Mack Wilds Has One Grammys Goal: Not To Be A 'Babbling Idiot'

Grammy nominee tells MTV News all about his hot date for Sunday's ceremony.

Mack Wilds has a lot to be excited for Grammy Sunday (January 26). Not only is the actor-turned-R&B-singer nominated for an award in the Best Urban Contemporary category for New York: A Love Story,but he'll also be taking his biggest influence as a date: his dad.

"When I was living in Los Angeles, every year the Grammys came around he'd ask me, 'Why don't you asks you publicist and see if we can get tickets?' and me being the full-fledged artist that I am, in my head I was like, 'I don't want to go unless I'm being invited,'" Wilds told MTV News. "So he called me once he found out [I was nominated] and I'm thinking he's going to call me, excited or whatever, and I'm like, 'What's up, pop?' and he said, 'So, year after year you constantly said, 'No, I don't want to go to the Grammys, no I don't want to go to the Grammys until I'm invited, and I kept asking you and I kept asking you and, well, you kind of have to go now. And I have my suit ready, so this is going to be a good time.'"

While Wilds' ensemble isn't a huge priority for the nominee — "It's definitely going to suit-esque" — he's giving some serious thought to his potential acceptance speech. "I don't want to go up there and do backflips à la Cuba Gooding Jr. but I definitely have to figure out something up there to say so I don't look like a babbling idiot."

And even though winning would be a huge honor for Wilds, he's just excited to be experiencing the show in person for the very first time.

"I've never been, so honestly, I just want to see what it all entails, you know, the performances, the biting my nails, hoping they call my name, just the whole 9 yards of what that entails and, uh, yeah, I'll definitely be praying a lot that night," he said.

Don't miss Sway, Jim Shearer and Nicole Byer live from the Grammy red carpet this Sunday, January 26, for a full five hours of mayhem, starting at 3 p.m. ET on,, and But the fun doesn't stop Sunday: Stick with MTV News until that hangover wears off for all the latest and greatest in Grammy coverage.