Mumford & Sons, Gotye & Kimbra, Kelly Clarkson, Zac Brown Band and Fun. were just a few of the big winners at the 55th annual Grammy Awards telecast, hosted by LL Cool J and broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Read on for the recap...
Album of the Year went to Babel by Mumford & Sons; Record of the Year went to Gotye & Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know; Fun. won Best New Artist, and their We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monae) was named Song of the Year; Kelly Clarkson's Stronger was named Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Album was awarded to Zac Brown Band's Uncaged.
Other big accolades handed out during Sunday night's telecast went to Carrie Underwood (Best Country Solo Performance: Blown Away); Frank Ocean was the Best Urban Contemporary Album Winner for Channel Orange; The Black Keys earned Best Rock Performance for Lonely Boy; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration went to No Church in the Wild by Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream; and Adele nabbed Best Pop Solo Performance for Set Fire to the Rain (Live).
Taylor Swift opened the show with the wild circus-themed We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together; Ed Sheeran and Elton John teamed up for Sheeran's The A Team; Fun. sang Carry On; Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert sang Over You and Home; Miguel sang Adorn; Mumford & Sons, introduced by Johnny Depp, strummed I Will Wait; Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z went black-and-white for the rappin' 'n' groovin' Suit & Tie, followed with JT's new Pusher Love Girl; Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 united to perform Girl on Fire and Daylight; Rihanna crooned Stay with newcomer Mikky Ekko; The Black Keys were joined by Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a rousing version of Lonely Boy; Kelly Clarkson sang a beautiful rendition of Tennessee Waltz in honor of the late Patti Page, then knocked Carol King's (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman out of the park; Sting joined Bruno Mars to sing Bruno's toe-tappin', reggae-tinged Locked Out of Heaven and The Police's Walking on the Moon, then Rihanna and Ziggy Marley took the stage to tribute Bob Marley with Could You Be Loved...
The Lumineers got the audience on their feet for Ho Hey; Jack White and Ruby Amanfu rocked Love Interruption, then erupted with Freedom at 21; Hunter Hayes played Wanted, and Carrie Underwood belted out Blown Away and Two Black Cadillacs; Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Kenny Garrett paid tribute to the late, great Dave Brubeck with Take Five; Elton John dedicated a tribute to the late Levon Helm, The Weight, to Levon and the late children of Sandy Hook, singing with gospel queen Mavis Staples, T-Bone Burnett, Brittany Howard of The Alabama Shakes and Mumford & Sons; Juanes performed Elton's Your Song in English and Spanish; Frank Ocean ran with Forrest Gump; and to close the evening, LL Cool J put on his rapper cap with Chuck D, Tom Morello, Z-Trip and Travis Barker for the pumped-up (I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind) and No Sleep Till Brooklyn tribute to the late Adam Yauch.
LL Cool J kept the proceedings swift and social-media current, calling the event "Music's biggest and most tweeted night," while pointing out, "A Grammy isn't just a shiny thing to hold onto, a Grammy is a dream come true." He also made sure to call out hashtags throughout the night to keep the conversation going, a Grammy first.
Those remembered in memoriam included Dave Brubeck, Andy Williams, Donna Summer, Chuck Brown, Robin Gibb, Patti Page, Earl Scruggs, Davy Jones, Dick Clark, Herb Reed, Andy Griffith, Marvin Hamlisch, Patty Andrews, Jenni Rivera, Doc Watson, Ravi Shankar, Adam Yauch and Levon Helm.
While the Grammys were airing, lots of people were talking about the show with their friends on Facebook. Facebook shared some interesting stats with us following the show, telling us that women made 160% more Grammy mentions than men. Another interesting factoid? The top states discussing the Grammys included Eastern seaboard states New York, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. The stars whose fashions had people talking were Carrie Underwood's (for her projection dress), Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. And one collaboration claimed the titles of both the most-talked-about performance AND most-buzzed-about moment of the night -- Sting, Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Ziggy and Damian Marley's group performance.