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5 Things to Know About Grammy-Winning Rock Band Imagine Dragons

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Imagine Dragons is kicking off 2014 with a bang.

After killing it on stage with Kendrick Lamar Sunday at the Grammy Awards, the "Radioactive" crooners took home their first Grammy for Best Rock Performance.

Now, they're headed to the Super Bowl to perform at the Bud Light Hotel, where they will host the "Pandora Presents" party Friday night.

Check out the five things to know about the alternative rock band!

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1. They've come a long way. The band's four members, Ben McKee (bassist), Wayne Sermon (guitarist), Dan Reynolds (vocalist) and Dan Platzman (drummer) originally played four nights a week at O'Shea's on the Las Vegas Strip.  With the release of their platinum-selling debut album, Night Visions, in September 2012 though, that all changed. The rock group edged into the spotlight, hitting the number two spot on the Billboard 200 charts...and they haven't let anything slow them down since. According to Diffuser, Platzman once passed out into the drums during a long set in Vegas, for example, but came to and finished the song.

2. They're humble. In spite of their success, the band mates, who've only been together for five years, didn't think they were going to walk away with a Grammy Sunday (they were nominated for two).

"Let me just say we are definitely not going into this thinking we're going to win a Grammy," Reynolds told Rolling Stone. "We're up for Record of the Year, and 'Radioactive' was a big song. But songs like ‘Blurred Lines' were huge. If I were a voter, I'd be like, ‘Robin Thicke was at the VMAs with his pin-striped suit, and Lorde is cute — and who are Imagine Dragons? I have no idea what those dudes even look like!' When that's the take, you know you're not going to win that award."

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3. They draw a lot of inspiration from hip hop music. "We're all fans of Kendrick," Reynolds told Rolling Stone. "We've been playing his record on the tour bus. We're more influenced by hip-hop than most rock bands. I was into 2Pac and Biggie, and to me, Kendrick reminds me of that era. He feels authentic."

4. Two of Imagine Dragons' members--Reynolds and Sermon—are Mormon. But, Sermon said their religion has never been an issue for the band. "For a lot of people, it might have been more difficult, but for us, it has been easy to do both," he told the Dallas Observer. "Everyone in the band is open-minded. For us, it hasn't been an issue. I think you surround yourself with the things you want to be surrounded with. For us, it's always about the music. That's always been primary for us. Some things have been challenging, but I think, for the most part, things have been basically easy."

5. More big things are lining up. Imagine Dragons is gearing up for their February 1st debut on Saturday Night Live with host Melissa McCarthy, and they're also working on their next album, which Reynolds said will have a different sound thant Night Visions. "I have about 50 demos kicking around," he told Rolling Stone. "I think the next record's going to be much different. I want to strip it back quite a bit. We embraced a lot of hip-hop influences with Night Visions, but I think the next record will be more rock-driven. It's too early to say, but there is some weird stuff going on in these songs."

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