A scene from the video clip for Gotye's <i>Somebody That I Used To Know</i>.

A scene from the video clip for Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know.

You could say there are more Grammy awards than there are good records made in any one year: 81 will be presented this time around.

It's definitely true that not all categories are created equal: best remixed recording, non-classical, may not change your world and in the US, best dance recording (won by Kylie Minogue in 2004) does not get the attention of the main songwriter's award, song of the year.

However, being nominated for record of the year – essentially the best single – is no small Belgian beer for Wally de Backer, aka Gotye, and his song Somebody That I Used To Know.

That's the prize for the performer whose song has left the biggest imprint on the (American) world in the past 12 months and Gotye's competition are heavy hitters on the pop charts: Kelly Clarkson, Black Keys, Taylor Swift and this year's breakthrough star, Frank Ocean.

Winning that, or a Grammy for either of his other two nominations - best pop duo/group performance (with Kimbra) and best alternative music album for Making Mirrors - would put Gotye up with Wolfmother (best hard rock performance, 2007), Men At Work (best new talent, 1982) and Minogue as golden rarities.

Still, all are a long way behind Keith Urban, four-time winner of best male country vocal performance.