By Linh Bui

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Countdown to the GRAMMY Awards. The biggest night in music happens this weekend. You can see it all live on WJZ.

Even more exciting–a Baltimore singer has been nominated.

Linh Bui talked to Maysa Leak just before she left for L.A.

Maysa Leak won’t “hold on” any longer. After 22 years in the music industry, the Baltimore singer finally has her first GRAMMY nomination.

“When you work hard at something forever and ever and ever, and it takes a long time sometimes to get there, and all you want is… I just want to live inside my dream. That’s what I’m doing right now. I’m living inside my dream,” Maysa said.

She sat down with WJZ before her trip, and even sang her GRAMMY nominated song for us. “Quiet Fire” from her album, Blue Velvet Soul, is in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category.

She’s proud to represent her hometown on a national stage.

Maysa is very involved in the arts and music scene in Baltimore. In fact, she designed the jazz room at the Eubie Blake Center.

Maysa can’t wait for the GRAMMYs, but she’s nervous about the red carpet.

“My whole goal is not to get on Joan River’s bad list. You know, the worst dressed list of anybody,” Maysa said.

If she wins, she knows what she’ll say.

“Things I will say are thanking God and my parents and my family and my friends who’ve helped me and everybody in the industry who helped me get to this point,” Maysa said.

“If they don’t call my name, I’ll be disappointed. But I won’t be sad because the nomination is what I wanted. So in my mind, I already won,” she continued.

Maysa says she’s so excited to simply attend the GRAMMYs and see all those incredible performances.

The 56th GRAMMY Awards air live at 8 p.m. Sunday on WJZ.

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