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The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nominations were announced on December 5, 2012 on prime-time television as part of "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night", a one-hour special co-hosted by LL Cool J & Taylor Swift. Fun, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach received the most nominations with six each, all of whom were consisted of male artists.

The Recording Academy presented all four general field awards to male artists. Gotye and Kimbra won the Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used to Know", becoming the second Australian and first New Zealand act to win the award. Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year for Babel, and Fun won the Song of the Year (with Jeff Bhasker) for "We Are Young" as well as the Best New Artist. Kelly Clarkson won the Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger, becoming the first and only artist to win the award twice. Dan Auerbach won the most number of awards during the ceremony, with four (including three as part of The Black Keys); followed by The Black Keys, Gotye, Jay-Z, Skrillex, Kanye West, with three each. Other multiple winners include: Chick Corea, Fun, Kimbra, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Matt Redman and Esperanza Spalding with two awards each.

The Recording Academy introduced three new categories to the 78 awards previously presented at the 54th ceremony—Best Classical Compendium, Best Latin Jazz Album, and Best Urban Contemporary Album, bringing it to a total of 81 awards. 70 of them were presented at the pre-telecast at the Nokia Theatre, with the remaining 11 were presented at the main ceremony. Bruce Springsteen received the MusiCares Person of the Year award on February 8, 2013 at the 23rd Grammy Benefit Gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center, two nights prior to the main ceremony. The official poster was designed by Artist Erika Iris Simmons. The program producer is AEG Ehrlich Ventures, with Ken Ehrlich serving as executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz as director and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich as writers.

Full List of Grammy Winners

Record of the Year

• “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye and Kimbra

Album of the Year

• “Babel,” Mumford & Sons

Song of the Year

• Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess (“We Are Young,” Fun. and Janelle Monáe)

New Artist

• Fun.

Pop Solo Performance

• “Set Fire to the Rain (live),” Adele

Pop Performance, Duo or Group

• “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye and Kimbra

Pop Instrumental Album

• “Impressions,” Chris Botti

Pop Vocal Album

• “Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson

Dance Recording

• “Bangarang,” Skrillex and Sirah

Dance/Electronica Album

• “Bangarang,” Skrillex

Dance Recording

• “Bangarang,” Skrillex and 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

• Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton and Patrick Carney (“Lonely Boy,” the Black Keys)

Rock Album

• “El Camino,” the Black Keys

Alternative Music Album

• “Making Mirrors,” Gotye

R&B Performance

• “Climax,” Usher

Traditional R&B Performance

• “Love on Top,” Beyoncé

R&B Song

• Miguel Pimentel (“Adorn,” Miguel)

R&B Album

• “Black Radio,” Robert Glasper Experiment

Rap Performance

• “___ in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kanye West

Rap/Sung Collaboration

• “No Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The-Dream

Rap Song

• Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West and W. A. Donaldson (“___ in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kanye West)

Rap Album

• “Take Care,” Drake

Urban Contemporary Album

• “Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean

Country Solo Performance

• “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood

Country Performance, Duo or Group

• “Pontoon,” Little Big Town

Country Song

• Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins (“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood)

Country Album

• “Uncaged,” Zac Brown Band

New Age Album

• “Echoes of Love,” Omar Akram

Improvised Jazz Solo

• “Hot House,” Gary Burton and Chick Corea

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

Latin Jazz Album

• “¡Ritmo!,” The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band

Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance

• “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman

Gospel Song

• Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell and Warryn Campbell (“Go Get It,” Mary Mary)

Contemporary Christian Music Song

• Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman (“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman)

Gospel Album

• “Gravity,” Lecrae

Contemporary Christian Music Album

• “Eye on It,” TobyMac

Latin Pop Album

• “MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition,” Juanes

Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

• “Imaginaries,” Quetzal

Regional Mexican or Tejano Album

• “Pecados y Milagros,” Lila Downs

Tropical Latin Album

• “Retro,” Marlow Rosada y La Riqueña”

Americana Album

• “Slipstream,” Bonnie Raitt

Bluegrass Album

• “Nobody Knows You,” Steep Canyon Rangers

Blues Album

• “Locked Down,” Dr. John

Folk Album

• “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile

Regional Roots Music Album

• “The Band Courtbouillon,” Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy

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

Musical Theater Album

• “Once: A New Musical,” Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, artists; Steven Epstein and Martin Lowe, producers; Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists

Instrumental Composition

• “Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea (Chick Corea and Gary Burton)

Instrumental Arrangement

• “How About You,” Gil Evans (Gil Evans Project)

Producer of the Year, Nonclassical

• Dan Auerbach

Producer of the Year, Classical

• Blanton Alspaugh

Remixed Recording, Nonclassical

• “Promises (Skrillex and Nero Remix),” Skrillex, remixer

Classical Instrumental Solo

• “Kurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola,” Kim Kashkashian

Classical Vocal Solo

• “Poèmes,” Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert and Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France)

Contemporary Classical Composition

• “Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile — Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays,” Stephen Hartke (Eighth Blackbird)

Short Form Music Video

• “We Found Love,” Rihanna and Calvin Harris

Long Form Music Video

• “Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show

Grammy 2013: Moments

1- Taylor Swift Opens the Show

“T-Swizzle,” as LL Cool J calls her, opened the show with her hit “Never Ever.” She was joined onstage by a whole circus of characters, including stilt walkers and fire breathers. We’re all for big stage productions, but this one was a little strange.

