Vampire Weekend Sinks Teeth Into Grammys

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From left, Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio and Ezra Koenig pose on Oct. 23, 2009, at the Amour hostel in Paris. (credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

From left, Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio and Ezra Koenig pose on Oct. 23, 2009, at the Amour hostel in Paris. (credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

<a href=”http://www.last.fm/music/Vampire%20Weekend”>Vampire Weekend</a> has been <a href=”http://grammys.radio.com/2010/12/01/2011-grammy-nominees-announced/”>nominated</a&gt; for <strong>Best Alternative Music Album</strong> at the <a href=”http://grammys.radio.com/”>2011 Grammy Awards</a> for the group’s sophomore album <em>Contra</em>.  This is the band’s first-ever Grammy nomination, so will they have beginner’s luck?

Today, <a href=”http://trends.last.fm/”>Last.fm Trends</a> looks at Vampire Weekend’s <a href=”http://www.last.fm/help/faq?category=Scrobbling”>scrobbling</a&gt; and some Grammy history to see how they’re doing with fans, and if they’re in with a chance for the award.

<img title=”Cousins” src=”http://cbsrlastfm.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/vampiretrend.png?w=222&amp;h=150&#8243; alt=”” width=”222″ height=”150″ />On Last.fm, the band’s most popular tracks overall are from their self-titled debut, but <em>Contra</em> tracks such as “Cousins” have a good showing as well: they have an  upward trend of weekly listeners, peaking just after their performance  at the <a href=”http://kroq.radio.com/2010/12/12/review-acx-2010-vampire-weekend-brings-the-preppy-rock-to-acoustic/”>KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas</a>.  However Vampire Weekend fares during the Grammys, the group’s nomination is sure to bring them to new ears.

Over the past few years it’s been more established acts that have gained the award: previous winners <a href=”http://www.last.fm/music/Phoenix”>Phoenix</a&gt; were on their fourth album, whilst <a href=”http://www.last.fm/music/Radiohead”>Radiohead</a&gt; and <a href=”http://www.last.fm/music/The+White+Stripes”>The White Stripes</a> were on their seventh and sixth respectively.  2006 winners <a href=”http://last.fm/music/Gnarls%20Barkley”>Gnarls Barkley</a> showed that a zeitgeist-capturing debut could go the distance, however,  so it’s just possible that Vampire Weekend’s second effort has the  chops.

<a href=”http://trends.last.fm/”>Last.fm Trends</a> will be bringing you Grammy profiles and predictions over the next few weeks, right up until the <a href=”http://grammys.radio.com/”>Grammy Awards</a> air date on <strong>February 13</strong>. Remember, you can tune in to the show itself on CBS at 8pm.

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