MANILA, Philippines – Justin Timberlake called it “the best Grammys ever.” Host LL Cool J stressed how it was the “biggest social media event of the year” by speaking in hashtags as often as he could.
A whopping 81 awards we given out, starting at 5am Manila time with Rihanna’s “We Found Love” for Best Short Form Music Video.
The main program at the Staples Center in Los Angeles began at 9am Manila time, hosted by LL Cool J. The 3-and-a-half-hour spectacle was peppered with star-studded performances, making it another music extravaganza, a “concert” that should not be missed.
Here is the list of winners announced in the main program (in no particular order):
- Best Pop Solo Performance: Set Fire To The Rain [Live], Adele
- Best Country Solo Performance: Blown Away, Carrie Underwood
- Song of the Year: We Are Young, fun.
- Best Urban Contemporary Album: Channel Orange, Frank Ocean
- Best Rock Performance: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
- Best Pop Vocal Album: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: No Church In The Wild, Jay-Z & Kanye West Featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
- Best Country Album: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye Featuring Kimbra
- Best Dance/Electronica Album: Bangarang, Skrillex
- Best New Artist: fun.
- Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance: Love Bites (So Do I), Halestorm
- Best Rock Album: El Camino, The Black Keys
- Best Alternative Music Album: Making Mirrors, Gotye
- Best R&B Performance: Climax, Usher
- Best R&B Album: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment
- Best Rap Performance: N****s In Paris, Jay-Z & Kanye West
- Best Rap Album: Take Care, Drake
- Best Americana Album: Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt
- Best Blues Album: Locked Down, Dr. John
- Best Spoken Word Album: Society’s Child: My Autobiography, Janis Ian
- Best Comedy Album: Blow Your Pants Off, Jimmy Fallon
- Record of the Year: Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye Featuring Kimbra
Big winners were Gotye with 3 awards, band .fun (sic) with two awards, Frank Ocean with two awards, and rapper-producer Jay-Z with two awards.
Band Mumford & Sons won the coveted Album of the Year for “Babel.” – Rappler.com