LOS ANGELES (CNS) – New York indie-pop-rock trio Fun. and New Orleans R&B sensation Frank Ocean each collected a pair of Grammy Awards tonight, while Gotye and Kimbra won record of the year for “Somebody That I Used to Know” and Mumford & Sons claimed best album for “Babel.”
Belgian/Australian alternative rocker Gotye — real name Wouter De Backer — actually earned three Grammys on the day, earning statuettes in the pre-telecast ceremony for best alternative music album (“Making Mirrors”) and pop duo/group performance for “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
“There are so many incredible songs in this category … but also so many artists and pieces of music that aren’t recognized by the Grammys this year,” the 32-year-old Gotye said while accepting the record of the year award. “… I feel unworthy to be up here receiving this, but thank you.”
Kimbra, a New Zealand singer-songwriter, thanked Gotye for allowing her to be part of the collaboration.
“I feel unbelievably blessed to be part of this song,” she said.
Fun. took home Grammys for best new artist and song of the year for “We Are Young,” which also featured Janelle Monae.
“We’re so old,” Fun. lead singer Nate Ruess joked on stage at Staples Center when the band accepted the best new artist prize during the 55th annual Grammy Awards. He also heaped praise on his fellow band members — Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff — calling them “two guys who are just the most amazing bandmates that anybody could ask for.”
With six nominations, Fun. — which does have a period at the end — tied Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys for the most nominations heading into “Music’s Biggest Night.” The band was the only nominee to score nods in all the top Grammy categories of record, album and song of the year.
Ruess said he was surprised by the band’s win for best new artist, citing the strength of the competition — Ocean, the Lumineers, Alabama Shakes and Hunter Hayes.
Ocean won the Grammy for best urban contemporary album for “Channel Orange.” Also nominated in that category was Chris Brown, with whom Ocean allegedly got into a recent brawl at a West Hollywood recording studio.
Ocean also won for best rap/sung collaboration for his work with Jay-Z, Kanye West and The-Dream on “No Church in the Wild.”
English folk rockers Mumford & Sons took home the prize for album of the year for “Babel,” which includes the hits “I Will Wait” and “Below My Feet.”
The band’s Ben Lovett praised The Recording Academy for its support of British bands.
“There’s a few of us out there and the Grammys have opened their arms to us,” he said.
The wide array of top award winners was a sharp departure from recent Grammy ceremonies, which saw dominating wins by single performers — such as Adele last year, Lady Antebellum in 2011 and Beyonce in 2010.
The show also included its usual varied array of thunderous performances, including ensemble tributes to Bob Marley and Levon Helm, lead singer of The Band.
Adele, who presented the album of the year award to Mumford & Sons, won a Grammy for best pop solo performance for “Set Fire to the Rain.”
A pair of “American Idol” alums also took home prizes. Carrie Underwood won best country solo performance for “Blown Away” while Kelly Clarkson won best pop vocal album for “Stronger.”
“Blown Away” was named best country song earlier in the day.
The Black Keys earned the Grammy for best rock performance for “Lonely Boy,” while the Zac Brown Band scored the prize for best country album for “Uncaged.”
Brown accepted the award by thanking his band: “To all my guys who’ve always backed me up and backed my play no matter what it was.”
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