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Interview:
Southfield's Mike Posner thrilled by Grammy nomination
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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As fate would have it, Mike Posner was visiting his parents in Southfield when he got word of his Grammy Awards nomination for the prestigious Song of the Year.

It took a minute to sink in, however.

“The head of my record label (Island Records) called me pretty early, and I didn’t pick up ‘cause I was still kind of sleepy,” Posner, 28 -- who’s nominated for his single “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” from his sophomore album “At Night, Alone,” which came out May 6 -- recalled on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 6. “Then I looked at my phone and saw I had a lot of text messages, so I called him back and said, ‘What happened?’

“Then he told me and, yeah, it’s pretty surreal, man. It’s quite an honor.”

His mom’s reaction? “She just went, ‘Whoo!’” Posner said. “My dad goes, ‘You gonna be on TV?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I think so.’ Not today, though.”

The 59th Grammy Awards take place Feb. 12 in Los Angeles, where Posner now resides. Song of the Year, which honors songwriters rather than performers, is one of the four top categories, and Posner is nominated alongside songs by Adele, Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Lukas Graham. That’s heady competition, but the Birmingham Groves High School alumnus feels that he has as good a shot at winning as the others.

“The people that are in that category deserve to be there,” Posner said. “There were a lot of good songs this year. I’m not the only good writer, but I’m one of them. It feels good to be recognized by other writers and other musicians and producers and people that vote (for the Grammys) and have them telling me my stuff doesn’t suck. That’s nice to hear from your peers.”

Posner added that winning a Grammy, especially Song of the Year, has long been one of his career goals.

“I think about it every morning -- seriously,” he said. “I’m pretty good at making my goals happen. I wanted to play on Jimmy Fallon with the Roots; That happened. I wanted to finish the album; That happened. So (a Grammy) is on that list of things I want to do. What’s meat to be will be. If it doesn’t happen this time, I think it will another time, I really do.”

Posner is gearing up for some projects in the new year. A book of his poetry, “Teardrops and Balloons,” will be published March 24, and he has a new musical project called mansionz with fellow writer-producer blackbear.

Posner is one of several metro area Grammy nominees announced on Tuesday. Jack White landed four -- three (Best Rock Performance, Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Performance -- for his “Don’t Hurt Yourself” collaboration with Beyonce on her “Lemonade” album and Best American Roots Song for his composition “City Lights.” Michigan rock icon Iggy Pop was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for this year’s “Post Pop Depression,” and former St. Clair Shores resident Patti Smith’s audiobook “M Train” got a nod for Best Spoken Word Album.

Detroiter Tim Bowman Jr.’s “Listen,” meanwhile, was nominated for Best Gospel Album.

Beyonce led all nominees with nine, followed by Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West with eight each. The full list can be found at grammy.com.

Web Site: www.grammy.com

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