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The Athens, AL, band Alabama Shakes is up for three Grammy Awards. A year ago band members were still working day jobs and playing bars. But 2012 has been good to the Shakes. They've been hailed by NPR Music (link includes studio sessions and concert video) and the New York Times as a band to watch. Their music has been featured in movies and on television. And they opened for Neil Young.

Last night, they were nominated for Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Rock Performance for their hit "Hold On", which Rolling Stone declared the #1 song of 2012.

They also received a nomination for Best Recording Package for art direction for their 2012 album "Boys & Girls". (photo credit: WeeklyDig/Flickr)

~ December 6, 2102