Mumford & Sons, fun. win big at this year’s Grammys

Robert Gauthier

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55th Annual Grammy Awards 02_13_12_Entertainment_TheWalkinDead 55th Annual Grammy Awards 55th Annual Grammy Awards 55th Annual Grammy Awards 55th Annual Grammy Awards 55th Annual Grammy Awards 55th Annual Grammy AwardsIt was an unpredictable Sunday night full of talented musicians, awards and style at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, held on Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The red carpet was packed with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, all decked out from head to toe and looking their best. Girls were swooning left and right when Justin Timberlake made an appearance wearing a classic black suit and bow tie.

Despite the new dress code policy imposed by CBS Program Practices, some celebrities managed to push the envelope, such as Kelly Rowland, who went for a daring-diva look wearing a black dress with large cutouts. Katy Perry also turned heads in her mint green Gucci dress with a dramatic plunged neckline. But despite the number of beauties on the red carpet, many argued Rihanna was among the best dressed of the night in her romantic and feminine long, red gown.

Taylor Swift opened the show with a strange, but memorable performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Swift dressed in an elaborate costume as the Mad Hatter during this circus-style song. Her performance also included a troop of mimes and a man on a tricycle with a flamethrower attached.

Unexpected duet performances of the night included Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z performing “Suit & Tie” and “Pusher Love,” Sting and Bruno Mars performing “Locked Out of Heaven,” Elton John and Ed Sheeran performing “The A Team,” Miguel and Wiz Khalifa performing “Adorn” and Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 performing “Daylight” and “Girl On Fire.”

There was also an element of tension in the venue as artists competed for various awards. Frank Ocean beat rival Chris Brown in the category of best urban contemporary album. Brown, who had a scuffle with Ocean last month, was a sore loser and remained seated as Ocean walked to the stage during a standing ovation.

Fun. claimed major awards including song of the year for its hit anthem “We Are Young” and best new artist, causing something of an upset for Ocean. Fun.’s lead singer, Nate Ruess, said he honestly didn’t think it was going to win that category because the band was against amazing artists such as Frank Ocean, Hunter Hayes and The Lumineers.

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys was the night’s top winner with four trophies, including producer of the year and three rock category victories. The ceremony ended with a bang as London folk rockers Mumford & Sons wrapped up the show with what was considered one of the most surprising wins of the night, taking home album of the year for “Babel.”

See below for a full list of this year’s Grammy winners.

 

Album of the year: Babel, Mumford & Sons

Record of the year: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye feat. Kimbra

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

Rock performance: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys

Urban contemporary album: Channel Orange, Frank Ocean

Rap/sung collaboration: “No Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z and Kanye West, feat. Frank Ocean and The-Dream

Country solo performance: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood

Country album: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band

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,” Jay-Z, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West

Rap album: Take Care, Drake

R&B performance: “Climax,” Usher

Traditional R&B performance: “Love on Top,” Beyonce

R&B song: “Adorn,” Miguel

R&B album: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment

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 feat. 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 duo/group performance: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town

Country song: “Blown Away,” Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins

Gospel song: “Go Get It,” Mary Mary

Gospel album: Gravity, Lecrae

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 feat. The Civil Wars” (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 feat. 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

 

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