There was a lot of Canadian blood at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards – Justin Bieber performed with his protégé Usher while Drake took to the stage with Rihanna to sing their duet “What’s My Name,” however neither of them won any awards (despite being nominated in multiple categories), while Michael Buble as well as Neil Young took home some hardware. However, it was Arcade Fire who won one of the biggest awards of the evening: the Album of the Year award.
“What the hell” was all Arcade Fire’s Win Butler could manage as he first approached the stage. “Merci to Montreal for giving us a home, a place to be in a band. Thank you everyone, thank you Grammys, we’re so happy.” It was their very first Grammy win, and the band beat out heavyweights like Lady Gaga, Eminem, Lady Antebellum, and Katy Perry.
The band, which hails from Montreal, have been nominated for numerous Grammys over the years, starting in 2005 when they received the Best Alternative Music Album nod for their album Funeral and again in 2007 for their project Neon Bible. They released their third studio album The Suburbs last year, which received universal praise and was also nominated last night for Best Alternative Album. Despite this being their first Grammy honour, they’ve also amassed a number of other awards including two Junos, a Meteor Music Award, and a PLUG Award.
Arcade Fire also played “Ready to start” at last night’s Grammys.