Mt. Lebanon native nominated for MTV Video Music Award

Mt. Lebanon native Grace Tandon, 17, better known as Daya, has been nominated for a 2016 MTV Video Music Award.

Daya is nominated for best electronic video with The Chainsmokers for the song “Don’t Let Me Down.”

Other nominees in that category include Calvin Harris & Disciples, 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child & Brandy, Mike Posner and Afrojack.

She made her television debut performing “Hide Away” on the “Today” show in August 2015.

Daya’s music career had an early start when she started playing the piano at the age of three. She enrolled as a student at the Accelerando Music Conservatory in Canosburg by age 11.

The “Sit Still, Look Pretty,” singer was on the road her senior year and took online classes to earn her high school diploma.

✨✨performed SSLP on the TODAY show this morning w/ friends styling: @wilfordlenov hair/MU: @deney_adam

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“I was doing shows this whole year and taking online classes the whole time,” she recently told People Magazine. “It was definitely weird because I was not paying attention to classes at all and then all of a sudden I was like, ‘All right, I’m going to pull four all-nighters here. Let’s go – let’s do this.’”

The MTV Video Music Awards begin at 9 p.m. on August 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

 

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