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Grammys 2013: The One Where The Guys Had all the Fun.


If last year’s Grammys were owned by Adele (and they ever so thoroughly were), then this year’s ceremony saw the men take back the reigns. The top awards were all won by men – Gotye got Record of the Year, for Somebody That I Used to Know, while the male trio of fun. got Song of the Year for We Are Young, and Mumford & Sons picked up Album of the Year for Babel – an album that made a major impact on the US Billboard 200 chart last year, selling over 600 000 copies upon release. Miguel won Best R ‘n B Song for Adorn and the Black Keys injected their brotherly rock into more than a few categories – scoring Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for Lonely Boy.

Tribute was paid to Levon Helm, the late singing drummer from The Band, and Justin Timberlake made his cool comeback in a black and white performance with a shoop-shoop band accompanying him and Jay-Z jumping up from his seat to join in. Even Ed Sheeran got to perform his song The A-Team with Sir Elton John. As for the ladies – well, aside from Carrie Underwood’s magic dress that displayed various fairylike images on it, they didn’t leave much to post to Twitter about. Thank heavens for Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes who had a verse in the Helm tribute – I can’t wait to watch her and that band grow even stronger.

Adele still managed to make a cameo this year – the awards opened with her being presented the Pop Solo Performance statue for the live version of Set Fire to the Rain. And she really does look set to add an Oscar to her many awards, at that ceremony in two weeks’ time.

In the meantime, maybe next year the awards will even out the balance?

The winners are:

Album of the year

Babel, Mumford & Sons

Record of the Year

Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra

Song (goes to writer)

We Are Young – fun.

Best new artist


Pop vocal album

Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

Dance/electronica album

Bangarang, Skrillex

Rock album

El Camino, The Black Keys

Alternative album

Making Mirrors, Gotye

R&B album

Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment

Rap album

Take Care, Drake

Country album

Uncaged, Zac Brown Band

Americana album

Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt

Pop solo performance

Set Fire to the Rain (Live), Adele

Pop duo/group performance

Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra

Dance recording

Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah

Traditional pop vocal album

Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney

Rock performance

Lonely Boy, The Black Keys

Hard rock/metal performance

Love Bites (So Do I), Halestorm

Rock song (goes to writer)

Lonely Boy (performed by the Black Keys)

R&B song (goes to writer)

Adorn (performed by Miguel)

Traditional R&B performance

Love on Top, Beyoncé

R&B performance

Climax, Usher

Urban contemporary album

Channel Orange, Frank Ocean

Rap performance

N—– In Paris, Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap/sung collaboration

No Church in the Wild, Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream

Rap song (goes to writer)

N—– In Paris (performed by Jay-Z and Kanye West)

World Music Album

The Living Room Sessions Part 1, Ravi Shankar

hugh masekela
South African musician Hugh Masekela performs at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony. He was up for Best World Music Album.
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, via The Grammys

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