(LOS ANGELES) — The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Here’s what some of the winners had to say backstage:
Gotye, along with Kimbra, who was featured on his hit “Somebody That I Used to Know,” stopped by to talk up his wins for Best Alternative Music Album for Making Mirrors and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their aforementioned collaboration. Gotye explained he didn’t feel pressure to replicate the “surprise” success of “Somebody That I Used to Know,” saying, “I don’t think it would be a good idea to try and pin my hopes on repeating that commercial success…I’m probably more interested to do something that contrasts” with the hit.
fun., who took home trophies for Song of the Year for “We Are Young,” as well as Best New Artist, made it rain, literally, during the telecast, for a performance of “Carry On.” Frontman Nate Ruess recalled, “I just remembered with the rain pouring, just thinking, ‘This is why I got into music.’” Pianist Andrew Dost explained the band never could have predicted being at the Grammy Awards. “For us to be here tonight and…take a couple home, is just a special, incredible feeling.”
Carrie Underwood took home a pair of trophies, Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance, for “Blown Away.” During the broadcast, Underwood’s dress came alive, thanks to projections beamed deliberately onto it. “I said we should take it home and watch movies on it,” she joked. When asked about her relationship to country, the genre in which she’s seen tremendous success, the former American Idol champ explained there’s nothing sweeter than when a country song she’s recorded becomes a pop hit. “I love…making country music that I feel like everybody can get into…If it ever crosses over…I’m so happy about that.”
The Zac Brown Band performed a tribute to “a hero,” the late Levon Helm, during the show, and also scored Best Country Album. Frontman Zac Brown said backstage that being part of the show was a dream come true. “The Grammys are the greatest achievement that you can get in music…and so we’re very, very excited to be a part of it,” he said.
While much was made of a new, stricter dress code for artists, Neil Portnow, the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, explained backstage that the controversy was “much ado about nothing,” and the rules were nothing new. Portnow said that while “it’s a rock and roll show, fashion’s edgy…edgy has a place beyond which it cannot go…based on the laws of the country, which are established by the FCC.”
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