The Strokes walked away from Sunday’s virtual Grammy Award show with their first win for their 2020 record The New Abnormal. The band accepted the award in the most The Strokes fashion, seemingly unaware that they had in fact won due to a brief glitch in their webcam connection. This is 2021, baby.
After Jhené Aiko announced The Strokes as the winners of the award for Best Rock Album, the livestream cut to bassist Nikolai Fraiture, drummer Fab Moretti, and frontman Julian Casablancas via webcam. The trio appeared to have no idea that they won.
“It’s cutting out, who won?” Fraiture asked. “Whoa! Damn, sorry we couldn’t hear,” Casablancas added while Fraiture blasted his bandmates with some beer. Watch the awkward acceptance unfold below.
Not only was it The Strokes’ first Grammy win, it also marks the first time the band was nominated for an award at the annual ceremony.
The New Abnormal bested records by Sturgill Simpson, Fontaines D.C., Michael Kiwanuka, and Grace Potter.
The New Abnormal is The Strokes’ sixth studio record. It arrived on April 10, 2020 and marked the band’s first release since 2013’s Comedown Machine.