55th Grammy Awards: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Wins Album Of The Year
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards saw The Black Keys sweep the rock category and newcomer Frank Ocean become the first openly gay male urban artist to take home a Grammy.
Hosted by LL Cool J, the Awards were opened with Taylor Swift's performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” amid Carnival staging in a white ringmaster ensemble. Other performances included Fun. performing under a staged rainfall; Justin Timberlake with Jay-Z joining him on stage; Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys singing a mashup of “Girl On Fire” and "Daylight;" the Bob Marley tribute; Zac Brown, Elton John, Mumford & Sons and T Bone Burnett's Levon Helm tribute and many others.
Of course the ceremony was filled with notable moments that weren’t music related. Rihanna was spotted cozying up with on-again boyfriend Chris Brown, with whom she recently attended a hearing where he faced allegations of failing to do community service. Female attendees such as Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Roland taunted CBS’s “Wardrobe Advisory" with their sparse gowns. And when Kelly Clarkson went to receive her Grammy for best pop album, she hugged everyone, got caught on Miranda Lambert's dress, nearly tripped up the steps, hit on Miguel and received a disapproving look from her fiancé from the audience.
At three and a half hours, it was stretched out a bit long for only presenting a total of twelve awards. Below is a full list of the winners from the night:
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)” – Adele
BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE: “Blown Away” – Carrie Underwood
BEST SONG OF THE YEAR: “We Are Young” – Fun. Feat. Janelle Monae
BEST URBAN CONTEMPORARY ALBUM: Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE: “Lonely Boy” – The Black Keys
BEST POP ALBUM: Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION: “No Church in the Wild” – Jay-Z, Kanye West, feat. Frank Ocean and The Dream
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM: Uncaged – Zac Brown Band
BEST ROCK ALBUM: El Camino – The Black Keys
BEST NEW ARTIST: Fun.
RECORD OF THE YEAR: “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye & Kimbra
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Babel – Mumford & Sons