2012 Grammy Winners

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2012)

While many past GRAMMY telecasts have turned into colorful coronations of artists who enjoyed larger-than-life years (Michael Jackson's eight GRAMMYs in 1983, Santana's eight in 1999, Beyoncé's six in 2009, and Adele's six in 2011), the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards spread the wealth among a crop of younger artists who set the stage for the century's second decade in music.

Roots-influenced rockers the Black Keys won three awards in the Rock Field (and guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach added one more for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical).

Rap stalwarts Jay-Z and Kanye West won three GRAMMYs each, all for their collaborations on Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song winner "N****s In Paris" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration winner "No Church In The Wild" (featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream).

Then came more relative newcomers: Skrillex added three GRAMMYs to his three from last year; Gotye rode "Somebody That I Used To Know" (featuring Kimbra), which became the most idiosyncratic radio hit of 2012, to three awards, including Record Of The Year; Fun. won their first two GRAMMYs for Song Of The Year for "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monáe) and Best New Artist; and Mumford & Sons, one of the trailblazers for the new wave of acoustic roots artists, won Album Of The Year for Babel.

Some of the winning artists were so new, they took other winners by surprise.

"Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together," shouted Kelly Clarkson while collecting her Best Pop Vocal Album GRAMMY for Stronger, referring to Miguel's brief slow jam of his Best R&B Song winner "Adorn" (on which he teamed with Wiz Khalifa). "That was the sexiest damn thing I've ever seen."

It was more than a fresh breeze that blew over the 55th GRAMMYs, it was arguably a wind of change.

Still, the telecast remained music's biggest melting pot, with performances that brought innumerous ingredients to the stew, starting with one that was a virtual stew all on its own. With nose-thumbing clowns, a wheelchair-bound Mephisto and scary puppeteers, Taylor Swift turned in the most threatening "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" ever.

British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran teamed with the head of his management company, Elton John, for a strong reading of the former's Song Of The Year-nominated "The A Team," the tale of a homeless addict.

Fun. brought drama to "Carry On," their song of perseverance, in the form of both their anthemic ambition and a rainstorm of real water that drenched their set.

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, met under a large blue tree for intimate duets of her "Over You" and his "Home."

Mumford & Sons gave a jolt to the crowd with their endlessly energetic "I Will Wait." The way they attacked their acoustic guitars would have made Pete Townshend proud.

Breaking a seven-year hiatus from live music performance, Justin Timberlake hit a sepia-toned stage for a suave medley of his new "Suit & Tie" (on which he was joined by Jay-Z) and "Pusher Love Girl" from his 2013 album, The 20/20 Experience.

In another unique pairing, Maroon 5 and Alicia Keys teamed for the former's "Daylight" and the latter's "Girl On Fire," both songs that kindle with power and emotion.

Rihanna was joined by Mikky Ekko for "Stay," a song he co-wrote and on which he is a featured vocalist. With Rihanna in a simple black dress on a no-frills stage, the song's message of passion over logic bore through.

The Black Keys wasted no time revving up "Lonely Boy." The rocker, which owes a debt to rockabilly, swamp rock and electric blues, was punctuated by the New Orleans piano of Best Blues Album GRAMMY winner Dr. John and a pinch of Dixieland from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Clarkson returned for a vocal salute to two giant female artists, both of whom received Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2013. First up was "Tennessee Waltz" in honor of Patti Page, followed by "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)," co-written by Carole King.

The tributes continued with a nod to Bob Marley, who was the subject of the Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media-nominated Marley. Two of the performers, like Marley, hail from tropical islands: Bruno Mars from Hawaii and Rihanna from Barbados. Also joining was Sting, whose music with the Police owed a debt to reggae and ska. Mars began with his own "Locked Out Of Heaven" followed by the similar-sounding Police chestnut "Walking On The Moon." Rihanna emerged with Ziggy and Damian Marley for their father's "Could You Be Loved."

The Lumineers played a shortened version of their inescapable hit "Ho Hey" before introducing Jack White. The latter played "Love Interruption" with his all-female band the Peacocks. He then segued into the harder "Freedom At 21" with male backers the Buzzards. By the time he finished the tumult, he had thrown and stepped on his guitar, leaving a sonic residue of decaying feedback.

Hunter Hayes played a portion of his hit "Wanted" solo on piano before bringing out fellow country star Carrie Underwood for a stripped-down version of her Best Country Solo Performance winner "Blown Away." Underwood's awe-inspiring vocals were matched by her billowy dress, which doubled as a projection screen to depict the heartbreak of the song.

The 2013 In Memoriam segment was bookended by two memorable tributes. The first featured pianist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke and sax player Kenny Garrett honoring the late Dave Brubeck with the timeless, and time-challenging, "Take Five" along with "Blue Rondo À La Turk."

