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The 55th Grammy Awards have taken place in Los Angeles, with Fun, Gotye and Mumford and Sons among the winners. According to bbc.co.uk, Fun’s anthem We Are Young, featuring Janelle Monae, was named song of the year, with the New York band going on to win the best new artist prize. Gotye’s international hit ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ received the record of the year, one of three prizes received by the Belgian-Australian artist. Surprised Mumford and Sons took home the album of the year prize for ‘Babel’. Mumford and Sons had received six nominations ahead of the ceremony. In the event, though, their only other prize came for best long form music video. Indie rock group The Black Keys enjoyed the most success overall, receiving four of the six awards for which they had been shortlisted. Gotye won three Grammys in all, including one for record of the year.
The event, held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, kicked off with Taylor Swift singing her hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John appeared shortly afterwards to perform Sheeran’s single The A Team, with further performances coming from Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and country star Carrie Underwood. Sting, Bruno Mars and Rihanna joined forces for a Bob Marley tribute that featured Rihanna and Marley’s son Ziggy duetting on his father’s 1980 classic Could You Be Loved.
Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘Kisses on the Bottom’ record was named best traditional pop vocal album, while The Beach Boys won best historical album, their first ever Grammy, for ‘The Smile Sessions’