ON SUNDAY night in the United States, Monday morning for us, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in California will again celebrate the year in music worldwide, as it perceives it, by handing out small golden gramophones to winners across 81 (81!) categories.
Yes, it's Grammys time. And, while most Australian music lovers would ordinarily watch with vague interest, idly mocking more obscure categories such as ''Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)'' and complaining about the dubious taste of those clueless Americans, this year we've got a very good reason to take it seriously.
Not only do we have one of our own in the running for a bunch of gongs, the amiable Melburnian Wally ''Gotye'' de Backer is up for the big one, Record of the Year, for his Earth-conquering duet with Kimbra, Somebody That I Used to Know.
Record of the Year acknowledges performance, production and engineering, rather than songwriting - Song of the Year, for which Somebody has not been nominated, acknowledges that aspect - and the last time an Australian artist won it was in 1975, courtesy of Olivia Newton-John's I Honestly Love You.
According to sportsbet.com.au, as of Friday morning Somebody That I Used to Know was favourite to win the award. The song has been a hit with critics as well as fans since its video went viral in mid-2011, culminating in a swag of ARIA awards that year, before the American mainstream caught on and sent it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 last April, where it stayed for eight consecutive weeks.
Its competition in the Record of the Year category is, as you would expect, strong. New York pop trio Fun is probably the biggest threat, with its anthemic We Are Young also nominated for Song of the Year (and sportsbet.com.au's favourite in that category, at $2.20), while the band's Some Nights is on the shortlist for Album of the Year.
Also in with a good shout are Ohio's Black Keys, whose rousing Lonely Boy has underlined their transition from underground indie stars to mainstream rock heroes.
If Gotye doesn't win Record of the Year, there's a chance he won't go home empty-handed.
He feels a long shot for Best Alternative Album for Making Mirrors, mainly because it's only that song that has been the phenomenon (see also: Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out of My Head) and none of the album's subsequent singles made an impact. It's a compliment, at least, for him to have been nominated in that category.
Gotye's best other chance for a Grammy is Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Somebody That I Used to Know, although he is once more up against those pesky Fun kids, as well as contemporary pop heavyweights such as Maroon 5 and Florence & the Machine.
But whether he wins anything or not, it won't be the end of the world. Gotye is more than happy to be in a position to make the music he wants for the rest of his life - Somebody has made him literally millions - and we can return to complaining about the dubious taste of those clueless Americans.