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Grammy Awards: La Roux wins official Grammy for electronic/dance album -- and unofficially for most rad hairstyle

February 13, 2011 |  6:58 pm

La Roux

As Lady Gaga was getting birthed from a womb onstage for her debut performance of new single “Born This Way,” British synth-pop duo La Roux was finally getting the chance to celebrate their win for best electronic/dance album with eager reporters backstage at the 53rd Grammy Awards on Sunday.

“We've just been trying to get here, but the security doesn’t like us. It’s been a total nightmare,” said Elly Jackson, the band’s frontwoman. “We’ve spent two hours trying to find someone to get us here.”

Despite the nasty security snafu, Jackson and her other half Ben Langmaid -- typically a press-shy, invisible presence when out of the recording studio -– were all smiles about the win. Especially after having lost dance recording to Rihanna's return to her dance roots, “Only Girl (In the World).”

Like Gaga, much attention has been paid to Jackson’s style: Her boyish frame paired with an androgynous flair for pants, tailored blazers and chunky necklaces, and that Woody Woodpecker pouf  -- all of which were on full display Sunday -- and the band’s musical throwback to electro-pop and New Wave bands like Depeche Mode, Eurythmics and Heaven 17.

Crafted in Langmaid's living room (“it's quite small,” Langmaid clarified, though Jackson preferred to call it “snug”), their eponymous debut album made a splash stateside, mostly driven by their 2010 Coachella showing and the infectious single, “Bulletproof.”

Churning out a hit album in one’s living room was, naturally, a major challenge -- and something they aren't convinced they will attempt for their follow-up.

“We had no vocal booth; sometimes we just closed the curtains,” Jackson said. “We want to do something better [with the follow-up album]. We set ourselves a quick standard.”


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Photo: Elly Jackson, left, and Ben Langmaid of British group La Roux speak after winning the Grammy for electronic/dance album. Credit: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters