Rockers with Ham Connection Win Big at Grammys
One of the biggest prizes handed out during the February 13 Grammy awards went to rockers Arcade Fire. Their highly acclaimed album “The Suburbs” was crowned Album of the Year. While Arcade Fire's win was a surprise, it wasn't totally unexpected, as "The Suburbs" dominated many critics’ best-of lists of 2010.
Arcade Fire's Win Butler was visibly stunned as the group accepted their trophy and then quickly rushed to perform the last song of the night. Band members Win and Will Butler are the grandsons of the late Alvino Ray, W6UK.
The song “We Used to Wait” from their winning album relates to communications and, during their concert performances of the song, the band displays images of Amateur Radio QSL cards. Arcade Fire was profiled in an article by Allen Pitts, W1AGP, that appeared in the November 2010 issue of QST.