“I was overjoyed”: Mother and son each nominated for a Grammy

Mother and son each receive Grammy nomination

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A family of musicians has received not one but two Grammy nominations in different categories. Nnena Freelon has been nominated as Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her son, however, is up for Best Children’s Music Album.

“Time Traveler is a love letter,” Nnenna told CBS News of her album.

She said it’s dedicated to her late husband, Phil Freelon — the lead architect of The National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Music has the power to bring us on through,” she said.

Pierce Freelon, Nnenna and Phil’s son, was nominated for his album “Black To The Future. “

“I was overjoyed,” he said. He said, “When my mother was nominated for the award, it felt like I had lost it. It was almost like I could speak tongues in church. My tears were big and heavy. “

“How can I lose?” Nnenna added. My son winning a Grammy is my Grammy. “

Pierce Freelon said the two Grammy nominations are part of his father’s living legacy.

“And we honor that legacy when we do what he did.. put beautiful things out in the world that bring people together and heal,” he said.

Mark Strassmann


Mark Strassmann has been a CBS News correspondent since January 2001 and is based in the Atlanta bureau.

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