Ever wonder what it could’ve been like to sit down with your favorite stars just before they’ve eclipsed?

This weekend, in honor of tonight’s Grammy’s, The Fader & MasterCard teamed up to do just that.

The panel, ‘Behind The Scenes: Creating Award Winning Music,’ featured The Stereotypes: a group of four producers/songwriters (Jonathan Yip, Ray Romulus, Jeremy Reeves and Ray Charles McCullough), who’ve worked with some of the biggest stars to date. We’re talking Bruno Mars, Miguel (who they introduced to each other, btw), Sevyn Streeter, Chris Brown, Danity Kane and many more.

In addition to producing hits behind the scenes, The Stereotypes now find themselves front and center for this year’s show earning three nominations including Producer of the Year, Song of the Year and Best R&B Song (both nods are for “That’s What I Like”). These are definitely well deserved accolades, considering they’ve already been named one of Billboard’s Top 10 Producers & Songwriters to Watch.

The group sat with Miss Info and discussed what was like to be nominated for three Grammys this year:

“For me, [ya know].. the nominations come out on the West Coast at 5:30 in the morning, so the night before I was like, ‘I’m just gonna try and get some real sleep,’ and went to bed; but then I literally woke up every hour, and I don’t know why but my body just woke me u…2:30, 3:30, 4:30.. then next thing you know, I woke up to a gang of text messages.. [I don’t know man] was crazy…” Jonathan Yip shared.

They also touched upon what it was like to work with none other than Bruno Mars:

“Bruno happened. He’s literally Michael Jackson…it might sound blasphemous but I’m a huge MJ fan, and he’s one of the closest things out there,” Ray Charles stated.

Although the group is clearly making waves within the industry and finding themselves thrust into the spotlight after all of their work has paid off, their humility and grounded nature makes you cheer them on even more.

Congrats & Good Luck to The Stereotypes! Special Thanks to The Fader & MasterCard for having EGL!

Written By: Kisha Forde


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