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The Grammys award a league of music all its own


The 55th annual Grammy awards were held this past Sunday night, Feb. 10th, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The show aired live on CBS and was hosted by LL Cool J, who will probably be remembered for the number of times he used the word "hashtag" before artists' names during the night.

The show was heavy in performances and light in the actual distribution of awards.

There didn't seem to be as many theatrical antics at the Grammys as there were at the American Music Awards in November, though.

Standout visual elements of the night were the changing projections on Carrie Underwood's dress while she sang "Two Black Cadillacs", and the running track projection during Frank Ocean's performance of "Forrest Gump".

Taylor Swift opened the show with a performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", in which she wore a ringmaster outfit and shared the stage with a white rabbit and circus performers.

Needless to say, that moment made U.S. News' list of "Seven Weird Moments From the 2013 Grammys".

The night did not see Swift rack up on awards, however. She won one this time, as part of the team who received Best Song Written For Visual Media, "Safe and Sound" from The Hunger Games.

The Grammys proved that they are not just the older sibling of the AMAs, which showcased the likes of Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, and even Korean rapper Psy, but that they are in a league of music all their own.

One of the most talked-about performances of the night was a mash-up of "Girl On Fire" and "Daylight" performed by Alicia Keys and Maroon 5.

And even though Carly Rae Jepsen was nominated for an award, the audience didn't have to hear "Call Me Maybe" for the millionth time in the past year.

Instead, Sunday night's show saw bands who were not in the spotlight at the AMAs and who bring a little indie sound to the cookie-cutter pop scene: The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Fun., and Mumford & Sons, who took home the Album of the Year award.

A complete list of winners, including ones who were not highlighted on the broadcast, is available online at, but here are some highlights:

*Record of the Year: Somebody That I Used to Know-Gotye feat. Kimbra

*Song of the Year: We Are Young-Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. feat. Janelle Monae)

*Best New Artist: Fun.

*Best Pop Vocal Album: Stronger-Kelly Clarkson

*Best Dance/Electronica Album: Bangarang-Skrillex

*Best Rock Song: Lonely Boy-Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton, & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

*Best Rock Album: El Camino-The Black Keys

*Best Alternative Music Album: Making Mirrors-Gotye

*Best Rap Album: Take Care-Drake

*Best Urban Contemporary Album: Channel Orange-Frank Ocean

*Best Country Song: Blown Away-John Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

*Best Country Album: Uncaged-Zac Brown Band

*Album of the Year: Babel-Mumford & Sons

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