The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT and was hosted for the second time by LL Cool J. The "Pre-Telecast Ceremony" was streamed live from LA's Nokia Theater at the official Grammy website. Nominations were announced on December 5, 2012 on prime-time television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night", a one-hour special co-hosted by LL Cool J & Taylor Swift and broadcast live on CBS from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Fun, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach received the most nominations with six each, all of whom were male artists.
Gotye and Kimbra won the Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used to Know", becoming the second Australian and first New Zealand act to win the award. Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year for Babel, and Fun won the Song of the Year (with Jeff Bhasker) for "We Are Young" as well as the Best New Artist. Kelly Clarkson won the Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger, becoming the first and only artist to win the award twice. Dan Auerbach won the most number of awards during the ceremony, with five (including three as part of The Black Keys); followed by The Black Keys, Gotye, Jay-Z, Skrillex, Kanye West, with three each. Other multiple winners include: Chick Corea, Fun, Kimbra, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Matt Redman and Esperanza Spalding with two awards each.
The Recording Academy introduced three new categories to the 78 awards previously presented at the 54th ceremony—Best Classical Compendium, Best Latin Jazz Album, and Best Urban Contemporary Album, bringing it to a total of 81 awards. 70 of them were presented at the pre-telecast at the Nokia Theatre, with the remaining 11 were presented at the main ceremony. Bruce Springsteen received the MusiCares Person of the Year award on February 8, 2013 at the 23rd Grammy Benefit Gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center, two nights prior to the main ceremony. The official poster was designed by Artist Erika Iris Simmons. The program producer is AEG Ehrlich Ventures, with Ken Ehrlich serving as executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz as director and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich as writers.
|55th Annual Grammy Awards|
Official poster by Erika Iris Simmons
|Date||February 10, 2013|
5:00–8:30 p.m. PST
|Location||Staples Center, Los Angeles, US|
|Hosted by||LL Cool J|
|Most awards||Dan Auerbach (5)|
|Most nominations||Dan Auerbach, Fun, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Kanye West (6 each)|
|Viewership||28.3 million viewers|
The following artists performed on the pre-telecast:
The following performed on the main telecast:
|Taylor Swift||"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"|
|"The A Team"|
|Mumford & Sons||"I Will Wait"|
|"Suit & Tie"|
"Pusher Love Girl"
"Girl on Fire"
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Black Keys
|Kelly Clarkson||Tribute to Patti Page and Homage to Carole King|
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
|Tribute to Bob Marley|
"Locked Out of Heaven"
"Walking on the Moon"
"Could You Be Loved"
"And Be Loved"
|The Lumineers||"Ho Hey"|
"Freedom at 21"
|Carrie Underwood||"Blown Away"|
"Two Black Cadillacs"
|Tribute to Dave Brubeck|
Mumford & Sons
T Bone Burnett (musical director)
|Tribute to Levon Helm|
|Frank Ocean||"Forrest Gump"|
LL Cool J
|Tribute to Adam Yauch|
"Welcome to the Terrordome"
"No Sleep till Brooklyn"
The following presented on the pre-telecast:
The following presented on the main telecast:
"Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine"
"Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen"
"Meanwhile" – Eighth Blackbird
"Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola"
Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis
"Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays"
The following artists received multiple nominations:
The following artists received multiple awards:
For many winners, this year's Grammy Award wasn't their first. In fact, over 40 winners now have achieved three or more wins. These artists have received the most cumulative Grammy Awards:
The winner with the longest span of Grammy wins this year was Gil Evans, whose first win was in 1960. This year he won a posthumous award. The longest span for any artist who is still active was for Paul McCartney, who first won an award in 1965 (as a member of The Beatles). Janis Ian won her first Grammy in 37 years, having last won in 1976 in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category.
Dave Brubeck, Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Andy Williams, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Patti Page, Earl Scruggs, Chuck Brown, Davy Jones, Dick Clark, Fontella Bass, Marva Whitney, Jimmy Jones, Cleve Duncan, Herb Reed, Frank Wilson, Hal David, Scott McKenzie, Andy Griffith, Marvin Hamlisch, Richard Adler, Patty Andrews, Dorothy McGuire, Jenni Rivera, Kitty Wells, Frances Preston, Donna Hilley, Rick Blackburn, Doc Watson, Mike Auldridge, Joe South, Ravi Shankar, Mickey Baker, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Carl Davis, Adam Yauch, Jon Lord, Ed Cassidy, Ronnie Montrose, Frank Barsalona, Gil Friesen, Chris Lighty, Billy Strange, Big Jim Sullivan, Jim Marshall, George Marino, John Stronach, Howard Hilson Scott, Al DeLory, Mike Melvoin, Alan Mintz, David Braun, Paul Marshall, Jules Chaikin, Paquito Hechavarria, Yomo Toro, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Elliott Carter, Maurice André, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Claude Nobs, Carrie Smith, Red Holloway, Bob Babbitt, Andrew Love, Bob Welch, Bob Birch and Levon Helm.
