“Forever Grateful”: Selena Gomez Receives Her First Grammy Nomination, Talks Mental Health

“Are you kidding me!?”

Selena Gomez is, at last, a GRAMMY-nominated artist. The multi-hyphenate singer received a nod for Best Latin Pop Album for her Spanish-language EP, Revelación, which she released in March. 

The 29-year-old singer is up against big competition in the category, nominated alongside Pablo Alborán (Vértigo), Paula Arenas (Mis Amores), Ricardo Arjona (Hecho a la Antigua), Camilo (Mis Manos), and Alex Cuba (Mendó).

Gomez expressed her happiness about the coveted nod and thanked her fans in a heartfelt post.

Taking to Instagram, Selena Gomez tagged several accounts that included her team members as well as the Recording Academy and wrote a note about the special moment of getting her first Grammy nod. She thanked her fans saying, “Are you kidding me!? Revelación is nominated for a GRAMMY! This project is so special to me for so many reasons and I could not have made it happen without this incredible team of people by my side. I am forever grateful to each and every one of you and of course MY FANS.” 

Reacting to Selena’s Grammy nomination several close friends of the singer cheered for her in the comments. Olivia Rodrigo, who herself has bagged over six nominations at Grammys 2022, wrote on Selena’s post, “YESSS CONGRATS” with a series of heart emojis. 

While speaking to ELLE for the September 2021 issue, Gomez opened up about her music career, saying, “I don’t think I’ll ever quit making music.” She added that she’s not doing it just for the awards: “I’m not saying I want a Grammy. I just feel like I’m doing the best I can, and it’s all about me. Sometimes, that can really get to me.”

Gomez also shared what it was like making Revelación. “It was a challenge,” she said. “I think speaking in Spanish is a lot easier than singing.” But with a bit more time on her hands than usual, Gomez was able to work with a Spanish coach and really nail it. “I made sure that I didn’t look like a fool,” she says. “I focused so hard on making sure that the language I was speaking, and the way I was speak-ing it, was authentic. I wanted it to exude love—to talk about pain, but in a way that was confident. There is a song about girls saying goodbye to things that aren’t good for us.”

While Selena has an exciting time coming up, the “Ice Cream” singer announced the launch of her latest venture, Wondermind, a mental health platform focused on connecting people with educational resources and ending the stigma around mental illnesses.

She teamed up with her mother, Mandy Teefey, and The Newsette founder and CEO Daniella Pierson to create the media company, which is set to launch in February 2022.

It’s not the first time that Gomez has discussed her mental health publicly. She previously wrote for CNN about how she’s a “big advocate for social media detoxes” and therapy.

In April, she announced on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram show “Bright Minded” that she has bipolar disorder. 

“I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McLean Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,” Gomez said. “And so when I got to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it.”

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