The Lumineers’ road to the 2013 Grammys - Reverb

The Lumineers’ road to the 55th Grammys

June 2012: When the band hit No. 1 at Triple A radio stations (think KBCO), some programmers wondered if the song might have extra legs at ever-fickle Top 40 radio. Of course it helped that …

July 25, 2012: The band’s performance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” spread their sound to an entirely new audience, an older Top 40 audience, leading to more touring and …

Oct. 24, 2012: The group’s appearance on the “Late Show with David Letterman” showed a louder, more plugged-in side of “Ho Hey.” It was a smart change-up, giving longtime fans something slightly different to dig. After that, it wasn’t so surprising when …

Dec. 5, 2012: The band was nominated for two Grammy Awards, including best new artist and best Americana album. “Is this a joke?” Fraites asked Rolling Stone magazine a few days later.

Jan. 19: The Lumineers played “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love” on “Saturday Night Live,” a significant honor that only a few bands attain. “SNL” showcases bands that have a quirky mix of mainstream success and critical adoration, and even though some bloggers and critics were tiring of the nu-folk movement (Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers, the Civil Wars, Phillip Phillips), others had given into those bands’ charms. And so few were surprised when …

Jan. 24: The Grammys announced a slate of performers, including the Lumineers, Jack White, Dierks Bentley, Elton John and others. Many have noted that a band playing the actual Grammys ceremony is more likely to win an award, and while it doesn’t always stand true, it seems right more often than not. It helps that …

Jan. 31: “Ho Hey” went triple-platinum, selling its 3 millionth download. The band’s record also attained its highest ever position on the Billboard charts — and the view is pretty good from the No. 2 spot. Just starting to pick up steam is “Stubborn Love,” the second single that wowed the New York City crowds last weekend, selling 21,000 downloads in one week and working its way toward gold status with 344,000-plus in sales.

Sunday: We’ll be covering the Grammy Awards live on heyreverb.com and denverpost.com/entertainment — whether the Lumineers win, as expected, or lose. Won’t you join us?

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.

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