Following the segment, an all-star cast including Zac Brown, T Bone Burnett, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and Mavis Staples sang a gritty "The Weight" in honor of Levon Helm, who sang the original with the Band.

Juanes added a verse of español to the proceedings with a loving acoustic Spanglish rendition of Elton John's "Your Song," before introducing Frank Ocean. The first Best Urban Contemporary Album winner sang his elegiac "Forrest Gump" backed by running-sequence footage similar to the film of the same name.

After the show's most somber performance, the 55th GRAMMYs rode out on a burst of old-school rap energy, with GRAMMY host LL Cool J teaming with Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello, and DJ Z-Trip for his own "Whaddup" and a brief tribute to fallen Beastie Boy Adam Yauch with "No Sleep Till Brooklyn."

Record Of The Year
GRAMMYs, Kimbra
Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Wally De Backer, producer; Wally De Backer & Francois Tetaz, engineers/mixers; William Bowden, mastering engineer

Album Of The Year
GRAMMYs, Matt Lawrence

Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton, Ruadhri Cushnan & Matt Lawrence, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Song Of The Year
GRAMMYs, Nate Ruess
We Are Young

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun. Featuring Janelle Monáe)

Best Pop Solo Performance
Set Fire To The Rain [Live]
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Gotye, Kimbra
Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Chris Botti, Bobby Colomby

Bobby Colomby, producer; Allen M. Sides, engineer/mixer

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson

Serban Ghenea & John Hanes, engineers/mixers

Best Dance Recording

Skrillex Featuring Sirah

Skrillex, producer; Skrillex, mixer

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Skrillex, producer; Skrillex, engineer/mixer

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Paul McCartney, Al Schmitt
Kisses On The Bottom

Tommy LiPuma, producer; Al Schmitt, engineer/mixer

Best Rock Performance
Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Love Bites (So Do I)
Best Rock Song
Dan Auerbach, Danger Mouse, Patrick Carney
Lonely Boy

Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

Best Rock Album
The Black Keys, Danger Mouse
El Camino

Danger Mouse & The Black Keys (Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney), producers; Tchad Blake & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers

Best Alternative Music Album
Making Mirrors

Gotye, producer; Francois Tetaz, engineer/mixer

Best R&B Performance
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Beyoncé Knowles
Love On Top
Best R&B Song

Miguel Jontel Pimentel, songwriter (Miguel)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Frank Ocean, Om'Mas Keith, Jeff Ellis
Channel Orange

James Ryan Ho, Frank Ocean & Om'mas Keith, producers; Jeff Ellis, James Ryan Ho & Frank Ocean, engineers/mixers

Best Rap Performance
Jay Z, Kanye West
N****s In Paris
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Jay Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Terius "The Dream" Nash
No Church In The Wild
Best Rap Song
Jay Z, Mike Dean, Hit-Boy, Kanye West
N****s In Paris

Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis & Kanye West, songwriters (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Best Rap Album
Take Care

Noah "40" Shebib, producer; Noel "Gadget" Campbell & Noah "40" Shebib, engineers/mixers

Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Josh Kear
Blown Away

Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

Best Country Album
Zac Brown Band, Keith Stegall

Keith Stegall, producer; John Kelton, engineer/mixer

Best New Age Album
Omar Akram, Gregg Karukas
Echoes Of Love

Gregg Karukas, producer; Gregg Karukas, engineer/mixer

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Gary Burton, Chick Corea
Hot House
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Esperanza Spalding
Radio Music Society

Esperanza Spalding, producer; Joe Ferla & Fernando Lodeiro, engineers/mixers

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Arturo Sandoval
Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You)

Gregg Field & Arturo Sandoval, producers; Gregg Field & Don Murray, engineers/mixers

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
Matt Redman
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
Best Gospel Song
Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell
Go Get It
Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman, songwriters (Matt Redman)

Your Presence Is Heaven

Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters (Israel & New Breed)

Best Gospel Album

Carlton Lynn & Joseph Prielozny, engineers/mixers

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
TobyMac, Christopher Stevens
Eye On It

Christopher Stevens & Tobymac, producers; Jerricho Scroggins, Christopher Stevens & Taylor Stevens, engineers/mixers

Best Latin Pop Album
Juanes, Juan Luis Guerra, Gustavo Borner
MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition

Juan Luis Guerra, producer; Gustavo Borner, engineer/mixer

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album

Daniel Sheehy, producer; Pete Reiniger, engineer/mixer

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
Lila Downs, Paul Cohen, Aneiro Taño, Alan Saucedo
Pecados Y Milagros

Paul Cohen, Lila Downs & Aneiro Taño, producers; Alan Saucedo, Aneiro Taño & Rodolfo Vasquez, engineers/mixers

