The National was awarded their first Grammy award for Best Alternative Music Album category for their 2017 release ‘Sleep Well Beast’ during The 60th annual Grammy Awards show. This is the band’s second nomination; they were nominated in the same category for their last album, ‘Trouble Will Find Me‘. ‘Sleep Well Beast‘, with designers Luke Hayman and Andrea Trabucco-Campos of Pentagram, also received a nomination for Best Recording Package.

Guitarist and producer Aaron Dessner had this to say about the win:

We are honored and grateful to be recognized by the Recording Academy. The National started 19 years ago and has grown into a large extended family and community of artistic collaborators. This award is for our whole family and everyone who has helped us and listened along the way. We could never have accomplished what we have just the five of us. We also want to recognize all the incredible music that was not nominated and awarded this year, and every year. The National lived in the shadows for many years, outside the spotlight of commercial success and accolades. There is so much vital and important art and music being made in every corner, whether it’s put up on a pedestal at year end or not. Thank you.”