Gotye grabs three Grammys

Written By miftah nugraha on Senin, 11 Februari 2013 | 19.55

Gotye has won three Grammys today, for Record of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Picture: AFP

AUSTRALIA'S global chart-slayer Gotye has won an historic hat-trick of Grammys -- but seemed more overwhelmed that his childhood idol Prince loved his song.

The Purple One presented Wally "Gotye" de Backer and his duet partner Kimbra with the coveted trophy for Record Of The Year for the unstoppable viral hit Somebody That I Used To Know.

It is the first time an Australian has won the prize since Olivia Newton John with I Honestly Love You in 1975.

"I have got to say I felt a bit delirious; it was a surreal experience; he had his typically wry smile on," Gotye said.

Grammys red carpet

The down-to-earth pop star, who said he wouldn't be celebrating with champagne as he is suffering a stomach virus after touring India, used his acceptance speeches to pay tribute to all musicians.

And while he has spent much of the past 18 months touring the globe, he also wanted to thank the loyal Australian fans who have supported his career from its early indie days.

"It's a long, long way from that Los Angeles stage but I have really felt a strong sense of goodwill from Australia and not felt any sense of backlash," he said.

For those who aren't on Team Gotye and never want to hear the song again, de Backer said he had thought about retiring it from his live set.

"Maybe I could drop it from the set from now on -- or send a hologram," he joked.

De Backer heads home in a couple of days and said the experiences of the past year had fuelled his excitement for his next musical endeavour.

"I am so energised to play with the instruments I've found and push myself to do something different," he said.

"I feel similar to when I was working in a cafe in my early 20s when I couldn't wait to get home and get stuck into songs."

Among the other multiple Grammy winners were imminent Future Music festival tourists fun., rockers The Black Keys, country pop crooner Carrie Underwood and rap kings Jay-Z and Kanye West.

While there was plenty of action on the stage with a plethora of performances, it was the front-row couples who caught the cameras, with Chris Brown and Rihanna stealing plenty of air-time.

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