Grammys shared among many on music's big night

By Michael Thurston, Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 11 2013 01:02 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2013 09:30 PM

Singer Adele presents the Grammy for album of the year at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on February 10, 2013. British rockers Mumford & Sons took Album of the Year with "Babel." Photo by Mike Blake, Reuters

LOS ANGELES -- (UPDATED) Indie pop band fun. won two big prizes at the Grammys as the music industry's top honors were shared out Sunday, on a night which united veteran artists with the latest generation of hitmakers.

The New York group won Song of the Year for "We Are Young" as well as best new artist at the 55th Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center amid tight security as Los Angeles police hunt a former cop wanted for multiple murders.

British rockers Mumford & Sons took Album of the Year with "Babel," while Australian-Belgian singer Gotye won Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra.

The night saw several pairings of younger and older generations: Sting singing with reggae legend Bob Marley's children; Elton John with Ed Sheeran; and Prince handing a prize to Gotye.

Taylor Swift opened the show in white hot pants and a spangly top hat, with a circus-themed performance of her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

Jennifer Lopez provided the first fashion moment of the telecast, coming out to present the first award with Pitbull dressed with a toned bare leg and shoulder on full display in an asymmetrical black Anthony Vaccarello ensemble.

"As you can see, I read the memo!" she joked when she came on stage, referring to a leaked letter from broadcasters CBS before the show, warning performers not to show too much flesh.

British songstress Adele -- who scored a clean sweep with six Grammys last year -- won the first prize handed out at the show Sunday, for best solo performance for a live rendition of her hit "Set Fire to the Rain."

"My good luck charm, J-Lo," she said as she accepted the award from Lopez. "This is amazing. I wanted to come and be part of the night. I loved it last year, obviously," she added.

Other highlights of the three-and-a-half hour show included a rousing tribute to Marley, featuring Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Ziggy, Stephen and Damian Marley.

They segued from Hawaiian-born Mars' hit "Locked out of Heaven" into ex-Police frontman Sting's reggae-rhythmed "Walking on the Moon," before breaking into Marley's classic "Could You Be Loved?"

Heartthrob Justin Timberlake also brought the house down with a couple of songs from his new album "The 20/20 Experience," starting with "Suit and Tie" -- in which he was suitably attired.

As the telecast went briefly black and white, he was joined by Jay-Z to sing "Pusher Lover Girl."

In a two-hour pre-telecast show, the Black Keys won best rock album, Keys singer Dan Auerbach won best rock song, Drake took best rap album, while Paul McCartney won for best traditional pop vocal album for "Kisses on the Bottom."

Beyonce won best traditional R&B performance for "Love on Top," Beach Boy Brian Wilson was honored for best historical album and late Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar won best world music album for "The Living Room Sessions Part 1."

In the Grammy show's traditional In Memoriam segment, John, Mumford & Sons and others paid tribute to Levon Helm, the late drummer and singer with The Band.

Organizers hope to avoid drama which the Grammys seem to attract -- last year with the death of Whitney Houston on the eve of the show; and a few years before with the infamous Chris Brown-Rihanna domestic assault.

There was minor drama on the eve of the Grammys, but nothing like Houston's shock death last year: Brown wrecked his Porsche in Beverly Hills on Saturday, and blamed paparazzi for the crash.

The LA Police Department, as well as helping provide security for the Grammys, have been involved in a massive manhunt for an ex-cop accused of killing three people and threatening to kill more officers.

Thankfully there were no incidents to disrupt Sunday evening's show, which went off smoothly.

Here are the winners of the main categories at the 55th Grammy Awards, the music industry's annual award ceremony:

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.

Best New Artist: fun.

Best Rock Song: "Lonely Boy" - The Black Keys

Best Rock Album: "El Camino" - The Black Keys

Best R&B Song: "Adorn" - Miguel

Best R&B Album: "Black Radio" - Robert Glasper Experiment

Best R&B Performance: "Climax" - Usher

Best Traditional R&B Performance: "Love on Top" - Beyonce

Best Urban Contemporary Album: "Channel Orange" - Frank Ocean

Best Pop Performance, Solo: "Set Fire to the Rain (live)" - Adele

Best Pop Performance, Duo or Group: "Somebody That I Used to Know" - Gotye featuring Kimbra

Best Pop Vocal Album: "Stronger" - Kelly Clarkson

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "Kisses On The Bottom" - Paul McCartney

Best Rap Song: "Ni**as In Paris" - Jay-Z & Kanye West

Best Rap Album: "Take Care" - Drake

Best World Music Album: "The Living Room Sessions Part 1" - Ravi Shankar

Best Alternative Music Album: "Making Mirrors" - Gotye

Best Orchestral Performance: "Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine" - San Francisco Symphony

Best Opera Recording: "Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen" - The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Chorus

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: "Unity Band" - Pat Metheny Unity Band

Best Country Song: "Blown Away" - Carrie Underwood

Best Country Album: "Uncaged" - Zac Brown Band

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: "Love Bites (So Do I)" - Halestorm

Best New Age Album: "Echoes of Love" - Omar Akram

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