Grammys 2013: fun. And The “Grammy 9″
fun. is just the ninth artist in the Grammy Awards' 55-year history (and the first group) to receive nominations for all four of the top awards in the same year. The New York pop trio is nominated for Record and Song of the Year for "We Are Young," Album of the Year for Some Nights and Best New Artist.
The trio, which consists of Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess, co-wrote "We Are Young" with their producer, Jeff Bhasker. They performed it with Janelle Monae. The song has some of the pop grandeur of classic hits by Queen.
Here are the eight previous artists to receive nominations for Album, Record and Song of the Year and Best New Artist in one year. (At the end, I'll tell you about five more artists who just missed for one reason or another.)
Bobbie Gentry, 1967. Gentry, who was 23 at the time, was nominated for Album, Record and Song of the Year, all for Ode To Billie Joe and its moody title track. She won as Best New Artist. (In an odd twist, the 5th Dimension took Record of the Year for the buoyant "Up-Up And Away," beating Gentry, though Gentry turned around and beat the pop quintet for Best New Artist.)
Christopher Cross, 1980. Cross is the only male solo artist to receive nominations in all of the "Big Four" categories in one year. Cross, who was 29 at the time, took Album of the Year for Christopher Cross and Record and Song of the Year for the hypnotic "Sailing." He also won as Best New Artist. He's the only artist in Grammy history to win all four of these awards in one night. (It was a case of "too much, too soon." He'd have been better off winning just Best New Artist.)