The Grammys Wrap Up for 2013
Gotye. The Black Keys. Frank Ocean. Jay-Z and Kanye West. Fun. What’s one new thing these names have in common now? All won at least two awards, dominating the 55th Annual Grammy Awards last night in Los Angeles.
Gotye cleaned up with awards for Alternative Album (Making Mirrors), and together with Kimbra took away Pop Performance, Duo or Group, and the top prize, Record of the Year, for…that song we wrote a few thousand words about two years ago.
Yeezy and Jay’s powerhouse collaboration on Watch The Throne earned them best Rap Performance and Rap Song for ‘Ni**as in Paris’, and best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Frank Ocean with ‘No Church In The Wild’.
Fun. scored Best New Artist and Song of the Year and Lena Dunham hugged Jack Antonoff and we squealed.
Rihanna’s duet with Mikky Ekko was politely applauded by the guy who beat the sh*t out of Rihanna and we sighed.
Ocean was no doubt bummed to have missed out on Best New Artist (to Fun.) and Album of the Year (Mumford & Sons…still terrible), but he did take home the gramophone for Urban Contemporary Album with his incredible LP Channel Orange.
He also gave a heartfelt and slightly surreal performance of ‘Forrest Gump’ at the ceremony with a lemon yellow suit (and sweatband) to match the film clip which played behind him – so that he pretty much looked like he was in it.
Of course in the end, it was more about the performances anyway.
The Black Keys brought some quality backing band game, accompanied by blues legend Dr. John in a monstrous headdress on keys, and the bold and brassy Preservation Hall Jazz Band honking along behind Dan Auerbach’s hollering to ‘Lonely Boy’, making it pretty clear why the song earned them Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, as well as Best Rock Album with El Camino.
Slick-coiffed JT now fancies himself as 50s-style big band frontman – the dress code? Suit and Tie, of course, with Jay-Z bringing up the rear in commanding style, in a slowed-up and ultimately triumphant version of their bubbly new collaboration, before Justin segued into his super smooth new single, ‘Push Your Love Girl’.
An enormous list of performers pretty much reads like a who’s who, from Taylor Swift to Elton John with Ed Sheeran to LL Cool J, Travis Barker, Miguel and Whiz Khalifa.
Check out Justin Timberlake, The Black Keys and Frank Ocean performing below.
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z
The Black Keys with Dr John and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band