To varied effect, the Grammys continued with its tradition of pairing young musicians with legends. This works well on playlists when you want to make a local act seem on par with stadium-filling rock stars, but the problem with doing it year after year in live performance is that it cheapens the innovative approach into novelty.
The formula did work occasionally, such as when the Black Keys augmented their usual bare bones duo sound with Dr. John and the wall of horns that is the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The tribute to The Band, featuring Alabama Shakes, Elton John, Mavis Staples and multiple Mumfords was a hit too.

But elsewhere, the jams were disjointed and uncomfortable, as with Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 doing "Girl on Fire" together. And Elton John added little more to Ed Sheeran's Song of the Year-nominated, “The A Team” than giving host LL Cool J a chance to make a joke at a young Twitter who needed to look up #sireltonjohn.

 

While it is admirable that the Grammys attempt to bridge musical gaps, there are some valleys that are just too wide. Miguel and Wiz Khalifa delivered one of the early successful pairings last night with a brief mash-up performance of the former’s Song of the Year-nominated “Adorn.” But having them announce the winner for Best Country Solo Performance made no sense.

Let's get together and feel all right

One of the fun things about the Grammys is watching these famous people interact with and address each other. Here are our favorite moments from last night, where stars called each other by name.

Host LL Cool J tries out a hip-hop nickname on Taylor Swift: "I'm happy to say that my friend T-Swizzle has already won an award."

Adele calls J. Lo her good luck charm

Neil Patrick Harris introduces fun.: They're so awesome that they might want to change the period in their name to an exclamation point.

Kelly Clarkson learns a little something about new R&B: "Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together."

And the Grammy goes to...

The awards portion of the show were mostly what people expected. At least they were what we expected. In our Grammy predictions story on Friday, we correctly forecasted two thirds of the night's biggest winners. We called it that Gotye would win Record of the Year and that fun. would win Song of the Year, but in what was a surprise win of sorts, Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year for "Babel." Below is a complete list of winners.

Record of the Year


“Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye, featuring Kimbra


Album of the Year


“Babel,” Mumford & Sons


Song of the Year


“We Are Young,” fun. and Janelle Monáe (Songwriters:Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess)


New Artist


fun.


Pop Solo Performance


“Set Fire to the Rain (live),” Adele


Pop Performance, Duo or Group


“Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye, featuring Kimbra


Pop Instrumental Album


“Impressions,” Chris Botti


Pop Vocal Album


“Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson


Dance Recording


“Bangarang,” Skrillex and Sirah


Dance/Electronica Album


“Bangarang,” Skrillex


Dance Recording


“Bangarang,” Skrillex and Sirah


Traditional Pop Vocal Album


“Kisses on the Bottom,” Paul McCartney


Rock Performance


“Lonely Boy,” the Black Keys


Hard Rock/Metal Performance


“Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestorm


Rock Song


Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton and Patrick Carney (“Lonely Boy,” the Black Keys)


Rock Album


“El Camino,” the Black Keys


Alternative Music Album


“Making Mirrors,” Gotye


R&B Performance


“Climax,” Usher


Traditional R&B Performance


“Love on Top,” Beyoncé


R&B Song


Miguel Pimentel (“Adorn,” Miguel)


R&B Album


“Black Radio,” Robert Glasper Experiment


Rap Performance


“___ in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kanye West


Rap/Sung Collaboration


“No Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The-Dream


Rap Song


“___ in Paris,” Jay-Z and Kanye West (Songwriters:Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West and W. A. Donaldson)


Rap Album


“Take Care,” Drake


Urban Contemporary Album


“channel ORANGE,” Frank Ocean


Country Solo Performance


“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood


Country Performance, Duo or Group


“Pontoon,” Little Big Town


Country Song


Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins (“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood)


Country Album


“Uncaged,” Zac Brown Band


New Age Album


“Echoes of Love,” Omar Akram


Improvised Jazz Solo


“Hot House,” Gary Burton and Chick Corea


Jazz Vocal Album


“Radio Music Society,” Esperanza Spalding


Jazz Instrumental Album


“Unity Band,” Pat Metheny Unity Band


Large Jazz Ensemble Album


“Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You),” Arturo Sandoval


Latin Jazz Album


“¡Ritmo!,” The Clare Fischer Latin Jazz Big Band


Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance


“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman


Gospel Song


Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell and Warryn Campbell (“Go Get It,” Mary Mary)


Contemporary Christian Music Song


Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman (“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” Matt Redman)


Gospel Album


“Gravity,” Lecrae


Contemporary Christian Music Album


“Eye on It,” TobyMac


Latin Pop Album


“MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition,” Juanes


Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album


“Imaginaries,” Quetzal


Regional Mexican or Tejano Album


“Pecados y Milagros,” Lila Downs


Tropical Latin Album


“Retro,” Marlow Rosada y La Riqueña”


Americana Album


“Slipstream,” Bonnie Raitt


Bluegrass Album


“Nobody Knows You,” Steep Canyon Rangers


Blues Album


“Locked Down,” Dr. John


Folk Album


“The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile


Regional Roots Music Album


“The Band Courtbouillon,” Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy


Reggae Album


“Rebirth,” Jimmy Cliff


World Music Album


“The Living Room Sessions Part 1,” Ravi Shankar


Children’s Album


“Can You Canoe?,” The Okee Dokee Brothers


Spoken Word Album


“Society’s Child: My Autobiography,” Janis Ian


Comedy Album


“Blow Your Pants Off,” Jimmy Fallon


Musical Theater Album


“Once: A New Musical,” Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, artists; Steven Epstein and Martin Lowe, producers; Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists


Instrumental Composition


“Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea (Chick Corea and Gary Burton)


Instrumental Arrangement


“How About You,” Gil Evans (Gil Evans Project)


Producer of the Year, Nonclassical


Dan Auerbach


Producer of the Year, Classical


Blanton Alspaugh


Remixed Recording, Nonclassical


“Promises (Skrillex and Nero Remix),” Skrillex, remixer


Classical Instrumental Solo


“Kurtág & Ligeti: Music for Viola,” Kim Kashkashian


Classical Vocal Solo


“Poèmes,” Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert and Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France)


Contemporary Classical Composition


“Hartke, Stephen: Meanwhile — Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays,” Stephen Hartke (Eighth Blackbird)


Short Form Music Video


“We Found Love,” Rihanna and Calvin Harris


Long Form Music Video


“Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show


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