55th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2012)

While many past GRAMMY telecasts have turned into colorful coronations of artists who enjoyed larger-than-life years (Michael Jackson's eight GRAMMYs in 1983, Santana's eight in 1999, Beyoncé's six in 2009, and Adele's six in 2011), the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards spread the wealth among a crop of younger artists who set the stage for the century's second decade in music.

Roots-influenced rockers the Black Keys won three awards in the Rock Field (and guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach added one more for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical).

Rap stalwarts Jay-Z and Kanye West won three GRAMMYs each, all for their collaborations on Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song winner "N****s In Paris" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration winner "No Church In The Wild" (featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream).

Then came more relative newcomers: Skrillex added three GRAMMYs to his three from last year; Gotye rode "Somebody That I Used To Know" (featuring Kimbra), which became the most idiosyncratic radio hit of 2012, to three awards, including Record Of The Year; Fun. won their first two GRAMMYs for Song Of The Year for "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monáe) and Best New Artist; and Mumford & Sons, one of the trailblazers for the new wave of acoustic roots artists, won Album Of The Year for Babel.

Some of the winning artists were so new, they took other winners by surprise.

"Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together," shouted Kelly Clarkson while collecting her Best Pop Vocal Album GRAMMY for Stronger, referring to Miguel's brief slow jam of his Best R&B Song winner "Adorn" (on which he teamed with Wiz Khalifa). "That was the sexiest damn thing I've ever seen."

It was more than a fresh breeze that blew over the 55th GRAMMYs, it was arguably a wind of change.

Still, the telecast remained music's biggest melting pot, with performances that brought innumerous ingredients to the stew, starting with one that was a virtual stew all on its own. With nose-thumbing clowns, a wheelchair-bound Mephisto and scary puppeteers, Taylor Swift turned in the most threatening "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" ever.

British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran teamed with the head of his management company, Elton John, for a strong reading of the former's Song Of The Year-nominated "The A Team," the tale of a homeless addict.

Fun. brought drama to "Carry On," their song of perseverance, in the form of both their anthemic ambition and a rainstorm of real water that drenched their set.

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, met under a large blue tree for intimate duets of her "Over You" and his "Home."

Mumford & Sons gave a jolt to the crowd with their endlessly energetic "I Will Wait." The way they attacked their acoustic guitars would have made Pete Townshend proud.

Breaking a seven-year hiatus from live music performance, Justin Timberlake hit a sepia-toned stage for a suave medley of his new "Suit & Tie" (on which he was joined by Jay-Z) and "Pusher Love Girl" from his 2013 album, The 20/20 Experience.

In another unique pairing, Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys teamed for the former's "Daylight" and the latter's "Girl On Fire," both songs that kindle with power and emotion.

Rihanna was joined by Mikky Ekko for "Stay," a song he co-wrote and on which he is a featured vocalist. With Rihanna in a simple black dress on a no-frills stage, the song's message of passion over logic bore through.

The Black Keys wasted no time revving up "Lonely Boy." The rocker, which owes a debt to rockabilly, swamp rock and electric blues, was punctuated by the New Orleans piano of Best Blues Album GRAMMY winner Dr. John and a pinch of Dixieland from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Clarkson returned for a vocal salute to two giant female artists, both of whom received Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2013. First up was "Tennessee Waltz" in honor of Patti Page, followed by "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)," co-written by Carole King.

The tributes continued with a nod to Bob Marley, who was the subject of the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media-nominated Marley. Two of the performers, like Marley, hail from tropical islands: Bruno Mars from Hawaii and Rihanna from Barbados. Also joining was Sting, whose music with the Police owed a debt to reggae and ska. Mars began with his own "Locked Out Of Heaven" followed by the similar-sounding Police chestnut "Walking On The Moon." Rihanna emerged with Ziggy and Damian Marley for their father's "Could You Be Loved."

The Lumineers played a shortened version of their inescapable hit "Ho Hey" before introducing Jack White. The latter played "Love Interruption" with his all-female band the Peacocks. He then segued into the harder "Freedom At 21" with male backers the Buzzards. By the time he finished the tumult, he had thrown and stepped on his guitar, leaving a sonic residue of decaying feedback.

