added: 11 Feb 2013 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
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