Taylor Swift, Adele and Beyonce win Grammy awards

11 February 2013 / 3 years 8 months ago

Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Kanye West were early Grammy winners on Sunday as music's biggest night got under way, announcing winners in more than 60 categories before the televised show.British songstress Adele won the Grammy for best pop solo performance on Sunday, the first award handed out during the main event on the music industry's biggest night of the year.The top categories are dominated this year by male artists, with British folk band Mumford & Sons, indie-pop trio FUN. and R&B singer Frank Ocean going into the show with six nominations each, including Album of the Year.The 55th Grammy Awards will hand out their gramophone-shaped trophies in more than 80 categories, but only a handful of winners are announced during the three-hour live telecast airing on CBS.Country-pop singer Taylor Swift won a Grammy for her collaboration with T-Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars on the song "Safe and Sound" from "The Hunger Games" movie soundtrack."I really want to thank Suzanne Collins for writing 'The Hunger Games' and to Jennifer Lawrence for portraying a character that was so fun to write a perspective from," Swift said in her acceptance speech.Jay-Z and Kanye West picked up two awards - Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for their collaboration "N****s in Paris." Jay-Z's wife, Beyonce, won Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Love on Top."DJ Skrillex, who won three Grammy awards last year, picked up three more this year, including Best Dance/Electronica Album for "Bangarang.""We support music and a forward-thinking attitude," Skrillex said on stage.Rihanna and British DJ Calvin Harris picked up the Best Short Form Music Video award for "We Found Love." The electronic dance track was one of the biggest chart-sellers of 2012, and the dark video featured drug abuse and violence.Esperanza Spalding, who famously beat Justin Bieber to win the Best New Artist Grammy in 2011, picked up two awards including Best Jazz Vocal Album for "Radio Music Society."Brian Wilson, 70, of The Beach Boys picked up a Grammy for Best Historical Album for "The Smile Sessions." Backstage, Wilson said he felt "wonderful, and honoured" to receive the accolade. He said he was heading back to the studio next week to work on new material. Asked about a Beach Boys reunion, he said: "I doubt it. I don't think so."The Grammys encompass all spectrums of the music and sound industry, including spoken word albums. Former US President Bill Clinton missed out on a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word Album for his book "Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government For a Strong Economy." He was beaten by Janis Ian for her spoken word autobiography "Society's Child." "To say this is a stunning upset is an understatement. I keep thinking there's a punchline in here somewhere," Ian said in her acceptance speech.Dozens of performers including US rockers The Black Keys, who received five nominations, and former White Stripes frontman Jack White, who has three nominations, will grace the Grammy stage on Sunday.After paying tribute to electronic dance music last year, the Grammys are highlighting country music this year. On Sunday, country will be represented by nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and best new artist contender Hunter Hayes. Country music veterans Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will present awards.The Grammys have a reputation for pairing up old-timers and newcomers, and this year will see some interesting collaborations. Mumford & Sons will perform alongside Zac Brown, Elton John, Mavis Staples and Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard in a tribute to blues-rock musician Levon Helm of The Band, who died last April of throat cancer.Mumford & Sons won mainstream attention in the United States after performing at the 2011 Grammys alongside the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan. Their sophomore album "Babel" became one of 2012's best-selling albums in the United States.The band, who are up for six Grammy awards this year, missed out on the Best Americana Album, which went to veteran singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt for "Slipstream." R&B artist Bruno Mars and Rihanna will team up with Sting, while John and British rising star Ed Sheeran, 21, are set to perform a duet.Justin Timberlake will make his long-awaited return to the musical spotlight in his first televised performance since he released "Suit & Tie" in January, his first new song in five years.Timberlake, whose album "The 20/20 Experience" will be released on March 19, will also be performing a show in Hollywood immediately after his turn on the Grammy stage. Swift, Alicia Keys and new artist nominees The Lumineers, an indie-folk band from Colorado, are also scheduled to perform.Grammy Awards 2013 Winners ListSong of the Year: 'We Are Young,' Fun and Janelle MonaeRecord of the Year: 'Somebody That I Used to Know,' Gotye & KimbraBest New Artist: FunBest Pop Vocal Album: 'Stronger', Kelly ClarksonBest Rap/Sung Collaboration:'No Church in the