Maroon 5 Talk About Winning First GRAMMY & Beating Kanye West

It was standing room only as throngs of ladies were packed in like sardines at the Red Bull Sound Space at 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles this morning. “Do they allow men to this concert?” Adam Levine asked a squealing crowd, mostly of the female persuasion. “There you go. A brave man, actually a smart man because it’s all girls here!”

They had gathered to catch a sneak peek of Maroon 5 before they head out on tour in support of their critically-acclaimed album, Overexposed.

Carson Daly was on hand to host the intimate performance and his bromance with front man Adam Levine goes back much further than their work on The Voice. Daly invited them onto his late night talk show, Last Call with Carson Daly, when the band was just beginning to make waves with their 2002 record, Songs About Jane.

“This guy right here,” Levine gestured to Daly. “I’ve said this a bunch of times, but he was the first person that ever believed in us enough to have us on television, which is an incredible thing. So we will always be thankful to you for that.”

In 2005, Maroon 5 won its first of three Grammys for Best New Artist.

“We were nominated against some amazing artists. One of them was Kanye West for Best New Artist,” Levine explained. “And so I’m thinking, ‘God bless Los Lonely Boys, but Kanye’s got this, you know?’”

“So, then we won and I think we were all just so shocked, first of all that we won a Grammy. Secondly, that it was in the category it was in and third, that we beat Kanye because I know as pissed off as he probably was, and I love him. I’ve known him for a long time…He didn’t interrupt us and he didn’t go crazy and say, ‘I deserve this and you don’t!’”

Since their surprise win, Maroon 5 has said the key to their continued success is keeping things fresh.

“We just evolved and changed and grown and I don’t know, it seems like if you’re going to be a band that people are going to be interested [in] for a very long time, you have to make sure you don’t wind up in the same place you were 10 years ago.” Levine said. “So, just changing and growing is important, as corny as that sounds. Growth and change. I feel like I’m running for President.”

Their brief vacation comes to an end next February when the Overexposed North American tour kicks off in Columbus, Ohio. Even though they released their album just a few short months ago, all the fans were dying to know when the band will be heading back into the recording studio again.

“We have not officially begun work on that record,” Levine said. “We will soon, I think, because we want to keep making music, keep doing this. It’s pretty fun and everyone seems to like it. It works for everybody!”

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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