Top Grammy Wins for Mumford, fun., Gotye

Plus, awards for Adele, Carrie Underwood, Jay-Z

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 10, 2013 7:08 PM CST | Updated Feb 11, 2013 12:17 AM CST

(Newser) – It's the Grammy Awards, which, as we all know, are more about performances than actual awards—so the show opened, not at all surprisingly, with a performance by Taylor Swift. The music world's darling gave what appeared to be a circus/carnival/Alice in Wonderland-themed performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and only after that could the host appear. Once again, it's LL Cool J. A rundown of the highlights:

  • One of the first parts of the show to heat up Twitter: Rihanna is sitting next to Chris Brown, and they look quite cozy.
  • Time for an award? No, of course not: After LL Cool J's speech, Elton John and Ed Sheeran perform together.
  • And the first award of the night (presented by Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, who is showing a lot of leg), goes to Adele for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Set Fire to the Rain." She keeps her acceptance speech delightfully brief.
  • Neil Patrick Harris introduces fun. for, yes, another performance. Then Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer (cheered by a smiling Katy Perry in the audience) introduce a performance by by Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.
  • Finally, a second award. But of course, Wiz Khalifa and Miguel can't just present Best Country Solo Performance; first they have to sing a song. The award eventually goes to Carrie Underwood for "Blown Away."
  • Faith Hill walks out holding hands with hubby Tim McGraw to present Song of the Year to fun. for "We Are Young."
  • Johnny Depp is here, for the sole purpose of introducing a performance by Mumford and Sons. Next up: Justin Timberlake gets introduced by Ellen DeGeneres and Beyonce, and it turns out he's still got moves. He performs his new song "Suit and Tie," of course ... and Jay-Z joins him, before JT launches into another new song.
  • New category alert: Best Urban Contemporary Album goes to Frank Ocean for Channel Orange. In a bit of poetic justice, he beats out Chris Brown for the award—and everyone gives Ocean a standing ovation except Brown.
  • Best Rock Performance goes to the Black Keys for "Lonely Boy," then Alicia Keys joins Maroon 5 for a performance.
  • Best Pop Vocal Album goes to Kelly Clarkson for "Stronger."
  • Rihanna takes a break from cuddling with Chris Brown to perform, getting rave reviews on Twitter. Our fave, from Michael Buckley: "Rihanna is very talented. We forget because we get distracted by her choice in men and disturbing Instagram photos."
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration goes to "No Church in the Wild" by Jay-Z and Kanye West.
  • More performances, by the Black Keys and Kelly Clarkson, and then Best Country Album goes to the Zac Brown Band for Uncaged.
  • Bruno Mars performs with Sting, Rihanna, and Ziggy Marley, bringing the audience to its feet. Then the Lumineers are up with a performance of "Ho Hey," followed by Jack White singing "Love Interruption."
  • Katy Perry and her very prominent breasts present Best New Artist to fun.
  • Hunter Hayes gives perhaps the briefest performance in the history of Grammys performances, followed by a full-length performance by Carrie Underwood.
  • Finally: It's time for Record of the Year, presented by Prince. The award goes to Gotye for "Somebody That I Used to Know."
  • After the In Memoriam segment and a tribute to Levon Helm, plus a couple more performances including one by Frank Ocean, Album of the Year goes to Mumford and Sons for Babel.
  • Some of you may have forgotten, but LL Cool J is more than just a two-time Grammys host: He's also a rapper, so he closes the show with his very own performance.

Taylor Swift arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Taylor Swift arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Rihanna arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Adele arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Adele arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Musician Justin Timberlake arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Musician Justin Timberlake arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
This Nov. 17, 2011, file photo, shows musician Frank Ocean at the 16th annual GQ Men of the Year party in Los Angeles.
This Nov. 17, 2011, file photo, shows musician Frank Ocean at the 16th annual GQ "Men of the Year" party in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Justin Timberlake, left, and Jay-Z perform on stage at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Justin Timberlake, left, and Jay-Z perform on stage at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Gotye poses backstage with the awards for best pop duo/group performance and best alternative music album at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Gotye poses backstage with the awards for best pop duo/group performance and best alternative music album at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Marcus Mumford, left, and Winston Marshall, of musical group Mumford & Sons, perform at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Marcus Mumford, left, and Winston Marshall, of musical group Mumford & Sons, perform at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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