55th Annual Grammy Awards

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55th Annual Grammy Awards
55th Grammy Awards Official Poster.jpg
Official poster by Erika Iris Simmons
DateFebruary 10, 2013 (2013-02-10)
5:00–8:30 p.m. PST
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles, US
Hosted by LL Cool J
Most awards Dan Auerbach (5)
Most nominationsDan Auerbach, Fun, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Kanye West (6 each)
Website http://www.grammy.com/nominees   OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Television/radio coverage
Network CBS
Viewership28.3 million viewers [1]

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT and was hosted for the second time by LL Cool J. The "Pre-Telecast Ceremony" was streamed live from LA's Nokia Theater at the official Grammy website. Nominations were announced on December 5, 2012 on prime-time television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night", a one-hour special co-hosted by LL Cool J & Taylor Swift and broadcast live on CBS from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. [2] Fun, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach received the most nominations with six each. [3] [4]

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

Staples Center Arena in California, United States

Staples Center, officially stylized as STAPLES Center, is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street. The arena opened on October 17, 1999.

Los Angeles City in California

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Gotye and Kimbra won the Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used to Know", becoming the second Australian and first New Zealand act to win the award. Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year for Babel , and Fun won the Song of the Year (with Jeff Bhasker) for "We Are Young" as well as the Best New Artist. [5] Kelly Clarkson won the Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger , becoming the first and only artist to win the award twice. [5] Dan Auerbach won the most number of awards during the ceremony, with five (including three as part of The Black Keys); followed by The Black Keys, Gotye, Jay-Z, Skrillex, Kanye West, with three each. [5] Other multiple winners include: Chick Corea, Fun, Kimbra, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Matt Redman and Esperanza Spalding with two awards each. [5] [6] [7]

Gotye Musician and singer-songwriter

Wouter "Wally" De Backer, known professionally as Gotye, is a Belgian-born Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of Gotye's given Dutch name "Wouter".

Kimbra Alternative soul singer/ songwriter

Kimbra Lee Johnson, known mononymously as Kimbra, is a New Zealand singer and actress who mixes pop with classic R&B, jazz and rock musical elements. Her musical influences range from Prince and Minnie Riperton, to Björk and Jeff Buckley. Her debut album, Vows, was released in Australia in 2011. Singles from the album include "Settle Down", "Cameo Lover", "Good Intent" and "Two Way Street".

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

for commercially released singles or tracks of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy. Award to the artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist.

The Recording Academy introduced three new categories to the 78 awards previously presented at the 54th ceremonyBest Classical Compendium, Best Latin Jazz Album, and Best Urban Contemporary Album, bringing it to a total of 81 awards. [8] 70 of them were presented at the pre-telecast at the Nokia Theatre, with the remaining 11 were presented at the main ceremony. [9] Bruce Springsteen received the MusiCares Person of the Year award on February 8, 2013 at the 23rd Grammy Benefit Gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center, two nights prior to the main ceremony. [10] The official poster was designed by Artist Erika Iris Simmons. [11] The program producer is AEG Ehrlich Ventures, with Ken Ehrlich serving as executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz as director and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich as writers. [12]

The Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album is an award presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality works in the Latin jazz music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

Bruce Springsteen American singer and songwriter

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen, nicknamed "The Boss", is an American singer-songwriter who is a solo artist and is the leader of the E Street Band. Springsteen received critical acclaim for his early 1970s albums and attained worldwide fame upon the release of Born to Run in 1975. During a career that has spanned five decades, Springsteen has become known for his poetic and socially conscious lyrics and for his lengthy, energetic stage performances. He has recorded both rock albums and folk-oriented works, and his lyrics often address the experiences and struggles of working-class Americans.

The MusiCares Person of the Year is an award presented annually by MusiCares, the same organization that distributes the Grammy Awards, to commend musicians for their artistic achievement in the music industry and dedication to philanthropy. The award's name reflects the non-profit health care organization known as MusiCares, established by the academy "to provide health and medical assistance to needy musicians". Chosen by the MusiCares Foundation, award recipients are honored during "Grammy week" with an "all-star" tribute concert that helps to raise money for the foundation.

Performers

The following artists performed on the pre-telecast: [9]

Krishna Das (singer) U.S. singer of kirtans

Krishna Das is an American vocalist known for his performances of Hindu devotional music known as kirtan. He has released seventeen albums since 1996. He performed at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where his album Live Ananda (2012) was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.

Eighth Blackbird is an American contemporary music sextet that is based in Chicago, Illinois, United States and composed of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and cello. Their name derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens' poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.

John Fullbright American musician

John Fullbright is an American singer-songwriter from Okemah, Oklahoma. While still in high school, Fullbright performed at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah. In 2009 he released the album Live at the Blue Door and three years later released his first studio album, From the Ground Up, which received a Grammy nomination in the category Best Americana Album. He has been the subject of two segments on NPR and was a 2012 winner of ASCAP Foundation's Harold Adamson Lyric Award.

