Grammy surprise: Mumford & Sons take album of the year

  • Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 12:15 a.m., Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 12:24 a.m.
Justin Timberlake performs at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, February 10, 2013. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

LOS ANGELES — Mumford & Sons wrapped up a completely unpredictable Grammy Awards with perhaps the most surprising win of the night, taking home album of the year for “Babel.”

It was an event that even shocked the London folk-rockers.

“We figured we weren’t going to win anything because The Black Keys have been sweeping up all day, rightfully so,” Marcus Mumford said.

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys ended up the night’s top winner with four trophies, including producer of the year and three rock category victories with bandmate Patrick Carney. But it was hardly a clean sweep as The Recording Academy’s thousands of voters spread the love for the year’s top singles.

Fun. took home major awards best new artist, in something of an upset over Frank Ocean, and song of the year for the transcendent anthem “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae.

“I didn’t think we were going to win this one,” lead singer Nate Ruess said after the best new artist win. “Frank Ocean. The Lumineers. Everybody, amazing.”

Like Mumford & Sons, Gotye busted up the predictions, taking record of the year for 2012’s top-selling single, the haunting “Somebody That I Used To Know,” featuring Kimbra, and finished with three awards.

Prince, in hood and sunglasses and carrying a sparkly silver cane, presented him with the record of the year trophy and the Australian paid tribute to The Purple One’s influence.

“A little bit lost for words, to receive an award from the man standing behind us with the cane,” Gotye said. “Many years listening to this man’s music growing up and a big reason I was inspired to make music. Thank you.”

Jay-Z and Kanye West had three wins along with Skrillex.

The Black Keys took best rock performance for “Lonely Boy” during the main telecast and earlier in the day won best rock song for “Lonely Boy” and best rock album for “El Camino.”

Selected winners


Album of the Year: Mumford and Son

Record of the Year: Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra.

Song of the Year: “We are Young” featuring Janelle Monae, fun.

Best New Artist: fun.

Pre-show honorees


Pop/duo group performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra.

Traditional pop vocal album: “Kisses on the Bottom,” Paul McCartney.

Rap performance: “N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris,” Jay-Z, Kanye West.

Rap song: “N(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)(asterisk)s in Paris,” Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West.

Rap album: “Take Care,” Drake.

R&B performance: “Climax,” Usher.

Traditional R&B performance: “Love on Top,” Beyonce.

R&B song: “Adorn,” Miguel Pimentel.

R&B album: “Black Radio,” Robert Glasper Experiment.

Rock song: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys.

Rock album: “El Camino,” The Black Keys.

Hard rock/metal performance: “Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestorm.

Alternative music album: “Making Mirrors,” Gotye.

Country duo/group performance: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town.

Country song: “Blown Away,” Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins.

Reggae album: “Rebirth,” Jimmy Cliff.

Comedy album: “Blow Your Pants Off,” Jimmy Fallon.

— New age album: “Echoes of Love,” Omar Akram.

— Jazz vocal album: “Radio Music Society,” Esperanza Spalding.

— Jazz instrumental album: “Unity Band,” Pat Metheny Unity Band.

— Large jazz ensemble album: “Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You),” Arturo Sandoval.

— Pop instrumental album: “Impressions,” Chris Botti.

— Compilation soundtrack album: “Midnight in Paris,” various artists.

— Score soundtrack album: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.

— Song written for visual media: “Safe & Sound” (From “The Hunger Games”), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams.

— Musical theater album: “Once: A New Musical,” Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti.

— Producer of the year, classical: Blanton Alspaugh.

— Producer of the year, non-classical: Dan Auerbach.

— Instrumental composition: “Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea.

— Orchestral performance: “Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony).

— Opera recording: “Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen,” James Levine and Fabio Luisi.

— Choral performance: “Life & Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen,” Charles Bruffy.

— Short-form music video: “We Found Love,” Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris.

— Long-form music video: “Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons.

— Historical album: “The Smile Sessions” (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wolfe.

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