The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has sent a tweet to Gotye for his Grammy nomination this week.
“Very proud of @Gotye. First Aussie nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammys since 1975. JG” the Prime Minister posted on Sunday.
The last Aussies to be nominated for Record of the Year were Olivia Newton-John and producer John Farrar for ‘I Honestly Love You’ in 1975. The song was written by another Australian Peter Allen.
Olivia won the award that year beating Elton John ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, Joni Mitchell ‘Help Me’, Roberta Flack ‘Feel Like Making Love’ and Maria Muldaur ‘Midnight At The Oasis’.
The award was introduced by Paul Simon and John Lennon. Olivia was not at the ceremony so the award was collected by Art Garfunkel, who had split with Simon & Garfunkel at the time. “Didn’t I tell you to stay in the car,” Simon said.
John Lennon asked them when they were getting back together. Art asked John where Linda was. Lennon then asked, “where’s Ringo”. It was a very funny presentation.
Gotye is nominated for Record of the Year against ‘Lonely Boy’ by Black Keys, ‘Stronger’ by Kelly Clarkson, ‘We Are Young’ by fun featuring Janelle Monae, ‘Thinkin Bout You by ‘Frank Ocean’ and ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ by Taylor Swift.
He has also been nominated for ‘Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ and ‘Best Alternative Music Album’ for ‘Making Mirrors.