Grammys 2012: 'Bon Iver' wins for alternative album
The project, led by Wisconsin-based singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, rose from a beloved underground sensation on the independent Jagjaguwar label to mainstream crossover with “Bon Iver” in 2011. This is the first year Bon Iver has been nominated for a Grammy, and the project is also up for best new artist, record of the year and song of the year for the single “Holocene.”
Vernon, known for his pristine falsetto and increasingly ambitious arrangements, has performed on “Saturday Night Live” and collaborated extensively with rapper Kanye West on West’s album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” Bon Iver reportedly declined an invitation to perform at this year’s Grammys, citing Vernon's discomfort at performing alongside other artists not of his choosing.
Bon Iver beat out several other established bands for the award, including “Codes and Keys” from the Seattle-based quartet Death Cab for Cutie; “Torches,” the debut full-length from the L.A. electro-pop trio Foster the People; the latest album from longtime Grammy favorite Radiohead, “The King of Limbs”; and the Kentucky quintet My Morning Jacket’s latest record of jam-friendly rock, “Circuital.”
The Grammys are determined by about 13,000 voting members. The eligibility period for nominated recordings was Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011.
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Photo: Justin Vernon, known as Bon Iver, at the 2011 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Credit: Los Angeles Times.