Perhaps it’s fitting that Amy Heidemann, the female half of YouTube server-melting pop group Karmin, won an online vote that resulted in her appearing on the cover of the Sept. 28 issue of Rolling Stone.
It seems pretty safe to say, after a cursory search of the magazine’s database, that this marks the first time that a Seward native will grace the cover of Rolling Stone. Heidemann joins Johnny Carson, Marlon Brando, and that’s about it as far as entertainers with Nebraska roots who’ve made it.
Heidemann poses by herself because the contest that featured Karmin was part of the magazine’s Women Who Rock issue. (On Karmin’s Twitter account, the band claimed to have pushed to get Heidemann’s fiance’ and Karmin keyboardist Nick Noonan to pose alongside her in a dress, to no avail.)
The issue features a profile of the duo, with the promise of telling “how a wedding singer from Nebraska and her boyfriend took YouTube by storm and won our ‘Choose Our Cover’ contest.”
It’s the latest big thing to happen to the band in a year in which they’ve played “Saturday Night Live,” toured internationally and seen original songs like “Brokenhearted” and “Hello” run on Top 40 loops.
In a video on rollingstone.com announcing the band’s win, Heidemann thanked the thousands upon thousands of fans who had a hand in them winning the cover vote.
“We are so thankful and humbled and grateful and spoiled just to have your support, and I can’t believe it,” Heidemann said.
Behind her on a shelf of records, coincidentally enough, was a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska.”