(USA Today)-- On a night filled with gold Grammys, one band painted them Black.
The Black Keys and singer Dan Auerbach led the field with four trophies at the 55th Grammy Awards, while Mumford & Sons walked away with the prize of the night and fun. won big as music's top newcomer.
Auerbach garnered honors for producer of the year, non-classical, in a pre-telecast ceremony, and his band won three awards: best rock album forEl Caminoand best rock song and best rock performance forLonely Boy.Auerbach thanked industry helpers, their hometown of Akron, Ohio, and adopted home of Nashville.
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Mumford & Sons won album of the year forBabel, plus best long form video forBig Easy Expresswith Edward Sharpe, the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow.
Frontman Marcus Mumford accepted the award from 2012's winner, fellow British musician Adele. 'Didn't get a look in last year because she was nominated," he joked. "There are a few of us (British artists) out there and the Grammys have opened their arms to us."
Pop group fun., nominated for a field-leading six awards total along with the Black Keys and Frank Ocean, won for best new artist as well as song of the year with their radio hitWe Are Young.
"I don't know what I was thinking writing the chorus for this song. This is in HD, everybody can see our faces and we are not very young," said singer Nate Ruess, thanking the band's fans for "keeping us afloat" the past 12 years.
"I guess you felt we were your best-kept secret."
Gotye's ubiquitous hit with Kimbra,Somebody That I Used Know, garnered honors for record of the year and best pop duo/group performance, and the Belgian-Australian singer also won best alternative music album forMaking Mirrors.
He admitted he was at a loss for words receiving his award from Prince. "Many years listening to this man's music growing up inspired me to make music," Gotye said. "I just want to thank everybody who puts great energy into the world making music."
Best urban contemporary album went to Ocean's R&B breakthroughChannel Orange.
"So I hear the way to disarm audiences is to imagine them naked. I don't want to do that. I want to imagine you in tuxes and looking fancy and all that," said Ocean, who also won for rap/sung collaboration forNo Church in the Wildwith Jay-Z, Kanye West and The Dream. Jay-Z and West picked up their first two Grammys of the night when their trackN****s in Pariswon for best rap performance and best rap song.
Taylor Swift opened the televised ceremony at Los Angeles' Staples Center with anAlice in Wonderland-inspired spectacle singing her hitWe Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Host LL Cool J waxed poetic in his intro "When you get down to it, a Grammy isn't a trinket, it's a dream to hold on to," he said before handing the stage off to Ed Sheeran to perform his songThe A Teamin a duet with Elton John.
The Georgia group Zac Brown Band won best country album forUncaged, and singer Brown acknowledged "all my guys who backed me up and backed my playing up."
Kelly Clarkson'sStrongernabbed the award for pop vocal album. "I did not think I was going to win this," said the firstAmerican Idolwinner, who also used the Grammys to discover a new R&B artist. "Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together."
Blown Awayby Carrie Underwood won for best country song and best country performance. "Country music has always been so good to me and I thank the good Lord to be part of such an amazing family," Underwood said.
British singer Adele had her hands full with six Gramophone trophies last year, and picked up best pop solo performance at this year's ceremony forSet Fire to the Rain, offering "big love to all the other girls" after accepting her award.
Justin Timberlake, who just released his new singleSuit & Tie, returned to the stage to perform the song with Jay-Z; Maroon 5 teamed with Alicia Keys; a Bob Marley tribute featuring Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting; and a salute to the late Levon Helm with John, Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown, Mavis Staples and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes were among the various live performances.
Skrillex'sBangarangwon a pair of Grammys best dance recording and best dance/electronica album.
Little Big Town took home best country duo-group performance forPontoon. Paul McCartney'sKisses on the Bottomwas tops for best traditional pop vocal album, and Halestorm won best hard rock/metal performance forLove Bites (So Do I).
Drake'sTake Caregarnered the award for best rap album. In R&B categories, Usher'sClimaxwas honored for best performance, Beyonce took traditional performance withLove on Top, Miguel'sAdornwon best song, and best album went to Robert Glasper Experiment'sBlack Radio.
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor won as a composer forThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which garnered the award for best score soundtrack, andSafe and Sound, a song featuring Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars on the movie soundtrack forThe Hunger Gameswon for best song written for visual media.
In other pre-telecast awards, Rihanna'sWe Found Lovewon for best short form video. Best jazz vocal album went to Spalding's Radio Music Society. Jimmy Fallon'sBlow Your Pants Offbested the field in the comedy album category. In the Latin categories, Juanes won for best pop album withMTV Unplugged Deluxe Editionand Quetzal'sImaginarieswas named best rock album. Lecrae picked up best gospel album forGravity. Jazz legend Chick Corea'sMozart Goes Dancingwas honored for best instrumental composition. Jimmy Cliff'sRebirthwon for best gospel album. And the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson accepted the historical album Grammy forThe Smile Sessions.
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