Music group Foreign Exchange recently reacted to their Grammy nomination, saying that their lives were “forever changed” after hearing the good news. The duo, which consists of Little Brother’s Phonte and Dutch producer Nicolay, met through internet messageboards and swapped music back and forth, which would eventually led to their first album Connected in 2004.

The duo’s second album Leave It All Behind  was not only well-received, but will now also join other Grammy nominees in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category for the track “Daykeeper” featuring Muhsinah.

“We haven’t come forward with a personal press release or statement of any kind because truthfully, the past week has been a whirlwind of events and its taken us a while to really wrap our heads around all that’s happened,” Phonte and Nicolay wrote in a letter to fans. “Needless to say, we are both filled with feelings of shock, wonder, amazement, nervousness, humility, and extreme gratitude.”

Along with the letter, the unlikely pair created a short video which takes a look at how the group went from virtual obscurity to independent Grammy nominated artists. “Consider this our pre-Grammy speech…lol. We encourage all of you to pass this along and spread the word, as we feel our story is a big inspiration to artists everywhere. Every once in a blue moon, the good guys do win.”