2- LL Cool J Goes Twitter-Crazy

Host LL Cool J tried his best to promote the social media aspect of the show. He would read tweets from viewers, but the whole thing came off as forced rather than modern. He also said “hashtag” about 10 times during one speech. #Boring. LL also closed out the show with a performance of his own -- with Chuck D and Travis Barkley backing him up. They gave a shout out to Beastie Boys’ founding member, Adam Yauch, who died in May 2012. However, a Grammys voice-over ended up cutting off the performance before it finished.

3- Alicia Keys Drums Up ‘Fire’

Alicia Keys continued to show off how on fire she is by performing her current hit while playing the drums. Maroon 5 paired with Keys by opening up the performance with their song “Daylight.” Then, Keys took the stage, and instead of playing piano as is often expected of her, Keys took to the drums. Look at those arms!

4- Bob Marley Tribute

A tribute to Bob Marley brought together a slew of artists inspired by the late Reggae singer. Bruno Mars opened the tribute with a non-Marley song (his own “Locked Out of Heaven”) and then did a duet with Sting. Then Rihanna and Ziggy Marley joined them onstage for a group performance of “Could You Be Loved." It was a relatively energetic moment in a show that was overall pretty tame.

5- Jack White Drops the F-Bomb

Jack White, who recently appeared on THR’s music issue cover, gave an amazing performance of "Love Interruption" with Ruby Amanfu, but snuck in one little extra goodie: the F-word. CBS can’t be happy about that one – especially after failing to bleep Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's colorful language after the Super Bowl just one week earlier.

6- Taylor Swift's Sing-Along

After opening the show, the country star did not let her lack of wins deny her from filling the Grammy broadcast with her familiar (and often excessive) excitement. Swift barely seemed to touch her front row seat all night, instead opting for generous applause, standing ovations, stationary dancing and singing the lyrics along with nearly every performance of the night. Her rendition of The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" is already nominated for a 2014 Grammy.

7- J.T. Goes Retro

Ellen DeGeneres and Beyonce, fresh off her Super Bowl halftime show, took their sweet time introducing "triple threat" Justin Timberlake's "Grammy moment," aka his return to music. Timberlake took it back a few decades, with the first part of his performance televised in sepia tone. New York magazine's Vulture sneered: "Oh cool Justin Timberlake is doing his performance in Instagram." Jay-Z took the stage for the "Suit & Tie" portion before Timberlake slowed it down a little, performing "Pusher Love Girl" from his upcoming March release The 20/20 Experience.

8- Rihanna Croons 'Stay'

Dressed in a black gown (a more conservative effort than her revealing red carpet dress), Rihanna slowed it down with her performance, singing "Stay" with Mikky Ekko. Her performance garnered positive reactions, with @OrneMelano tweeting: "Sublime Rihanna con Stay #Grammy." Another viewer @cespino1 tweeted: "Damn! I loved Rihanna performance at the grammys! Amazing! Wow!"

9- Katy Perry Makes a Dig

Before Katy Perry presented the best new artist category, but before she revealed the winner, she told the Staples Center crowd that she had never even been up for the award. "Well I was never even nominated for this category but I have my own eyelash line. Take that Bon Iver!" she said. (Bon Iver took home the new artist Grammy in 2012.) Fun. ultimately beat The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, Frank Ocean and Hunter Hayes for the prize.

10- Couples Get Cozy at the Grammys

Plenty of couples appeared under the same roof on Grammy night. Katy Perry and John Mayer attended the awards show, but didn't walk the carpet together with Perry bringing Girls' Allison Williams as her date. Both presented during the main telecast. Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson -- while accepting her Grammy for pop vocal album -- gave a shoutout to her fiance Brandon Blackstock, calling him "sexy." Chris Brown and Rihanna were a big focus, with the camera often panning to Brown when Rihanna was onstage. When Brown lost out to Frank Ocean, he was the only person sitting while Ocean went to accept his award.

11. Adele does it again

Adele's acceptance speeches are always memorable, and while she didn't quite flick the bird as she did at the Brits last year, we still LOVED her thank yous as she collected the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance - the ninth in her collection. Go on, girl!

12. The J-Leg

Jennifer Lopez did her best 'Angelina Jolie' as she arrived on the Grammys red carpet, inventing what will now forever be known as the J-Leg.

13. Justin's big comeback

Justin Timberlake is back, back, back! His retro rendition of his hit 'Suit & Tie' marked his big comeback, and he also treated us to a new song, 'Pusher Love Girl'. We're off to pre-order the album now.

14. RiRi's Marley tribute

After she managed to tear herself away from PDAing with boyfriend Chris Brown, Rihanna took to the stage with Bruno Mars and Sting to pay tribute to Bob Marley for the performance everyone is still talking about.

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