Mumford & Sons, fun., Black Keys among top Grammy winners
Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys news, tour dates, photos and tickets">The Black Keys and fun. swept the largest award categories at the 55th annual Grammy Awards Sunday (2/10), with The Black Keys close behind.
British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons took home a trophy for the prized Album of the Year category for their platinum-selling effort "Babel," as well as an award for Best Long Form Music Video for "Big Easy Express" with Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Mumford & Sons also contributed to a collaborative performance of "The Weight" with Elton John, T. Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes in memory of Levon Helms.
Rock duo The Black Keys won three Grammys: Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for "Lonely Boy," as well as Best Rock Album for "El Camino." Dan Auerbach also snagged an award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical early in the show.
Belgian-Australian performer Gotye and collaborator Kimbra won the coveted Record of the Year Grammy for the ubiquitous single "Somebody That I Used To Know," along with Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Alternative Album for "Making Mirrors."
New York indie-rockers Fun. earned Best New Artist status, as well as Song of the Year for "We Are Young."
The full list of winners is available at the Grammy website.
The evening's performances began with Taylor Swift's circus-themed opening performance of the crossover hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Elton John and Ed Sheeran teamed up for "The A Team," while Jay-Z made a guest appearance during Justin Timberlake's much-anticipated return, which featured "Suit & Tie" and "Pusher Love."
A Bob Marley tribute in honor of the reggae icon's birthday featured Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Marley's sons, Damien and Ziggy. Kelly Clarkson, who won Best Pop Vocal Album for "Stronger," paid tribute to Carole King and the late Patti Page, both of whom received Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Country songstress and Best Country Solo Performance winner Carrie Underwood caught the audience's attention with her artful dress during her medley featuring the chart-topping "Blown Away" and her latest single, "Two Black Cadillacs." Roses, butterflies and other images were projected onto the full skirt of her ball gown throughout her performance.
Host LL Cool J closed out the three-and-a-half-hour show with a performance of his own: an unveiling of "Whaddup," featuring Tom Morello, Chuck D, Z-Trip and Travis Barker.