Top Grammy Wins for Mumford, fun., Gotye

Plus, awards for Adele, Carrie Underwood, Jay-Z
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2013 7:08 PM CST
Updated Feb 11, 2013 12:17 AM CST
Taylor Swift Opens the Grammys
Taylor Swift arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

It's the Grammy Awards, which, as we all know, are more about performances than actual awards—so the show opened, not at all surprisingly, with a performance by Taylor Swift. The music world's darling gave what appeared to be a circus/carnival/Alice in Wonderland-themed performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and only after that could the host appear. Once again, it's LL Cool J. A rundown of the highlights:

  • One of the first parts of the show to heat up Twitter: Rihanna is sitting next to Chris Brown, and they look quite cozy.
  • Time for an award? No, of course not: After LL Cool J's speech, Elton John and Ed Sheeran perform together.
  • And the first award of the night (presented by Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, who is showing a lot of leg), goes to Adele for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Set Fire to the Rain." She keeps her acceptance speech delightfully brief.
  • Neil Patrick Harris introduces fun. for, yes, another performance. Then Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer (cheered by a smiling Katy Perry in the audience) introduce a performance by by Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.
  • Finally, a second award. But of course, Wiz Khalifa and Miguel can't just present Best Country Solo Performance; first they have to sing a song. The award eventually goes to Carrie Underwood for "Blown Away."
  • Faith Hill walks out holding hands with hubby Tim McGraw to present Song of the Year to fun. for "We Are Young."
  • Johnny Depp is here, for the sole purpose of introducing a performance by Mumford and Sons. Next up: Justin Timberlake gets introduced by Ellen DeGeneres and Beyonce, and it turns out he's still got moves. He performs his new song "Suit and Tie," of course ... and Jay-Z joins him, before JT launches into another new song.
  • New category alert: Best Urban Contemporary Album goes to Frank Ocean for Channel Orange. In a bit of poetic justice, he beats out Chris Brown for the award—and everyone gives Ocean a standing ovation except Brown.
  • Best Rock Performance goes to the Black Keys for "Lonely Boy," then Alicia Keys joins Maroon 5 for a performance.
  • Best Pop Vocal Album goes to Kelly Clarkson for "Stronger."
  • Rihanna takes a break from cuddling with Chris Brown to perform, getting rave reviews on Twitter. Our fave, from Michael Buckley: "Rihanna is very talented. We forget because we get distracted by her choice in men and disturbing Instagram photos."
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration goes to "No Church in the Wild" by Jay-Z and Kanye West.
  • More performances, by the Black Keys and Kelly Clarkson, and then Best Country Album goes to the Zac Brown Band for Uncaged.
  • Bruno Mars performs with Sting, Rihanna, and Ziggy Marley, bringing the audience to its feet. Then the Lumineers are up with a performance of "Ho Hey," followed by Jack White singing "Love Interruption."
  • Katy Perry and her very prominent breasts present Best New Artist to fun.
  • Hunter Hayes gives perhaps the briefest performance in the history of Grammys performances, followed by a full-length performance by Carrie Underwood.
  • Finally: It's time for Record of the Year, presented by Prince. The award goes to Gotye for "Somebody That I Used to Know."
  • After the In Memoriam segment and a tribute to Levon Helm, plus a couple more performances including one by Frank Ocean, Album of the Year goes to Mumford and Sons for Babel.
  • Some of you may have forgotten, but LL Cool J is more than just a two-time Grammys host: He's also a rapper, so he closes the show with his very own performance.
(More Grammy Awards stories.)

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