In its original live television broadcast, the ceremony received a 25 share/rating among viewers aged 18–49 and was watched by 28.37 million people.
1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project is a 2012 album by Kurt Elling, recorded as a tribute to the songwriters of the Brill Building in New York City.At the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, Elling was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for his performance on this album, losing to Radio Music Society by Esperanza Spalding.24/7 (Gerald Albright and Norman Brown album)
24/7 is a collaboration album by Gerald Albright & Norman Brown. The album was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.Arun Shenoy
Arun Shenoy (born April 30, 1978) is a composer and music producer of Indian origin, based in Singapore. He is best known for his Grammy Award nomination at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards for his debut full-length studio album Rumbadoodle. “Bliss”, the first song from his Indian Fusion project, and released as a single was featured on a worldwide Exclusive First Look on Grammy.com on August 26, 2013.Shenoy has been featured by Zen Magazine in the best dressed couples list at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards red carpet arrivals in 2014 alongside Wiz Khalifa, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. He is the founder and CEO of Arun Shenoy Music Publishing, a publishing house he founded in 2011. Shenoy has also set up a new record label, Narked Records in 2013.Beautiful Surprise
Beautiful Surprise is the fifth studio album by Canadian recording artist Tamia. It was released by her own label, Plus One Music Group, and distributed by EMI and Capitol Records on August 28, 2012 in the United States.The singer worked with various producers on the album, including Claude Kelly, The Runners, Carvin & Ivan, Salaam Remi, and J. Phoenix.
The album debuted at number six on US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with first week sales of 41,521 copies. It received a nomination for Best R&B Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which was held in February 2013, while the first single from the album, its title track, received a nomination for Best R&B Song. In support of the album, Tamia went on tour with R. Kelly from October through December 2012.Beautiful Surprise (song)
"Beautiful Surprise" is a song by Canadian recording artist Tamia. It was written by Claude Kelly, Salaam Remi and the singer herself for her same-titled fifth album (2012). Production was also overseen by Remi. The track was released as the album's lead single in the United States on March 2, 2012, reaching number 24 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number four on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs. "Beautiful Surprise" received a nomination for Grammy Award for Best R&B Song at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, held in February 2013.François Tétaz
François "Franc" Tétaz (born 22 December 1970) is an Australian film composer, music producer and mixer, who won the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) / Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) 2006 'Feature Film Score of the Year' Award for Wolf Creek (2005).As a producer he has worked with Gotye, Kimbra, Architecture in Helsinki, Sally Seltmann, Lior and Bertie Blackman. He won an ARIA for his work on Gotye’s Making Mirrors album in 2011. He wrote, produced or mixed 7 songs in the triple j Hottest 100 for 2011.
Franc won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the 55th annual Grammy Awards for Somebody That I Used to Know (Gotye, featuring Kimbra) in 2013. The record was produced by Wally De Backer (Gotye) and engineered and mixed by Wally and Franc. The song also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance as performed by Gotye and Kimbra, and the Making Mirrors album took home the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.Freedom at 21
"Freedom at 21" is a song by American musician Jack White from his debut solo album Blunderbuss (2012). Third Man Records distributed the single on April 1, 2012 by releasing 1000 helium balloons attached to flexi-disc copies of the track. It was released for digital download and as a 7-inch vinyl single on June 9 and June 11, respectively, with the B-side "Inaccessible Mystery". A music video directed by Hype Williams and starring Brittany Colombo was uploaded to White's YouTube channel on July 16, 2012.
"Freedom at 21" peaked at 77 on Ultratop's Ultratip Bubbling Under charts in the Flanders region of Belgium, and it reached Billboard's Alternative Songs and Hot Rock Songs charts, peaking at 22 and 35, respectively. It was nominated for Best Rock Song at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.Jeff Pardo
Jeffrey Thomas "Jeff" Pardo (born December 18, 1981) is an American Christian musician, who is mainly a music producer, songwriter, and composer. He has received a Grammy Award nomination at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.Kimbra
Kimbra Lee Johnson (born 27 March 1990), known mononymously as Kimbra, is a New Zealand singer and actress who mixes pop with classic R&B, jazz and rock musical elements. Her musical influences range from Prince and Minnie Riperton, to Björk and Jeff Buckley. Her debut album, Vows, was released in Australia in 2011. Singles from the album include "Settle Down", "Cameo Lover" (which won an Australian Recording Industry Association Award), "Good Intent" and "Two Way Street".