Hunter Hayes played a portion of his hit "Wanted" solo on piano before bringing out fellow country star Carrie Underwood for a stripped-down version of her Best Country Solo Performance winner "Blown Away." Underwood's awe-inspiring vocals were matched by her billowy dress, which doubled as a projection screen to depict the heartbreak of the song.

The 2013 In Memoriam segment was bookended by two memorable tributes. The first featured pianist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and sax player Kenny Garrett honoring the late Dave Brubeck with the timeless, and time-challenging, "Take Five" along with "Blue Rondo À La Turk."

Following the segment, an all-star cast including Zac Brown, T Bone Burnett, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and Mavis Staples sang a gritty "The Weight" in honor of Levon Helm, who sang the original with the Band.

Juanes added a verse of español to the proceedings with a loving acoustic Spanglish rendition of Elton John's "Your Song," before introducing Frank Ocean. The first Best Urban Contemporary Album winner sang his elegiac "Forrest Gump" backed by running-sequence footage similar to the film of the same name.

After the show's most somber performance, the 55th GRAMMYs rode out on a burst of old-school rap energy, with GRAMMY host LL Cool J teaming with Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello, and DJ Z-Trip for his own "Whaddup" and a brief tribute to fallen Beastie Boy Adam Yauch with "No Sleep Till Brooklyn."

Record Of The Year
, Kimbra
Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Gotye & Kimbra, artists. Gotye & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers. William Bowden, mastering engineer. Gotye, producer.

Album Of The Year

Mumford & Sons (Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall), artist. Robin Baynton, Ruadhri Cushnan & Matt Lawrence, engineers/mixers Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer. Markus Dravs, producer.

Song Of The Year
, Janelle Monáe
We Are Young

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe)

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters.

Best New Artist

Fun. (Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost, Nate Ruess), artist.

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, GRAMMY winner
Set Fire To The Rain [Live]

Adele, artist.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Gotye, Kimbra
Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Gotye & Kimbra, artists.

Best Pop Instrumental Album

Chris Botti

Chris Botti, artist. Allen M. Sides, engineer/mixer. Bobby Colomby, producer.

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson, artist. Serban Ghenea & John Hanes, engineers/mixers.

Best Dance Recording

Skrillex Featuring Sirah

Sirah Mitchell & Skrillex, artists. Skrillex, mixer. Skrillex, producer.

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Skrillex, artist. Skrillex, engineer/mixer. Skrillex, producer.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Paul McCartney, Al Schmitt
Kisses On The Bottom

Paul McCartney, artist. Al Schmitt, engineer/mixer. Tommy LiPuma, producer.

Best Rock Performance
The Black Keys
Lonely Boy

The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney), artist.

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Love Bites (So Do I)

Halestorm (Arejay Hale, Lzzy Hale, Joseph Hottinger, Josh Smith), artist.

Best Rock Song
The Black Keys
Lonely Boy

Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney & Danger Mouse, songwriters.

Best Rock Album
The Black Keys
El Camino

The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney), artist. Tchad Blake & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers. The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney) & Danger Mouse, producers.

Best Alternative Music Album
Making Mirrors

Gotye, artist. Francois Tetaz, engineer/mixer. Gotye, producer.

Best R&B Performance

Usher, artist.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Love On Top

Beyoncé, artist.

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Frank Ocean
Channel Orange

Frank Ocean, artist. Jeff Ellis & Frank Ocean, engineers/mixers. Om'mas Keith & Frank Ocean, producers.

Best R&B Album
Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper Experiment (Casey Benjamin, Chris Dave, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge), artist. Keith "Qmillion" Lewis, engineer/mixer.

Best Rap Performance
Jay-Z, Kanye West
N****s In Paris

Jay-Z & Kanye West, artists.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean
No Church In The Wild

Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream

Jay-Z, The-Dream, Frank Ocean & Kanye West, artists.

Best Rap Song
Jay-Z, Kanye West
N****s In Paris

Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, songwriters (W.A. Donaldson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Shawn Carter & Kanye West, songwriters.

