The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards that took place in Los Angeles, California and the night was opened by Country/Pop superstar Taylor Swift who kicked off proceedings by performing her catchy hit “We are never getting back together”.

British singer Adele received the the first Grammy on the night for best pop solo performance. I think everyone was stunned that she was not wearing a black outfit which we have all come so accustom to seeing her in.

The evening also saw pop-star turned actor Justin Timberlake perform two new tracks, “Suit & Tie” and “Pusher Lover” in a sequence that was broadcast in black and white. Rapper Jay-Z joined him to perform the first number.

It was a good night for the Carter household with Jay-Z receiving three awards for tracks from his 2011 collaboration with Kanye West on the Watch the Throne album and, his wife Beyonce taking home the prize for best traditional R&B performance.

Frank Ocean who won two awards on the night including the best urban contemporary album for his debut album Channel Orange.
The singer also performed “Forrest Gump”. Ocean stood alone on stage wearing his now trademark headband on a set that made it seem as though he were on an outdoor treadmill. Once again a brilliant meditative performance from one of musics finest new artists.

Rap superstar Drake went on to receive the award for best rap album for his album Take Care

An all-star Bob Marley tribute saw Sting, Ziggy Marley, Bruno Mars & Rihanna perform the reggae legend’s classic track “Could You Be Loved”. Marley’s sons Stephen and Damian also took part in the exuberant homage.

Here is the official list of all the winners on the night:

    Album of the Year:
    “Babel” – Mumford & Sons

    Record of the Year:
    Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”

    Best New Artist:

    Best Country Album:
    Zac Brown Band, Uncaged

    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
    Jay-Z and Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, “No Church in the Wild”

    Best Pop Vocal Album:
    Kelly Clarkson, Stronger

    Best Rock Performance:
    The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”

    Best Urban Contemporary Album:
    Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

    Song of the Year:
    Fun. feat Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”

    Best Country Solo Performance:
    Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

    Best Pop Solo Performance:
    Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
    Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”

    Best Pop Instrumental Album:
    Chris Botti, Impressions

    Best Dance Recording:
    Skrillex featuring Sirah, “Bangarang”

    Best Dance/Electronica Album:
    Skrillex, Bangarang

    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
    Paul McCartney, Kisses on the Bottom

    Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:
    Halestorm, “Love Bites (So Do I)”

    Best Rock Song:
    Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton, and Patrick Carney, songwriters (the Black Keys), “Lonely Boy”

    Best Rock Album:
    The Black Keys, El Camino

    Best Alternative Music Album:
    Gotye, Making Mirrors

    Best R&B Performance:
    Usher, Climax

    Best Traditional R&B performance:
    Beyoncé, “Love on Top”

    Best R&B song:
    Miguel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel), “Adorn”

    Best R&B Album:
    Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio

    Best Rap Performance:
    Jay-Z and Kanye West, “N****s in Paris”

    Best Rap Song:
    Jay-Z and Kanye West, “N****s in Paris”

    Best Rap Album:
    Drake, Take Care

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
    Little Big Town, “Pontoon”

    Best Country Song:
    Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

    Best New Age Album:
    Omar Akram, Echoes of Love

    Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
    Gary Burton and Chick Corea, “Hot House”

    Best Jazz Vocal Album:
    Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society

    Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
    Pat Metheny Unity Band, Unity Band

    Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
    Arturo Sandoval, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You)

    Best Latin Jazz Album:
    The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Bang, ¡Ritmo!

    Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian music performance:
    Matt Redman, 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)

    Best Gospel Song:
    Mary Mary, “Go Get It”

    Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
     Matt Redman, “10,000 Reasons” & Israel & New Breed, “Your Presence Is Heaven”

    Best Gospel Album:
    Lecrae, Gravity

    Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
    TobyMac, Eye On It

    Best Latin Pop Album:
    Juanes, MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition

    Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:
    Quetzal, Imaginaries

    Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):
    Lila Downs, Pacados Y Milagros

    Best Tropical Latin Album:
    Marlow Rosado Y La Reiquena, Retro

    Best Americana Album:
    Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream

    Best Bluegrass Album:
    Steep Canyon Rangers, Nobody Knows You

    Best Blues Album:
    Dr. John, Locked Down

    Best Folk Album:
    Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, The Goat Rodeo Sessions

    Best Regional Roots Music Album:
    Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Savoy, The Band Courtbouillon

    Best Reggae Album:
    Jimmy Cliff, Rebirth

    Best World Music Album:
    Ravi Shankar, The Living Room Sessions Part 1

    Best Children’s Album:
    The Okee Dokee Brothers, Can You Canoe?

    Best Spoken Word Album:
    Janis Ian, Society’s Child: My Autobiography

    Best Comedy Album:
    Jimmy Fallon, Blow Your Pants Off

    Best Musical Theater Album:
    Once: A New Musical

    Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media:
    Various Artists, Midnight in Paris

    Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media:
    Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

    Best Instrumental Composition:
    Chick Corea, Mozart Goes Dancing

    Best Instrumental Arrangement:
    Gil Evans for Gil Evans Project’s How About You

    Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
    Esperanza Spalding, City of Roses

Another newcomer to the music scene Ed Sheeran joined forces with fellow countrymen and pop veteran Sir Elton John.

The night ended off with host Ll Cool J giving a ground breaking performance.

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