Sunday, February 12, 2012

Midwestern Musicians Win Big At 2012 Grammys

The Twin Cities indie music scene has reason to celebrate after the 2012 Grammy Awards were handed out tonight in Los Angeles.

Dan Wilson, the Minnesotan musician best known for the '90s pop rock band Semisonic, was thanked by Adele during her acceptance speech for Best Pop Solo Performance.  Wilson co-wrote Adele's heart-wrenching "Someone Like You" ballad.  Wilson later joined Adele onstage for her acceptance of the Album of the Year award.

Also on the brag-worthy award-winner list is Bon Iver, the auto-tuned effort of Justin Vernon.  While technically a cheesehead, Vernon's roots to the Minnesotan music scene run deep; there's nary a hipster in the Twin Cities who doesn't know someone who knows someone who knows him.  Bon Iver took home awards for both Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist (despite the group beginning, in earnest, with the release of For Emma, Forever Ago in 2008).

Here's hoping Vernon stays humble despite the accolades and doesn't become an overplayed outfit like the once endearing and now annoying 2011 Grammy Award winners, Mumford & Sons.  Let the record show that the Twin Cities loved you first!

Tune into "Live From Studio 5!" on Wednesdays from 10 PM to Midnight on KFAI radio to ensure you don't wait for the Grammys to decide what constitutes good music.

- Erica Rivera

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