(Courtesy photo) Greta Van Fleet consists of Frankenmuth High School graduates, from left to right: Sam Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Jake Kiszka and Danny Wagner. The rock band recently earned four Grammy Award nominations.

Greta Van Fleet earns four Grammy nominations

Greta Van Fleet earns four Grammy nominations

By Alex Szwarc

Freelance writer

FRANKENMUTH —  It’s been a full-tilt year for Greta Van Fleet.

The rock band from Frankenmuth toured the world and released its debut album “Anthem of the Peaceful Army.”

Now, the year is being capped off with its first Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist, Best Rock Song for “Black Smoke Rising,” Best Rock Album for the band’s double EP “From The Fires” and Best Rock Performance for “Highway Tune.”

Nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards were announced on Dec. 7. The award show is scheduled to air Feb. 10 on CBS in Los Angeles.

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists.

“We are all so very honored and humbled to have been nominated for a Grammy Award, and so appreciative for the love and support we get from our fans, because we do what we do for them,” a press release from the band states. “All of the wonderful things that have happened to us over the past year, including these nominations, is because of our fans, The Peaceful Army.”

To share this honor and as a way to thank its fans, $1 from every ticket to the band’s upcoming three, sold-out shows at the Fox Theatre in Detroit – Dec. 27, Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 – will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation on behalf of The Peaceful Army.

Other Best Rock Performance nominees include tracks from Chris Cornell and Halestorm. For Best Rock Album, Greta Van Fleet is up against bands like Fall Out Boy, Weezer and Alice in Chains.

Greta Van Fleet formed in 2012 and consists of four young musicians from Frankenmuth – twin brothers Josh Kiszka and Jake Kiszka, younger brother Sam Kiszka and longtime family friend Danny Wagner.

All four graduated from Frankenmuth High School – Josh Kiszka and Jake Kiszka, 22, in 2014 and Sam Kiszka and Wagner, 19, in 2017.

“From The Fires” claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums chart in November 2017, and includes the band’s break-out single, “Highway Tune” that spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, and “Black Smoke Rising” with nearly 24 million streams.

Since its national debut in March 2017 with the release of the “Highway Tune” music video, the band has been on a wild ride of sold-out concerts throughout North America and Europe, racked up tens of millions of YouTube video plays and audio streams, and received glowing accolades from iconic artists like Elton John and Dave Grohl.

“Anthem of the Peaceful Army” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales and Top Rock Albums charts, and at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Its music has been described as a high-energy hybrid of rock ’n’ roll, blues and soul, loaded with attitude, bravado, and incredible vocals.

The group’s six remaining tour dates this month in Chicago and Detroit are all sold-out.

In October, the band announced plans for its 2019 “March of the Peaceful Army” world tour which begins next month in Australia.

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