Eau Claire’s Bon Iver Wins Best New Artist

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The man behind the Wisconsin indie folk band Bon Iver gave a shout-out to his hometown of Eau Claire during Sunday night’s Grammys.

Justin Vernon and his band won the competitive and diverse category of best new artist, beating Nicki Minaj, The Band Perry, J. Cole and Skrillex. Vernon talked about writing for the inherent reward of writing songs, not for trophies.

Backstage he said it doesn’t mean he wasn’t honored and grateful for the award. Vernon said he was nervous and felt like he didn’t deserve to be at the Grammys. Bon Iver also won best alternative album.

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