’m already back to work. I’m already on to the next one,” Cole told the AP. “I’m grateful for everything that happened, but I’m not satisfied. There’s still accomplishments that keep happening from the work that I put in last year and the last two, three years. The single goes platinum, the album goes gold…Grammy nomination. But those are just reminders of the work that I did. That’s in the past, I’m already on to the next move.


Cole was so confident in his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story and it’s lead single “Work Out” he made sure they were released before the Grammy deadline, because he felt like he had a shot.


“Around the time of Work Out I was like, ‘yo this is the single we gotta move.’ And everybody at the label [Roc Nation] knew we had to move, just like I knew ‘this is the one.'” he said. “Because I was telling my management and telling the label, ‘I have to beat the Grammy deadline. I gotta do it.’ If you look at the date my album came out like 2 days before the Grammy deadline. It’s because I knew, ‘Yo I got a shot.’ I thought my album was that good. But then the crazy thing is, even though I thought that when it was time for the Grammy announcements to come out I really, truly had already given up. I was like, ‘Ahh nah’ it didn’t feel right. I didn’t think they saw. I didn’t think anybody noticed or whatever, but they did.


Cole went on to give props to Nicki Minaj and Skrillex for being two hip hop influenced acts who are also nominated. Those three will be in competition with The Band Perry and Bon Iver for the trophy.


The 54th annual Grammy Awards airs Sunday, February 12, 2012 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS

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