See Photos of Courtney Barnett Preparing for the Grammys
Last night, Courtney Barnett attended her first-ever Grammy Awards. "It's a surreal scene, you know, growing up in Australia and being so distant from that sort of thing," the singer-songwriter told RS. "But yeah, it means a kind of recognition for all this hard work we've been doing, I guess. I don't know. I think it's just nice."
Barnett ended up losing to Meghan Trainor in the Best New Artist category, but for fans of her sharply observant music, it was a thrill just to see her name among the nominees. Before the show started, our photographer was with Barnett and her bandmates as they got ready for the big night. Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes photos here.
I’d Like to Thank the Academy…
Barnett works on her Best New Artist acceptance speech before heading out. She had no idea if she'd win, but she wanted to be prepared!
And of Course I Can’t Forget…
Barnett ponders her just-in-case acceptance speech.
A Quick Bite
Barnett and her crew (including bassist Bones Sloane, right) gather around a sushi meal before the show.
Time to dig in!
Barnett and the gang take a quick group photo.
Barnett's manager makes an animated .gif to post for fans before they head out.
Hold That Pose
Barnett's bandmates get in on the .gif fun.
Blue Sky Mining
One of Barnett's bandmates has a cap with the name of Aussie rockers Midnight Oil's 1990 album Blue Sky Mining on it.
One More Snapshot
Barnett and her girlfriend, musician Jen Cloher, take one last photo before the awards.
Time to Leave
It's time to head out to the Grammys!
On the way out the door to the Grammys…
Barnett steps out into the sunny L.A. afternoon.
Everyone piles in the van they're taking to the Grammys.
Barnett accepts a quick backrub from a bandmate on the way to the Grammys.
Music’s Biggest Night
The marquee sign outside L.A.'s Staples Center, site of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
Barnett and her bandmates spill out of the van and approach the red carpet outside the Grammys.
Barnett enjoys the moment: She made it to the Grammys!
Ready for the Show
Barnett and her bandmates pose on the red carpet.