fun., The Black Keys And Mumford & Sons Rule The 2013 Grammys
fun., The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons dominated the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, sweeping up eight of the top honors between them.
The "Gold on the Ceiling" rockers were already double winners as they headed into the Staples Center in Los Angeles after "El Camino" was named Best Rock Album and "Lonely Boy" Best Rock Song in the early announcements prior to the main ceremony, where they added Best Rock Performance for "Lonely Boy," while frontman Dan Auerbach picked up a Producer of the Year trophy.
Pop stars fun. were crowned Best New Artist and took home Song of the Year for "We Are Young," but Mumford & Sons trumped both bands to claim Album of the Year for "Babel" at the end of the glitzy ceremony.
Record of the Year went to Gotye and Kimbra for their infectious "Somebody That I Used to Know," which also earned the pair the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance trophy.
The awards show was full of hot performances and collaborations - Taylor Swift kicked off proceedings as the sexy ringmaster of a circus-themed set while belting out her Record of the Year nominee "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
Her new tour mate, British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, teamed up with Sir Elton John for a special duet on The A Team, while the "Rocket Man" also led the Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and T Bone Burnett in a tribute to late The Band star Levon Helm.
The Black Keys rocked out with blues icon Dr. John and New Orleans' beloved Preservation Hall Jazz Band in memory of late jazz musician Dave Brubeck, and Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, and Ziggy and Damian Marley came together for a show-stopping tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley.
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z joined forces for the first TV performance of their new single "Suit & Tie" and the "SexyBack" hitmaker also debuted another track, "Pusher Love Girl," on music's big night, while event host LL Cool J closed the show by returning to his rap roots and teaming up with Chuck D, drummer Travis Barker and Tom Morello for an explosive finale.
The full list of winners is:
Record Of The Year - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Album Of The Year - Babel by Mumford & Sons
Song Of The Year - We Are Young by Fun. featuring Janelle Monae
Best New Artist - Fun.
Best Pop Solo Performance - Set Fire To The Rain (Live) by Adele
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance - Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
Best Pop Instrumental Album - Impressions by Chris Botti
Best Pop Vocal Album - Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
Best Dance Recording - Bangarang by Skrillex featuring Sirah
Best Dance/Electronica Album - Bangarang by Skrillex
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Kisses On The Bottom by Paul McCartney
Best Rock Performance - Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance - Love Bites (So Do I) by Halestorm
Best Rock Song - Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
Best Rock Album - El Camino by The Black Keys
Best Alternative Music Album - Making Mirrors by Gotye
Best R&B Performance - Climax by Usher
Best Traditional R&B Performance - Love On Top by Beyonce
Best R&B Song - Adorn by Miguel
Best Urban Contemporary Album - Channel Orange by Frank Ocean
Best R&B Album - Black Radio by Robert Glasper Experiment
Best Rap Performance - N****s In Paris by Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - No Church In The Wild by Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
Best Rap Song - N****s In Paris by Jay-Z & Kanye West
Best Rap Album - Take Care by Drake
Best Country Solo Performance - Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
Best Country Duo/Group Performance - Pontoon by Little Big Town
Best Country Song - Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
Best Country Album - Uncaged by Zac Brown Band