After earning three nominations in major categories for the 55th Grammy Awards, Australia’s Gotye has come home with Grammy glory, winning all three of the categories he was nominated in, all wins predicted by Spotify based on data analysis they conducted of their listeners’ habits in the major Grammy categories.
After walking the red carpet with his ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ singing partner Kimbra, the 32-year-old Wally De Backer waited patiently inside the Staples Centre in Los Angeles for his chance at a coveted golden gramophone, in the pre-televised segment of the show, Gotye won the Pop Duo/Group Performance category for his world-beating hit, as well as its parent album Making Mirrors earning a nod in the Best Alternative Album category.
UPDATE: Once the Grammys went live to air, Gotye made his wins three for three, winning the Record of the Year award , with the Purple One himself, Prince presenting the award to the Melbourne-based musician and proclaiming “I love this song.”
Joined on stage by an ecstatic Kimbra, Gotye graciously accepted the award for “Somebody That I Used to Know”, beating out musical heavyweights Frank Ocean, Kelly Clarkson, The Black Keys, Fun., and Taylor Swift.
Beating strong contenders such as fun.’s Janelle Monáe-featuring hit ‘We Are Young’ and Maroon 5’s Wiz Khalifa-featuring ‘Payphone’, Gotye and Kimbra also took out the Pop Duo/Group Performance category, which also feature Florence & The Machine’s ‘Shake It Out’ and LMFAO’s ‘Sexy and I Know It’.
Gotye’s ubiquitous single, which helped him storm the United States and Europe, leading to it recently being named the highest selling single of 2012, was already one of most streamed songs of 2012, and its body-paint video clip became one of the most watched YouTube videos of all time, (currently sitting at over 350+ million views) – and now can add one of the music industry’s most coveted awards to its running sheet.
The album from which the world-conquering single is taken, Making Mirrors also beat out strong contenders in the likes of Fiona Apple, Björk, Tom Waits, and M83 to claim the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album, giving Gotye another reason to re-arrange the mantle to accomodate his award. During his acceptance speech, reports the LA Times, the humble winner said he “didn’t feel comfortable accepting the award, acknowledging that most fans still know him just for one song.”
Other wins included The Black Keys, who scooped up four Grammys including the Best Rock Single for ‘Lonely Boy’ taken from El Camino which also took home the gong for Best Rock Album; Jay-Z & Kanye West winning Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for their Watch The Throne hit ‘Niggas In Paris’, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross taking out the Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media category for their score to the David Fincher-directed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.