This is when indie folk rock finally broke through to the mainstream
In 2011, indie rock and folk artists were breaking through to the mainstream. Mumford & Son’s were already making waves in the UK, but their debut album Sigh No More got a stateside release in February in 2010. After gaining some slow success, they got their big break by earning a Best New Artist nomination at the Grammys. Paired with their performance at the event of “The Cave”, they earned the third most digital downloads of the year and another Grammy nomination in 2012 – this time for Song and Record of the Year. Another indie folk artist, Bon Iver was also gaining major traction in 2011. Their second album debuted at number two and they went on to win best new artist and best alternative album Grammys with nominations for Song and Record of the Year alongside Mumford & Son’s. But the biggest alt-rock surprise of 2011? Arcade Fire beating out Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Lady A for a huge Album of the Year win at the Grammys. Want to learn more about 2011? Lzzy Hale of Halestorm guides us through the year this SUNDAY at 9:30/8:30c ONLY on AXS TV!