Mumford & Sons wins album of year with 'Babel'; Black Keys garners four Grammys
BY CHRIS TALBOTT AP Music Writer
Monday, February 11, 2013
2/11/13 at 7:37 AM
Blowing them away
Grammy glam stylish and tasteful
LOS ANGELES - Mumford & Sons' "Babel" took home Grammys for album of the year and long form music video on Sunday.
The British foursome is big news in Oklahoma right now because of a recently announced tour stop in Guthrie - one of only three U.S. stops this year. The band will bring the "Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Show" to the state Sept. 6-7.
But it was the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach who was the night's top winner with four awards.
Gotye, Skrillex, Black Keys, Jay-Z and Kanye West won three Grammys each. Ocean, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding and Matt Redman were double winners.
And it was a Fun. night.
The band won song of the year for "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae, and best new artist in something of an upset over Frank Ocean.
Fun.'s run - and a surprising victory by Gotye for record of the year - took some of the luster off Ocean's evening, but there's no question all eyes were on him as he won two awards and blew up Twitter. Only Chris Brown, with whom Ocean scuffled last month, remained seated as the 25-year-old R&B winner walked to the stage during a standing ovation. Ocean beat Brown, who attended with girlfriend Rihanna, for the urban contemporary album award that both were nominated for.
Other highlights included Prince presenting the record of the year trophy to Gotye and Kimbra. The Australian paid tribute to The Purple One's influence while accepting the award.
Performances included Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" with Jay-Z and "Pusher Love" in a performance that was broadcast in black and white.
Rihanna and the extended Marley family paid tribute to Bob Marley. Sting and Bruno Mars helped each other out on their hits "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Walking on the Moon."
Carrie Underwood won best country solo performance for "Blown Away," Zac Brown Band won best country album for "Uncaged" and Kelly Clarkson turned in the night's most exuberant acceptance speech after winning best pop vocal album for "Stronger."
Original Print Headline: Towering 'Babel'
Top categories and nominees
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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, songwriter (Ed Sheeran)
"Adorn," Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)
"Call Me Maybe," Tavish Crowe, Carly Rae Jepsen & Josh Ramsay, songwriters (Carly Rae Jepsen)
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Jörgen Elofsson, David Gamson, Greg Kurstin & Ali Tamposi, songwriters (Kelly Clarkson)
"We Are Young," Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe)
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
"Cost Of Livin'," Ronnie Dunn
"Over," Blake Shelton
"Blown Away," Carrie Underwood
"Home," Dierks Bentley
"Wanted," Hunter Hayes
"Springsteen," Eric Church
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
"On The Outskirts Of Town," The Time Jumpers
"Even If It Breaks Your Heart," Eli Young Band
"Pontoon," Little Big Town
"Safe & Sound," Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
"I Just Come Here For The Music," Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss
BEST COUNTRY SONG
"Blown Away," Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
Cost Of Livin' - Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn)
Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band)
So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore - Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson)
Springsteen - Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church)
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
"Four The Record," Miranda Lambert
"The Time Jumpers," The Time Jumpers
"Uncaged," Zac Brown Band
"Hunter Hayes," Hunter Hayes
Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran," Jamey Johnson
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
"From The Ground Up," John Fullbright
"The Carpenter," The Avett Brothers
"The Lumineers," The Lumineers
"Babel," Mumford & Sons
"Slipstream," Bonnie Raitt
Best Pop Vocal Album
"Stronger," Kelly Clarkson
"Ceremonial," Florence and the Machine
"Some Nights," Fun.
"Overexposed," Maroon 5
"The Truth About Love," Pink
Marcus Mumford accepts the award on stage for album of the year for "Babel" by Mumford & Sons at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. JOHN SHEARER / Invision / AP