Goyte (top) and Mumford & Sons were big winners at the 55th Grammy Awards.
Frank Ocean who? The dynamic rapper, who was expected to win at least one major award, came up empty handed at the 55th Grammy Awards Sunday night (Feb. 10). Mumford & Sons, rock band Fun. and Gotye divided up the big three prizes.
Indeed, the major awards belonged to indie rockers, while two of the big three went to British and Australian bands.
Record of the Year went to “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye (featuring Kimbra); Album of the Year went to Babel by Mumford & Sons and Song of the Year went to “We Are Young” by Fun. (featuring Janelle Moná).
“I don’t know what I was thinking, writing this song,” frontman Nate Ruess said, noting that the band has been playing together in obscurity for 10 years.
“If this is in HD, everyone can see our faces, and we are not very young,” he added.
Fun. also won Best New Artist, a category in which Ocean was also a nominee.
But it wasn’t a total loss for the New Orleans artist. Ocean won Grammys for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange. He beat rival Chris Brown, who was up for his album Fortune.
Ocean also won best Rap/Sung Song Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild” with Kanye West and Jay-Z.
Jay-Z and West also won for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, but Drake won Best Rap Album for Take Care.
Other big winners included The Black Keys, who won three Grammys, while guitarist Dan Auerbach picked up an individual award for Producer of the Year.
DJ Skrillex, Adele, Zac Brown Band, Miguel and Kelly Clarkson also won genre specific awards. Carrie Underwood won two of the big three country music awards.
Her song “Blown Away” won for Best Country Song and she won Best Country Solo Performance for “Blown Away” as well. But the Zac Brown Band won Best Country Album for Uncaged.
Miguel Pimentel won the award for Best R&B Song for “Adorn” while Black Radio by Robert Glasper Experiment won Best R&B Album.
Justin Timberlake, Jack White, Carrie Underwood, Sting, Rihanna, Elton John and Taylor Swift were among the featured performers. Check out the major category winners below and check out the Grammys website for a full list of winners.
Record Of The Year Lonely Boy – The Black Keys Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson We Are Young – Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra Thinkin Bout You’ – Frank Ocean We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
Album Of The Year El Camino – The Black Keys Some Nights – Fun. Babel – Mumford & Sons Channel Orange – Frank Ocean Blunderbuss – Jack White
Song Of The Year The A Team – Ed Sheeran Adorn – Miguel Pimentel Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ – Kelly Clarkson We Are Young – Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
Best New Artist Alabama Shakes Fun. Hunter Hayes The Lumineers Frank Ocean
Best Pop Solo Performance Set Fire To The Rain [live] – Adele Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen Wide Awake – Katy Perry Where Have You Been – Rihanna
Best Pop Vocal Album Stronger – Kelly Clarkson Ceremonials’ – Florence & the Machine Some Nights – Fun. Overexposed – Maroon 5 The Truth About Love – Pink
Best Rock Performance Hold On – Alabama Shakes Lonely Boy – The Black Keys Charlie Brown – Coldplay I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons We Take Care Of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance I’m Alive – Anthrax Love Bites (So Do I) – Halestorm Blood Brothers – Iron Maiden Ghost Walking – Lamb Of God No Reflection – Marilyn Manson Whose Life (Is It Anyways?) – Megadeth
Best Rock Song Freedom at 21 – Jack White I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons Lonely Boy – The Black Keys Madness’ – Muse We Take Care of Our Own – Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Album El Camino – The Black Keys Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay The 2nd Law – Muse Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen Blunderbuss – Jack White
‘Bangarang – Skrillex Featuring Sirah Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin I Can’t Live Without You – Al Walser
Best Dance/Electronica Album Wonderland – Steve Aoki Don’t Think – The Chemical Brothers Album Title Goes Here – Deadmau5 Fire & Ice – Kaskade Bangarang – Skrillex
Best Alternative Music Album The Idler Wheel… – Fiona Apple Biophilia – Björk Making Mirrors – Gotye Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. – M83 Bad As Me – Tom Waits
Best R&B Song Adorn – Miguel Pimentel Beautiful Surprise’ – Tamia Heart Attack – Trey Songz Pray For Me – Anthony Hamilton Refill – Elle Varner
Best R&B Album Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment Back To Love – Anthony Hamilton Write Me Back – R. Kelly Beautiful Surprise – Tamia Open Invitation – Tyrese
Best Rap Performance Hyfr (Hell Ya … Right) – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne … In Paris – Jay-z & Kanye West Daughters- Nas Mercy – Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz I Do – Young Jeezy featuring Jay-z & André 3000
Best Rap Song Daughters – Nas Lotus Flower Bomb – Wale Mercy – Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz The Motto – Drake Featuring Lil’ Wayne … In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa fea. Bruno Mars
Best Rap Album Take Care’ – Drake Food & Liquor II – Lupe Fiasco Life Is Good’ – Nas Undun’ – The Roots God Forgives, I Don’t’ – Rick Ross Based On A T.r.u. Story’ – 2 Chainz
Best Country Solo Performance Home – Dierks Bentley Springsteen – Eric Church Cost Of Livin – Ronnie Dunn Wanted – Hunter Hayes Over – Blake Shelton Blown Away – Carrie Underwood fea. Alison Krauss
Best Country Song Blown Away – Carrie Underwood Cost Of Livin – Ronnie Dunn Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ – Eli Young Band So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore – Alan Jackson Springsteen -Eric Church
Best Country Album Uncaged – Zac Brown Band Hunter Hayes – Hunter Hayes Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran – Jamey Johnson Four The Record – Miranda Lambert The Time Jumpers – The Time Jumpers
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