In a stacked category that included fun. and Frank Ocean, it was Gotye who took home one of the GRAMMYs’ biggest awards, Record of the Year, for “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Earlier in the evening, he won awards for Best Alternative Album for Making Mirrors and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Kimbra.
Joining Gotye on stage for his Record of the Year win was his “Somebody That I Used To Know” partner-in-crime, Kimbra. The duo seemed almost overwhelmed by the award’s presenter, Prince, who mentioned that he “loves” “Somebody That I Used To Know.”
In his acceptance speech, Gotye was thoroughly down to earth, remarking, “To all musicians, and all people who listen to music: cheers.”
During the GRAMMY pre-telecast, Gotye’s acceptance speech for Best Alternative Album was also humble and thankful to those who helped him along the way.
“I have to thank François Tétaz and Kimbra for being such great collaborators,” Gotye said while accepting the award, in reference to fellow producer Tétaz, who mixed the record and is credited for contributing “dubs & spaces” on the album, and the song’s co-vocalist Kimbra. He also thanked his parents for allowing him to set up “weird instruments in the barn” — a converted studio at the family’s property on the Mornington Peninsula of Australia.
The singer-songwriter acknowledged that “so much attention” was put on Making Mirrors thanks to the success of the single “Somebody That I Used to Know,” a global smash that topped charts in multiple countries and certified six times platinum status (over six million copies sold) in the U.S. alone.
Gotye barely had time to savor the victory when his name was called in the very next category, when “Somebody That I Used to Know” was announced as the winner for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
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-Scott T. Sterling & Jillian Mapes, Radio.com