12/09/2010 AT 2:00 PM ET
Meet Florence Welch (aka Florence & the Machine). The 24-year-old Londoner, a chart-topper in her native U.K. who is quickly becoming a familiar face (and voice) in North America, thanks to her commanding live shows, fire-red hair and prominent appearances on soundtracks from Eclipse to Eat Pray Love..
She released her debut album, Lungs, in 2009, and often performs with harps and an array of string instruments – but the singer-songwriter says she loves rap and R&B and draws on those influences in her music. Here’s what you need to know about one of this year’s Grammy nominees for Best New Artist: