Franz Ferdinand are a British rock band formed in 2002, and based in Glasgow. The band is composed of Alex Kapranos (lead vocals and guitar, keyboard), Bob Hardy (bass guitar), Nick McCarthy (rhythm guitar, keyboards and backing vocals), and Paul Thomson (drums, percussion and backing vocals). The band has been nominated for several Grammy Awards. They have been nominated for several BRIT Awards in the UK, and have won an NME Award. With their four studio albums, the band sold over three million albums worldwide in 2009.