The Grammy nominations are here and Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West with eight apiece and Chance the Rapper with seven.
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It’s a question that one of this year’s Grammy breakouts must be extremely sick of answering by now. Short answer: It’s actually four Danish guys, and only one of them is named Lukas (last name: Forchhammer).
But they have a song, “7 Years,” that could make them this year’s equivalent to last year’s surprise Meghan Trainor win for best new artist.
“7 Years” is a big, if not especially inventive, crossover pop-soul-rock hit from a band well outside the echo chamber that debates pop-culture relevance.
But the song scored major nominations for record of the year, song of the year and pop duo/group performance. Fans of similar acts like Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran helped send it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (bested only by Rihanna and Drake’s “Work”), where it’s spent 20 weeks.
It doesn’t have the searing political ramifications of “Formation” or the world-beating triumph of “Hello,” but like Trainor’s “All About That Bass," it’s one of those songs that sneaks into American life from every corner – pop radio, TV syncs, retail outlets – where music plays.
And in a Grammy year dominated by women so powerful they only need one name, here are four Scandinavian guys who don’t even go by their real full names at all.