Best Americana Album
Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt, producer; Ryan Freeland, engineer/mixer

Best Bluegrass Album
Nobody Knows You

Steep Canyon Rangers

Gary Paczosa & The Steep Canyon Rangers (Mike Guggino, Charles Humphrey, Woody Platt, Nicky Sanders & Graham Sharp), producers; Brandon Bell & Gary Paczosa, engineers/mixers

Best Blues Album
Dr. John, Dan Auerbach
Locked Down

Dan Auerbach, producer; Dan Auerbach & Collin Dupuis, engineers/mixers

Best Folk Album
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, GRAMMYs
The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Steven Epstein, producer; Richard King, engineer/mixer

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Wayne Toups, Steve Riley, Wilson Savoy
The Band Courtbouillon

Joel Savoy, engineer/mixer

Best Reggae Album
Jimmy Cliff

Tim Armstrong, producer; Tim Armstrong, Kevin Bivona, J Bonner, Bill Mims, John Morrical & Clinton Welander, engineers/mixers

Best World Music Album
Ravi Shankar
The Living Room Sessions Part 1

Barry Phillips, producer; Barry Phillips, engineer/mixer

Best Children's Album
The Okee Dokee Brothers, Dean Jones
Can You Canoe?

Dean Jones, producer; Dean Jones, engineer/mixer

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Janis Ian, Stefan Rudnicki
Society's Child: My Autobiography

Mike Charzuk, Christina Harcar, Jason Ojalvo & Stefan Rudnicki, producers; Stefan Rudnicki & Ted Scott, engineers/mixers

Best Comedy Album
Blow Your Pants Off

Gerard Bradford, Mike DiCenzo, Jimmy Fallon & Lawrence Manchester, producers; Nick Brophy, Lawrence Manchester, engineers/mixers

Best Musical Theater Album
Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti, GRAMMYs
Once: A New Musical

Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti, principal soloists; Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe, producers; Richard King, engineer/mixer (Original Broadway Cast With Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti & Others)

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
Woody Allen
Midnight In Paris

(Various Artists)

Woody Allen, producer

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
Alan Moulder
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers; Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, producers; Blumpy & Alan Moulder, engineers/mixers (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)

Best Song Written For Visual Media
T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams
Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games)

T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, songwriters (Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars)

Best Instrumental Composition
Chick Corea
Mozart Goes Dancing

Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Gil Evans
How About You

Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Esperanza Spalding
City Of Roses

Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)

Best Recording Package

Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors (Björk)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

Fritz Klaetke, art director (Woody Guthrie)

Best Album Notes
Billy Vera
Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles

Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)

Best Historical Album
Brian Wilson
The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)

Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett, mastering engineer (The Beach Boys)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Richard King, engineer; Richard King, mastering engineer (Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Dan Auerbach
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Joseph Ray, Skrillex, Daniel Stephens
Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)

Joseph Ray, Skrillex & Daniel Stephens, remixers (Nero)

Best Surround Sound Album
Jim Anderson, Michael Friedman
Modern Cool

Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber)

Best Engineered Album, Classical
John Newton
Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen

Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Blanton Alspaugh (producer)
Best Orchestral Performance
Michael Tilson Thomas
Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Jack Vad, producer; Roni Jules, Gus Polleck, Uwe Willenbacher & Denise Woodward, engineers/mixers (San Francisco Symphony)

Best Opera Recording
Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen

James Levine & Fabio Luisi, conductors; Jay David Saks, producer; Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt, soloists; Jay David Saks, engineer/mixer (The Metropolitan Opera Chorus; The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)

Best Choral Performance
Charles Bruffy, Blanton Alspaugh, John Newton
Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen

Charles Bruffy, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers/mixers (Lindsey Lang, Matthew Gladden, Pamela Williamson, Rebecca Lloyd & Sarah Tannehill; Kansas City Chorale)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Judith Sherman, producer; Eighth Blackbird (Matt Albert, Matthew Duvall, Lisa Kaplan, Michael J. Maccaferri, Tim Munro & Nicholas Photinos), ensembles; Bill Maylone, engineer/mixer

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
Kim Kashkashian
Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola

Kim Kashkashian; Manfred Eicher, producer; Peter Laenger, engineer/mixer

Best Classical Vocal Solo
Renee Fleming

Renée Fleming, soloist; Arnaud Moral, producer; Christian Lahondes, engineer/mixer (Alan Gilbert & Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National De France & Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France)

Best Classical Compendium
Aleksandra Nagórko
Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis

Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, producers; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, engineers/mixers (Antoni Wit)

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays

Stephen Hartke, composer

Best Short Form Music Video
Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Ben Sullivan
We Found Love
Best Long Form Music Video
Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, Tim Lynch
Big Easy Express

Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show

Emmett Malloy, video director; Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch, video producers