Voters spread the love at 55th annual Grammy Awards
Adele won the night's first Grammy Sunday during the telecast of the 55th annual awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but while she was the belle of the ball last year, this evening belonged to Akron, Ohio, rock duo The Black Keys, and the New York City pop-rock trio fun.
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach garnered honors for non-classical producer of the year in a pre-telecast ceremony, and his band won three awards: Best Rock Album for "El Camino," and Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for "Lonely Boy." The band also registered one of the evening's best performances, sharing the stage with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band during a fiery rendition of "Lonely Boy."
The trio fun., nominated for six awards, won Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "We Are Young."
"I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote the chorus to this song," joked lead singer Nate Ruess, 30, when accepting the award for Song of the Year. "This is in HD, everyone can see our faces, and we are not very young."
Gotye won Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used to Know," an award presented by Prince.
"Many years listening to this man's music growing up inspired me to make music," Gotye said as he accepted the award. "I just want to thank everybody who puts great energy into the world making music."
Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year for "Babel," demonstrating that voters in the Recording Academy were willing to spread the love among many nominees unlike last year, when Adele won Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Mumford & Sons also won best long-form video for "Big Easy Express." Marcus Mumford accepted the award from Adele.
"Didn't get a look in last year because she was nominated," he joked. "There are a few of us [British artists] out there and the Grammys have opened their arms to us."
Best Urban Contemporary Album went to Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange."
"So I hear the way to disarm audiences is to imagine them naked. I don't want to do that. I want to imagine you in tuxes and looking fancy and all that," said Ocean. He also won for Rap/Sung Collaboration for "No Church in the Wild," with Jay-Z, Kanye West and The Dream. Jay-Z and West picked up their first two Grammys of the night when their track "N****s in Paris" won for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
Jay-Z and Kanye West each had three wins sharing one award with Ocean as did electronic dance music artist Skrillex. Many nominees won two awards, including former Best New Artist winner Esperanza Spalding.
Taylor Swift opened the televised ceremony with an Alice in Wonderland-inspired spectacle of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," followed by Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John performing a duet on Sheeran's "The A Team," nominated for Song of the Year. (Interestingly, Sheeran will open this summer for Swift's "Red" tour, but Sunday the roles were reversed.)
In an evening of generally lackluster performances, highlights included Jack White, Kelly Clarkson's homage to Carole King and Patti Page, and an all-star tribute to the late drummer Levon Helm of The Band, featuring Zac Brown, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples and T-Bone Burnett.
Selected winners at the 55th annual Grammy Awards
Winners in selected major categories at the 55th annual Grammy Awards announced Sunday during ceremonies at the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center •
Record of the year • "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra.
Album of the year • "Babel," Mumford & Sons.
Song of the year • "We Are Young," fun.
New artist • fun.
Pop solo performance • "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)," Adele.
Pop vocal album • "Stronger," Kelly Clarkson.
Pop/duo group performance • "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra.
Traditional pop vocal album • "Kisses on the Bottom," Paul McCartney.
Rap performance • "N****s in Paris," Jay-Z, Kanye West.
Rap song • "N****s in Paris," Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West.
Rap/sung collaboration • "No Church in the Wild," Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, The-Dream.
Rap album • "Take Care," Drake.
R&B performance • "Climax," Usher.
Traditional R&B performance • "Love on Top," Beyonce.
R&B song • "Adorn," Miguel Pimentel.
R&B album • "Black Radio," Robert Glasper Experiment.
Urban contemporary album • "Channel Orange," Frank Ocean.
Rock performance • "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys.
Rock song • "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys.
Rock album • "El Camino," The Black Keys.
Hard rock/metal performance • "Love Bites (So Do I)," Halestorm.
Alternative music album • "Making Mirrors," Gotye.
Dance recording • "Bangarang," Skrillex featuring Sirah.
Dance/electronica album • "Bangarang," Skrillex.
Latin pop album • "MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition," Juanes.
Latin rock, urban or alternative album • "Imaginares," Quetzal.
Latin jazz album • "Ritmo!," The Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band.
Tropical Latin album • "Retro," Marlow Rosado Y La Riquena.
Country solo performance • "Blown Away," Carrie Underwood
Country duo/group performance • "Pontoon," Little Big Town.
Country song • "Blown Away," Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins.
Country album • "Uncaged," Zac Brown Band.
Gospel song • "Go Get It," Mary Mary.
Gospel album • "Gravity," Leerae.
Blues album • "Locked Down," Dr. John.
Folk album • "The Goat Rodeo Sessions," Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile.
Americana album • "Slipstream," Bonnie Raitt.
Bluegrass album • "Nobody Knows You," Steep Canyon Rangers.
Reggae album • "Rebirth," Jimmy Cliff.
World music album • "The Living Room Sessions Part 1," Ravi Shankar.
Children's album • "Can You Canoe?," The Okee Dokee Brothers.
Spoken word album • "Society's Child • My Autobiography," Janis Ian.
Comedy album • "Blow Your Pants Off," Jimmy Fallon.
New age album • "Echoes of Love," Omar Akram.
Jazz vocal album • "Radio Music Society," Esperanza Spalding.
Jazz instrumental album • "Unity Band," Pat Metheny Unity Band.
Large jazz ensemble album • "Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)," Arturo Sandoval.
Pop instrumental album • "Impressions," Chris Botti.
Compilation soundtrack album • "Midnight in Paris," various artists.
Score soundtrack album • "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.
Song written for visual media • "Safe & Sound" (From "The Hunger Games"), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams.
Musical theater album • "Once • A New Musical," Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti.
Producer of the year, classical • Blanton Alspaugh.
Producer of the year, non-classical • Dan Auerbach.
Instrumental composition • "Mozart Goes Dancing," Chick Corea.
Orchestral performance • "Adams • Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine," Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony).
Opera recording • "Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen," James Levine and Fabio Luisi.
Choral performance • "Life & Breath • Choral Works by Rene Clausen," Charles Bruffy.
Short-form music video • "We Found Love," Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris.
Long-form music video • "Big Easy Express," Mumford & Sons.
Historical album • "The Smile Sessions" (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wolfe.