[artist id=”1233888″]Kings of Leon[/artist] are reclaiming the Grammy throne in the name of rock. After winning a Best Rock Performance Grammy last year for the anthemic single “Sex on Fire,” the Nashville quartet rose to even greater heights this year by taking home three of the coveted awards. The rock ballad “Use Somebody,” the second single off of their platinum 2008 album Only by Night, earned the group trophies for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Record of the Year.
“It’s really weird, because this is our fourth album, and it seems like in America it was our first album,” KOL bassist Matthew Followill told MTV News after their wins. “It’s great, it’s good to be famous.”
So, how does it feel to come out on top in a category chock-full of veterans and legends like Bruce Springsteen and U2? “I would just like to say, ’In your face!’ ” guitarist Jared Followill joked. “We won; better luck next year.”
With more wins under their belt, however, Jared said the band realizes there may be different expectations going forward. “I suppose critical acclaim gives you more pressure, because we don’t write songs to win trophies,” he said. “We write songs to … have a groundbreaking album and [take] it to the next level as far as our band goes. This is great, and it’s very rewarding, but we’re not trying to do this every time — we’re trying to make a great record.”
Even after their rise in popularity and the success of Only by Night, the Kings are showing no signs of slowing down and plan to release a follow-up album by the end of 2010.
“We’re going to start writing and rehearsing new stuff, and then we’ll go in the studio and see what happens,” Matthew said.
“It will be out around late this year, September or October,” Jared added.
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