A Grammy Award, originally called Gramophone Award, is an honor awarded for outstanding achievement in the music industry given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the United States. Its first ceremony was held on May 4, 1959.
Now on its 55th year, the occasion was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 10th, Sunday. The pre-awards ceremony wherein the majority of the prizes were announced and awarded where held at a nearby venue prior to the main event.
The Black Keys, the Indie rock group, and its singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach, dominated the pre-telecast awards show garnering the Best Rock Song and the Best Rock Album awards. Auerbach likewise won the Non-Classical Producer of the Year award, while his band won the Best Rock Performance prize, both awarded during the main ceremony. Rapper LL Cool J delivered the opening remarks for the main event as the ceremony host.
Taylor Swift, the first performer, rendered “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together” with other performers in an Alice in Wonderland-themed performance.
Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran ensued with their rendition of Sheeran’s single “The A Team”, followed by Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood.
Rihanna and Ziggy Marley sang in tribute to Bob Marley his 1980 classic “Could You be Loved”, with Bruno Mars and Sting.
Sir Elton John, with all other stars, performed in tribute to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre which occurred on December last year.
The Song of the Year award went to Fun’s anthem “We Are Young”, featuring Janelle Monae, and the Best New Artist award was given to the New York band.
The Record of the Year prize was awarded to Gotye, the Belgian-Australian artist, for “Somebody That I Used to Know”, by famous singer Prince, a surprise guest at the event. Gotye, who was overwhelmed in meeting Prince, won two other awards.
The Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album award went to Sir Paul McCartney, a former member of the famous band, the Beatles, for his “Kisses on the Bottom Record”, while the Beach Boys won their first ever Grammy award for “The Smile Sessions” as Best Historical Album.
The Album of the Year award went to the surprised Mumford and Sons, English folk rockers, for “Babel”, presented by their fellow-countrywoman Adele, who won Best Pop Solo Performance for her live rendition of “Set Free to the Rain”. Adele won six awards last year on the 54th Grammy Awards.
Ravi Shankar, the late Indian sitar player who died on December last year, was awarded for Best World Music Album, which was received by his 31-year-old daughter, Anoushka Shankar, a nominee in the same category as her father’s.
Matt Redman won the Best Gospel Song award.