Bon Iver (/boÊŠn iËËˆvÉ›É™r/ Bone-ee-VARE) was founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. The name "Bon Iver" is derived from the French phrase bon hiver (French pronunciation: â€‹[bÉ”nâ€¿ivÉ›ËÊ]), meaning "good winter", reportedly taken from a greeting on the TV show Northern Exposure. Vernon released Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, independently in July 2007. The majority of that album was recorded while Vernon spent three months isolated in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin, his native state. The band later won in 2012 the Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver, Bon Iver. They released their third album 22, A Million to positive acclaim in 2016.