Lukas Graham Calls Three Grammy Nominations 'Phenomenal'

"I think when you come from such a marginalized community, you realize how lucky you are," frontman Lukas Forchammer tells Billboard.

A year ago, Lukas Graham had a life-changing recording session. In just three and a half hours, lead singer Lukas Forchhammer penned the platinum-selling hit “7 Years," blending his soulful vocals with folk acoustics. The song's standout lyrics track chronological milestones with lines like "Soon I'll be 60 years old/ Will I think the world is cold/ Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me."

The breakout hit landed the Danish band three Grammy nominations on Tuesday, for song of the year, record of the year and best pop duo/group performance. 

"I don’t know if people [from the modern world] are aware of how few artists write their own songs. … As a songwriter, being nominated for song of the year and record of the year is phenomenal. I couldn't have hoped for anything more,” Forchhammer told Billboard on Tuesday. “I became a father this year, so there’s nothing that can top [being a father], but right behind becoming a father, I got three Grammy nominations.”

Superstars including Beyoncé, Adele and Rihanna are also nominated for song of the year and record of the year, and nominees for best pop duo/group performance include The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, Rihanna featuring Drake, Sia featuring Sean Paul and Twenty One Pilots. The competition is quite steep, but Lukas Graham is simply grateful for the consideration. 

“Humility comes quite natural to me and the boys. … I remember walking a mile to the communal bath house and picking up wood for the stove in the winter time, I think when you come from such a marginalized community, you realize how lucky you are. … I am very, very humble about the fact that we get to do this because I know how many people dream about it and never get even close to touching it.”

Out of the three big nominations, Lukas Graham is most excited about the song of the year nod, which recognizes the writer of the song. Forchhammer planned to celeberate the Grammy nominations with his friends and family. “I think were gonna sit down the whole crew, the band with the family, and have a massive dinner and just drink a couple of glasses of wine and congratulate each other.

"The year isn’t over," he added. "We have a lot of work to do, but we can let loose a little bit tonight and celebrate the fact that we have three Grammy nominations. I don’t think anyone from our country has been nominated for three Grammys.”

Currently, the band is touring the United States and will be taking the stage Wednesday night (Dec. 7) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Be sure to tune in to the 2017 Grammy Awards Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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