The Fifty Fifth Annual Grammy Awards

Fun. accepts its second Grammy award for “Best New Artist” at the 2013 Grammy Awards. The band also picked up the Grammy for “Song of the Year” at the 2013 awards with its hit, “We Are Young.” courtesy of

The Staples Center in Los Angeles was packed to the rafters as the world’s most talented musical artists gathered together for the Fifty Fifth Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013.
Thousands of people attended the awards ceremony in Los Angeles, some hoping to see their favorite artists, while others hoping to win at least one of the most treasured awards in the music industry.
As previously mentioned in Fresh faces seize Grammy nominations, out of the 81 award categories, the highest expectations were held for the nominees of the “Big 4” categories that include “Record of the Year,” “Best New Artist,” “Album of the Year,” and “Song of the Year.”

Fun. accepts its second Grammy award for “Best New Artist” at the 2013 Grammy Awards. The band also picked up the Grammy for “Song of the Year” at the 2013 awards with its hit, “We Are Young.”
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The night was filled with wins, losses, tributes and a festive celebration of the musical artists of the world. This year’s ceremony was presented by two-time host, LL Cool J. He also performed live on the Grammy stage.
The ceremony kicked off with a theatrical performance from nominee, Taylor Swift, in which she paraded onstage in a circus-inspired production.  Swift was nominated for “Record of the Year” for her song, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
“The Record of the Year” award however, went to Gotye for their hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.” Gotye scored big at the Grammys this year, winning a total of three awards. “Somebody That I Used To Know” won for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,” as well. His album, Making Mirrors, also won for “Best Alternative Music Album.”
Similar to Gotye’s large haul of awards this year, many other artists also took home gold. Kanye West and Jay-Z together won three awards for hit rap duo album. Their popular song, “N****s In Paris” was awarded the Grammy for “Best Rap Song” as well as “Best Rap Performance.” Their track, “No Church In The Wild” also featuring The-Dream and Frank Ocean, won in the category “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.”
The Black Keys guitarist and vocalist, Dan Auerbach, walked away with four Grammys, making him the night’s biggest winner. Auerbach won the award for “Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical,” and he and his band picked up three awards, including “Best Rock Song” for their hit “Lonely Boy,” and “Best Rock Album,” El Camino. However, El Camino lost the award for “Album of the Year” to country performers, Mumford and Sons.
Another competitor for “Album of the Year,” Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, may not have won the award but the singer still performed on center stage. His performance of “Forrest Gump” was a favorite for Convent of the Sacred Heart sophomore Meg Gerli.
“I loved Frank Ocean. His music is so unique and different, and I was so happy that he played at the Grammys. He had such a successful year,” Meg said.
Ocean also picked up the award for “Best Urban Contemporary Album” for his chart topping collection, Channel Orange. He also won a Grammy for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration,” for “No Church in the Wild” alongside Jay-Z, Kanye West, and The-Dream.
Among the variety of acceptance speeches of the night, the lead singer of Fun., Nate Ruess, had the audience laughing during the band’s acceptance of the award for “Song of the Year.”
“I don’t know what I was thinking writing the chorus, for this song. If you have HD you can see us, and we are not young,” 30-year-old Ruess said.
Fun. performed on the Grammy stage, as well as The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake and many more. “Album of the Year” winners, Mumford and Sons, also performed after winning the award for their best selling album, Babel. The folk band additionally won the Grammy for its music video, “Big Easy Express.”
Among one of the many highlights of the night was a duet from British performers Ed Sheeran and Elton John. They performed Sheeran’s “The A-Team”, which was nominated for “Song of the Year.”
“Ed Sheeran and Elton John were amazing. I loved seeing two unique performers sharing the stage together, and even though they are both really different, it was a great combination,” sophomore Katie Hill said.
Continuing her winning streak, Adele took home her ninth Grammy for her live performance of “Set Fire to the Rain.” Previous Grammy winners such as Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Usher and Paul McCartney each added more awards to their collection as well.
Former winners, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting sang a tribute to Bob Marley by performing a medley of his songs, concluding with “Could You Be Loved.”
“The tribute to Bob Marley was my favorite part of the Grammys. His music will always remain a legacy,” sophomore Kate Burkett said.
Grammy awards were given to a wide range of new artists and to previous winners. In his opening monologue, LL Cool J shared what he believes to be the true meaning of the Grammys.
“A Grammy isn’t a shiny thing to hold onto. A Grammy is a dream come true.”
– Sarah Jackmauh, Staff Writer,0,1193575.photogallery,0,6772063.story