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They’re not the most prolific band, releasing only seven studio projects in 17 years, and despite two Grammy nods and 18 Dove Award nominations, they’ve taken home only a few trophies: a Dove in 2008 for Rock Recorded Song of the Year, and the Top Christian Album title at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. So what’s the big deal?
In this age of overnight Internet sensations, Skillet are the poster band for hard work and perseverance, and as one of only three bands to have an album certified platinum in 2012 (alongside Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys), they make a pretty good case for a slow burn.
Not that the band has been hurting for validation. John Cooper & Co. only need to look to the “panheads" for that. Skillet’s freakishly faithful following has proven they will follow the foursome anywhere. These über-fans have even managed to make the band’s questionable moniker feel like it fits. Speaking of, the name Skillet started out as a joke, alluding to the mixture of styles and other bands the members played in. It was only going to be a side project anyway, but the band became Cooper’s primary focus and by then the name had stuck.