Black Keys, Mumford and Sons Stand Out at Grammy Awards
Last year’s Grammy Awards show was undisputedly dominated by Adele with her six wins, but this year’s 55th incarnation of the most tuxedo-ed night in music spread the love around more evenly. Mumford & Sons, Gotye and Black Keys were among the biggest winners.
English folksters Mumford & Sons’ sophomore effort Babel was named album of the year, and the group also won the trophy for best Long Form Music Video for their participation in the “Big Easy Express” along with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. The band’s namesake Marcus Mumford said that the band had decided they wouldn’t be taking home any awards after losing out on some of the awards they were nominated for that were not televised.
“We resigned ourselves (to not winning),” he told Billboard. “Last year was Adele’s year and this year will be the Black Keys’.” Of course, he was quite alright with the award they did later win. “It’s f**king awesome,” he said.
Of course, a Grammys ceremony in this decade wouldn’t be complete without some kind of Adele win, and the artist won Pop Solo Performance of the Year for “Set Fire to the Rain (live).”
Black Keys won three awards, Rock Song and Rock Performance (both for “Lonely Boy”) and Rock Album (for El Camino). The duo shared the honor for Rock Song with the tune’s producer, Brian Burton – better known as Danger Mouse.
Gotye also won three awards, and it’s no surprise that his song “Somebody That I Used to Know” was named Record of the Year, as the song seemed to be playing absolutely everywhere in 2012. The only song that came closest to its popularity for the year was Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” but Jepsen lost both categories she was nominated in. Gotye accepted the award with Kimbra, who is featured on his song.
Other winners during the night included fun. (Best New Artist), Kelly Clarkson (Pop Vocal Album for Stronger), Usher (R&B Performance for “Climax”), Zac Brown Band (Best Country Album for Uncaged) and Frank Ocean (Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange).
Other highlights from the night included Justin Timberlake performing his new single “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z, Taylor Swift kicking off the awards show with a performance of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Prince presenting an award accompanied by a diamond studded cane. Additionally, an all-star lineup performed “The Weight” to honor Levon Helm, the late drummer of the band. Elton John dedicated the song to the victims of the Sandy Hook school tragedy and led the group, which included Mavis Staples, Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.