Best Rap Album
Take Care

Drake, artist. Noel "Gadget" Campbell & Noah "40" Shebib, engineers/mixers. Noah "40" Shebib, producer.

Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Little Big Town

Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook), artist.

Best Country Song
Carrie Underwood
Blown Away

Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters.

Best Country Album
Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band (Coy Bowles, Zac Brown, Clay Cook, Daniel De Los Reyes, Jimmy De Martini, Chris Fryar, John Driskell Hopkins), artist. John Kelton, engineer/mixer. Keith Stegall, producer.

Best New Age Album
Echoes Of Love

Omar Akram

Omar Akram, artist. Gregg Karukas, engineer/mixer. Gregg Karukas, producer.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Chick Corea
Hot House

Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists

Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists.

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding, artist. Joe Ferla & Fernando Lodeiro, engineers/mixers. Esperanza Spalding, producer.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Pat Metheny
Unity Band

Pat Metheny Unity Band

Pat Metheny Unity Band (Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams), artist. James Farber & Pete Karam, engineers/mixers.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)

Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval, artist. Gregg Field & Don Murray, engineers/mixers. Gregg Field & Arturo Sandoval, producers.

Best Latin Jazz Album

The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band

The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band (Brent Fischer, Dr. Clare Fischer), artist. Dan Blessinger, Les Brockmann, Matt Brownlie & Justin Merrill, engineers/mixers.

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Matt Redman
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Matt Redman, artist.

Best Gospel Song
Go Get It

Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary)

Erica Campbell, Trecina Campbell & Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, songwriters.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Matt Redman
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman, songwriters (Matt Redman)

Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman, songwriters.

Your Presence Is Heaven

Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters (Israel & New Breed)

Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters.

Best Gospel Album


Lecrae, artist. Carlton Lynn & Joseph Prielozny, engineers/mixers.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
Eye On It


Tobymac, artist. Jerricho Scroggins, Christopher Stevens & Taylor Stevens, engineers/mixers. Christopher Stevens & Tobymac, producers.

Best Latin Pop Album
MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition

Juanes, artist. Gustavo Borner, engineer/mixer. Juan Luis Guerra, producer.

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album


Quetzal (Tylana Enomoto, Quetzal Flores, Martha Gonzalez, Peter Jacobson, Alberto Lopez, Juan Perez), artist. Pete Reiniger, engineer/mixer. Daniel Sheehy, producer.

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Pecados Y Milagros

Lila Downs

Lila Downs, artist. Alan Saucedo, Aneiro Taño & Rodolfo Vasquez, engineers/mixers. Paul Cohen, Lila Downs & Aneiro Taño, producers.

Best Tropical Latin Album

Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña

Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña (Marlow Rosado), artist. Victor "Sonny" Hernández, engineer/mixer.

Best Americana Album

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt, artist. Ryan Freeland, engineer/mixer. Bonnie Raitt, producer.

Best Bluegrass Album
Nobody Knows You

Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers (Mike Guggino, Charles Humphrey, Woody Platt, Nicky Sanders, Graham Sharp), artist. Brandon Bell & Gary Paczosa, engineers/mixers. Gary Paczosa & The Steep Canyon Rangers (Mike Guggino, Charles Humphrey, Woody Platt, Nicky Sanders, Graham Sharp), producers.

Best Blues Album
Dr. John
Locked Down

Dr. John, artist. Dan Auerbach & Collin Dupuis, engineers/mixers. Dan Auerbach, producer.

Best Folk Album
Yo-Yo Ma, Richard King
The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile

Stuart Duncan, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, artists. Richard King, engineer/mixer. Steven Epstein, producer.

Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Band Courtbouillon

Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy

Steve Riley, Wilson Savoy & Wayne Toups, artists. Joel Savoy, engineer/mixer.

Best Reggae Album

Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff, artist. Tim Armstrong, Kevin Bivona, J Bonner, Bill Mims, John Morrical & Clinton Welander, engineers/mixers. Tim Armstrong, producer.

Best World Music Album
The Living Room Sessions Part 1

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar, artist. Barry Phillips, engineer/mixer. Barry Phillips, producer.

