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Saturday December 8, 2012

ATLANTA -- When Miguel didn’t receive any nominations for the Grammy Awards presented earlier this year, it surprised many people because he had last year’s most popular R&B song with "Sure Thing."

But the apparent Grammy snub didn’t derail the 25-year-old singer from Los Angeles. He returned with more impressive work in 2012 and is now up for five awards, including song of the year for his crossover hit, "Adorn."

"I think through that experience I learned, or I was reminded, that all of this is icing on the cake. The real blessing is that people are actually listening to the music," he said in an interview. "I take it in stride and I feel really blessed and I’m incredibly humbled by it."

"Adorn" hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and is a Top 20 pop hit. It’s from his sophomore album, "Kaleidoscope Dream," which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart. It’s nominated for new category best urban contemporary album, pitting him against Frank Ocean’s "channel ORANGE" and Chris Brown’s "Fortune."

"I just want to be one of those artists that are pushing those boundaries," he said. "I want to lead people to discover sounds and ideas that they might not have discovered themselves."