Indie duo Wet Leg scored two Grammy wins less than two years after their first live gig

Rising stars Wet Leg have landed their first Grammy awards, less than two years on from their first live concert.

Isle Of Wight-based rock duo Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers scooped two gongs at one of the biggest nights in the music industry calendar in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The pair took home best alternative music performance and alternative music album at the 65th annual ceremony, and conveniently took to the stage to accept the awards.

65th Annual Grammy Awards – Show

Henry Holmes, from left, Rhian Teasdale, Joshua Omead Mobaraki, and Ellis Durand of Wet Leg accept the award for best alternative music for Chaise Lounge (Chris Pizzello/AP)

“This is so funny, thank you so much. What are we doing here? I do not know. But here we are,” said Teasdale, accepting the first award.

Later, speaking in the winners’ room after their first two victories, she told the PA news agency that they could not “calculate” their success over the past 18 months.

“It’s very strange, very magical. We can’t calculate,” Teasdale said.

The two laughed in the Grammys winners room and gave the thumbs up sign as they left.

The long-time friends formed the band in 2019 and signed to Domino Recording Company, which represents artists including Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and Hot Chip.

Mercury Music Prize 2022

Their much-anticipated self-titled album was released in April to much acclaim (Mercury Award 2022/PA)

Their first single Chaise Longue was released in June 2021, racking up millions of streams, and their second Wet Dream was just as successful after being released in September of the same year.

Wet Leg was included in the BBC’s Sound Of 2022 list, but Bath-based singer-songwriter Pink Pantheress missed out.

Their highly anticipated self-titled album was released in April to critical acclaim.

They went on to rock the crowds with a performance on the Park Stage at last year’s Glastonbury festival, which led to road closures near the venue due to overcrowding.

In July 2022 her track Angelica was included on former president Barack Obama’s summer playlist alongside tunes from fellow Grammy winners Beyonce and Harry Styles.

65th Annual Grammy Awards – Press Room

The duo took home best alternative music performance and alternative music album at the 65th annual ceremony (Jae C. Hong/AP)

On the same day their album was announced as part of the shortlist of 12 players for the Mercury Prize.

Reacting to the nomination, they said: “It’s been just over a year since our first gig and we’re all still reeling from where this tour has taken us.

“When we started the band, we never thought we’d have a chance to make a record, let alone a full album…

“We’re lucky we got to make the album we did. Thanks to everyone who helped us along the way. Feeling very proud and grateful today.”

Last year, Wet Leg was also nominated in two categories at the Aim Awards, including UK Independent Breakthrough and Best Independent Track for Chaise Longue.

Shortly before the 2023 Grammys they supported Styles on his world tour.

Leave a comment