Grammy voters spread the love

19:48, Feb 11 2013
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Taylor Swift performs at the 55th annual Grammy Awards
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Nate Ruess (C) and Fun accept the Grammy award for song of the year for We Are Young.
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Carrie Underwood accepts the Grammy for best country solo performance for Blown Away from presenters Miguel (C) and Wiz Khalifa (R).
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Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons performs at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
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Taylor Swift performs at the 55th annual Grammy Awards
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Justin Timberlake performs at the 55th annual Grammy Awards
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Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys performs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
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Rihanna performs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
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Mikky Ekko performs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
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Ziggy Marley and Rihanna perform a tribute to Bob Marley at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
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Singer Alicia Keys performs at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
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Gotye and Kimbra accept the Grammy award for record of the year for Somebody That I Used To Know at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.
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The Lumineers perform at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
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Jack White performs at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

Mumford & Sons wrapped up a completely unpredictable Grammy Awards with perhaps the most surprising win of the night, taking home album of the year for Babel.

It was an event that even shocked the London folk-rockers.

"We figured we weren't going to win anything because The Black Keys have been sweeping up all day, rightfully so," Marcus Mumford said.

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The Bad - A fashion critic herself, Kelly Osbourne wore a Paule Ka dress with H Stern jewels. The dress is fine, we like the yellow gold bling and have been advocates of Kelly's hair in the past, but she's in need of a good ol' roots touch up, pronto.
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The Neutral - Karlie Kloss, 20, wore a blue Michael Kors cut-out gown. It's nice, but she's a supermodel, this is her day job. Let's move on.
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The 'Meh' - Call Me Maybe singer Carly Rae Jepsen pulls a Sofia Vergara in a Roberto Cavalli gown. She looks nice, but this look is too old for a 27-year-old.
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The Brave - Our home-girl Kimbra went full-blown figure-skater-meets-Disney-princess in this gown made of 2kg of pearls by Aussie designer Jaime Lee, and call it patriotism, but we think she just pulls it off thanks to unbelievable 60s-glam make-up. It's the Grammys, you're meant to go a little off-centre on this red carpet.
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The Most Improved - Giuliana Rancic looks softer and less severe than she has in ages in this Carlos Miele gown. We love her new hair and the volume on this dress works well on her.
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The Biggest Change - She's wearing colour! Massive fan of monochrome, Adele, stepped out in a bright red floral Valentino gown tonight. It's bordering on upholstery-chic, but it suits her retro aesthetic.
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The Good - Taylor Swift's J Mendel gown is gorgeous. It's not going to keep us up at night with excitement, but bottom line is the 23-year-old looks lovely.
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The Rule-Breaker - Jennifer Lopez laughs in the face of the Grammy organisers 'don't show too much skin' edict in this swimsuit-like Anthony Vaccarello gown with her fave top knot hair and pointy gold nails. Check her out doing Jolie leg!
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The Crazy - Florence Welch works dino-chic in this emerald Givenchy gown. The colour's amazing, and while we'd personally pass the stegosaurus spikes, she's an avant-garde musician, so can kind of work it.
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The Best - Rihanna hits a six with this custom Azzedine Alaia dress. It fits perfectly and her make-up showcases just how beautiful she is. This is the best we've ever seen her look. Fact.
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The Good - Only Ms. Beyonce could pull off this Osman crepe jumpsuit on the red carpet. It accentuates her waist, her hair and make-up is fresh, and we imagine she won't be banning any of the pics from this event.
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The Bad - Katy Perry channels Morticia Addams and Poison Ivy in one overcooked Gucci look. We're also pretty sure she's breaking the not-too-much-cleavage rule.
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The Neutral - Nicole Kidman's Vera Wang gown certainly isn't a miss, but the cut does little to move us (this might be one of those that were better in real life). But she's obviously taken some hair tips from Keith.
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The Good - Kiwi-Brit singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield looks amazing in this Emerson gown paired with punchy and modern gold accessories. It's fresh and edgy without being too try-hard.
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The Good - Bey's D Child sister Kelly Rowland also tiptoed around the not-too-much skin rule with this Georges Chakra gown which reveals hints of side- and under-cleavage. That said, with the subtle make-up and flattering fit, we think this is a hit.
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The Good - We're all over Solange's shoes - our most coveted footwear of the night. And her green dress beats her big sis Beyonce's look. That said, her make-up's a little draining - she looks like she's falling asleep. We'd have liked a pop of coral lippie or something.
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The Neutral - Country superstar Carrie Underwood wore Roberto Cavalli to the awards. It's better than Carly Rae's Cavalli, but... oh sorry, we dropped off there for a second. Next!
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The Bad - Alicia Keys is amazing - husband Swizz Beatz (do you think she actually calls him that?) certainly thinks so. But, alas, we don't love this Azzedine Alaia dress on her. The shape of the skirt is a tad contrived, the leather up-top a touch tack and her hair is a lot too stiff.
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The Good - '2 Broke Girls' star Kat Dennings wore a structured Vivienne Westwood cocktail number. And while we're not that keen on the tie-dye style pattern, Kat's hair and make-up may just be the best of the night.
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The Misplaced - Alexa Chung's polished make-up is an A+, and this flirty Valentino Red gown is cute, but perhaps not entirely event-appropriate.

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys ended up the night's top winner with four trophies, including producer of the year and three rock category victories with bandmate Patrick Carney.

