Imagine Dragons is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, consisting of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. The band first gained exposure with the release of single "It's Time", followed by their award-winning debut studio album Night Visions (2012), which resulted in the chart-topping singles "Radioactive" and "Demons". Billboard placed them at the top of their "Year In Rock" rankings for 2013 and 2017 and named them their "Breakthrough Band of 2013". and "Biggest Band of 2017." Rolling Stone named "Radioactive", which holds the record for most weeks charted on the Billboard Hot 100, the "biggest rock hit of the year", and MTV called them "the year's biggest breakout band".
The band's second studio album Smoke + Mirrors (2015) reached number one in the US, Canada and the UK. The album was preceded by the top 40 single "I Bet My Life", and second and third singles, "Gold" and "Shots". The band then embarked on a ten month long world tour, which led to a brief hiatus in 2016, with occasional performances and soundtrack contributions throughout the remainder of the year.
The band released their third studio album, Evolve (2017) which resulted in the chart-topping singles, "Believer", "Thunder", and "Whatever It Takes". The album reached the top five in most countries. While all three albums were commercially successful, critical reception was mixed.
Imagine Dragons has won three American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, one Grammy Award, and one World Music Award. In May 2014, the band was nominated for fourteen Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist of the Year and a Milestone Award, which recognizes innovation and creativity of artists across different genres. Imagine Dragons have sold 12 million albums and 35 million singles worldwide. In April 2018, the band was nominated eleven more times for Billboard Music Awards.
- Dan Reynolds – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, percussion (2008–present)
- Wayne Sermon – lead guitar, backing vocals, mandolin (2009–present)
- Ben McKee – bass, piano, keyboards, synthesizers, backing vocals, guitar (2009–present)
- Daniel Platzman – drums, percussion, backing vocals, rhythm guitar, viola, keyboards (2011–present)
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