"Who is Bon Iver?" was the question of the night after the indie band took home the Grammy for Best New Artist. Well, it's a group we should all apparently start listening to — but maybe not hand them any more awards. Singer Justin Vernon accepted the award for Best New Artist.
Bon Iver won two awards last night: Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist. Justin accepted the award for Best New Artist onstage and admitted he was uncomfortable winning the award, which made everyone uncomfortable listening to his speech!
"It's really hard to accept this award," he started. "There's so much talent out here… and there's a lot of talent that's not here tonight. It's also hard to accept because, you know, when I started to make songs, I did it for the inherent reward of making songs, so I'm a little bit uncomfortable up here."
The band is from Eau Claire, Wis., and some fans may know Justin from his supporting vocals on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
So, if Bon Iver is the Best New Artist, then why didn't Justin perform last night at the Grammys?
"We wanted to play our music, but were told that we couldn't play. We had to do a collaboration with someone else," Justin previously told Billboard. "And we just felt like it was such a large stage; we're getting nominated for this record that we made — me and Brian [Joseph] and a bunch of our f****** friends — and we were given accolades for it, and all of a sudden, we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that. We kind of said 'f*** you' a little bit, and they sort of acted like they wanted us to play, but I don't think they wanted us to play."
Well, he still beat out Nicki Minaj and The Band Perry.
What do you think of Bon Iver's attitude? Is Justin humble, or did he act like a diva for passing up the opportunity to perform?
Watch Justin's acceptance speech below.
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