Bon Iver wins big

(WEAU) - The 54th annual Grammy Awards wasn't like any other Sunday for the Vernon family. Their son took home not one, but two Grammy awards.

“I mean we we're just so happy he was nominated and so happy to be included in the trip out here and the festivities and having him win was just the icing on the cake,” said Justin Vernon’s mother, Justine Vernon in a phone interview.

Past Band Director, Bruce Hering shared in the excitement for Justin and was happy to have been part of his career when he was just starting out.

"I’m just busting at the seams, he’s just gone beyond I think even what he thought was going to happen,” said Bruce Hering, former Memorial High School Band Director.

Even middle school Band Director Stephen Wells says he was ecstatic to have worked with both Mike Noyce and Justin Vernon.

“It’s just surreal, we don’t expect these things in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and I’m not sure anybody is ever ready for something like that,” said Stephen Wells, Band Director at Delong iddle School.

Even students living in Towers Hall at UWEC celebrated Sunday night.

“It’s more cool for us because he went here and some of his songs have Towers South in them and that’s where I live so I’m like yeah!” said Cassie Zahirda, Freshman UWEC student.

“I was in the cafe with my best friend Amber and we stood up and I screamed Bon Iver baby,” said Molly Bissen, Freshman UWEC student.

While Bon Iver has recently appeared on Saturday Night Live, the Grammys are just another step in the right direction.

“Justin is going to just keep growing and I think helping other people grow musically too which is incredibly great, “said Hering.


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  • by Jason on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:14 PM
    Seriously people. Just because you don't like the music doesn't mean its not good. No its not country or classic rock like 95% of the radio stations play in this city, but it obviously must be good for all the accolades it has received. Also,talking about the way he acted? Justin did not a thing wrong in his acceptance speech. He was very humble and obviously very uncomfortable with the fame he is receiving. He gave a shout out to his hometown (what other musicians did that?) and represented the people of this city well. Well, everyone who doesn't have there head in the sand that is.
  • by ec on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:31 AM
    I agreee, their music is not very good, but I was excited that someone from EC was going to be at the Grammy awards. but,, then very disappointed in the way he acted. not a very good person to represent Eau Claire. If you are anti awards... then maybe you have picked the wrong career.
  • by Sparky Location: Stanley on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:52 AM
    To be honest I have never heard this bands music, it would be nice if our local radio stations would play some of it once in awhile. Congratulations to the band for their great achievement. I agree with Citizen on peoples music choice, I personnally do not like Blue Grass or the music that the Dead Mouse performed but to each his own. The show itself was very entertaining along with alot of diversity in music which is what it should be. A local band makes it in the big time, be happy for them.
    • reply
      by zappy on Feb 14, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to Sparky
      Ditto.
  • by Steve Location: Hallie on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    Wow. I tried listening to their music. I did, I really tried. I can't believe how bad they suck. Maybe I need another ten or twelve hits off my bong. Where's my stocking cap? I had it on my head a minute ago. What was I saying again? Bon Jovi rocks!
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      by YES!! on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:13 AM in reply to Steve
      DITTO
  • by citizen on Feb 14, 2012 at 03:50 AM
    The polls doesnt mean squat! Theyre a relatively new band with a different style for the younger crowd. Maybe you dont remember what our parents thought of our choice in music was. We each have our preferences, Bon Iver isnt mine either.
  • by Ben Location: Eau Claire on Feb 13, 2012 at 08:38 PM
    Look at your poll results. Give it up as we don't care.
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