The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees were announced this week at a big live concert they held for the occasion in Nashville. Will there be a "Who Is Arcade Fire?" or "Who Is Bon Iver?" moment this time around? Does America really know Frank Ocean or The Black Keys yet? The same America that got Carly Rae Jepsen a "song of the year" nomination for "Call Me Maybe"? One band most viewers will know is Fun., who led in nominations this week, receiving one in every major award: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Choral Performance, and Jeff Bhasker received a nomination for Producer Of The Year for their album Some Nights.
The band's Andrew Dost (who actually used to play Gothamist's tiny CMJ shows) tells us, "We're very stunned and very honored and overall just giddy right now. It's an incredible feeling to be nominated, especially alongside people we respect so much. I know that's a pretty stock answer, but really we're thrilled and we're trying to enjoy it and take lots of pictures." Dost and his bandmates found out about all of the nominations at the show along with everyone else, and he tells us, "It was incredible to be there, to say hello to old friends and make new ones. A very special night all around."
So who does Dost think had the best album of the year? He told us his "favorite album this year is Mia Pharaoh by Miniature Tigers. I never want to stop listening to it. I think it also includes my favorite two songs of the year: 'Angel Bath,' and 'Boomerang.'"