The following performed on the main telecast: [13]

Artist(s)Song(s)
Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Elton John
Ed Sheeran
"The A Team"
Fun. "Carry On"
Miranda Lambert
Dierks Bentley
"Over You" [14]
"Home" [14]
Miguel
Wiz Khalifa
"Adorn" [15]
Mumford & Sons "I Will Wait"
Justin Timberlake
Jay-Z
"Suit & Tie"
"Pusher Love Girl"
Maroon 5
Alicia Keys
"Daylight"
"Girl on Fire"
Rihanna
Mikky Ekko
"Stay" [16]
Dr. John
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Black Keys
"Lonely Boy"
Kelly Clarkson Tribute to Patti Page and Homage to Carole King [14]
"Tennessee Waltz"
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
Bruno Mars
Rihanna
Sting
Damian Marley
Ziggy Marley
Tribute to Bob Marley [17]
"Locked Out of Heaven"
"Walking on the Moon"
"Could You Be Loved"
"And Be Loved"
The Lumineers "Ho Hey"
Jack White
Ruby Amanfu
"Love Interruption"
"Freedom at 21"
Carrie Underwood "Blown Away"
"Two Black Cadillacs"
Stanley Clarke
Chick Corea
Kenny Garrett
Tribute to Dave Brubeck
"Take Five"
Zac Brown
Brittany Howard
Elton John
Mumford & Sons
Mavis Staples
T Bone Burnett (musical director)
Tribute to Levon Helm [18]
"The Weight"
Juanes "Your Song"
Frank Ocean "Forrest Gump"
Travis Barker
Chuck D
LL Cool J
Tom Morello
DJ Z-Trip
Tribute to Adam Yauch
"Whaddup"
"Welcome to the Terrordome"
"No Sleep till Brooklyn"

Presenters

The following presented on the pre-telecast: [9]

Artist
Radmilla Cody
Janis Ian
Kaskade
Britt Nicole
Manuel Valera

The following presented on the main telecast: [19]

Jennifer Lopez American actress, singer, dancer and producer

Jennifer Lynn Lopez is an American actress, singer, dancer, and producer. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. For her first leading role in the 1997 Selena biopic of the same name, Lopez received a Golden Globe nomination and became the first Latin actress to earn over US$1 million for a film. She went on to star in Anaconda (1997) and Out of Sight (1998), later establishing herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood.

Neil Patrick Harris American actor and host

Neil Patrick Harris is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, magician, and singer. He is known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and musical stage roles. On television, he is known for playing the title character on Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993), Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother, and Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017–2019).

Fun (band) American indie rock band

Fun is an American indie pop group based in New York City. The band was formed by Nate Ruess, with Andrew Dost, and Jack Antonoff. To date, Fun has released two albums: Aim and Ignite in August 2009 and Some Nights in February 2012.

Winners and nominees

The winners and nominees per category were: [20] [21]

General

Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist

Pop

Best Pop Solo Performance
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Pop Vocal Album

Dance/Electronic

Best Dance Recording
Best Dance/Electronic Album

Traditional Pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Rock

Best Rock Performance
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B

Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best R&B Song
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Best R&B Album

Rap

Best Rap Performance
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album

Country

Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album

Jazz

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel/Contemporary Christian

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Best Gospel Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Best Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Latin

Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock Urban or Alternative Album
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano)
Best Tropical Latin Album

American Roots Music

Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Roots Music Album

Reggae

Best Reggae Album

World Music

Best World Music Album

Children's

Best Children's Album

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)

Comedy

Best Comedy Album

Musical Show

Best Musical Theater Album

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Best Song Written for Visual Media

Composing/Arranging

Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Package

Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Notes

Best Album Notes

Historical

Best Historical Album

Production

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Production, Surround Sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, Classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical

Classical

Best Orchestral Performance

"Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine"

Best Opera Recording

"Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen"

Best Choral Performance

"Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen"

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

"Meanwhile" – Eighth Blackbird

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

"Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola"

Best Classical Vocal Solo

"Poèmes"

Best Classical Compendium

Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis

Best Classical Contemporary Composition

"Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays"

Music Video

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year [10]
President's Merit Award
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award [22] [23]
Grammy Trustees Award [22]
Technical Grammy Award [22]

Artists with multiple nominations and awards

Nas had most nominations without a win, with four. Four artists had three nominations without a win: Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, Hunter Hayes and Marvin Sapp.

Two artists received a posthumous Grammy Award: Gil Evans (Best Instrumental Arrangement) and Ravi Shankar (Best World Music Album).

Most cumulative Grammy Awards

For many winners, this year's Grammy Award wasn't their first. In fact, over 40 winners now have achieved three or more wins. These artists have received the most cumulative Grammy Awards:

The winner with the longest span of Grammy wins this year was Gil Evans, whose first win was in 1960. This year he won a posthumous award. The longest span for any artist who is still active was for Paul McCartney, who first won an award in 1965 (as a member of The Beatles). Janis Ian won her first Grammy in 37 years, having last won in 1976 in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category.

In Memoriam

Dave Brubeck, Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Andy Williams, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Patti Page, Earl Scruggs, Chuck Brown, Davy Jones, Dick Clark, Fontella Bass, Marva Whitney, Jimmy Jones, Cleve Duncan, Herb Reed, Frank Wilson, Hal David, Scott McKenzie, Andy Griffith, Marvin Hamlisch, Richard Adler, Patty Andrews, Dorothy McGuire, Jenni Rivera, Kitty Wells, Frances Preston, Donna Hilley, Rick Blackburn, Doc Watson, Mike Auldridge, Joe South, Ravi Shankar, Mickey Baker, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Carl Davis, Adam Yauch, Jon Lord, Ed Cassidy, Ronnie Montrose, Frank Barsalona, Gil Friesen, Chris Lighty, Billy Strange, Big Jim Sullivan, Jim Marshall, George Marino, John Stronach, Howard Hilson Scott, Al DeLory, Mike Melvoin, Alan Mintz, David Braun, Paul Marshall, Jules Chaikin, Paquito Hechavarria, Yomo Toro, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Elliott Carter, Maurice André, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Claude Nobs, Carrie Smith, Red Holloway, Bob Babbitt, Andrew Love, Bob Welch, Bob Birch and Levon Helm.

Televised ratings

In its original live television broadcast, the ceremony received a 25 share/rating among viewers aged 18–49 and was watched by 28.37 million people. [24]

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