20 November, 2019Print
Black Pumas Nominated for Best New Artist at 2020 GRAMMY Awards"The Breakout Band of 2019" (NPR)
Congratulations to Black Pumas who today were nominated for Best New Artist, one of the “big four” categories at the 2020 Grammy Awards. Built on the partnership between frontman and former street performer Eric Burton and GRAMMY-winning guitarist and producer Adrian Quesada, the nomination caps an explosive breakout year for the Austin-based psychedelic soul duo.
From winning Best New Band and Best Song (“Black Moon Rising”) at the 2019 Austin Music Awards, attracting praise from Rolling Stone for their “tireless, charismatic” performances at SXSW, and releasing their “staggering” (MOJO) debut for ATO Records, to playing sold-out dates and multiple TV shows across the US, Black Pumas have been on the ascent all year long.
Black Pumas’ track "Colors" has racked up 14 million streams and been Shazamed 100K times, and the band's incredible live video of the song went viral with over 7 million views to date. Last month, Black Pumas performed "Colors" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, following their network TV debut on CBS This Morning. Their performance of the track on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic was featured on NPR Music's Favorite Sessions, and the song will be included in a performance on Austin City Limits which will air in 2020. "Colors" is currently at #18 on AAA Radio, the band's highest charting single to date.
Immediately after the Grammy nominations were announced this morning, The Los Angeles Times posted a reaction story asking “Who Are Black Pumas?” It’s obvious that more fans are finding out every day.