When the 2020 Grammy nominations were unveiled on Wednesday (Nov. 20), Tank and the Bangas were among those getting a nod in the best new artist category. The stacked class of artists finds the band competing against the likes of Black Pumas, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Maggie Rogers, Rosalia, and Yola for the trophy.
The soulful nine-piece band was originally formed in New Orleans in 2011 and received great acclaim with their Green Balloon album in May, which signified their arrival with the backing of a major label since inking a deal with Universal Music Group.
Here are five things to know about Tank and the Bangas.
1. The Group Met at an Open Mic Night in New Orleans
Before there were any ideas of forming a band, future group members met at a Liberation Lounge open mic night in 2011 at the Blackstar Cafe and Books in New Orleans, which has since closed down. In the past, they've credited linking up to "Jerk Chicken Sam’iches" and a drum set.