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Chuck Brown on his very first Grammy nomination

December 2, 2010 - 11:50 AM
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Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, received his very first Grammy nomination last night. When the news came down, he was asleep.

"Last night I went to a meeting at Metro—I met with some Metro employees and signed autographs, took pictures—and when I got home, I dozed off to sleep," Brown says. "Then, my grandson came running downstairs and woke me up and said, 'Pop pop, you're on TV! You've been nominated for a Grammy!'"

This year has been an amazing one for the 74-year-old Brown: He made his late night television debut, performing with the Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he gave a halftime show during a Redskins game, his hit "Bustin' Loose" was used in a television commercial, he released the triple-disc album package We Got This, and now, the Grammy nomination.

"It's the most wonderful thing ever," Brown says. "I never dreamed of this, I didn't even dream of this. This has been a great, great year—the greatest year of my career.

"After some 40 years in the business, running around and singing in different parts of the world, I never thought it would be like this," he continues. "I give all credit to God, my manager, and my family. My wife and children have been such an inspiration, so encouraging."

Although the Grammy ceremony isn't until February, Brown, known for his amazing sartorial choices, already has an idea of what he'll wear on the big night.

"I'm going to wear a tux," he says. "I have a bunch of suits, but I know I can't go wrong with a tux."

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