Anderson .Paak on Grammy Nominations: 'I Believe the Journey Is the Reward'

Anderson .Paak
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Anderson .Paak performs at the NPR Showcase at Stubb's during South By Southwest on March 16, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

After the massive success of his 2015 sophomore studio album Malibu, singer/rapper/musician Anderson .Paak also earned two Grammy nominations, for best new artist and best urban contemporary album. 

"I think the reason why the album has such an impact is because it was honest and it was unique," he tells Billboard of Malibu's significance. "In the climate that we're in right now, there's a lot of stuff that sounds the same. And I think what we put together was really unique, special and soulful, and it was true. I think that helps it resonate with a lot of people."

Malibu hosted the neo-soul, ScHoolboy Q-assisted jam "Am I Wrong?," which led Billboard & Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart following its placement in Google's "Joy Ride by You, Phone by Google" ad. Features on the set also included BJ The Chicago Kid ("The Waters"), Rapsody ("Without You") and Talib Kweli ("The Dreamer"). 

"I believe the journey is the reward," .Paak continues. "Winning a Grammy would help me always remember what it took to get something this special done."

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