MOUNT DESERT — There were a number of surprises at the recent Grammy Awards, but none so astonishing as the group Arcade Fire winning Album of the Year for “The Suburbs.”
The indie rock group pulled off an upset at the annual music awards show, besting such heavyweights as Eminem, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
Celebrating alongside the band in Los Angeles that night were Liza Rey and Ned Butler of Mount Desert, who are the parents of two band members. The couple, who live on the shore of Somes Sound, are the parents of Win and Will Butler. A third band member, Regine Chassagne, is married to Win.
“I still can’t believe it,” Ms. Rey said.
Arcade Fire was the decided underdog in the Album of the Year category. It was the only nominee in the Album of the Year category not signed to a major label. In fact, the band members were so convinced that they stood no chance of winning that they weren’t going to attend the ceremony.
“And then they asked them to perform and that changed everything,” Ms. Rey said.
Ms. Rey and her husband returned home last week from the trip that took them to California a few days before the awards and were overwhelmed by the response they received about their sons’ success.
“I’m absolutely floored by the aftermath,” she said.
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