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Kendrick Lamar

Alabama Shakes ready to rock at Grammy Awards

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes remembers being a nervous, fresh-faced, first-time nominee at the Grammys back in 2013.

"It was all (like), 'Well, what's going to happen. What? Ahhh, it was really stressful. What is this? What do I do? Go here, go there; Staples Center. What?' " Howard recalled in an interview Friday.

She, and her band, are back at the Grammys three years later, competing for four honors, including album of the year for their sophomore effort, "Sound & Color."

And they mean business.

"Now, it's like, I'm used to this and this is going to be cool. I'm going to be less stressed out. In the commercial breaks, I'll...