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55th Grammy Awards big winners



American rock band the Black Keys and its member Dan Auerbach together lifted four trophies at the 55th Grammy awards, while Skrillex, Gotye and duo Jay-Z and Kanye West, notched up three wins each. Late Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar won the best world music album and the posthumous Lifetime Achievement awards.

The Black Keys won the best rock performance and best rock song for Lonely Boy from the album El Camino, which also bagged the best rock album title.

Dan Auerbach, the band's guitarist-vocalist, separately won the producer of the year, non-classical trophy.

Ravi Shankar's album The Living Room Sessions Part 1 won the title, while he was also conferred a posthumous Lifetime Achievement award. His daughters musicians Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones received the awards on his behalf. Awards were given out to artists across 81 categories at the gala, where performances by Adele, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Rihanna infused musical entertainment on stage.

British indie rock band Mumford & Sons received two Grammys, including the biggest, the album of the year title for Babel at the glitzy, livewire event, held here at the Staples Centre Sunday night.

Electronic musician Skrillex won for dance recording and dance/electronica album for Bangarang, and the remixed recording, non-classical title for Promises.

"Somebody that I used to know" singer Gotye received top hounour 'record of the year' for the track, and also won the best pop duo/group performance award. He even bagged the best alternative music album for Making Mirrors.

Adele, who stole the Grammy show in 2012 with six trophies, walked away with the winner's trophy in the best pop solo performance category for Set Fire To The Rain (Live). She was competing alongside Kelly Clarkson (Stronger), Carly Rae Jepsen (Call Me Maybe), Katy Perry (Wide Awake) and Rihanna (Where Have You Been).

The best traditional pop vocal album award went to Paul McCartney for Kisses On The Bottom, and Beyonce Knowles walked away with the award for the best traditional R&B performance for her song Love On Top from her album 4.

Band Fun not just got the gong for the best new artist, it also received the coveted song of the year for We are young.

This year, "a standard and practice wardrobe advisory" was reportedly issued to all celebrities. The organisers slapped a ban on apparel and most guests stuck to the dress code.

The fast-rising band Mumford & Sons led the way for British acts at the Grammy Awards, where global star Adele also triumphed.

The London folk-rock band scooped album of the year — arguably the top award of the night — with their second album Babel.

The coveted win surprised even the band themselves.
Lead singer Marcus Mumford, who picked up the award from Adele, said: "We figured we weren't going to win anything because The Black Keys have been sweeping up all day, rightfully so."
Adele continued her run of success picking up the award for pop solo performance of the song Set Fire To The Rain (Live), which features on her best-selling album 21.
The pop singer picked up six awards at last year's Grammys following the release of her second album.

The new mother is due to perform her Golden Globe-winning James Bond theme Skyfall at the Oscars and has already begun work on her third album.

At the ceremony in Los Angeles veteran singer-songwriter Sir Elton John teamed up with the new generation in his field Ed Sheeran, to perform the hit A-Team.

No stranger to Grammy awards, Sir Elton dedicated the performance to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December.

Former Police frontman Sting also took to the stage to pay tribute to reggae star Bob Marley, and collaborated with American singer Bruno Mars performing their hits Locked Out Of Heaven and Walking On The Moon together.

Paul McCartney won his 15th Grammy when he took home best traditional pop vocal album for Kisses On The Bottom.

It was his first solo album to win the top honour in its category.
Another top winner on the night was Belgian-Australian Gotye who picked up record of the year for Somebody That I Used to Know, which features Kimbra.
Emerging American indie-pop act Fun scooped up two Grammys for new artist and song of the year.

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