See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Against all odds, Greta Van Fleet score four Grammy nominations

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 10:55 AM

click to enlarge Greta Van Fleet, from left: Danny Wagner and brothers Jake, Josh, and Sam Kiszka. - DOUG COOMBE
  • Doug Coombe
  • Greta Van Fleet, from left: Danny Wagner and brothers Jake, Josh, and Sam Kiszka.

Greta Van Fleet — the band described as "poor kids from Frankenmuth, Michigan" that "don’t even realize they’re more of an algorithmic fever dream than an actual rock band," in one of the most scathing Pitchfork album reviews of all time — just scored four Grammy Award nominations, including best new artist.

The Friday Grammy announcement revealed that Greta Van Fleet's 2017 EP, From the Fires, will vie for awards in the best rock performance, rock song, and rock album categories. The band's debut album Anthem of the Peaceful Army, which was given a 1.6 score by Pitchfork (and ranked as the lowest scoring album of the year), was released after the award show's cut off date, making it ineligible for this year's Grammy Awards.

The Metro Times cover stars will face off against mostly pop and R&B competitors in the best new artist category which includes Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, Jorja Smith, and country artists Margo Price and Luke Combs. Last year, the best new artist award went to Canadian popstar Alessia Cara.

GVF is not the only Michigan act represented during this year's awards. Detroit's own Eminem landed a nod for best rap song ("Lucky You") and singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens scored a nomination with "Mystery of Love," his contribution to the Academy Award-winning film Call Me By Your Name. Bettye LaVette is also up for best Americana album and best traditional R&B performance, and violinist Regina Carter will contend for best-improvised jazz solo.

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS. You can view the full list of nominations here.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 20, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation