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With his latest nominations, Mars ties for second place alongside Adele and Foo Fighters, who also garnered six nods a piece. "It feels incredible," he tells The BoomBox. "We locked ourselves in a [Los Angeles] studio not too far from here and worked on this album."
Of all of the categories in which he was nominated, winning awards for the album's second single would mean the most. "Especially 'Grenade,' of all the songs we've been fortunate to be a part of this year, we're definitely most proud of that one," he shares.
He's expecting to win, he admits jokingly, but above all else, he's pleased with the recognition. "This awards stuff is hard for me because Adele is incredible, Kanye West is incredible, so the fact that this album got recognized in the same category as them, I guess that's the craziest part," Mars divulges.
'Doo-Wops & Hooligans' has sold over 4 million copies to date, and has spawned the hits 'Just the Way You Are,' 'Grenade' and 'The Lazy Song.' Last year, Mars took home the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance award for 'Just the Way You Are' at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards air on CBS Feb. 12, 2012 at 8PM EST.
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