Grammys 2013 celebrate a whole new generation
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Welcome the new Grammy guard.
After years of complaints about how the music industry awards show skewed too old, the Recording Academy handed out its top awards to a whole new generation of winners Sunday night at the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach took home four awards, including producer of the year, and three with his bandmate Patrick Carney, including best rock performance and rock song for "Lonely Boy" and best rock album for "El Camino."
Fun. made a big impression on the ceremonies, performing a dramatic version of "Carry On" in a manufactured downpour, before winning song of the year for their smash "We Are Young," and best new artist.
"I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote the chorus to this song," fun. singer Nate Ruess joked. "This is in HD, everyone can see our faces, and we are not very young." Though the band is only on its second album, "Some Nights," Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff and keyboardist Andrew Dost have been in a variety of indie bands for the past decade.
Mumford and Sons won album of the year for "Babel," with singer Marcus Mumford saying he was shocked because "The Black Keys have been sweeping up all day and deservedly so." The band's only other win from its six nominations was for best long form video.
Jay-Z and Kanye West won three awards -- best rap song and best rap performance for "In Paris" and best rap/sung collaboration for "No Church in the Wild" with Frank Ocean, who also won an award for his "Channel Orange" album. Gotye picked up three awards, including record of the year for his breakup song "Somebody That I Used to Know," an award he received from surprise presenter Prince. Skrillex also won three, sweeping his dance music nominations.
STRONGER & FUNNIER Kelly Clarkson unexpectedly won best pop vocal album for "Stronger" and went off on one of her adorable rambles, shouting-out fellow nominees fun. and talking about how she got stuck to Miranda Lambert after they hugged. "Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together," she said.
COOLER & FUNNIER After so many heartfelt thank yous and lengthy speeches from others, Jay-Z kept it short and sweet when he accepted the award for best rap/sung collaboration for "No Church in the Wild." "I'd like to thank the swap meet for his hat," Jay said, pointing to The-Dream's baseball cap.
STILL ADELE Last year's big winner, Adele, took home another award, for best pop solo performance for "Set Fire to the Rain," and seemed a little surprised. "I just wanted to be part of the night, because I loved it last year, obviously," she said.
TIMBERLAKE RETURNS Justin Timberlake used the Grammy show to debut "Pusher Love," a new track from his upcoming "The 20/20 Experience," as well as his current single "Suit and Tie," which featured Jay-Z.
J.LO JOKES Jennifer Lopez was in a black gown that exposed her right leg, but not much else. "As you can see I read the memo," she said, referring to the CBS memo asking presenters and performers to cover up.
REGGAE TRIBUTE Though it was billed as a tribute to Bob Marley, the set from Bruno Mars included only one song from the reggae great, though the performance of "Could You Be Loved," featuring Mars, Sting, Rihanna and members of the Marley family, was one of the night's most memorable.
NEW STRONG ISLAND The Long Island contingent was strong, including Public Enemy's Chuck D performing in LL Cool J's hip-hop finale, drummer Will Noon performing with fun., and Seaford's Matthew Koma on hand supporting girlfriend Carly Rae Jepsen.