Friday on My Mind: 2012 KEXP-centric Grammy Nominees

The Lumineers at KEXP / photo by Morgen Schuler

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind, our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. For this week, we are looking at KEXP friendly artists who are nominated for Grammy awards this year.

This past Wednesday night, the nominees for the next Grammy awards ceremony were announced in Nashville, TN. The 55th Annual Grammys Awards ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday February 10th. The very first Grammy Awards took place in May of 1959. During that first ceremony, “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” won multiple awards which drew outrage from many since it was reflective of the music industry’s refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of Rock and Roll at that point in time. You could make the argument that they honored chipmunks over actual humans, but The Grammy’s have always struggled with indie-cred. There was also the first year of the metal category when Jethro Tull won over Metallica which caused outrage, but upon further review most people find the magic flute stylings of The Tull much better than anything coming out of Lars Ulrich’s mouth. This year both Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama were nominated for Grammy awards in the category for Best Spoken Word Album. I would like to be invited to THEIR after party please. The New York band fun was nominated in six categories including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist thus reversing most of the progress Arcade Fire made last year. All kidding aside, there were some great nods to core KEXP bands which is a good sign of deserved recognition for those bands that at least most were or are independent. The best thing you could see happen though would be sales not to be a factor in recognition of the quality of their work.

KEXP-Friendly Artists Nominated for Awards this Year:

The Black Keys – Best Rock Album (played KEXP in studios on 4/4/2003 and 9/5/2004)
Dan Auerbach – Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Jack White – Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song
M83 – Best Alternative Album (Played KEXP in studios on 9/20/2004 and 4/18/2005
The Avett Brothers – Best Americana Album
Arcade Fire w/ T Bone Burnett – Best Song Written for Visual Media
Ryan Adams’ album Ashes & Fire nominated for Best Engineered album
The Roots – Best Rap Album
Diplo – Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Dirty Projectors – Best Recording Package
Dr. John – Best Blues Album
Bjork – Best Recording Package
Aimee Mann – Best Recording Package
St. Vincent & David Byrne – Best Recording Package
Trent Reznor (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) – Best Score for Visual Media
Ana Tijoux – Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
Frank Ocean – Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year
Tom Waits – Best Alternative Album
Gotye – Best Alternative Album
Alabama Shakes – Best New Artist Nominee, Best Recording Package

Alabama Shakes – Hang Loose (Performed on KEXP on January 31, 2012)

The band hails from Athens. Not Georgia or Greece, but Alabama (go figure). The band is led by front woman Brittany Howard who has a ridiculously powerful voice and stage presence. They put out a self-titled self-released EP back in Fall of 2011, which gained the attention of many and eventually they signed to ATO and put out a debut full length called Boys and Girls back in April of this year. Before the release of the album, they stopped by KEXP to perform on January 31st. They played their tour show outside of their home less than two years ago and are the very much the newest band in this category.

The Lumineers – Flowers in Your Hair (Performed on KEXP on April 2, 2012)

The Lumineers began in Ramsey, New Jersey, as a duo of Wesley Shultz and Josh Fraites in 2002. When they moved from the East Coast to Denver, they added cellist Neyla Pekarek as a band member and in 2011 they self-released an EP, which led them to set out on a self-booked tour. Their full length self-titled debut was released in April of this year and has been nominated for a Best Americana Album Grammy. One of their other nominations includes a nod in the Best New Artist category, even though the band has been making music together for 7 years now.

M83 – Steve McQueen

From M83’s 2012 release, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. The French song-writer and multi-instrumentalist, Anthony Gonzalez aka M83 has been a staple of KEXP’s programming for years now and stopped by the KEXP studios to perform for the first time back in April of 2003. M83 even performed a KEXP VIP event.

Honorable Mentions:

The Black Keys – Gold on the Ceiling

Jack White – I’m Shakin’

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