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Frank Ocean Who? Indie Rockers Capture Major Grammy Awards

Goyte (top) and Mumford & Sons were big winners at the 55th Grammy Awards.

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.


Grammy Winners Major Categories
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

Best Dance Recording
Levels’ – Avicii
Let’s Go’ – Calvin Harris Featuring Ne-yo

‘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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