The Strokes Won Their First-Ever Grammy Award and Their Acceptance Speech Didn’t Disappoint

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The Strokes are all about style.

The New York City-based indie/rock band burst onto the scene with 2001’s Is This It — and despite overwhelming amounts of hype and acclaim thrown at the group from all corners, they’d somehow never been nominated for a Grammy award until this year.

Sunday night’s 63rd Annual Grammy Awards did, in fact, net the band its first-ever Grammy win (and, again, its first nomination), for 2020’s The New Abnormal, which beat out Fontaines D.C., Michael Kiwanuka, Grace Potter and Sturgill Simpson in the Best Rock Album category. The segment aired online, ahead of the telecast on CBS, facilitating a live-streamed acceptance speech from (presumably) the band’s hometown of Manhattan.

Fielding a question about “the state of rock & roll” from a member of the remote press corps, singer Julian Casablancas offered up this as a response, which is about as Strokes-ian a reply we could’ve hoped for:

“I kind of always make fun of rock & roll so I think it’s kind of funny, or cool, or fitting, that we won the award. I think that people that say things are dead, I just feel like their imagination, possibly, has died … Honestly, there’s room for so many genres of music — not necessarily blues rock, please, no more of that.”


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As for The New Abnormal, it was the band’s first new album in seven years and is another intriguing and understated entry to the group’s catalog. Stream it below:

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