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I am so stoked on Arcade Fire's Album of the Year win at the Grammy awards the other night! I know that to win a Grammy is essentially meaningless these days (I still can't get over the fact that fucking Jamie Foxx has one for that lesson in auto-tune failure called "Blame It") but it's really nice to see someone who genuinely deserves tons of awards get one on such a large, typically mainstream-oriented platform. Also, it was so cute and refreshing how truly shocked and happy they were to win. When they came onstage to accept the award, I loved Win just saying in disbelief, "What the hell?" And then at the end, "We're going to play another song now because we like music." Aww. I'm not even the biggest Arcade Fire fan but I felt so proud of them.

As far as the rest of the show went, there wasn't much of note. Gaga's new single is terribly underwhelming and her performance wasn't really anything special either though her voice did sound good. I can't decide if the whole egg thing on the red carpet was brilliant or stupid. I think I'm kind of over her in general right now, unless her album turns out to be spectacular. The performance that surprised me the most was Mumford & Sons/Avett Brothers/Bob Dylan. Bob's voice is basically non-existent at this point but Mumford & Sons were way better than I remember thinking they were and the whole jam session feel of it was very cool. And the only other notable performance was B.o.B/Bruno Mars/Janelle Monae. I don't really care for the first two but Janelle was rocking it as per usual. Also, conveniently ignoring the fact that I can't stand Beyonce, this photo is beyond adorable:



Gah, I was going to supplement this post with a couple awesome .GIFs but Tinypic/my internet connection is being a jerk and won't let me upload them. So, here, have an awesome performance of "We Used to Wait" instead!

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