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Grammys 2012: Mumford & Sons work the deja vu angle

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Ben Lovett and Ted Dwayne of the British folk rock band Mumford & Sons were a bit sheepish about appearing on the carpet at the Grammys for the second time in as many years for the same debut album, "Sigh No More."

Last year the band skyrocketed to international attention with their best new artist nomination, and this year they were back for the song "The Cave," which is nominated for record of the year.

"It's a bit of deja vu," said Dwayne. "It's as much of an honor, but it's still the same record, and we're here celebrating artists with new records."

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"When we heard, we were like, 'Wait! It's 2012. We should have a new album out now,' " Lovett added.

The band members, who were on their way to Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party Saturday night when they heard the news of pop legend Whitney Houston's death, expressed a deep sense of sadness about the loss. The said they initially were surprised that Davis' party was not canceled, but realized why it wasn't when the event turned into a memorial tribute for the lost singer, with Davis speaking eloquently about how much Houston would have wanted the Grammys to go on as a celebration of the music and artists she loved so much.

"Last night Clive Davis spoke so well on the subject," Lovett said, shaking his head slowly. "It's an undeniable tragedy, and it's so soon after the event, there's a lot of grieving yet to happen."

The band is in the thick of getting a new album out into the world, but they say they have no expectations of being on the Grammys carpet again next year.

"But we'd like to attend whether we're nominated or not," Lovett said, while Dwayne smiled in agreement.

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— Jessica Gelt

Photo: Mumford & Sons at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.

 
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