Faux-roots rockers the Lumineers made their well-timed Saturday Night Live debut last night (January 19), with performances of “Ho Hey,” then “Stubborn Love,” from their 2012 self-titled debut album. Led by Welsey Schultz, the five-piece Denver band effusively stomped and yelped, at least one of them barefoot and another in suspenders, as they played Hot 100 hit “Ho Hey” through to a beer commercial soundtracked with the same song. (The Lumineers didn’t get nominated for the Best Americana Album Grammy without appealing to ‘Murican values, after all.) For second act “Stubborn Love,” token girl Neyla Pekarek sat behind a cello to belt alongside Shultz, as Jeremiah Fraites retreated to the drumkit.
The folk band is also nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy, against stacked competition from Frank Ocean, fun., Hunter Hayes, and shtick-samesies Alabama Shakes. Watch Lumineers plead their case for that trophy above and below.