THE BLACK KEYS – Nominated for FOUR Grammy Awards!

Posted by Bianca on Thursday Dec 2, 2010 Under Music News

The Black Keys

Just as it seemed 2010 couldn’t get any bigger for THE BLACK KEYS it just has. Last night saw THE BLACK KEYS nominated for FOUR Grammy Awards, more than any other band this year. “BROTHERS” has been nominated for Best Alternative Album alongside the likes of Arcade Fire & Vampire Weekend while the all-conquering single “TIGHTEN UP” has been nominated for both Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Group. Dan & Pat are also up for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the track “Black Mud”.


2010 has been a truly massive year for THE BLACK KEYS. Sixth album “Brothers” has seen them follow critical acclaim with huge commercial success and take their place at rock’s top table in the process. “Brothers” has now sold 60,000 copies in the UK, while in the US the album has now over 500,000 copies since its release in May, making it by far their biggest selling album to date,. Last month saw them sell-out two nights at Brixton Academy and make their Later with Jools Holland debut. “Brothers” is also figuring highly in the end-of-year lists, coming in at number 5 in MOJO and number 11 in Q.

The Black Keys

THE BLACK KEYS will be kicking off 2011 with the re-release of “Tighten Up” on 24th January, a track which has now had over 3.5 million hits on Youtube (see below) and been the number 1 track on US rock/alt radio for the past 4 weeks.

“Tighten Up” video:

Critical acclaim for “BROTHERS”, The Black Keys sixth album, released in May on V2/Cooperative Music:

“The Akron duo’s sixth album sizzles… Auerbach’s voice is as emotive as any in modern rock… “Brothers” will shiver the spine of anyone in love with unsanitised rock’n’roll”
Q – 4 Stars ****

“Brothers is all about The Black Keys swaggering journey from sub-White Stripes curio to one of the best rock’n’roll bands on the planet”
Uncut – 4 Stars ****

“Brothers marks the midway point between the garage rock stylings of their first few albums and the hip-hop influence of last year’s BLAKROC”
NME – 8/10

“America’s other celebrated alt-blues duo return from their own musical moonlighting sounding refreshed and reinvigorated. A 15-track dash through terrain that takes in boogie, soul, funk, gospel and, of course, the blues. The pair remain as lean and hungry as ever. More of the same this is not.”
Sunday Times – 4 Stars ****

“Alabama has stoked The Black Keys dark side”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Brothers crunches through the gears from blues rock to psychedelic funk to sweet 60s soul… Brothers is the real deal”
Classic Rock – 9/10

“This record is a triumph in every way… There just isn’t a wasted moment on here”
The Stool Pigeon – 5 Stars *****

“Soul oozes from this latest album by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney”
The Independent – 4 Stars ****

“Brothers expands deep into soul territory… warmth and creative energy ooze from every groove of this great record.”
Time Out – 4 Stars ****

“Experimental, dirty blues, played with passion and purpose; Brothers is proof that funky lessons have been learnt and the business is refreshed rather than resumed. Just six months on from showing us how far they’d come, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney give us a glimpse of how far they can still go.”
The Independent on Sunday – 4 stars ****

“Six albums in, The Black Keys are stronger than ever”
The Fly – 4 Stars ****

“A retro-soul cracker… Next Girl and She’s Long Gone are classic garage-rock stompers”
The Times – 4 Stars ****

“Richly textured… And boy does it have soul… A record which retools blues for the 21st Century”
Artrocker – 4 Stars ****

“The Akron band’s raging punk blues has moved into a leaner and meaner rock/funk strut on this sixth album”
The Mirror – 4 Stars ****

“Brothers finds them getting in touch with their soulful side, with falsetto vocals and vintage Stax grooves nicely mixed in with the usual grimy riffs.”
Financial Times – 4 stars ****

“Supercharged and superfly… Brothers is a far funkier proposition that previous releases… It’s not difficult to discern why many people consider The Black Keys the coolest bunch of mofos alive.”
Rock’n’Reel – 4 Stars ****

“The Keys conjure the lusty blues-soul strut of a band possessed.”
The Independent (Information)

“Raw, ragged blues-rock recorded at Alabama’s legendary Muscle Shoals studios… Stunning”

“Ragged interplay of lone guitar and drums, and an ability to find space for innovation amid tight musical constraints… Such is the ingenuity on display here”
The Observer

“The Black Keys are so hip it hurts”

“One of the most consistent rock bands of the past decade have again proved that there is never enough soul-fused rock music in the world… A great album from an under-appreciated act”

(14th February 2011) Congratulations to The Black Keys on their Grammy Wins.

Last night saw The Black Keys triumph at the Grammy Awards with their all-conquering “Brothers” album winning in three categories. “Brothers” was named Best Alternative Album while their single “Tighten Up” was awarded Best Rock Performance By A Group. “Brothers” also picked up the award for Best Recording Package for its distinctive artwork (by Pat’s brother Michael Carney) while the band also contributed to Danger Mouse’s win for Producer of the Year in recognition for his work on “Tighten Up” and other productions.

3 Responses to “THE BLACK KEYS – Nominated for FOUR Grammy Awards!”

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  3. Song music promotion Says:

    This is something I like. Being nominated is so awesome!

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