Kings of Leon Frontman: It’s ‘Always Amazing’ to Be Up for a Grammy

2012-02-12

Story by Anne Erickson

Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill: ‘I never thought we would be a Grammy-type band’

Kings of Leon are anything but Grammy newbies. This is the fourth year the Nashville-based alternative rock guys have been nominated for a Grammy, and the band already hold three trophies: Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Rock Song for 2010’s “Use Somebody” and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for 2009’s “Sex on Fire.”

This year, Kings of Leon are up for Best Rock Album for their 2011 full-length, “Come Around Sundown.” Despite the familiar turf, if you chat with frontman Caleb Followill about the honors, he’ll tell you that he’s shocked the guys are getting such Grammy fanfare.

“I think this year … we didn’t think we were going to be nominated,” he told E! Entertainment on the Red Carpet Sunday (Feb. 12) a few hours before the show. “It was a shock, and it’s always amazing. I never thought we would be a Grammy-type band, but this is our fourth year in a row being nominated. So, it’s pretty crazy. It’s becoming like a routine to… We’re going to miss it when it’s gone.”

Bass player Jared Followill agrees that it’s a shock and honor to be nominated. “It’s amazing. Like he said, it’s the fourth year, and we’ve had 11 nominations, and the first time we were ever up for one, it just kind of took us all back,” he said. “We didn’t really start the band thinking we’d be a Grammy type band, and we have four now.” Catch the 54th annual Grammy Awards at 8 p.m. ET / PT tonight (Feb. 12) on CBS.

 




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