Hamilton's Kimbra wins two Grammys

JENNA LYNCH
Last updated 17:38 11/02/2013
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Hamilton' s sweetheart songstress Kimbra has her first two Grammys gripped tightly in her hands. 

This afternoon Kimbra walked the stage of 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''.

The chart-topper smashed pop heavyweight Taylor Swifts hit ''We are never ever getting back together'' and The Black Keys toe tapper "Lonely Boy" to take out the Record of the Year. 

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 Monáe. 

Gotye grabbed a third award for his album Making Mirrors which came out on top of the Best Alternative Music Album, beating both 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 peaked at No 1 in Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands and 15 other countries, selling 13 million copies worldwide.

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.

It was just as good across the ditch, where she picked up her second consecutive Australian Recording Industry Association award for best female artist, and further afield in Nashville where she nabbed 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.

 After an official warning from the Grammy organisers that there be strictly no nipple or bum flashing, Kimbra bravely stepped out in a jaw-dropping barely there sequin and tulle number by Perth-based designer Jamie Lee, complemented by a lustworthy pair of sparkly Miu Miu pumps.

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- Waikato

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