As predicted Mumford and Sons won Album of the Year honors at the Grammy Awards, while the remaining general field categories were awarded to Fun. (Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “We Are Young“) and Gotye (Record of the Year for “Somebody That I Used to Know“). (See complete list of winners, here.
In fact, Album of the Year winner Mumford and Sons won only one other award: Long-Form Video for “Big Easy Express.” Of the general field winners, Gotye came out on top, winning all three of his bids: in addition to Record of the Year, Pop Duo/Group (“Somebody”) and Alternative Album (“Making Mirrors“).
The Grammys also spread the wealth to the night’s other top nominees. The Black Keys swept the rock field: Rock Performance and Rock Song (“Lonely Boy“) as well as Rock Album (“El Camino“). And one half of the duo, Dan Auerbach, won Producer of the Year (Non-Classical).
Upsets were many.
Though Album of the Year nominees usually have the advantage in genre categories, only two of this year’s nominees won in lower races. Fun.’s “Some Nights” lost the Pop Album award to Kelly Clarkson‘s “Stronger,” her second win in that category after “Breakaway” in 2005 and her third win overall. Mumford and Sons’ “Babel,” despite winning Album of the Year, lost Americana Album to Bonnie Raitt‘s “Slipstream.” And Jack White‘s “Blunderbuss” lost Rock Album to Album of the Year rivals the Black Keys.
Other surprise winners included Zac Brown Band, who won Country Album for “Uncaged,” beating Miranda Lambert‘s “Four the Record.” Usher won R&B Performance for “Climax” against multiple nominee Miguel (“Adorn“), who nevertheless won R&B Song, while the Robert Glasper Experiment‘s “Black Radio” won R&B Album against favorite R. Kelly (“Write Me Back“).
Also among the biggest winners was Skrillex, who followed his three victories last year with three more presented during tonight’s Grammy pre-show, in the same categories: Dance Recording (“Bangarang“), Dance-Electronica Album (“Bangarang“), and Remixed Recording (“Promises”).
Other notable winners during the pre-show include music legend Janis Ian, who surprised to win Spoken Word Album for “Society’s Child“; Jimmy Fallon, who won Comedy Album for “Blow Your Pants Off“; and Rihanna, who repeated her MTV VMA victory by claiming Short-Form Video for “We Found Love.”
Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars won Visual Media Song for “Safe and Sound,” which they wrote for “The Hunger Games” with T Bone Burnett. The song was also nominated for Country Duo/Group, but lost to recent CMA winner “Pontoon” by Little Big Town.
Beyonce won her bid for Traditional R&B Performance (“Love on Top“), bringing her career total to 17; she is the third most honored female artist at the Grammys, behind Alison Krauss (27) and Aretha Franklin (18).
Meanwhile, Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z won 3: Rap Performance and Rap Song for “Ni**as in Paris,” as well as Rap/Sung Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild,” all shared with Kanye West. Jay-Z matches his better half with 17 wins overall, while West, who boycotted this year’s event, now has 21, which ties him with composer John Williams as the eighth most awarded artist in Grammy history.
Frank Ocean won as a featured artist on “No Church in the Wild,” and though he didn’t win any of his general field nominations, he was also awarded Best Urban Contemporary Album for his critically acclaimed “Channel Orange.”