February 13th, 2012
05:17 PM ET
For the second year in a row, Grammy viewers were left scratching their heads at the Recording Academy's best new artist pick. For some, it was a question of who's more deserving, but for others it's also because they hadn't heard of the artist.
Bon Iver appears to be just as confounding as last year's best new artist winner Esperanza Spalding - or the album of the year winner Arcade Fire - as a number of inquiring viewers turned to the Web to try and figure out the identity of the best new artist Grammy holder.
The only problem is that some of those heard Bon Iver as Bonnie Bear (or Bonny Bear, Bonny Beer, Barney Bear, or Bony Bear - you get the picture).
But viewers weren't just disgusted by what they thought frontman Justin Vernon's name was, but rather that he had the nerve to take the best new artist Grammy from the likes of Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, The Band Perry or Skrillex...all while being named Bonnie Bear (or Bonny, Bony, what have you).
MTV has listed some of the choice tweets that spread across the Internet last night, including, "Who the f*** is this Teddy Bear guy who won best new artist?" and, "Who the f*** is Bonney Bear!? F*** him and his bear!!"
Nearly all outraged fans had some iteration of, "WTF is a Bonnie Bear?!!?," as exemplified by the @WhoIsBonnieBear Twitter account.
One was confident enough to tell a follower who asked via Twitter, "Who's this bum? Bearded guy on stage," that the person in question is "Bonnie Bear." (Which, coincidentally, is the name of a children's cartoon character.) Another confused viewer found the Web to be of no use, since "Bonny Iver doesn't even show up on Google Searches."
Still want more? Of course there are "Who Is Bon Iver?" Tumblrs.
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