Hip-hop artist nominated for five awards



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Hip-hop artist k-os says he’s more confident with himself.


Coming off a grueling tour of the United States, hip-hop artist k-os is very much looking forward to returning home and “rocking the Junos” on Sunday night.

“The performance part is fun because you’re performing live for TV,” he told Metro in a recent interview.

He added, however, that the opportunity to mingle with other musicians at various Juno events over the weekend is an added bonus. “There’s always these huge parties where you bump into other artists you respect,” he explains. ”You get to hang out with them for the whole weekend, and that’s probably more fun than the ceremony sometimes.”

K-os is nominated for five awards, including songwriter of the year, producer of the year, and best pop album for Atlantis: Hymns For Disco. His five nominations put him in a first place tie with fellow canucks Nelly Furtado and Billy Talent. And while k-os savours the spotlight in Canada, his album, released in the U.S. earlier this year, is beginning to garner attention south of the border as well.

“I’m at a point in my life where I want my music to be heard by as many people as possible, as long as it doesn’t compromise the sound of my music or my live show.”

Perhaps his biggest recent accomplishment was an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman. His performance drew compliments from Letterman and show producers who have asked him to return for a second appearance in May.

“I think my entire musical career I’ve been ready for (this),” he says. “Now I think I’ve had enough success in my home country that I’m a lot more confident with myself. I’m OK with the fact that my music is different. It’s not a point of insecurity anymore, in fact it’s a point of confidence so now I can go out and do my own thing.”

Although he once claimed that his 2002 debut album Exit was to be his last, five years later he’s still here, and he’s glad.

“Like everybody else I questioned what’s the worth of all this. Then you rock a show, or someone sends you a message on your MySpace about what your music did for them and then you realize that even though you live in your own head, your music affects so many people.”