A reworked version of the album was released in Europe and the United States in 2012. It featured several new songs, including "Come into My Head", "Warrior" (on which Kimbra was joined by musicians Mark Foster from Foster the People and DJ A-Trak), and a cover of Nina Simone's "Plain Gold Ring". Vows reached the top 5 in New Zealand and Australia; on 22 May 2012, the album was released in North America, debuting at number 14 on the Billboard charts.
Vincent Fantauzzo's portrait of Kimbra was a finalist for the 2012 Archibald Prize. The portrait was painted in conjunction with the making of a video featuring Kimbra's song "The Build Up".Kimbra was featured on the 2012 multi-platinum single "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye. On 10 February 2013, she and Gotye won the Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards for "Somebody That I Used to Know". This achievement made her the third New Zealand singer to win a Grammy Award. Kimbra's second studio album, The Golden Echo, was released on 19 August 2014 to positive critical reception. Her third album, Primal Heart, was released on 20 April 2018.List of Justin Timberlake live performances
American singer Justin Timberlake has embarked on five concert tours during his solo career, three of which have been worldwide and two of which have been collaborative. His 2003 debut The Justified World Tour began at intimate gigs at clubs and theatres in the United States and Australia before expanding to arenas in Europe. In summer 2003, Timberlake and Christina Aguilera headlined the Justified/Stripped Tour. Later that year he recorded a song "I'm Lovin' It", used by McDonald's as the theme to its "I'm Lovin' It" campaign. The deal with McDonald's earned Timberlake an estimated $6 million. A tour titled Justified and Lovin' It Live was included with the deal, following his initial Justified World Tour. For the release of his sophomore record FutureSex/LoveSounds, Timberlake embarked on his second worldwide tour FutureSex/LoveShow in 2007, which eventually became the third highest-grossing concert tour of the year. During the tour, he visited Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.
In 2013, Timberlake took part in his second collaborative tour, Legends of the Summer, in which he was co-headlining with rapper, frequent collaborator Jay Z. The all-stadium tour that took place in North America was praised by music critics, who highlighted the great chemistry between both artists. It was followed by The 20/20 Experience World Tour, which became the second highest-grossing tour of 2014 and one of the highest-grossing tours of the decade. This made Timberlake the highest-grossing solo touring artist of the year. The Man of the Woods Tour is his sixth and current headlining concert tour. Timberlake's televised performances include his debut at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, the controversial Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show as a guest act, his comeback performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, his medley number at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, several appearances on Saturday Night Live and the Super Bowl LII halftime show.List of awards and nominations received by Florence and the Machine
English indie rock band Florence and the Machine has won 24 awards out of 107 nominations. In 2011 they released "Dog Days Are Over", the single was a commercial success and was nominated for two awards at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards and the music video for the song was nominated for four awards at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year, and won for Best Art Direction. At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards they received their first Grammy nomination which was for Best New Artist. They have won two out of eight Brit Awards nominations, the Critics' Choice in 2009 and for British Album of the Year for Lungs in 2010. At the 55th Annual Grammy Awards their album Ceremonials earned them two nominations, Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for the album and Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Shake It Out", the first single of the album. While at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards their album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful earned them three more nominations, Best Pop Vocal Album for the album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Ship to Wreck", the second single of the album and Best Rock Performance for "What Kind of Man, the lead single of the album.Lonely Boy (The Black Keys song)
"Lonely Boy" is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It is the opening track from their 2011 studio album El Camino and was released as the record's lead single on October 26, 2011. The song is also the A-side of a promotional 12-inch single that was released in commemoration of Record Store Day's "Back to Black" Friday event. The single was accompanied by a popular one-shot music video of a man dancing and lip-synching the lyrics.
"Lonely Boy" became one of the group's most successful singles. It topped several rock radio charts, including the Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts in the US, and the Alternative Rock and Active Rock charts in Canada. On the singles charts, "Lonely Boy" was the group's highest-charting song in several countries, peaking at number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100, number two on the Australian Singles Chart, and number 33 on the Canadian Hot 100. At the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the song won awards for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, while also receiving a nomination for Record of the Year.Love Interruption
"Love Interruption" is a song by American musician Jack White. It was released by XL Recordings, Columbia Records, and Third Man Records as the lead single from his debut solo studio album, Blunderbuss (2012). The song was made available for digital download on January 31, 2012 and as a 7-inch vinyl single on February 7. Written and produced by White, the track is an Americana song and a blues ballad with lyrics that explore love using violent imagery. It features vocals from White and Ruby Amanfu, and its instrumentation includes the bass clarinet, the Wurlitzer electric piano, and the acoustic guitar. The song received positive reviews from critics, who contrasted it with musical elements prominent in White's earlier musical projects, especially the White Stripes. "Love Interruption" was the first single White released after the White Stripes dissolved, and it reached record charts in multiple countries.
