Mumford & Sons took home the top Grammy for album of the year on Sunday night.

The British folk band was nominated for six awards and took the most coveted home with their sophomore release, Babel.

Musicians Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Country Winston and Ted Dwayne were underdogs in the category.

Also nominated were Jack White (Blunderbuss), Frank Ocean (Channel Orange), Fun. (Some Nights) and The Black Keys (El Camino).

The win marked the second of the evening for the act. Earlier in the afternoon, Mumford & Sons won their first ever Grammy in the long-form video category for Big Easy Express.

Fun. was also a big winner at the 55th annual ceremony. The group took home song of the year with their hit single We Are Young with Janelle Monae. They beat Frank Ocean, The Lumineers, Hunter Hayes and Alabama Shakes to win best new artist. It was a marked turn for the musicians, who have been playing based out of New York for the last decade.

Lead singer Nate Ruess took the opportunity to laugh at the irony of the band’s long road to stardom as he took the stage to accept the award.

“This (broadcast) is in HD, you can see our faces, and we are not young,” he said, pointing to bandmates Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost.

Fun. later conceded a loss to Kelly Clarkson in the best pop solo album category. The American Idol favourite won for her album Stronger but paid tribute to the band while accepting the honour.

"Fun, I've been covering you all summer. I love that song,” she said.

Also winning during the three-hour telecast from Los Angeles’ Staples Center were Gotye and Kimbra. The pair took home the Grammy for record of the year with their hit single Somebody That I Use to Know.

Adele’s trip from her native Britain proved worthwhile as she won the Grammy for best pop solo performance for Set Fire to the Rain (Live).

Carrie Underwood also took home best country solo performance.

Other early winners included Beyonce (best traditional R&B performance, Love On Top), Jay-Z and Kanye West (best rap performance for N****s In Paris), Rihanna (best short form music video for We Found Love featuring Calvin Harris) and Taylor Swift (best song written for visual media for Hunger Games track Safe & Sound featuring The Civil Wars).

The musicians kept the Staples Center rocking with a host of live performances.

Taylor Swift kicked off the show with a carnival-themed production and her hit single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.

Elton John, T Bone Burnett, the Zac Brown Band, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons and the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard shared the stage for an all-star performance of The Weight.

Fun. performed Carry On and there were duets by Wiz Khalifa and Miguel, and Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley.

Justin Timberlake returned to the stage for the first time in four years. The SexyBack singer was joined by Jay-Z for a retro rendition of his single Suit & Tie and new song Pusher Love Girl.

There was also a tribute to music great Bob Marley. Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting joined Ziggy and Damian Marley for the jam session and the musicians got the star-studded crowd to their feet.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was hosted by LL Cool J.

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(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)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


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