Paramore On Making Grammys History With Best Rock Album Win: 'Ridiculous Yet True!'

6 February 2024 | 1:03 pm | Ellie Robinson

"It’s an honor for Paramore to be a small but constant reminder for people to keep pushing these rock and alternative spaces to be more inclusive.”


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Paramore won two huge awards at last night’s Grammys, taking home the titles for Best Rock Album (at the hand of last year’s This Is Why) and Best Alternative Music Performance (for the LP’s title track). They even made history with the former, as it marked the first time a female-fronted band ever won Best Rock Album.

The group have now responded to the milestone in a statement shared online, where they shared “infinite thanks to our fans, our team, and the Recording Academy for making This Is Why such a moment for us, 20 years into our career”. They quipped that they found out about the wins “sitting together in [drummer Zac Farro’s] living room, dressed in our regular clothes”, joking that they “saw the empty red carpet meme”.

As for the record they set with their Best Rock Album win, the band called it “ridiculous yet true”, and shared the wholesome sentiment that it’s “an honour to for Paramore to be a small but constant reminder for people to keep pushing these rock and alternative spaces to be more inclusive”.

They said in closing: “Some of you will know that This Is Why was our last album for our deal with Atlantic Records. To finish everything well is something to be proud of. Thank you to anyone who supported the ethos of Paramore as much as the music.”

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This Is Why arrived last February as Paramore’s sixth studio album, and was followed by an “almost remix” album in October (after some gentle teasing). The band toured it Down Under in November, with Anna Rose writing in her review of the Brisbane (Meanjin) stop: “The greatest thing about Paramore is their transcendent energy. Whether they themselves are young or old, and their audience likewise, their music, again, young and old, is demonstrative of the evolution of the band’s artistry.”

Reviewing the subsequent Melbourne (Naarm) dates, Monique La Terra wrote for, “After a five-year hiatus, Paramore have resurfaced as a more refined version of themselves, and it turns out that evolution suits them. It seems they have found the sonic sweet point between musically ambitious and self-assured fluidity.”

Following the tour, Paramore fuelled rumours of their imminent breakup by disappearing from the Internet. Those rumours were amplified when they suddenly dropped off a festival bill – but thankfully, the band quashed their fans’ fears by confirming last month that they indeed have plans to continue. Their new era began shortly thereafter with a cover of Talking HeadsBurning Down The House, which will appear on a tribute album that also features the likes of Lorde, Miley Cyrus and The National.