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Bon Iver Still Doesn’t Regret Turning Down Chance to Perform at 2012 Grammys

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Indie darlings Bon Iver had the chance to perform at this year’s Grammys, but despite winning both Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album for their sophomore LP, ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver,’ the band doesn’t regret turning the opportunity down.

“I don’t regret [turning down the chance to perform],” frontman Justin Vernon told Billboard. “There were so many great people doing plenty of great music. Bonnie [Raitt] and Alicia [Keys] stole the show for me, it was like everything I needed to hear. Doing an Etta song, that was great.”

During Vernon’s acceptance speech for Best New Artist, the 30-year-old expressed that he was both grateful and slightly conflicted about the win. On stage, he took the time to thank those who voted for him, calling the gesture a “sweet hookup.”

“It means a lot and makes me want to dig deeper and try harder,” he added behind the scenes. Bon Iver was up for four Grammys at the 54th annual ceremony, which honors the best in music. In addition to Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album, the band was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year for their ‘Holocene’ track.

The Grammy-winning LP follows the group’s lauded 2008 debut ‘For Emma, Forever Ago.’ Bon Iver will play several U.S. dates surrounding their 2012 Coachella Music Festival appearance in April.

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