A year ago, Charlie Puth didn’t even have a record deal. But since then, he signed the dotted line with Atlantic in January, has been nominated for three Grammys, broke Billboard Hot 100 records with “See You Again,” his Furious 7 collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, and toured with “Marvin Gaye” partner Meghan Trainor. He can now add one more accolade to his name: Golden Globe nominee.
Thursday morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Puth and Khalifa’s “See You Again” was nominated for Best Original Song at the Globes, up against “Love Me Like You Do” from Fifty Shades of Grey, “One Kind of Love” from Love & Mercy, “Simple Song #3” from Youth, and “Writing’s On The Wall” from Spectre.
After hearing about the “See You Again” Grammys nods for Song of the Year, Best Duo/ Group Performance, and Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media on Monday, Puth has had a hell of a week. “I don’t even know what to feel anymore,” he tells EW while driving from New York City to his home state New Jersey. “I always told myself when I was younger if I ever got nominated for a Grammy, I’d call my mother and tell her first and I did that. She’s my Jewish mother, so she was like, ‘I’m not surprised. You worked hard for this!'”
But he also shot off a text to Khalifa. “I just wrote, ‘THREE!’ because I’m trying to be cool,” he says. Khalifa’s immediate response Puth says was, “What are we going to wear?”
“See You Again” went multi-platinum this year and became known as a tribute song to Furious 7 actor Paul Walker, who died in a car accident before the film had finished production. “We aimed to write something that truly honored the legacy of Paul Walker and are humbled it has touched so many people,” Khalifa and Puth said in a joint statement about their Golden Globe nomination.
Puth now says he knew “See You Again” would be big when they first wrote the song. “How could it not be somewhat popular?” he says. “It was in the biggest movie in the world, but I had no idea [See You Again] would be No. 1 for so long.”
The 24-year-old was first discovered by Ellen DeGeneres on YouTube, but now says, “I grew up verbally bullied and discouraged from doing what I loved. People made fun of me for uploading my music online, and I believed it would one day work out.”
After a banner year of accolades and nominations, he’s right. Puth’s days are now spent putting finishing touches on his debut album Nine Track Mind, which includes a song featuring Selena Gomez, and picking out coordinated outfits for the Grammys with one of the biggest rappers alive. He and Khalifa don’t have a set look pinned down yet, but according to Puth, “We’re gonna look fly as f—.”