Sunday 25 February 2018

MGMT uncomfortable with Grammy nod

MGMT said it was strange being nominated for Grammys
MGMT said it was strange being nominated for Grammys

MGMT have revealed how uncomfortable they were when they received their Grammy nods.

The US electro-pop band, formed by Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Martin Goldwasser, said they felt like outsiders when they attended this year's Grammys, where they were nominated for two awards, including best new artist.

"We felt honoured to have been nominated, but the whole event and that kind of experience itself, we felt really uncomfortable the whole time," Andrew said.

"It almost feels like it's a giant marketing kind of campaign for five or six bands. We just kind of felt like, 'What are we doing here?', like, 'Wow, we've infiltrated this kind of upper-level mainstream and we're so weird'."

However, the nod signifies a wider audience discovering their music, especially with the release of their new album, Congratulations.

Andrew said: "It took me the last two years to realise I should be confident in who I am and not be wishing I was somebody else. Once we started getting mainstream recognition, it was hard just feeling, 'Wow I'm a huge dork and wow I'm not cool at all,' and now feel that that's OK, and I don't care. I'm just happy to be in a band making music I like."

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