Indeed, the major awards belonged to indie rockers, while two of the big three went to British and Australian bands.
Record of the Year went to “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye (featuring Kimbra); Album of the Year went to Babel by Mumford & Sons and Song of the Year went to “We Are Young” by Fun. (featuring Janelle Moná).
“I don’t know what I was thinking, writing this song,” frontman Nate Ruess said, noting that the band has been playing together in obscurity for 10 years.
“If this is in HD, everyone can see our faces, and we are not very young,” he added.
Fun. also won Best New Artist, a category in which Ocean was also a nominee.
But it wasn’t a total loss for the New Orleans artist. Ocean won Grammys for Best Urban Contemporary Album for Channel Orange. He beat rival Chris Brown, who was up for his album Fortune.
Ocean also won best Rap/Sung Song Collaboration for “No Church in the Wild” with Kanye West and Jay-Z.
Jay-Z and West also won for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song, but Drake won Best Rap Album for Take Care.
Other big winners included The Black Keys, who won three Grammys, while guitarist Dan Auerbach picked up an individual award for Producer of the Year.
DJ Skrillex, Adele, Zac Brown Band, Miguel and Kelly Clarkson also won genre specific awards. Carrie Underwood won two of the big three country music awards.
Her song “Blown Away” won for Best Country Song and she won Best Country Solo Performance for “Blown Away” as well. But the Zac Brown Band won Best Country Album for Uncaged.
Miguel Pimentel won the award for Best R&B Song for “Adorn” while Black Radio by Robert Glasper Experiment won Best R&B Album.
Justin Timberlake, Jack White, Carrie Underwood, Sting, Rihanna, Elton John and Taylor Swift were among the featured performers. Check out the major category winners below and check out the Grammys website for a full list of winners.
|Grammy Winners Major Categories|
|Record Of The Year
Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young – Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Thinkin Bout You’ – Frank Ocean
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
Album Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Best New Artist
Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Rock Performance
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album
Best Dance Recording
|‘Bangarang – Skrillex Featuring Sirah
Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia Featuring John Martin
I Can’t Live Without You – Al Walser
Best Dance/Electronica Album
Best Alternative Music Album
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album
Best Rap Performance
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album
Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album