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Mumford & Sons: Grammy noms good for us

2013-02-07 21:17
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Los Angeles - Mumford & Sons' six Grammy nominations are "good for business".

The I Will Wait hitmakers are up for six gongs at the awards in Los Angeles on Sunday 10 February - including Album of the Year for their second record, Babel - and they see the accolades as a good advert to keep their touring show on the road.

Banjo player 'Country' Winston Marshall told the BBC: "It does a lot for a band, it did a lot for us the first time we did it, it's really helped our profile in America, so it's great honour.

'Make more music'

"I don't want to be blasé about the honour but it's not something that we aspired to and ever really want to enjoy too much or dwell on. It's amazing but we just want to make more music."

However, the British band - which also includes Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwayne - aren't so sure about the actual Grammys ceremony, particularly as alcohol is banned.

Winston added: "It's about four hours and you've got all these desperate musicians trying to go for a cigarette and they don't want you to leave your seats and it's kind of not fun.

'On the back foot'

"I don't want to sound spoilt because it's awesome that we get to enjoy those surreal things but it's also kind of bizarre, because you're walking around and Will Smith's there and Jennifer Lopez."

Mumford and Sons are very glad to have been embraced so warmly by the US, where both of their albums, debut Sigh No More and Babel, have been of the top five biggest selling in 2011 and 2012.

Winston added: "We've been really warmly embraced. We spent pretty much 18 months non-stop in America when we were recording Babel and, whenever we weren't in the studio at home, we'd fly over.

"We were so warmly embraced that, going home, we almost felt like we were on the back foot, that we had a lot of work to catch up on in the UK."

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