An accompanying music video for "Love Interruption" was uploaded to White's YouTube channel and Vevo on February 14. Directed by the singer, it depicts White, Amanfu and a backing band performing the song. White has performed "Love Interruption" live on numerous occasions, including on Saturday Night Live and at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, and the song has been covered by James Wolpert and First Aid Kit. In addition to appearing on Blunderbuss, "Love Interruption" is featured on White's compilation album Acoustic Recordings 1998–2016.Micah Massey
Micah Andrew Massey (born June 30, 1987) is an American Christian musician and worship leader, who is mainly a songwriter, guitarist, and composer. He has won a Grammy Award at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, with Israel Houghton.Pusher Love Girl
"Pusher Love Girl" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience (2013). It was written and produced by Timberlake, Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, with additional writing from James Fauntleroy. The song is an ode to the "intoxicating effects" of love and sex. "Pusher Love Girl" is a slow-tempo R&B song that goes through several different styles during its eight-minute duration. It opens with an orchestral intro, before transcending into its "funky main section". The song concludes with an outro that sees Timberlake rap over futuristic hip hop beats, comparing several narcotics to the love of his significant other.
"Pusher Love Girl" received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics, many of whom regarded it as
one of the best songs on The 20/20 Experience. Some critics, however, were critical of the song's length and its lyrics. Following the release of The 20/20 Experience, due to strong digital downloads, it reached number 15 on the South Korean singles chart, number 64 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 122 on the UK Singles Chart.
Timberlake debuted "Pusher Love Girl" live during his comeback performance at DirecTV's Super Night in February 2013. He also performed the song at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Timberlake also performed the song during the Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour (2013) and The 20/20 Experience World Tour (2013–14). At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards (2014), "Pusher Love Girl" won the award for Best R&B Song.So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore
"So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore" is a song recorded by American country music artist Alan Jackson. It was released in January 2012 as the second single from Jackson's album Thirty Miles West. The song was written by Jay Knowles and Jackson's nephew, Adam Wright (of The Wrights). The song was nominated for Best Country Song at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.The Living Room Sessions Part 1
The Living Room Sessions Part 1 is an album by Ravi Shankar released in 2012 through the record label East Meets West. The album earned Shankar the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.Two Black Cadillacs
"Two Black Cadillacs" is a song by American recording artist Carrie Underwood, taken from her fourth studio album, Blown Away. The song served as the album's third single on November 18, 2012, through Arista Nashville. Written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Josh Kear, "Two Black Cadillacs" is a country pop song with lyrics addressing the story of two women who, when they realize they are both involved with the same guy, set aside their differences, take matters into their own hands and decide to kill him. It was produced by Mark Bright, and the instrumentation was compared to songs by Dixie Chicks and Miranda Lambert.
Upon its release, "Two Black Cadillacs" was met with positive reviews from music critics, who praised its story and Underwood's versatility as an artist. Commercially, the song was successful. In the United States, it reached number two on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, and also reached number 41 on the Hot 100. "Two Black Cadillacs" was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting sales of over one million units in the country. The song also charted in Canada at number three on the Country chart and at number 52 on the Canadian Hot 100.
The accompanying music video was directed by P.R. Brown, and filmed in Nashville, Tennessee. The video draws inspiration from Stephen King's novel Christine, and shows how the wife and mistress kill the cheating husband with a black Cadillac. It was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards. Underwood has performed "Two Black Cadillacs" in a number of live appearances, including at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, where various images were projected onto the singer's gown, and at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards, in a medley with "Good Girl", "See You Again", and "Blown Away". It was also performed during the Blown Away Tour.¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?
¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? (English: Who does the dog stay with?) is the third studio album by Mexican pop rock duo Jesse & Joy, released on December 6, 2011 through Warner Music Mexico.
The album and its songs won four Latin Grammy Awards at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2012, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "¡Corre!," and Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album. The album was nominated for the Best Latin Pop Album category at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. "Llorar" was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2013. The album was further nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the Premio Lo Nuestro 2013. "¡Corre!" was featured in the novela La que no podía amar. "Llorar" was also featured in the telenovela Corona de lágrimas.