February 11, 2013

Mumford & Sons stun Grammys with 'Babel' win

Grammy Awards voters spread the love around, as fun. nabs best new artist and song of the year and Gotye takes home record of the year.

By CHRIS TALBOTT/The Associated Press

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Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Country WInston, Ted Dwane
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From left, Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Country Winston and Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons arrive at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Even the London folk-rockers themselves – stars of the 2012 Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Portland – were surprised when their “Babel” won album of the year.

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Musical group fun. perform at the Grammy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. They took major awards song of the year for "We Are Young" and best new artist.

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Bob Ludwig of Portland’s Gateway Mastering is listed as mastering engineer on “Babel,” album of the year at the 2013 Grammys.

(Ludwig got two album of the year nominations; the other one was for his fine-tuning of the final recording of Jack White’s “Blunderbuss.”)

Ludwig also was nominated for his work on two candidates for best-engineered album, non-classical: “Ashes & Fire” by Ryan Adams and “Love is a Four Letter Word” by Jason Mraz.

They lost to “The Goat Rodeo Sessions” by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile.



The full list of winners of the 55th annual Grammy Awards is available here.

The singer pretended to talk to the offending boyfriend on the phone: "I'm busy opening the Grammys and we're never getting back together."

Justin Timberlake debuted new tracks "Suit & Tie" with Jay-Z and "Pusher Love" in a performance that was broadcast in retro black and white. Rihanna and the extended Marley family paid tribute to Bob Marley. Sting and Bruno Mars helped each other out on their hits "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Walking on the Moon." Elton John and Ed Sheeran teamed on "The A Team" and Miguel and Wiz Khalifa joined forces on "Adorn." Alicia Keys played drums during Maroon 5's "Daylight," before Adam Levine's band backed her on "Girl on Fire."

Jack White brought both his male and female bands on stage, tearing through "Love Interruption" and "Freedom at 21" before a standing ovation from the crowd. And Elton John, Mavis Staples, Brown, Mumford & Sons and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes paid tribute to the late Levon Helm with a spirited rendition of "The Weight."

Adele won the first award of the night on the main telecast, taking home best pop solo performance for "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)," in one of the night's least-surprising moments — though the singer was somewhat taken aback.

"I just wanted to be part of the night, because I loved it last year, obviously," she said of winning a record-tying six awards in 2012.

Carrie Underwood won best country solo performance for "Blown Away," Zac Brown Band won best country album for "Uncaged" and Kelly Clarkson turned in the night's most exuberant acceptance speech after winning best pop vocal album for "Stronger." After hugging much of the front row and momentarily getting stuck to Miranda Lambert's dress, Clarkson charged the stage with a giant smile.

"Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together," she said. "I mean, good God. That was the sexiest dancing I've ever seen."

Skrillex won best dance recording for "Bangarang," featuring Sirah, best dance/electronica album for "Bangarang" and best remixed recording a year after winning those same awards in his first appearance at the Grammys.

"You know what, I thought I'd get used to it, but I tripped over every word when I was up there," Skrillex said of his acceptance speeches. "I felt like I just wanted a pool of ice water and just couldn't even breathe or think. It was crazy. I think it was even crazier than last year."

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Frank Ocean accepts the best urban contemporary album award for "channel ORANGE" at the Grammys on Sunday. Earlier, he won best rap/sung collaboration for "No Church in the Wild" with fellow top nominees Jay-Z and Kanye West, and The-Dream.

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Dan Auerbach, left, and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys accept the award for best rock album "El Camino" at the Grammy Awards. Auerbach also won producer of the year alone and best rock song for "Lonely Boy."

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