Kimbra in Grammy heaven
Kiwi songstress Kimbra has taken home a second Grammy Award for her part in Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know.
After winning already Best Alternative Music Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in the pre-televised ceremony today, Australia-based artist Wally 'Gotye' de Backer, also scored in the Best Record Of The Year category.
Another Kiwi up for a Grammy had to go home empty handed. Bret McKenzie's Oscar winning song Man or Muppet, from The Muppets movie, was nominated for best song written for visual media, but was pipped by T-Bone Burnett and Taylor Swift's Safe and Sound, written for The Hunger Games.
In accepting the Record of the Year prize from Prince, Gotye admitted being lost for words as The Purple One had inspired him to make music in the first place. Ever humble, Gotye said he felt ''undeserving'' and paid tribute to ''everyone who makes music and people who listen to music'' all over the world.
Gotye earlier revealed that Kimbra wasn't his first, or even his second, choice for the song. The artist had already gone through two female singers for the track and was waiting on another vocalist when ''she called out.''
''I built so much expectation with that vocalist that I was feeling a little crushed,'' he said backstage after collecting the Grammy.
It came down to Kimbra to sing on the song that was recorded in her apartment. It was last year's biggest hit. As for the unnamed singer, Gotye said she makes wonderful music on her own and ''shouldn't be mad.''
In the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category Gotye and Kimbra were also nominated for their global hit Somebody That I Used to Know. The other nominees in the category were Florence + the Machine (Shake it Out), fun. (We Are Young), LMFAO (Sexy and I Know It) and Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa (Payphone).
Somebody That I Used to Know has topped the singles chart in 18 countries, selling more than 12 million copies worldwide since its Australian release in July 2011.
Past winners of Record of the Year Award include Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, U2, Coldplay and Olivia Newton-John. De Backer and Kimbra were up against Fun, The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift and Frank Ocean for Record of the Year.