Well played, Justin Vernon. In the past, Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon has expressed his distaste for the Grammys. In an old interview with the New York Times, he was asked what he’d say. This was his response:

‘Everyone should go home, this is ridiculous. You should not be doing this. We should not be gathering in a big room and looking at each other and pretending that this is important.’ That’s what I would say.”

At the time of the interview, he didn’t anticipate winning a Grammy, but he’s come a long way and when it was announced that Bon Iver won Best New Artist, we all braced for the most awkward moment of the night. But Justin handled things well, and came across as graceful without being a total hypocrite.

Still, it would have been pretty funny if he told everyone to go home. Watch his speech below.