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Music Mondays – Grammy Awards Were “Fun.”

by SirLady on February 11, 2013

Here is a recap of the Grammy Awards 2013 nominees and winners last night:

Album of the Year
» The Black Keys – “El Camino”
» Fun. – “Some Nights”
» Mumford & Sons – “Babel” [WINNER]
» Frank Ocean – “Channel Orange”
» Jack White – “Blunderbuss”

Record of the Year
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger”
» Fun. feat. Janelle Monae – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know” [WINNER]
» Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”
» Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Best New Artist
» The Alabama Shakes
» Fun. [WINNER]
» Hunter Hayes
» The Lumineers
» Frank Ocean

Best Pop Vocal Album
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger” [WINNER]
» Florence and the Machine – “Ceremonials”
» Fun. – “Some Nights”
» Maroon 5 – “Overexposed”
» Pink – “The Truth About Love”

Song of the Year
» Ed Sheeran – “The A Team”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Fun. – “We Are Young” [WINNER]

Best Pop Solo Performance
» Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)” [WINNER]
» Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
» Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me Maybe”
» Katy Perry – “Wide Awake”
» Rihanna – “Where Have You Been”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
» Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”
» Fun. – “We Are Young”
» Gotye feat. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know” [WINNER]
» LMFAO – “Sexy and I Know It”
» Maroon 5 – “Payphone”

Best Dance Recording
» Avicii – “Levels”
» Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo – “Let’s Go”
» Skrillex feat. Sirah – “Bangarang” [WINNER]
» Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – “Don’t You Worry Child”
» Al Walser – “I Can’t Live Without You”

Best Dance/Electronic Album
» Steve Aoki – “Wonderland”
» The Chemical Brothers – “Don’t Think”
» deadmau5 – “> Album Title Goes Here <”
» Kaskade – “Fire & Ice”
» Skrillex – “Bangarang” [WINNER]

Best Rock Performance
» Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy” [WINNER]
» Coldplay – “Charlie Brown”
» Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
» Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
» Anthrax – “I’m Alive”
» Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)” [WINNER]
» Iron Maiden – “Blood Brothers”
» Lamb of God – “Ghost Walking”
» Marilyn Manson – “No Reflection”
» Megadeth – “Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)”

Best Rock Song
» Jack White – “Freedom at 21″
» Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait”
» The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy” [WINNER]
» Muse – “Madness”
» Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care of Our Own”

Best Rock Album
» The Black Keys – “El Camino” [WINNER]
» Muse – “The 2nd Law”
» Coldplay – “Mylo Xyloto”
» Bruce Springsteen – “Wrecking Ball”
» Jack White - “Blunderbuss”

Best Alternative Music Album
» Fiona Apple – “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do”
» Bjork – “Biophilia”
» Gotye – “Making Mirrors” [WINNER]
» M83 – “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
» Tom Waits - “Bad As Me”

Best R&B Performance
» Estelle – “Thank You”
» Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi – “Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)
» Luke James – “I Want You”
» Miguel – “Adorn”
» Usher – “Climax” [WINNER]

 

Best Traditional R&B Performance
» Anita Baker – “Lately”
» Beyonce – “Love on Top” [WINNER]
» Melanie Fiona – “Wrong Side of a Love Song”
» Gregory Porter – “Real Good Hands”
» SWV – “If Only You Knew”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
» Chris Brown – “Fortune”
» Miguel – “Kaleidoscope Dream”
» Frank Ocean – “Channel Orange” [WINNER]

Best R&B Album
» Robert Glasper Experiment – “Black Radio” [WINNER]
» Anthony Hamilton – “Back To Love”
» R. Kelly – “Write Me Back”
» Tamia – “Beautiful Surprise”
» Tyrese – “Open Invitation”

