Black Keys on success: 'Never feel like you’re entitled to it – because then you turn into a prick'

Band stay humble after multiple Grammy nods

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The Black Keys have said they never feel entitled to success, no matter how hard they worked for it.

Speaking to, drummer Patrick Carney said: "We’ve definitely worked hard, but a lot of bands have worked just as hard. You just have to feel really lucky. Never feel like you’re entitled to it – because then you just sort of turn into a prick."

The duo picked up five Grammy nominations this year, with singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach also picking up a solo nod for Producer of the Year. The band are also set to perform at the Grammys ceremony for the first time, which will take place in LA on February 11.

"It just so happens that in the last two or so years, a lot of things that we were never even on our radar happened, like getting gold and platinum records, winning Grammys, selling out MSG [Madison Square Garden], headlining festivals, " Carney said. "All that stuff, we never even thought was possible. When it happens, it’s really kind of surreal. We’re really grateful that it’s happened, but we don’t really understand how it happened or why it happened."

The Black Keys are set to release their eighth album, the follow-up to 2011's 'El Camino' in late 2013.

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