RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

All this week, we're listening to music nominated for Song of the Year in this year's Grammy contest. Here's NPR's music critic Ann Powers with another contender.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HOLOCENE")

JUSTIN VERNON: (Singing) Someway, baby, its part of me, apart from me...

ANN POWERS, BYLINE: This song, "Holocene," was written by Justin Vernon who is singing. He fronts the band Bon Iver, which you know very well if you like indie music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HOLOCENE")

VERNON: (Singing) You're laying waste to Halloween...

POWERS: Bon Iver has been a critical darling for a few years now. And its second album is helping the band become known in the wider world. Bon Iver is nominated for Best New Artist, too.

At this point in time, there are a lot grown-up indie rock fans among the people who vote for the Grammys. This year, Justin Vernon is literally their poster boy, even after he told The New York Times this spring that he doesn't think industry awards are very important.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HOLOCENE")

VERNON: (Singing) And I won't sell you...

MONTAGNE: NPR music critic Ann Powers is reviewing the Grammy nominations for Song of the Year all week.

And this is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News.

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