The Black Keys lead the way with six awards at the 55th awards ceremony
Mumford & Sons, Adele and The Black Keys all scooped up Grammy Awards last night (February 10).
The Black Keys bagged the most success overall, winning four of the six awards for which they had been shortlisted including best rock song and best rock album for ‘El Camino’. The band’s singer Dan Auerbach also received an extra prize for non-classical producer for his work on for his work on Dr. John’s ‘Locked Down’ and other albums. Scroll down to see a selection of the performances, including The Black Keys and Frank Ocean, from the ceremony.
Mumford & Sons picked up the coveted Album Of The Year prize for their second album ‘Babel’. The rockers were presented with the award by Adele, who had earlier picked up Best Pop Solo Performance for her live version of ‘Set Fire To The Rain’. “We figured we weren’t going to win anything, because the Black Keys have been sweeping up all day, and deservedly so,” Marcus Mumford told the audience. Watch footage of Adele presenting Mumford & Sons with their award above.
Fun. scooped Best New Artist and Song of the Year for ‘We Are Young’, while Gotye won Record of the Year for his hit ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ – one of three awards he picked up on the night. “I’m a little bit lost for words, to receive an award from the man standing behind us,” Gotye said, referring Prince, who was presenting the award. “Many years I spent listening to this man’s music growing up had a big reason I was inspired to make music.”
Paul McCartney’s ‘Kisses on the Bottom’ was named Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, while The Beach Boys won their first ever Grammy for Best Historical Album for ‘The Smile Sessions’. Sitar player and Beatles collaborator Ravi Shanker, who died in December of last year, won the award for Best World Music Album.
The bash, which held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, kicked off with Taylor Swift singing ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’. Ed Sheeran and Elton John then took to the stage to perform Sheeran’s single ‘The A Team’, with Justin Timberlake singing new single ‘Suit & Tie’ and Alicia Keys also performing.
Later on in the evening, Sting, Bruno Mars and Rihanna got together for a Bob Marley tribute, that featured a duet Rihanna and Marley’s son Ziggy singing the 1980 classic ‘Could You Be Loved’. It was one of a number of collaborations on the night, including a tribute to Levon Helm – who died last year of cancer, which was led by Elton John and featured Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard.
A selected list of Grammy Awards 2013 is as follows:
Best Album: Mumford & Sons, ‘Babel’
Record Of The Year: Gotye featuring Kimbra, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
Best New Artist: Fun.
Song Of The Year: Fun featuring Janelle Monae, ‘We Are Young’
Best Pop Solo Performance: Adele, ‘Set Fire To The Rain (Live)’
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Gotye featuring Kimbra, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
Best Pop Vocal Album: Kelly Clarkson ‘Stronger’
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex featuring Sirah, ‘Bangarang’
Best Dance/Electronica Album: Skrillex, ‘Bangarang’
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Paul McCartney, ‘Kisses On The Bottom’
Best Rock Performance: The Black Keys, ‘Lonely Boy’
Best Rock Song: The Black Keys, ‘Lonely Boy’
Best Rock Album: The Black Keys, ‘El Camino’
Best R&B Performance: Usher, ‘Climax’
Best Urban Contemporary Album: Frank Ocean, ‘Channel Orange’
Best R&B Album: Robert Glasper Experiment, ‘Black Radio’
Best Rap Performance: Jay-Z & Kanye West, ‘N****s In Paris’
Best rap Album: Drake, ‘Take Care’
Best Country Album: Zac Brown Band, ‘Uncaged’
The Black Keys – ‘Lonely Boy’
Frank Ocean – ‘Forrest Gump’
Rihanna, Sting and Bruno Mars – Bob Marley tribute feat. Ziggy and Damian Marley