Best of 2017: Breakout Artist of the Year - Portugal. The Man

December 7, 2017

From Locals Only staples to chart-topping crossover hits, Portugal. The Man has been doing the damn thing for longer than 10 years, but 2017 was without a doubt their year.

They released Woodstocktheir eighth LP, and with it, the song "Feel It Still," which earned the band a GRAMMY nom (and could have easily earned them multiple but, you know, GRAMMYS).

Let's get one thing straight. Woodstock itself is a groundbreaking album for Portugal. The Man, catapulting them into the limelight (finally) after years of being the best band your friends had never heard of. They released the dance groove "Feel It Still" as a single and quickly rose to the top of the Alternative charts before turning their attention and riding the track into the mainstream like Indie-rock conquerors, breaking down Alt-chart records along the way.

GALLERY: Photos from the Portugal. The Man EndSession at Seattle's Lo-Fi

Not since Gotye and Kimbra released "Somebody That I Used To Know" in 2012 has a band widely unknown outside of Alternative circles dominated airplay and commanded attention like The Lords of Portland, as they have come to be known, has in 2017, and they did it without getting naked and painting their bodies.

Portugal. The Man played a stacked Deck The Hall Ball 2017 lineup, sold out The Paramount earlier in the year, and even got Diana Ross's grandson dancing during their American Music Award's performance.

Portugal. The Man ends 2017 at best GRAMMY-carrying Portugal. The Man, and at worst, GRAMMY-nominated Portugal. The Man. 

2017 belonged to the Lords of Portland.

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ENDSESSION: Portugal. The Man - "Feel It Still"