As the month of February rolls along, so does the handful of popular award shows. Next up was the Grammy’s, which is in its 55th year and arguably the most exciting and popular of all the award shows.
The show was held in Los Angeles at the Staples center last night Feb. 10 and provided the massive audience in the building and on Television, a star studded showcase with several outstanding musical performances.
Taylor Swift hit the stage to give her fans a show as she performed her popular hit “We are never ever getting back together”, Rihanna teamed up with Milkky Echo to perform a very me-lo, and smooth version of the song “Stay”.
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake wore matching suits to perform Justin Timberlake’s new hit single “Suit and tie”, Timberlake is also set to release his new album “The 20/20 experience on March 19. 2013. Other remarkable performances included Carrie Underwood, Jack White, the ageless wonder Elton John, Sting, and LL Cool J who was also the host of the show.
There was not really anyone who just dominated the award field this year, but rather a lot of deserving artist who took home the iconic gramophone. Headline names like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach, Fun, Mumford & Sons took home some coveted award honors. Fun won best new artist, and best song with “We are young” a song that lead singer Nate Ruess mentioned his unknown idea to have the song name we are young.
“I don’t know what I was thinking writing this song, because as you can see we are definitely not young,” Ruess said in the acceptance speak.
New artist Frank Ocean won best urban contemporary album with his album “Channel ORANGE”, he beat out Chris Brow for the crown, which is interesting because both of them were in the headlines lately for getting in a fight over a parking spot in Hollywood. Ocean would also make another appearance on stage but with Jay-Z and Kanye West who claimed the award for best rap/sung performance with “No Church in the Wild”.
The dynamic duo also won best rap performance, best rap song for “N….s in Paris”, Drake won best rap album, while Miguel went on to claim best R&B song. In the pop, and rock n roll category, Adele continued her world class stardom by winning the Grammy for best pop solo performance (Set Fire to the rain) which she thanked Jennifer Lopez as being her good luck charm as she presented the award to her last year as well. Kelly Clarkson went on to win best pop vocal album “Stronger” while the Black keys won best rock performance for “Lonely Boy”.
Mumford & Sons were able to claim the top honor of Album of the year “Babel”, while Gotye featuring Kimbra won record of the year with “Somebody That I Used to know”.
The 2012 Grammy awards had close to 40 million viewers which is the largest in 28 years, but that record may be in jeopardy as this year award show had a tremendous turnout.
Grammy Winners 2013 List:
_ Album of the year: “Babel,” Mumford & Sons.
_ Record of the year: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra.
_ Song of the year: “We Are Young,” fun.
_ New artist: fun.
_ Pop solo performance: “Set Fire to the Rain (Live),” Adele.
_ Pop vocal album: “Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson.
_ Rock performance: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys.
_ Urban contemporary album: “Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean.
_ Rap/sung collaboration: “No Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, The-Dream.
_ Country solo performance: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood.
_ Country album: “Uncaged,” Zac Brown Band.
_ Pop/duo group performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra.
_ Traditional pop vocal album: “Kisses on the Bottom,” Paul McCartney.
_ Rap performance: “N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris,” Jay-Z, Kanye West.
_ Rap song: “N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris,” Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West.
_ Rap album: “Take Care,” Drake.
_ R&B performance: “Climax,” Usher.
_ Traditional R&B performance: “Love on Top,” Beyonce.
_ R&B song: “Adorn,” Miguel Pimentel.
_ R&B album: “Black Radio,” Robert Glasper Experiment.
_ Rock song: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys.
_ Rock album: “El Camino,” The Black Keys.
_ Hard rock/metal performance: “Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestorm.
_ Alternative music album: “Making Mirrors,” Gotye.
_ Dance recording: “Bangarang,” Skrillex featuring Sirah.
_ Dance/electronica album: “Bangarang,” Skrillex.
_ Latin pop album: “MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition,” Juanes.
_ Latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Imaginares,” Quetzal.
_ Latin jazz album: “Ritmo!,” The Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band.
_ Tropical Latin album: “Retro,” Marlow Rosado Y La Riquena.
_ Country duo/group performance: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town.
_ Country song: “Blown Away,” Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins.
_ Gospel song: “Go Get It,” Mary Mary.
_ Gospel album: “Gravity,” Lecrae.
_ Blues album: “Locked Down,” Dr. John.
_ Folk album: “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile.
_ Americana album: “Slipstream,” Bonnie Raitt.
_ Bluegrass album: “Nobody Knows You,” Steep Canyon Rangers.
_ Reggae album: “Rebirth,” Jimmy Cliff.
_ World music album: “The Living Room Sessions Part 1,” Ravi Shankar.
_ Children’s album: “Can You Canoe?,” The Okee Dokee Brothers.
_ Spoken word album: “Society’s Child: My Autobiography,” Janis Ian.
_ Comedy album: “Blow Your Pants Off,” Jimmy Fallon.
_ New age album: “Echoes of Love,” Omar Akram.
_ Jazz vocal album: “Radio Music Society,” Esperanza Spalding.
_ Jazz instrumental album: “Unity Band,” Pat Metheny Unity Band.
_ Large jazz ensemble album: “Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You),” Arturo Sandoval.
_ Pop instrumental album: “Impressions,” Chris Botti.
_ Compilation soundtrack album: “Midnight in Paris,” various artists.
_ Score soundtrack album: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.
_ Song written for visual media: “Safe & Sound” (From “The Hunger Games”), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams.
_ Musical theater album: “Once: A New Musical,” Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti.
_ Producer of the year, classical: Blanton Alspaugh.
_ Producer of the year, non-classical: Dan Auerbach.
_ Instrumental composition: “Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea.
_ Orchestral performance: “Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony).
_ Opera recording: “Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen,” James Levine and Fabio Luisi.
_ Choral performance: “Life & Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen,” Charles Bruffy.
_ Short-form music video: “We Found Love,” Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris.
_ Long-form music video: “Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons.
_ Historical album: “The Smile Sessions” (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wolfe.
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