Wally De Backer's head must be spinning. In the past week he has gone from the Hollywood glamour of the Grammys to the grunge of Enmore, then the honest environs of a speech to high school students in Canberra, then home to the Melbourne 'burbs.
Now his gaze turns to London and the UK's version of the Grammys, the Brit Awards, which take place tomorrow morning.
It's all part of an unlikely journey into the heady stratosphere of international popstar for the enigmatic and DIY-defined Gotye.
From out of London tomorrow, De Backer will be up for the coveted International Male Solo Artist prize against musicians one couldn't imagine him sharing a tailor with, let alone a stage: Michael Buble, Jack White, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Ocean.
Indeed, British bookmaker William Hill rates Gotye an outsider in his category, with the genre-bending Californian, Frank Ocean, (whose Channel Orange was the album of the year to many) the hot favourite; ahead of the Boss, who tours Australia next month and is suddenly a pop star again on the back of his brilliant Wrecking Ball album.
But Gotye has defied expectations at every turn in the past two years. Even though he had finished 2012 with the top-selling single and music video in the US (with what must be regarded as the most successful Australian song of all time Somebody That I used to Know), few commentators picked him to walk away with three Grammys, including the coveted Record of the Year, beating pop megastars like Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson and critics' darlings Ocean and the Black Keys.
Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Lane Del Rey and Taylor Swift are the nominees for International Female Solo Artist. But most local interest is on Scottish soul singer Emeli Sande, who won the Brits Critics' Choice Award last year and could take home four awards, including Best British Album and Best British Single.
Adele is favourite for Best British Single for her James Bond theme song, Skyfall. The Brits do not award a prize for best international single. Just as well for them, as Gotye would have walked away with it.
A management representative for De Backer told Fairfax the singer wouldn't be in London as he is "happily ensconced back at home on the Mornington Peninsula after a huge year of touring", but that he would be keeping an eye on the awards ceremony.
It has to be said, Australians don't have a great track record at the Brit Awards - other than Kylie Minogue who has picked up three Brits.
But it's worth noting that Gotye also finished 2012 with the highest selling single in the UK. So if record sales are major factor in the decision, which comes from the Brits' “Voting Academy” (1000 people from the British music industry), then maybe Gotye will repeat his Grammys success. And if he doesn't, we can always claim anti-Australian bias by the English, aka "we wuz robbed".
De Backer will be up against musicians one couldn't imagine him sharing a tailor with, let alone a stage.
The Brit Awards begin at 7am (AEST) and delayed coverage begins on UKTV at 11.55am.
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE ARTIST
Lana Del Rey
The Black Keys
Too Close, Alex Clare
Princess of China, Coldplay & Rihanna
Next To Me, Emeli Sande
Hot Right Now, DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora
Spectrum, Florence + The Machine
Domino, Jessie J
R.I.P., Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah
Mama Do The Hump, Rizzle Kicks
Candy, Robbie Williams
Feel The Love, Rudimental featuring John Newman
Black Heart, Stooshe
Trouble maker, Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida
Impossible, James Arthur
Beneath Your Beautiful, Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande
BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
An Awesome Wave, alt-J
Our Version of Events, Emeli Sande
Ill Manors, Plan B
Fall to Grace, Paloma Faith
Babel, Mumford and Sons
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
Bat For Lashes
BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
Mumford & Sons
BRITISH LIVE ACT
Mumford & Songs
BRITISH BREATHROUGH ACT
BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR