As you’ve probably heard by now, the Arcade Fire won a Grammy last night, and not even for, like, Best Packaging or whatever: they took home the Album of the Year prize for The Suburbs, beating out Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga. The best part of the acceptance speech, which is cut off above, was when Win walked up to the podium, and the first words he said were, simply, “What the hell?”
It’s a sentiment that spread quickly on Twitter last night—surprise came first, and then a sense of pride, as cries of “We did it!” started popping up all over the place. This is admittedly at least a little bit silly, since all I did was sit on my couch and complain about Lady Gaga’s lumpy shoulders, but it still felt good. Maybe it seems crazy to call Arcade Fire underdogs, after playing sold out shows at Madison Square Garden and scoring the #1 spot on Billboard for a brief stint last year, but if you can look at who their competition was last night and honestly not recognize a difference between them and all the others, well, then you’re kidding yourself and/or hanging out with too many professional music critics.