Faith Evans Says Grammys Are Good, Kissing Strangers Is Bad

Singer is up for her second Grammy, thanks to 'Can't Believe' with Carl Thomas.

Faith Evans is hoping she can place another Grammy on her mantle Wednesday night, next to the one she got in 1998 for her guest spot on Puff Daddy’s “I’ll Be Missing You” with 112.

As the Newark, New Jersey-born singer tells it, her nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for “Can’t Believe” with Carl Thomas may never have come about if she hadn’t been so persuasive in convincing Thomas of the track’s promise.

“I didn’t realize that people would pick up on the record like they did,” she said, “but I knew it was a really good record. I even probably tried to do a little bit of convincing to Carl in the beginning because he didn’t totally understand. I was like, ‘You’re crazy! This is a good record.’ It’s definitely a good feeling that people agree.”

Faith had to pretend that it felt good to have a stranger caress her while filming her latest video, “I Love You.”

“The video shoot was cool,” she said. “I was comfortable, but at the same time, with some of the more physical scenes I was nerved out. But I made it through. I fake it well.”

Adding to Faith’s anxiety was the fact her husband and manager, Todd Russaw, was on the set watching her feign making out with another guy.

“That’s what made me so nervous,” she said, smiling. “I guess I wasn’t expecting as much physical interaction, and [the actor in the video] was serious about his part. He was really kissing and stuff, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ But we made it through, and it came out how I wanted it to come out. It was convincing.”

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