U2 surprised at Grammys triumphs

Irish rockers U2 had prepared themselves to go home empty-handed from the Grammy Awards ceremony, in which they scooped five gongs as the major winners of the night, they said today.

Guitarist The Edge said the band members had discussed how they would react if they did not win any of the five categories they were nominated in before last night’s star-studded bash in Los Angeles.

Speaking from an after-show party in Santa Monica, he said: “We actually talked about how we would react in the situation if we didn’t win anything, if we literally came away without one award.

“So the prospect of winning all of them never entered our heads. In our wildest dreams we never imagined that we’d win everything.”

The Edge also paid tribute to fellow nominee, US R&B star Kanye West.

“He was just as worthy as we were, I think, for album of the year. He’s done some incredible work,” he said.

The lead guitarist compared the band’s success to getting top grades in an exam.

“I’m not downplaying it, it’s an amazing thing and we made a great record,” he told RTÉ Radio’s Gerry Ryan.

“It’s like an outpouring of support across the entire country for U2 and that’s what’s kind of significant about it. It’s like every quarter from Nashville to LA to New York, everyone seems to have just decided that this is our year.

“We’re just bowled over. We’re kind of gobsmacked by that show of support and affection.”

Singer Bono compared the band to Ireland’s football team and said the Grammy success was like winning the soccer World Cup.

“You would expect people in Ireland to be getting sick of us but we are the football team and tonight we have won the World Cup,” the frontman said.

The band scooped all five awards for which they were nominated, including Album of the Year for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

The record also earned the best rock album title, while they won song of the year and best rock performance for Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own.

Their track City Of Blinding Lights triumphed in the best rock song category.

Last night’s haul brought the band’s total number of Grammy Awards for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb to eight following the success of the first single from the album, Vertigo, in three categories at last year’s ceremony.

The Grammys, handed out by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, are regarded as the most prestigious music prize in the US.

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