Fun., the quirky
band with a hip-hop-inspired approach to classic pop songwriting, was named best new artist at the 55th
Sunday, capping a whirlwind year in which its song "We Are Young" became an inescapable No. 1 smash.
The new artist nomination was just one of four Fun. received in the Grammys' major categories: "We Are Young" is also up for song (which it won) and record of the year, while the band's "Some Nights" is in competition for album of the year.
Formed out of the ashes of several mid-level indie bands (including the Format and Steel Train), Fun. released its debut album, "Aim and Ignite," to minimal attention in 2009. Last year, though, it remade its sound with help from producer Jeff Bhasker, best known for his work with
Fun. beat out the Lumineers, Hunter Hayes, Alabama Shakes and
The Grammys are determined by about 13,000 voting members. The eligibility period for nominated recordings was Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012. The 2013 awards are being held at