Early Grammy winners: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake …

Upwards of 80 Grammys were handed out before the primetime telecast began on CBS Sunday evening. (See full list of winners here.)

Cyndi Lauper presided over the three-hour plus ceremony that took place at the Nokia Theater, across the street from the Staples Centre. She was rewarded for her efforts with another Grammy, this one for the cast recording of this year’s Tony champ for Best Musical “Kinky Boots.”

Proving that the recording academy was right to include them in the rap genre, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won three of that field’s awards: Album for “The Heist” and both Performance and Song for “Thrift Shop.” 

Daft Punk won Electronica/Dance Album for “Random Access Memories,” but they were busy rehearsing for the kudocast to pick up the prize. 

Justin Timberlake shared in the R&B Song award for his hit “Pusher Love Girl” and the Music Video prize for “Suit and Tie.”

Alicia Keys won the R&B Album prize for “Girl on Fire” and Rihanna took Urban Contemporary Album for “Unapologetic.” 

Grammy Awards: Complete list of winners 

Darius Rucker edged out a slew of country superstars to take the Solo Performance prize for “Wagon Wheel.” Likewise for the Civil Wars who won Duo/Group for “From this Valley.” And newcomer Kacey Musgraves was part of the group that won the Song award for her hit “Merry Go Round.” 

On the rock side, it was the veterans who ruled with Led Zeppelin winning Album for “Celebration Day” and Black Sabbath taking Metal Performance for “God is Dead?”

Music legend Herb Alpert won his seventh Grammy, and first since 1979, for his Pop Instrumental Album “Steppin’ Out.” 

Kathy Griffin proved that sixth time was the charm as she finally won Best Comedy Album for “Calm Down Gurrl.” She gave a shout out to the two women — Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg — who have won this award before launching into a take-no-prisoners comedy routine that focused on the recent woes of Justin Bieber.  

And two funny men who have won the Comedy award picked up Grammys in very different categories: Stephen Colbert won the Spoken Word award for his rendition of “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t” while Steve Martin shared the American Roots Song prize with Edie Brickell for “Love Has Come For You.” 

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