"Best GRAMMYs ever? Best GRAMMYs ever," said Justin Timberlake in an unscripted moment, answering his own question. Only time will tell if his assessment is right, but Music's Biggest Night certainly lived up to its name.
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys emerged the big winner at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards taking home four GRAMMYs, including Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, plus three with bandmate Patrick Carney for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for "Lonely Boy" and Best Rock Album for El Camino.
Several artists won three: Jay-Z and Kanye West (Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "N****s In Paris," and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "No Church In The Wild"); Skrillex (Best Dance/Electronica Album for Bangarang and Best Dance Recording for its title track, and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for Nero's "Promises"); and Gotye, who won Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Somebody That I Used To Know" (featuring Kimbra), and Best Alternative Music Album for Making Mirrors. Fun. won for Best New Artist and Song Of The Year for "We Are Young," while English folk-rockers Mumford & Sons won Album Of The Year for Babel.
The show celebrated the best in contemporary music while acknowledging its history and bloodlines.
The program's In Memoriam segment included nods to Bob Marley, Dave Brubeck and Levon Helm, and gestures such as Colombian pop-rocker Juanes acknowledging his debt to Elton John by singing an acoustic, and bilingual, version of "My Song," and Kelly Clarkson paying tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Patti Page and Carole King.
The night also included such noteworthy moments as Justin Timberlake's return to live TV music performance, teaming with Jay-Z for his new "Suite & Tie," John joining with his management client Ed Sheeran, and LL Cool J, Tom Morello, DJ Z-Trip, Travis Barker, and Chuck D teaming with LL Cool J for his "Whaddup."
In the end, it was another spectacular night of GRAMMY moments and high-profile recognition of music's deep impact on our culture.