"It's an honor! I'm very excited!" she tells The BoomBox. "Especially this year because I feel like I had everything in place -- headlining a tour, great management, great team -- everything. I'm very proud of it all. As an artist everybody [wants to win a Grammy]. I definitely was aspiring to get to a level where I can be able to be nominated and hopefully one day win. We all are."
Although she's not picking favorites, getting the Best R&B Song nomination for 'Pieces of Me' was extra special because the song is her favorite track on the album. "Every interview I've had, they've asked, 'What's your favorite song on the album? [And I say 'Pieces of Me'], because it's so personable," states Ledisi, who was nominated in the Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album categories.
While on her first headlining tour this year, the singer got a chance to see the effect of her music firsthand, hearing audiences sing along to her lyrics, which sometimes brought her to tears. "To have the title track be acknowledged was huge because it's Ledisi," she shares. "Women [and] men love it. I love seeing men and women singing that song."
Also sharing in her joy is 'Pieces of Me' producer Chuck Harmony, who snagged his second back-to-back nomination in the Best R&B Song category. Having received a nod for Fantasia's 'Bittersweet' last year, Harmony noted that the second time is that much sweeter. "It feels good," he says. "I was telling my friend, last year I was uncertain, the nomination [for 'Bittersweet'] was nice but sometimes you feel like you luck up on something."
With a resume that includes working with Ne-Yo and Mary J. Blige, Harmony has become an expert in making hit records. His well-rounded experience proves the mark of a good R&B song is its substance. "I really feel like its really about the lyrical content of the song and the honesty of the songs," he reveals. "Both songs that I was nominated for were really, really honest songs and really, really honest production."
Up next, Ledisi will head out on the European leg of her Pieces of Me tour.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards air live on CBS Feb. 12, 2012 at 8PM ET.