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The band that calls Portland home wins Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award for 'Feel It Still'

COURTESY: MACLAY HERIOT - Portland band Portugal. The Man surprised many by winning a Grammy Award for 'Feel It Still.'Already owners of the longest charting No. 1 hit on the Billboard Alternative charts, Portland band Portugal. The Man has added a big honor to its credits: Grammy Awards winner.

The band took home the Grammy for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for its big hit "Feel It Still," during the awards ceremony Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Portugal. The Man beat out four others for the honor: The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, "Something Just Like This"; Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, "Despacito"; Imagine Dragons, "Thunder"; Zedd and Alessia Cara, "Stay".

Portugal. The Man is calling Portland home these days, but they hail from Wasilla, Alaska, where band leaders Zach Carothers and John Gourley grew up together.

"Feel It Still" is from the band's eighth album, "Woodstock."

"There's amazing artists that come out of nowhere and keep getting better, and we're all about hard work, and that's what we've been doing," bassist Carothers told Billboard. "We like the struggle. We like sleeping in vans and eating rice at rest stops and it feels good to look back on the journey that we've done and all that it took to get there and get this nomination (and win), it is huge for us."

The vocalist Gourley told Billboard that the band has been working on new music. It starts a tour Thursday in Eugene.

"We seem to be the most creative the second we finish records, and watching the success of this song just makes me wanna try harder," he says. "I think that's the whole point. I see a lot of people say you just make the music you wanna make and just love what you do, and that is what we do, but I wanna write the best songs we can. I think that's our goal — just try to get better."

Other members are keyboard player Kyle O'Quin, guitarist Eric Howk and drummer Jason Sechrist.

Carothers said in an interview with The Portland Tribune in December that "I knew we wrote a really good song, we figured it would do well on the alternative charts. it's not blind luck. We knew we had something great, but we did not know it would cross over and become what it has. Nobody plans for that."

"Feel It Still" surpassed "Madness" by Muse to become the longest charting No. 1 alternative song ever. "Madness" held the previous record for 19 weeks.

Here's the link for the Tribune's December story on Portugal.The Man:

portlandtribune.com/pt/11-features/382239-269930-portugal-the-man-embraces-mainstream

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