Los Angeles, Feb. 11 (Reuters): The Grammy awards were bestowed widely yesterday as Australian singer Gotye, New York indie-pop trio FUN. and British folk band Mumford & Sons took home top honours on the music industry’s biggest night.
On an evening that rewarded mostly young or lesser known artists over veterans, British folk band Mumford & Sons picked up two Grammys, including the coveted Album of the Year for Babel. Unlike last year, when British singer Adele swept the board with six trophies, there was no single big winner.
Ohio rockers The Black Keys, formed by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, took home three Grammys including Best Rock Album for El Camino. Auerbach also won the prestigious Producer of the Year award, bring his tally to four. Mumford & Sons went into the ceremony with six nominations but the Londoners had to wait until the last minutes of the televised show to claim the top prize.
“We just sort of resigned ourselves that last year was Adele’s year and this year would be the Black Keys’ year,” lead singer Marcus Mumford told reporters backstage, adding that it felt “awesome” to finally win. FUN. was named Best New Artist and won Song of the Year for its smash 2012 hit We Are Young.
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