While there was no dominant winner at Sunday’s 55th annual Grammy Awards, Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, fun., and Gotye emerged with big wins on a night a variety of artists were well-recognized for their innovations.
England’s Mumford & Sons claimed the album of the year for Babel; lead singer Marcus Mumford told reporters he and his bandmates were pleasantly surprised with the huge victory, as, “We just sort of resigned ourselves that last year was Adele’s year and this year would be the Black Keys’ year.”
Ohio rock band The Black Keys snared the trophies for best rock album, song and performance, while band member Dan Auerbach took home non-classical producer of the year.
“Thank you to our families and everybody in Akron, Ohio, and everybody in Nashville,” drummer Patrick Carney said.
Gotye nabbed the record of the year for Somebody That I Used to Know, one of his three awards on the occasion.
“I wouldn’t mind if I don’t have another song that has a moment like this,” the Australian singer-songwriter said of his hit. “I have written maybe better songs and hopefully will write better songs.”
The band fun. took home the honors for best new artist, as well as the song of the year for We Are Young (which was prominently featured in a Taco Bell Super Bowl ad).
“I don’t know what I was thinking writing the chorus of this song,” said the New York-based band’s lead singer, Nate Ruess. “This is HD (television), everyone can see our faces, and we are not very young. We have been doing this for 12 years.
“Radio and mainstream just kind of picked up on [us] and it feels good for us after 12 years of people kind of just ignoring you and always feeling like you’re kind of the bridesmaid.”
“I’ve been up since 6 a.m. so I’m quite tired. But it’s nice, I haven’t been as stressed out,” the now-mom Adele said. “You kind of have to prioritize what you stress about and worry about when you have a child.”
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