Gotye and Kimbra accept the award for record of the year, presented by Prince.
A fun. night: Indie-pop winners fun. (song of the year, We Are Young; best new artist) poked fun at themselves backstage, pointing out that just because their hit single implied they were youthful, the lines on their face said otherwise.
“I think we look completely age appropriate,” said Jack Antonoff. “Actually, here’s our secret. The money that other bands spend on drugs, we spend on having a yoga professional backstage, going to the gym …on a lot of superfoods.”
Nate Reuss, the lead singer, said it’s nice to win for working hard and staying the course.
Although they won best new artist, they’ve been working away at this for 12 years. “Our goal was never to figure out what to do to be a success, we just wanted to build a fan base that appreciated what we did.”
“I don’t want a Grammy Award for being something that I’m not,” Reuss said.
Added Reuss, “There’s also a lot of false advertising going on. When you write a song called We Are Young, people assume you must be young. ‘Hey, but they’ve got bags under their eyes …but they must be young, right?’”
The New York-based band said winning tonight’s two Grammys was especially rewarding after a long, unrecognized slog in the music business. Reuss noted, “It means a lot to be recognized by our peers. We’re musicians and songwriters first.”
He added that the band strove to build a fan base more than chart a single. “We didn’t think about what type of band we wanted to be (in order to succeed). We’ve always been lucky to have fans who came to see us for who we were. Over the years we learned that we just wanted to be ourselves. I don’t want a Grammy Award for something we didn’t put our heart into. We always thought we were just lucky to draw some people at a club. So to get this now based on being ourselves feels great.”
Ending on a high note: Mumford & Sons, the British band that took best album honors for Babel, sat through a long pre-telecast and most of the 3 1/2-hour show before an envelope finally went their way.
“We were in the pre-tel stuff, and we had six nominations,” Marcus Mumford said after the show. “We were like, cool, we got six nominations. Then one after the other, it was the Black Keys, the Black Keys. We resigned ourselves that it would be the Black Keys’ year. We really didn’t care about winning.”
But now that they have?
“It’s (expletive) awesome!” he said.
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