55th Annual Grammy Awards a Success

Posted on February 24, 2013 by

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The 55th annual Grammy awards, hosted by L.L. Cool J, aired 10 February 2013 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Twenty-eight million people tuned in to watch the show.

The viewership went down from a near record-setting 40 million last year in the wake of the death of Whitney Houston.
The big winners of the night were fun., Mumford and Sons, and Gotye. A wider range of artists won awards this year because no artist took home more than 4 awards, as opposed to last year, when Adele dominated with six.

Gotye won Record of the Year for his song “Somebody That I Used to Know”.

The award for Album of the Year went to Mumford and Sons for “Babel.” Their album was also the fourth highest selling album of the year, moving 1.4 million copies in 2012.

In the Best New Artist category, the pop band fun. beat out the competition. The group also won for Song of the Year with their hit “We Are Young.”

Many people were disappointed that R&B singer Frank Ocean lost out in several major categories. He led the pack in number of nominations but only took home two awards.

“Where [in the world] is Frank Ocean?!” a disgruntled Tanner Rankin tweeted.

One of the night’s biggest performances came from Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys singing a mash-up of “Daylight” and “Girl on Fire.”

Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Frank Ocean and fun. also performed.

Finally, a Bob Marley tribute featuring Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, Ziggy Marley, and Damian Marley brought the house down.

Overall, the Grammys were a success. Despite the drop in viewers from last year, it still dominated the primetime TV competition.

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