Best Rap Performance
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “HYFR (Hell Ya F—ing Right)”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as In Paris” [WINNER]
» Nas – “Daughters”
» Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
» Young Geezy feat. Jay-Z & Andre 3000 – “I Do”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
» Flo Rida feat. Sia – “Wild Ones”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream – “No Church in the Wild” [WINNER]
» John Legend feat. Ludacris – “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)”
» Nas feat. Amy Whinehouse – “Cherry Wine”
» Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – “Talk That Talk”

Best Rap Song
» Nas – “Daughters”
» Wale feat. Miguel – “Lotus Flower Bomb”
» Kanye West Featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz – “Mercy”
» Drake feat. Lil’ Wayne – “The Motto”
» Jay-Z & Kanye West – “N—as In Paris” [WINNER]
» Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Featuring Bruno Mars – “Young, Wild & Free”

Best Rap Album
» Drake – “Take Care” [WINNER]
» Lupe Fiasco – “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1″
» The Roots – “Undun”

» Nas -”Life Is Good”
» Rick Ross – “God Forgives, I Don’t”
» 2 Chainz – “Based on a T.R.U. Story”

Best Country Song
» Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away” [WINNER]
» Ronnie Dunn -”Cost of Livin’ ”
» Eli Young Band – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
» Alan Jackson – “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore”
» Eric Church – “Springsteen”

Best Country Solo Performance
» Dierks Bentley – “Home”
» Eric Church – “Springsteen”
» Ronnie Dunn – “Cost of Livin’ ”
» Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
» Blake Shelton – “Over”
» Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away” [WINNER]

Best Americana Album
» The Avett Brothers – “The Carpenter”
» John Fullbright – “From the Ground Up”
» The Lumineers – “The Lumineers”
» Mumford & Sons – “Babel”
» Bonnie Raitt – “Slipstream” [WINNER]

Best Blues Album
» Shemekia Copeland – “33 1/3″
» Dr. John – “Locked Down” [WINNER]
» Ruthie Foster – “Let It Burn”
» Heritage Blues Orchestra – “And Still I Rise”
» Joan Osborne – “Bring It On Home”

Best Country Album

The Zack Brown Band [WINNER]

 

A lot of people over social media were asking, “who is Fun”?

For most that are not music obsessed, they probably didn’t think they knew the band, until they hear some of their hits; “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monáe), “Some Nights,” and “Carry On”.

“We Are Young” reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Digital charts. It peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, as well. “Some Nights” was released as the album’s second single in June 2012, peaking at number three on the Hot 100 chart and becoming Fun’s second Top 10 single, as well as the band’s second song to reach platinum status in the United States.  But before all that…… it is interesting to see the song’s journey.

It was recorded as the focus track for  Fun.’s  second album, Some Nights.  The track initially only gained attention from online media until it got a break on WDHA-FM serving the New Jersey listing area during the October 2, 2011 edition of Anything Anything with Rich Russo.   The tipping point was when the song was covered and performed on the television show GLEE.  Basically if you are a no name musician and you need a break….if you can catch the attention of Glee and get your song licensed – things become much much easier.

That cover of “We Are Young” by the Glee cast lead to success on the charts and exposure.  Then it was quickly scooped up and licensed during back to back Superbowls in 2012 and 2013 to Chevrolet and Taco Bell respectivly.  Anybody watch the Super Bowl?  Ah yes, then you heard this anthem song in the background of the Taco Bell commercial [fun fact - it was adapted into spanish for the ad], which got rave reviews (showing the elderly people partying it up and getting inked).

The single propelled the band into mainstream success, topping the digital charts in February 2012 and becoming a crossover hit, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 through airplay on contemporary hit radio stations, topping the chart for six weeks straight.  It is also the first song to log seven weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales, a record that was previously held by Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” (2010).

But wait there’s more!  The promotion of this single didn’t just stop there…..  ”We Are Young” was performed at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the American late night television show Conan, and was used as the opening song at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards. The song is featured in the music video game, Rock Band Blitz.

And so…..the little song that could; did, and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and won the band another Grammy for Best New Artist.

The End.

 

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