But it was hardly a clean sweep as The Recording Academy's thousands of voters spread the love for the year's top singles.

Fun. took home major awards best new artist, in something of an upset over Frank Ocean, and song of the year for the transcendent anthem We Are Young, featuring Janelle Monae.

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"I didn't think we were going to win this one," lead singer Nate Ruess said after the best new artist win. "Frank Ocean. The Lumineers. Everybody, amazing."

Like Mumford & Sons, Gotye busted up the predictions, taking record of the year for 2012's top-selling single, the haunting Somebody That I Used To Know, featuring Kimbra, and finished with three awards.

Prince, in hood and sunglasses and carrying a sparkly silver cane, presented him with the record of the year trophy and the Australian paid tribute to The Purple One's influence.

"A little bit lost for words, to receive an award from the man standing behind us with the cane," Gotye said. "Many years listening to this man's music growing up and a big reason I was inspired to make music. Thank you."

Jay-Z and Kanye West had three wins - sharing one award with Ocean - along with Skrillex, and a slew of nominees had two wins apiece, including former best new artist winner Esperanza Spalding.

Ocean was shut out in the major categories, but took home two trophies, including best urban contemporary album. Only Chris Brown, with whom Ocean scuffled last month, remained seated as the 25-year-old R&B winner walked to the stage during a standing ovation. Ocean beat Brown, who attended with girlfriend Rihanna, in the category.

Ocean won also won best rap/sung collaboration for No Church in the Wild with fellow top nominees Jay-Z and West, and The-Dream. The win came after victories for Jay-Z and West for best rap song and best rap performance for ... in Paris, another Watch the Throne track.

Ocean also performed his song Forrest Gump, the love song written about a man that first started the buzz that led to his announcement that his first love was a man.

We Are Young helped fun. earn a starring role at these Grammys with nominations in all four major categories after the release of their first album, matched only by Christopher Cross in 1981, and six overall.

The band turned in a powerful early performance of Carry On as a downpour on stage began mid-song and guitarist Jack Antonoff got a kiss from girlfriend Girls creator Lena Dunham after winning.

The Black Keys took best rock performance for Lonely Boy during the main telecast and earlier in the day won best rock song for Lonely Boy and best rock album for El Camino. He also got an assist - but no trophy - on Dr. John's best blues album Locked Down, which he produced.

Other winners included Rihanna, Beyonce, Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift, who opened the show as the Mad Hatter. Swift dressed in white top hat, tails, shorts and tall boots during the surreal version of her hummable hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together that included a troop of mime clowns and a guy on a tricycle with a flame-thrower attached.

The singer pretended to talk to the offending boyfriend on the phone: "I'm busy opening the Grammys and we're never getting back together."

Justin Timberlake debuted new tracks Suit & Tie with Jay-Z and Pusher Love in a performance that was broadcast in retro black and white.

Rihanna and the extended Marley family paid tribute to Bob Marley.

Sting and Bruno Mars helped each other out on their hits Locked Out of Heaven and Walking on the Moon.

Elton John and Ed Sheeran teamed on The A Team and Miguel and Wiz Khalifa joined forces on Adorn. Alicia Keys played drums during Maroon 5's Daylight, before Adam Levine's band backed her on Girl on Fire.

Jack White brought both his male and female bands on stage, tearing through Love Interruption and Freedom at 21 before a standing ovation from the crowd.

And Elton John, Mavis Staples, Brown, Mumford & Sons and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes paid tribute to the late Levon Helm with a spirited rendition of The Weight.

Adele won the first award of the night on the main telecast, taking home best pop solo performance for Set Fire to the Rain (Live), in one of the night's least-surprising moments - though the singer was somewhat taken aback.

"I just wanted to be part of the night, because I loved it last year, obviously," she said of winning a record-tying six awards in 2012.

Carrie Underwood won best country solo performance for Blown Away, Zac Brown Band won best country album for Uncaged and Kelly Clarkson turned in the night's most exuberant acceptance speech after winning best pop vocal album for Stronger.

After hugging much of the front row and momentarily getting stuck to Miranda Lambert's dress, Clarkson charged the stage with a giant smile.

"Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together," she said. "I mean, good God. That was the sexiest dancing I've ever seen."

Skrillex won best dance recording for Bangarang, featuring Sirah, best dance/electronica album for Bangarang and best remixed recording a year after winning those same awards in his first appearance at the Grammys.

"You know what, I thought I'd get used to it, but I tripped over every word when I was up there," Skrillex said of his acceptance speeches. "I felt like I just wanted a pool of ice water and just couldn't even breathe or think. It was crazy. I think it was even crazier than last year."

Celebrities rolled down the red carpet in the early afternoon under heavy police guard during a continued manhunt for an alleged cop killer.

Many stars showed a fair amount of skin - check out the Twitter pic of Ellen DeGeneres ogling Katy Perry's revealing dress - despite CBS's mandate that stars dress appropriately with butts, breasts and other sensitive areas covered adequately.

Nevertheless, Jennifer Lopez showed up on stage in a dress slit all the way to her hip.

"As you can see, I read the memo," Lopez joked.


Winners of the 2013 Grammy Awards:

Album of the year: Babel, Mumford & Sons

Record of the year: Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring 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, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, 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(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris, Jay-Z, Kanye West

Rap song: N***s in Paris, Shawn Carter, 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 Pimentel

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 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 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 (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

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