UPDATE: Gotye wins three Grammys, Record of the Year
That lanky, unassuming, softly spoken Gotye—our biggest musical export in the past year—has picked up two Grammy awards today.
After hitting number one in eighteen countries including the US and selling a casual twelve million singles since its release in July 2011, not to mention experiencing a gloriously awkward revamp on Glee, the ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ juggernaut is still bringing in the accolades for Wally de Backer.
At the 2013 Grammy Awards in downtown LA, currently being staged Sunday night west coast time, his runaway success collaboration with Kimbra has earned them Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. On top of that, he has already beaten the likes of Fiona Apple, Tom Waits, Bjork and M83 to take out Best Alternative Album.
“I don’t really feel worthy of being up here,” he said from the stage.
The question on everyone’s minds now is whether he’ll de Backer it up with a trifecta – he’s up for the top gong of Record of the Year, against a field of American sweethearts: from Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift to Fun., The Black Keys and Frank Ocean.
UPDATE: Gotye has won Record of the Year for 'Somebody That I Used To Know'. The award was presented to Wally de Backer by Prince, who said when announcing the winner: "I love this song." Watch Prince hand over the award here on TheVine.
Here's Wally accepting the award for Best Alternative Album.
In a statement, de Backer said:
"I'm grateful to everyone at home for their constant support. It's been amazing and I don't take it for granted. I'm particularly pleased that my album "Making Mirrors" has been acknowledged as well as the single. Hopefully this means there's a place for adventurous, interesting music out there - and for completely silly music too!"
The win marks "only the second time in the 54-year history of the Grammys that the Record of the Year prize has been won by an Australian artist (the other winner was Olivia Newton-John in 1975 for "I Honestly Love You"). and the first time ever that an Australian male solo artist has received multiple Grammys in the same year."
In an extensive interview with TheVine two months ago, De Backer told us that he was looking forward to having a "fun night with close buddies and enjoying the weirdness" of the Grammys. Things just got a whole lot weirder.