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As we get closer to the airing of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Roc Nation rapper J.Cole spoke with the Associated Press about what his Best New Artist nomination has meant to him. Cole expressed his gratitude by saying, “It’s an honor to even be on that list…Nicki’s [Minaj] on that list, and to have two hip-hop artists on that list says a lot about hip-hop right now.”

While grateful for the opportunity to attain such an achievement, Cole insists he’s still hungry for more. “I’m grateful for everything that’s happened, but I’m not satisfied. These are all accomplishments from the work I’ve put in last year, and the last 2-3 years…they’re reminders of the work that I’ve done in the past, and I’m already on to the next move. That’s my mind-state.”

In addition to attaining platinum status for his single, “Work Out,” Cole saw his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story, reach gold status as well. While these are great achievements for the young star, they are things he’s planned; like ensuring that his debut would hit the shelves prior to the Grammy deadline. “I was telling the management and the label, that I had to beat the Grammy deadline. If you look at the date, my album came out two days before the Grammy deadline, and that’s because I knew I had a shot.”

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air Feb. 12th at 8pm.