Select musicians awoke around the world Tuesday morning (Nov. 28) to news that they’ve been nominated for a 2018 Grammy award. One of those fortunate few was songwriter Justin Tranter. Tranter is nominated under song of the year — a songwriters award — for “Issues,” sung and co-penned by frequent writing partner Julia Michaels.
“My dog woke me up earlier than normal, and I’m glad he did [because] there was about 40 texts freaking out,” Tranter tells Billboard. “I’m still in bed, in shock, texting with Miss Michaels, my publisher Katie, and I’ve called my parents 20 times.”
He continues: “This nomination means so much to me, because as a songwriter, song of the year is obviously highest honor. To be nominated for a song I co-wrote with my queen Julia is even more magical. And as queer person, I just hope that every young LGBTQ kid out there knows that our ideas are mainstream and our dreams can come true too! Even though it’s just a nomination, I’m still celebrating!”
This is Tranter’s first ever Grammy nomination for song of the year, though he has had part in penning an absurd amount of popular hits, for the likes of Michaels, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani and Hailee Steinfeld. “Issues” peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The 60th Grammy Awards are set for Sunday, Jan. 28, airing live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Additional reporting by Patrick Crowley.