By Brian Ives
And somewhat shockingly, it was the first time that an artist with a female vocalist has won that particular award since the very first year the award was given out in 1991, when Sinead O’Connor won for her classic album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.
Females have been almost entirely excluded from the winners circle for this award: the only band with a female member to win this award was the White Stripes (whose drummer, of course, was Meg White) in 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Of course, Nirvana won in this category in 1996 for MTV Unplugged in New York, on which they used cellist Lori Goldston on many of the songs. And funnily enough, St. Vincent was introduced to a few new fans when she fronted the ad hoc Nirvana reunion last year at the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
St. Vincent is about to do a string of dates in Japan before coming back for more North American dates in March.
See full coverage of the ceremony on our GRAMMY live blog on Radio.com and watch the full telecast at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.