Best Children's Album
Can You Canoe?

The Okee Dokee Brothers

The Okee Dokee Brothers (Justin Lansing, Joe Mailander), artist. Dean Jones, engineer/mixer. Dean Jones, producer.

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Janis Ian
Society's Child: My Autobiography

Janis Ian, artist. Stefan Rudnicki & Ted Scott, engineers/mixers. Mike Charzuk, Christina Harcar, Jason Ojalvo & Stefan Rudnicki, producers.

Best Comedy Album
Blow Your Pants Off

Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon, artist. Lawrence Manchester, engineer/mixer. Gerard Bradford, Mike DiCenzo, Jimmy Fallon & Lawrence Manchester, producers.

Best Musical Theater Album
Richard King
Once: A New Musical

Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti, principal soloists; Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe, producers (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists) (Original Broadway Cast With Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti & Others)

Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti, principal soloists. Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe, producers. Richard King, engineer/mixer.

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Midnight In Paris

(Various Artists)

Woody Allen, producer.

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers. Blumpy & Alan Moulder, engineers/mixers. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, producers.

Best Song Written For Visual Media
T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars
Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games)

T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, songwriters.

Best Instrumental Composition
Chick Corea
Mozart Goes Dancing

Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)

Chick Corea, composer.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
How About You

Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)

Gil Evans, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
City Of Roses

Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)

Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers.

Best Recording Package

Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors (Björk)

Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors.

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

Fritz Klaetke, art director (Woody Guthrie)

Fritz Klaetke, art director.

Best Album Notes
Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles

Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)

Billy Vera, album notes writer.

Best Historical Album
Brian Wilson
The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)

Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett, mastering engineer (The Beach Boys)

Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers. Mark Linett, mastering engineer.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Richard King
The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Richard King, engineer; Richard King, mastering engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile)

Richard King, engineer. Richard King, mastering engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach, producer.

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)

Skrillex, remixer (Nero)

Joseph Ray, Skrillex & Daniel Stephens, remixers.

Best Surround Sound Album
Modern Cool

Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber)

Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer. Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer. Michael Friedman, surround producer.

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen

Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)

Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers. Mark Donahue, mastering engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Blanton Alspaugh
Blanton Alspaugh (producer)

Blanton Alspaugh, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor. Roni Jules, Gus Polleck, Uwe Willenbacher & Denise Woodward, engineers/mixers. Jack Vad, producer.

Best Opera Recording
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen

James Levine & Fabio Luisi, conductors; Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)

James Levine & Fabio Luisi, conductors. Jay David Saks, producer. Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt, soloists. Jay David Saks, engineer/mixer.

Best Choral Performance
Blanton Alspaugh
Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen

Charles Bruffy, conductor (Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill & Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale)

Charles Bruffy, conductor. Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers/mixers. Blanton Alspaugh, producer.

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird (Matt Albert, Matthew Duvall, Lisa Kaplan, Michael J. Maccaferri, Tim Munro, Nicholas Photinos), ensemble. Bill Maylone, engineer/mixer. Judith Sherman, producer.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola

Kim Kashkashian

Kim Kashkashian, soloist. Peter Laenger, engineer/mixer. Manfred Eicher, producer.

Best Classical Vocal Solo

Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert & Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National De France & Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France)

Renée Fleming, soloist. Christian Lahondes, engineer/mixer. Arnaud Moral, producer.

Best Classical Compendium
Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis

Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, producers

Antoni Wit, conductor. Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, producers. Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, engineers/mixers.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays

Stephen Hartke, composer (Eighth Blackbird)

Stephen Hartke, composer.

Best Short Form Music Video
We Found Love

Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris & Rihanna, artists. Melina Matsoukas, video director. Juliette Larthe, Candice Ouaknine, Ben Sullivan & Inga Veronique, video producers.

Best Long Form Music Video
Mumford & Sons
Big Easy Express

Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show

Mumford & Sons (Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall), Old Crow Medicine Show (Kevin Hayes, Morgan Jahnig, Gill Landry, Ketch Secor, Willie Watson, Cory Younts) & Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (Alex Ebert), artists. Emmett Malloy, video director. Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch, video producers.