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Gotye takes out Grammy prizes
Gotye takes out Grammy prizes

Australia's Wally De Backer, aka Gotye, has won Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards.

It was Gotye's third Grammy of the night.

The Melbourne-based 32-year-old earlier won for best alternative music album and best pop duo/group performance.

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Past winners of record of the year include Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, U2, Coldplay and Olivia Newton-John.

Somebody That I Used To Know, featuring Kiwi singer Kimbra Lee Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, was No.1 in 18 countries and in the key US market, it was the biggest selling single in 2012.

It sat on top of Billboard's Hot 100 in the US for eight straight weeks.

In the Alternative Album category, De Backer's Making Mirrors was up against Fiona Apple (The Idler Wheel), Tom Waits (Bad As Me), Bjork (Biophilia) and M83 (Hurry Up, We're Dreaming) for Best Alternative Album.

"I don't really feel worthy of being up here," a surprised De Backer said on stage.

In the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Gotye was nominated for his global hit featuring Kiwi songstress Kimbra, Somebody That I Used to Know.

The other nominees in the category were Florence + the Machine (Shake it Out), fun. (We Are Young), LMFAO (Sexy and I Know It) and Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa (Payphone).

Gotye has revealed that Kimbra wasn't his first, or even his second, choice for his hit song Somebody That I Used to Know.

The Belgian-Australian artist had already gone through two female singers for the track and was waiting on another vocalist when "she called out".

"I built so much expectation with that vocalist that I was feeling a little crushed," he said backstage after collecting his first Grammy.

It came down to New Zealander Kimbra to sing on the song that was recorded in her apartment.

As for the unnamed singer, Gotye said she makes wonderful music on her own and "shouldn't be mad".

WINNERS IN SELECTED MAJOR CATEGORIES AT THE 55th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS:

Record Of The Year
Somebody That I Used To Know
Gotye featuring Kimbra

Album Of The Year
Babel
Mumford & Sons

Song Of The Year
We Are Young
Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monae)

Best New Artist
Fun.

Best Pop Solo Performance
WinnerSet Fire To The Rain
Adele

Pop/duo group performance
Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra.

Traditional pop vocal album
isses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney.

Rap performance
N****s in Paris, Jay-Z, Kanye West.

Rap song
N****s in Paris, Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West.

Rap album
Take Care, Drake.

R&B performance
Climax, Usher.

Traditional R&B performance
Love on Top, Beyonce.

R&B song
Adorn, Miguel Pimentel.

R&B album
Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment.

Rock song
Lonely Boy, The Black Keys.

Rock album
El Camino, The Black Keys.

Hard rock/metal performance
Love Bites (So Do I), Halestorm.

Alternative music album
"Making Mirrors", Gotye.

Dance recording
Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah.

Dance/electronica album
Bangarang, Skrillex.

Best Pop Vocal Album
Stronger
Kelly Clarkson

Best Rock Performance
Lonely Boy
The Black Keys

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Channel Orange
Frank Ocean

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
No Church In The Wild
Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream

Best Country Solo Performance
Blown Away
Carrie Underwood

Best Country Album
Uncaged
Zac Brown Band

Latin pop album
MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition, Juanes.

Latin rock, urban or alternative album
Imaginares, Quetzal.

Latin jazz album
Ritmo!, The Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band.

Tropical Latin album
Retro, Marlow Rosado Y La Riquena.

Country duo/group performance
Pontoon, Little Big Town.

Country song
Blown Away, Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins.

Gospel song
Go Get It, Mary Mary.

Gospel album
Gravity, Leerae.

Blues album
Locked Down, Dr John.

Folk album
The Goat Rodeo Sessions, Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile.

Americana album
Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt.

Bluegrass album
"Nobody Knows You," Steep Canyon Rangers.

Reggae album
"Rebirth," Jimmy Cliff.

World music album
The Living Room Sessions Part 1, Ravi Shankar.

Children's album
Can You Canoe?, The Okee Dokee Brothers.

Spoken word album
Society's Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian.

Comedy album
Blow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon.

New age album
Echoes of Love, Omar Akram.

Jazz vocal album
Radio Music Society, Esperanza Spalding.

Jazz instrumental album
Unity Band, Pat Metheny Unity Band.

Large jazz ensemble album
Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), Arturo Sandoval.

Pop instrumental album
Impressions, Chris Botti.

Compilation soundtrack album
Midnight in Paris, various artists.

Score soundtrack album
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.

Song written for visual media
Safe & Sound (from The Hunger Games), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams.

Musical theater album
Once: A New Musical, Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti.

Producer of the year, classical
Blanton Alspaugh.

Producer of the year, non-classical
Dan Auerbach.

Instrumental composition
Mozart Goes Dancing, Chick Corea.

Orchestral performance
Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony).

Opera recording
Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen, James Levine and Fabio Luisi.

Choral performance
Life & Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen, Charles Bruffy.

Short-form music video
We Found Love, Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris.

Long-form music video
Big Easy Express, Mumford & Sons.

Historical album
The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wolfe.