Photo by Jeff Gale from vegasmagazine.com. Lead vocalist Dan Reynolds (second from left) and lead guitarist Wayne Sermon (second from right).
The Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons gained exposure following the release of their first single, "It's Time," and their debut studio album, Night Visions (2012), reached #1 on the "Alternative Albums" Billboard chart. The band's second studio album, Smoke + Mirrors, also topped the chart. Billboard named them the Breakthrough Band of 2013, and Rolling Stone named their single "Radioactive" the biggest rock hit of the year.
Imagine Dragons has won two American Music Awards for Favorite Alternative Artist, and the band has been nominated for a total of six Grammy Awards, with "Radioactive" winning for Best Rock Performance in 2013. They received two nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards for Evolve, Best Pop Vocal Album, and "Thunder," Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Reynolds has become an advocate for LGBTQ youth. In 2017, he organized the first-ever LoveLoud music festival, which brought together more than 17,000 people from LGBTQ and faith communities to show love and support for LGBTQ youth.
LoveLoud 2017, photo by Jamie Armstrong
The Church said of the festival:
“We applaud the LoveLoud Festival for LGBTQ Youth’s aim to bring people together to address teen safety and to express respect and love for all of God’s children. We join our voice with all who come together to foster a community of inclusion in which no one is mistreated because of who they are or what they believe.
“We share common beliefs, among them the pricelessness of our youth and the value of families. We earnestly hope this festival and other related efforts can build respectful communication, better understanding, and civility as we all learn from each other.”
4. Dan Truman of Diamond Rio
Photo from diamondriomusic.com
Founded in 1982, Diamond Rio is a legendary country music band that has stood the test of time. Dan Truman, the band's keyboardist, is a faithful Latter-day Saint.
Though Truman is the only Mormon in Diamond Rio, he shares the same values with his bandmates, which has helped him stay worthy and live Church standards.
“I’ve been blessed to play with this band for 20 years,” he told LDS Living. “Every one of the guys in Diamond Rio is a really good family guy. The biggest plus for me is that they all have lifestyles similar to mine.”
He continued, “It gets complicated out there because once you start having hit songs and you’re on the radio and on television, everyone treats you differently—all the rules go away. So, we literally have a rule in the band: no women on the tour bus unless they are your mother, your sister, your daughter, or your wife.”
Diamond Rio received the Academy of Country Music's award for Top Vocal Group in 1991 and 1992. In 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1997, they also received the Country Music Association's award for Vocal Group of the Year (an award for which they received 15 total nominations—more than any other country music group). In addition, they have received 14 Grammy Award nominations and won a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album for The Reason.