Okay, so it’s not a surprise. They were the favourites going in and they deserved to win. Period. Full stop. No debate.
In the opening introductions, the Arcade Fire was mentioned first by name while the others were jokingly referred to as “the nine dark horses.”
The bigger shock would have been had they NOT won. But there was no way they should have lost. The Suburbs is a critical, commercial and artistic success, lauded by even the toughest critics around the planet. To say that any of the other nine nominees released a better record would have been just plain stupid.
One response to a tweet I sent out said it all “If they don’t win, it’s the ultimate demonstration of the tall poppy syndrome.” Exactly.
The Suburbs represents the perfect nexus of artistic achievement, mainstream success and hipster love. No, “they don’t need the money” (another Twitter message) and yes, they’ve already received lots of glory.
But any other choice would have severely damaged Polaris’ credibility.
More pictures after the jump.