Following the smoldering Grammy appearance that Kelly Clarkson called “the sexiest damn thing I’ve ever seen,” Miguel has landed his first Billboard cover.
The 27-year-old half-Mexican American singer, who earned his first Grammy this year, appears on the cover of Billboard’s Grammy issue dated February 23, along with a cover story about the R&B singer-songwriter.
Following Miguel’s performance of “Adorn,” the hit single achieved its best sales week ever on the strength of Sunday-night sales alone, rising to 44,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a 229% surge. The single, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, won the Grammy for Best R&B song.
“I found out in the car as we were pulling up to the red carpet,” said Miguel of learning he’d won in the non-televised category. “It was an ‘Oh, shit’ moment. I had my girl with me and it was like, ‘How crazy is that? And I get to perform?’ It was just a great feeling.”
Since his Grammy night, Miguel confirmed to Billboard that he’d been approached by “a few artists I’m truly a fan of,” but no one he could confirm.
“The cool part is you want people to discover you. It’s such an awesome opportunity and awesome time for that to happen,” he says. “I’m on like cloud 12, man.”
And Miguel’s star will only shine brighter now that he’s hitting the road with Alicia Keys on the “Set the World on Fire” tour.
“She just kind of asked me, ‘Hey, would you be down to come out?’ And I said, ‘Absolutely,’ recalls Miguel. “We had enough time to really appreciate and respect each other’s integrity as musicians. I really love her as an individual, and she’s a light amongst a lot of the bullshit in this whole thing. I’m really excited and honored that she invited us out. We’ll do our damnedest to work the crowd up before she plays.”