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Seal's Grammy nomination has cheered him up after he was forced to remain indoors while his whole family battles a cold.

The "Kiss From a Rose" hitmaker is celebrating after being shortlisted in the Best Pop Vocal category for his cover of "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and he insists not even the sore throat he and his kids are suffering can bring him down.

He says, "It's always a strange thing to be nominated for a Grammy. Stevie Wonder is like God, Maxwell is brilliant, so to be in the same category as them is brilliant. But really it's an excuse for my wife and I to go out on the town."

"My children were sick so I haven't been sleeping for the past 10 days. My doctor says my vocal cords are swollen. I should be in bed but that's boring."

Seal's supermodel wife, Heidi Klum, gave birth to their third child, daughter Lou, in October 2009.