Three years ago, Adele was an up-and-coming singer who was just beginning bubble on the American pop scene thanks to her 19 single “Chasing Pavements.” In 2009, a year after the release of her debut, the still-somewhat-unknown Brit won the Best New Artist Grammy . She was well on her way to becoming one of the biggest voices in pop.
This year, she’ll head into Sunday’s Grammys with six nominations for her heartbreaking 21. But back in ’09, Adele — who had yet to build up a big Stateside fanbase — managed beat the likes of the [artist id="2088128"]Jonas Brothers[/artist] and fellow Brit Duffy in the category. Three years later, the JoBros can laugh off the loss.
“We lost,” Kevin joked to MTV News when we caught up with the guys this week. Asked if he had any 2012 Grammy advice for the “Rolling in the Deep” singer, he could only say, “To Adele … she’s only like one of the best artists ever. It’s cool.”
Joe also had some words of wisdom for this year’s crop of Best New Artist nominees, including the Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Skrillex.
“I think, go in knowing that you’re a winner already. You got that far, you should feel like a champion,” Joe said. “I believe Norah Jones said it: Sometimes it can be a curse. You get scared if you’re gonna win. I’m not saying there’s a curse on Adele — she’s amazing! — but a lot of times there’s a lot of artists that didn’t end up winning that became huge, so you’re a winner [regardless].”
And as the JoBros dished, if you do lose, there’s always a consolation prize. “You do get a really cool necklace, gold metal thing,” Kevin revealed.
Chaos! Profanity! Wardrobe malfunctions! Don’t miss our Grammy red-carpet live stream this Sunday, February 12, for a full three hours of mayhem, starting at 5 p.m. ET on MTV.com. And the fun doesn’t end Sunday: MTV News has you covered for all the Grammy red-carpet fashion, Grammy winners and Grammy news until the hangover wears off!