'Cheers!' Gotye makes Grammy history
Aussie Gotye picks up three Grammys, but online abuse starts as Taylor Swift is attacked for singing out of key.PT2M23S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2e8cj 620 349 February 11, 2013
Melbourne's Wally 'Gotye' De Backer, capped 18 months of dizzying chart and sales success with a stunning hat-trick of awards today at the music industry's premier back-slapping showcase, the Grammys.
Goyte won Best Alternative Album for Making Mirrors, Best Pop Duo/Performance for his global monster Somebody That I Used to Know early in the ceremony, then snared the major prize, Record of the Year, for the same song.
Gotye and Kimbra accept the Grammy for best pop duo/group performance. Photo: Getty Images
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.
Somebody, a compelling relationship breakup duet with Kiwi songstress Kimbra (who said she felt ''unbelievably blessed'' to win), was the number one iTunes single in 50 countries last year, selling more than 13.5 million copies.
It was viewed a staggering 383 million times on YouTube and became the first song ever to top four American billboard charts, finishing 2012 as the biggest selling single in the US. It was also US video channel VH1's number one song.
Grammy Awards ceremony 2013
Justin Timberlake performs at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Photo: Reuters
''It's a phenomenon... arguably the biggest selling song in Australian music history,'' says John O'Donnell who former EMI CEO and now co-manages Cold Chisel.
O'Donnell says the Grammy wins are ''the icing an a very big cake'' for Gotye after wave after wave of songwriting accolades and chart and sales records.
''The financial benefits have already happened,'' O'Donnell says, ''But this validates for Wally the way he works, he's always been an artist who does things on his terms.
"But it'll open even more doors for him in terms of opportunties and collaborations... I know film directors have been talking to him.''
That said, this particular ride is far from over for Gotye.
The extra attention on Somebody and Making Mirrors will see the single and album climb back up the charts all over the world. And with a nominated as International Solo Artist of the Year at next week's Brit Awards, there's even more to come.
Grammys were issues in 81 categories today, with American indie popsters Fun named the Best New Artist (despite forming nearly four years ago) and also picking up the songwriter's award Song of the Year for We Are Young, featuring Janelle Monae.
De Backer, 32, had earlier told the audience at the 55th Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles that he recorded his world famous music in his parent's barn.
"I recorded it mostly in a barn on my dad’s block of land southeast of Melbourne, Australia, so I have to thank Dad and my Mum for setting up a lot of weird equipment in a barn near their house," De Backer said.
"I don’t really feel worthy of being up here."
- with AAP