Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kimbra wins Grammys

Gotye and Kimbra. Photo: Grammy.com

Kimbra scored two Grammy nominations for her guest slot on Gotye's hit single Somebody That I Used To Know - Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and also Record of the year - and won. She arrived in Los Angeles a few days ago, saying she would be based there for the next few months, and first item of business was get all dressed up for Sunday night's awards ceremony.

Gotye won Best Alternative Album, then he And Kimbra won Best Pop Duo. She looked thrilled. Then the big one, Record of the year.

Kimbra told the NZ Herald's Russell Baillie that  she "didn't think they had much chance. Especially as unlike those fellow nominees they hadn't been asked to play the song on the night. "I kinda took that as a sign that maybe we weren't going to be main players in the awards ... but we were stoked to be at an award ceremony for the first time and we were able to relax and not have to worry about a performance."

The award was announced by Prince. Kimbra was pretty excited about seeing Prince, mentioning on Twitter earlier in the day "Prince will be at The Grammys presenting an award tonight. Breathe, breathe"

Check Prince's entrance... gif by Rich Juzwiak, who says  "Prince is still the coolest, no matter what he says."

Then Prince intros the nominees, thne says "The award goes to..." he opens the envelope, looks at the winners name., and says "oh, I love this song... Somebody That I Used To Know."

Cut to Gotye and Kimbra getting up in the audience, she looks completely stunned. They get up on stage, and Gotye makes a brief speech, and thanks Prince for his music, then Kimbra thanks Gotye and his producer, and also thanks Prince. He stands there, being all enigmatic. What a dude. Watch the clip on the Grammys site.Or watch below, if it's still up.

Previous Kiwi Grammy winners are jazz arranger/musician Alan Broadbent (7 nominations and two wins) and Flight of the Conchords.

ADDED:  Kimbra tweeted "Still can't believe this actually happened. Framing this moment forever in my mind"  - see photo below...

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