Wild,' Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The DreamBest Pop Solo Performance: 'Set Fire to the Rain' AdeleBest Country Solo Performance: 'Blown Away,' Carrie UnderwoodBest Urban Contemporary Album: 'Channel Orange', Frank OceanBest Rock Performance: 'Lonely Boy,' The Black KeysProducer of the Year, Non-Classical: Dan AuerbachBest Country Album: 'Uncaged', Zac Brown BandBest Alternative Music Album: 'Making Mirrors', GotyeBest Pop Duo/Group Performance: 'Somebody That I Used To Know,' Gotye featuring KimbraBest Rock Album: 'El Camino', The Black KeysBest Rock Song: 'Lonely Boy,' Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton and Patrick CarneyBest Long Form Music Video: 'Big Easy Express' Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show Best Short Form Music Video: 'We Found Love' Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris Best World Music Album: 'The Living Room Sessions', Part 1, Ravi ShankarBest Country Song: 'Blown Away,' Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins and Carrie UnderwoodBest Country Duo/Group Performance: 'Pontoon,' Little Big TownBest Rap Song: 'N****s In Paris,' Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis and Kanye WestBest Rap Performance: 'N****s In Paris,' Shawn Carter and Kanye WestBest Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo', Trent Reznor & Atticus RossBest R&B Album: 'Black Radio', Robert GlasperBest Dance/Electronica Album: 'Bangarang', SkrillexBest Dance Recording: 'BangaranG', Skrillex featuring SirahBest Regional Roots Album: 'The Band Courtbouillon', Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson SavoyBest Folk Album: 'The Goat Rodeo Sessions', Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris ThileBest Blues Album: 'Locked Down', Dr. JohnBest Americana Album: 'Slipstream', Bonnie RaittBest Compilation Soundtrack Album: 'Midnight In Paris'Best Latin Jazz Album: '¡Ritmo!', The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big BandBest Jazz Vocal Album: 'Radio Music Society', Esperanza SpauldingBest Improvised Jazz Solo: 'Hot House,' Gary Buron & Chick Corea Best New Age Album: 'Echoes of Love', OakramBest Comedy Album: 'Blow Your Pants Off', Jimmy FallonBest Spoken Word Album: 'Society's Child: My Autobiography', Janis IanBest Children's Album: 'Can You Canoe?', The Okee Dokee BrothersBest Reggae Album: 'Rebirth', Jimmy CliffBest Contemporary Classical Composition: 'Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays,' Stephen HartkeBest Classical Compendium: 'Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis,' Antoni WitBest Classical Vocal Performance: 'Poemes,' Renee Fleming Best Producer of the Year, Classical: Blanton AlspaughBest Orchestral Performance: 'Adams Harmonielehre and Short Ride In A Fast Machine,' Michael Tilson ThomasBest Opera Recording: 'Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen,' James Levine and Fabio LuisiBest Engineered Album, Classical: 'Life & Breath', Tom Caufield and John NewtonBest Tropical Latin Album: 'Retro', Marlow Rosado Y La RiqueñaBest Regional Mexican or Tejano Album: Pecados Y Milagros, Lila DownsBest Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: 'Imaginaries', QuetzalBest Latin Pop Album, Rock or Urban Album: 'MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition', JuanesBest Contemporary Christian Music Album: 'Eye on It', TobyMacBest Gospel Album: 'Gravity', Lecrae Best Contemporary Christian Music Song: '10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),' Matt Redman (Writers: Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman) & 'Your Presence is Heaven,' Israel and New Breed (Writers: Israel Houghton and Micah Massey)Best Gospel Song: 'Go Get It,' Mary Mary (Writer: Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell and Warryn Campbell)Best Gospel Contemporary Christian Musical Performance: '10,000 Reason (Bless the Lord)' Matt Redman Best Surround Sound Album: 'Modern Cool,' Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber) Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical: 'Promises' (Skrillex & Nero Remix) Skrillex, remixer (Nero) Best Engineered Album, Non Classical: 'The Goat Rodeo Sessions,' Richard King, engineer, Richard King, mastering engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile) Best Historical Album: 'The Smile Sessions' (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett, mastering engineer (The Beach Boys) Best Album Notes: 'Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles', Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles) Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: 'Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection', Fritz Klaetke, art director (Woody Guthrie) Best Recording Package: 'Biophilia' Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors (Björk)Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist: 'City of Roses' Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding) Best Instrumental Arrangement: 'How About You' Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project) Best Instrumental Composition: 'Mozart Goes Dancing' Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton) 

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