Suburbs, it was a wonderful long-shot moment. But tonight, they actually won, beating Grammy-night juggernauts Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Lady Antebellum. The first thing Win Butler said from the podium: “What the hell?” That about sums it up.
The band won immediately after raging through “Month of May” on the Grammy stage in a blistering, strobe-heavy performance marred only by the inexplicable presence of guys on BMX bikes doing tricks onstage. And as they accepted the award, Butler said, “We’re going to play another song because we like music,” and the band cranked through “Ready to Start”. Great moment. Watch it below..
Arcade Fire just Tweeted, OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD. Thank you EVERYONE.
Kanye West Tweeted, #Arcade fire!!!!!!!!!! There is hope!!! I feel like we all won when something like this happens! FUCKING AWESOME!
Arcade Fire were actually nominated for two other awards, neither part of the Grammy telecast, and they lost both (Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals) to the Black Keys. That Stephen Colbert vote must’ve really helped the Keys out. (via pitchfork)
Acceptance speech and “Ready to Start”: