A brace of Grammys for our Kimbra
In 2001, a bubbly 11-year-old Hamilton girl bounced in front of a What Now television camera and announced, "Hi, I'm Kimbra and one day I'd love to be a pop star".
Fast forward to 2013 and that same bubbly beauty has her first two Grammys gripped tightly in her hands.
Yesterday, Kimbra walked the stage at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles to accept two Grammy award with Australian muso Gotye for their hit single, Somebody That I Used To Know.
Kimbra was full of praise for her collaborator during her acceptance speech.
"There is only one person that I want to thank very quickly, and that is the incredible Gotye for choosing me be part of this song and also the producer of this track Francois Tetaz. I feel unbelievably blessed to have been a part of this song and I couldn't have shared it with someone more amazing than this artist that you see here. And thank you to Prince," she said.
She then took to Twitter with disbelief, tweeting "What just happened?"
The chart-topper smashed pop heavyweight Taylor Swift's hit We are never ever getting back together and The Black Keys' toe tapper Lonely Boy to take out the Record of the Year, presented by pop legend Prince, who proclaimed "Oh, I love this song", before announcing the winner.
The catchy tune also claimed the prize for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, over music powerhouse Florence and the Machine's Shake it out and Song of the Year winner We Are Young by fun, featuring Janelle Monae.
Gotye grabbed a third award for his album Making Mirrors which came out on top of the Best Alternative Music Album, beating Bjork and M83.
Among the hundreds that took to Twitter in congratulating the pair was Prime Minister John Key who tweeted "Congratulations #Kimbra - winning two Grammys is an incredible achievement. New Zealand is very proud."
Hamilton-born Kimbra, 22, jumped the ditch and based herself in Melbourne in early 2008 but her big break came in 2011, when she released her debut album Vows and teamed up with Gotye on Somebody That I Used to Know - the Grammy winner which hit No 1 in Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and 15 other countries and sold 13 million copies.
The Grammys come after Kimbra scooped the pool at last year's New Zealand Music Awards, winning the coveted album of the year prize, an international achievement award, best female solo artist, breakthrough artist of the year and best pop album.
She picked up her second consecutive Australian Recording Industry Association award for best female artist, and in Nashville she won the grand prize at the International Songwriting Competition.
For the past year, Kimbra has been touring the world, picking up awards left, right and centre and indulging in her love of fashion, always a showstopper immaculately dressed in designer threads, and yesterday was no exception.
Kimbra bravely stepped out in a jaw-dropping beaded tulle number by Perth-based designer Jamie Lee, complemented by a pair of Miu Miu pumps.
55TH GRAMMY AWARDS
Best New Artist: fun.
Best Rock Song: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Song of the Year: We Are Young, fun. and Janelle Monae
Record of the Year: Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye & Kimbra
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra
Best Alternative Music Album: Making Mirrors, Gotye
Album of the Year: Babel, Mumford & Sons
- Waikato Times