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Maysa and Baltimore R&B at the Grammys

By Wesley Case

The Baltimore Sun

2:18 PM EST, January 21, 2014

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Last June, R&B veteran Maysa Leak, of Gwynn Oak, was still waiting for the recognition she believed she was owed. 

"The [Grammy] nomination is what I'm going after. My music has deserved that for so long. I don't know why it hasn't achieved that," she told me, not sounding angry but genuinely surprised.

The wait, which began more than 20 years ago, ends on Sunday night, when Maysa will celebrate her first Grammy nomination. She's competing in the "best traditional R&B performance" category with her song "Quiet Fire" from 2013's "Blue Velvet Soul" album. 

Maysa isn't the city's only connection to this year's Grammys. Makeba Riddick-Woods, the Baltimore-born songwriter who has penned tracks for Rihanna and Beyonce, is nominated for co-writing "Love and War," the Tamar Braxton single up for "best R&B song."

The 56th Grammy Awards air live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. on CBS Sunday.