Last night, the world watched as music’s biggest night was held in Los Angeles, featuring over a dozen performances and a room filled with hundreds of hopefuls and thousands of fans. The ceremony held several surprises, mostly by way of the winners in each category. While the marquee categories seem to be spread out with a nod to some really solid contenders, the rap genre was all but swept by Jay-Z & Kanye West. Seemingly obvious winners like Frank Ocean (due to the split in alternative music votes) were shut out (except for Best Contemporary Urban Album) but he and other major underdog stories like The Lumineers got a substantial nod through viral pick-up.
In country music, Carrie Underwood (and her projector dress) took home the biggest song awards while groups like Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band took it for the teams (so to speak.) A fairly quiet contender, Gotye crossed both alternative and pop for his song and album, Making Mirrors and Adele, last year’s crowned victor, snuck in one more win for her song from 21, “Set Fire to the Rain,” from a live recording at Royal Albert Hall. Fun. became symbolic class presidents, beating out their contenders in both Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “We Are Young.”
The performances were many and predictably bombastic, including the comeback of Justin Timberlake with Jay-Z in tow, a tribute to Bob Marley, Jack White’s travellin’ band, an introduction to Alabama Shakes for most of the viewers along with tributes to Dave Brubeck & the late Levon Helm. Even host LL Cool J got in on the act, imploring Travis Barker, Tom Morello, Chuck D. and Z-Trip in a tribute to Public Enemy and The Beastie Boys.
Finally, after two years sitting in the crowd it was the Mumford’s day to shine. Easily one of the biggest success stories in the last few years, the British four-some was finally awarded Album of the Year for Babel. Their combination of both critical acclaim and popular sentiment made the journey for these gentleman of the road finally come together in the night’s biggest honor.
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Album of the Year:
Mumford and Sons – Babel
Record of the Year:
Gotye ft. Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Song of the Year:
Fun. – “We Are Young (ft. Janelle Monae)”
Best New Artist:
Best Pop Solo Performance:
Adele – “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”