The Best New Artists of the 2013 Grammy Awards: Where Are They Now?
The 2014 nominees for the category of Best New Artist at The GRAMMY Awards® are bold. James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran represent the new face of music’s potential. The category of Best New Artist is unique because it solidifies the idea we have history to look forward to. While every other award honors worthy contributions artists have already made to their craft, The Best New Artist nominees stand for the possibility of what’s to come. Given that anticipation and hope are two of the strongest drivers of culture, Pepsi is proud to partner with The Recording Academy to present the category of Best New Artist.
To honor that potential, we look back on last year’s nominees. Click through the thumbnails above to find out how far artists like Fun., Hunter Hayes, and The Lumineers have come.
NYC based band "fun." took home the award for Best New Artist at the 2013 Grammys in addition to being nominated for their 2012 album, Some Nights for Record Of The Year. The indie pop band, best known for "We Are Young", "Some Nights" and "Carry On" has been topping charts with their hit songs. "We Are Young" hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Digital Song, and UK charts.
Fun.'s Most Nights Tour began after their Grammy success in February of 2013 and carried through October, with 17 sold out shows. The band has spent the remainder of 2013 helping charities and those in need. Whether it’s autographed merch for the Ruth Ellis Center or fun.-inspired T-shirts encouraging fans to adopt homeless dogs, this is one band really using their influence to better the community. Fun. member Jack Antonoff told Huffington Post there are "hints of a plan" to start working on their next album. After watching them come this far, we can’t wait to see what they do next.
Alabama Shakes is an American rock band formed in 2009 by lead singer and guitarist, Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, keyboard player Ben Tanner and drummer Steve Johnson. The band was nominated for 3 awards at the 2013 Grammys, including Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance for their hit "Hold On" and Best Recording Package for their debut album Boys & Girls.
The album reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the UK Albums Chart. Their song "Driva Man" was featured on the 12 Years a Slave soundtrack released in November. Alabama Shakes killed it at Glastonbury festival, following it up by headlining their home state's Tuscaloosa Get Up Festival. Watch Alabama Shakes Glastonbury performance of "Hold On,” above.
Hunter Hayes is already one of the biggest names in country at the ripe age of 22. After releasing his self-titled first studio album, and later Hunter Hayes (Encore) with additional bonus tracks, he's been nominated for over 13 awards. At the 2013 Grammys, Hayes was nominated for Best New Artist, Best Country Solo Performance for "Wanted" and Best Country Album for Hunter Hayes. His singles, "Wanted" and "Somebody's Heartbreak" hit No. 1 on US Country Chart, while his latest single "I Want Crazy" reached No. 2 on the US Country Charts.
Hayes has been named CMT Artist of the Year and was just crowned VH1's 2014 Save The Music Ambassador. Watch the crowd go wild when Swift surprises her audience by bringing the country heartthrob on stage for a duet of "I Want Crazy" above. You can also catch him this evening performing at the 2014 Grammy Awards for a second year in a row!
The Lumineers is a folk rock band consisting of Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek, Stelth Ulvang, and Ben Wahamaki. Their self-titled debut album hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album went certified Platinum in the US and Ireland, and Gold in the UK, Australia and Canada.
The band was nominated for Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist and Top Rock Artist, along with being nominated for two Grammys, including Best New Artist and Best American Album.
Since their nomination, the band's song "Scotland" has become the theme music for TV show Reign. The Lumineers are touring through the end of 2013, and hitting Europe and Asia the first half of 2014. Check out their video for hit song "Ho Hey."
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January 26, 2014 via Pepsi