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Måneskin reacted to Best New Artist Grammy nomination by “swearing in Italian”

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Whenever they decide to make a Måneskin biopic years from now, the band members are going to have to agree on the story of how they learned about their first Grammy nomination.

Speaking with ABC Audio, frontman Damiano David maintains he was the first to hear that the Italian rockers had scored a Best New Artist nod for the 2023 Grammys, since he was the “only one awake” when the nominations were announced earlier this month.

“These three beautiful guys were still sleeping,” David says of bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi and Ethan Torchio. De Angelis, however, claims that’s not true, protesting, “We didn’t know the exact timing.”

“They were still in their rooms, OK, let’s say that,” David concedes.

Whoever may or may not have been sleeping certainly woke up when David learned the news and began “swearing in Italian” and “banging on [their] walls.”

“I remember that Damiano was literally, like, screaming …’Oh, yes, yes, yes!'” Raggi laughs. “I said, ‘What the f*** has happened?'”

The Best New Artist nod comes after Måneskin broke out by winning the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. Prior to that, they’d released two albums; their viral cover of The Four Seasons‘ “Beggin'” dates back to 2017.

As for whether they feel like “new” artists, David replies, “For this part of the world, yeah.”

“Globally, yes, we’re new,” Torchio adds.

The 2023 Grammy Awards will take place February 5 in Los Angeles.

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