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.
The following artists performed on the pre-telecast:
The following performed on the main telecast:
The following presented on the pre-telecast:
The following presented on the main telecast:
Winners and nominees
The winners and nominees per category were:
- Record of the Year
- "Somebody That I Used to Know" – Gotye featuring Kimbra
- "Lonely Boy" – The Black Keys
- The Black Keys & Danger Mouse producers; Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Brian Lucey, mastering engineer
- "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" – Kelly Clarkson
- Greg Kurstin, producer; Șerban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin & Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
- "We Are Young" – Fun featuring Janelle Monáe
- Jeff Bhasker, producer Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
- "Thinkin Bout You" – Frank Ocean
- Frank Ocean, producer; Jeff Ellis, Pat Thrall & Marcos Tovar, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
- "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" – Taylor Swift
- Album of the Year
- Babel – Mumford & Sons
- Markus Dravs, producer; Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
- El Camino – The Black Keys
- Some Nights – Fun
- Janelle Monáe, featured artist; Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One & TommyD, producers; Jeff Bhasker, Pete Bischoff, Jeff Chestek, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar & Stuart White, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
- Channel Orange – Frank Ocean
- André 3000, John Mayer, Earl Sweatshirt & Tyler, The Creator, featured artists; Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean & Pharell, producers; Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Philip Scott, Mark "Spike" Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar & Vic Wainstein, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
- Blunderbuss – Jack White
- Jack White, producer; Vance Powell & Jack White, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
- Song of the Year
- Best New Artist
- Best Pop Solo Performance
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
- Best Pop Instrumental Album
- Best Pop Vocal Album
- Best Dance Recording
- Best Dance/Electronic Album
- Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Best Rock Performance
- Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
- Best Rock Song
- Best Rock Album
- Best Alternative Music Album
- Best R&B Performance
- Best Traditional R&B Performance
- Best R&B Song
- Best Urban Contemporary Album
- Best R&B Album
- Best Rap Performance
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
- Best Rap Song
- "Ni**as In Paris"
- "Lotus Flower Bomb"
- Sean Anderson, Tauheed Epps, Stephan Taft, James Thomas, Terrence Thornton & Kanye West, songwriters (Denzie Beagle, Winston Riley & Reggie Williams, songwriters) (Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
- "The Motto"
- "Young, Wild & Free"
- Calvin Broadus, Chris Brody Brown, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Peter Hernandez & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (T. Bluechel, M. Borrow, T. Griffin, K. Jackson, N. Lee & M. Newman, songwriters) (Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg featuring Bruno Mars)
- Best Rap Album
- Best Country Solo Performance
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- Best Country Song
- Best Country Album
- Best New Age Album
- Best Improvised Jazz Solo
- Best Jazz Vocal Album
- Best Jazz Instrumental Album
- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
- Best Latin Jazz Album
- Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
- Best Gospel Song
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
- Best Gospel Album
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
- Best Latin Pop Album
- Best Latin Rock Urban or Alternative Album
- Best Regional Mexican Music Album (including Tejano)
- Best Tropical Latin Album
- Retro – Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña
- Cubano Soy – Raúl Lara y Sus Soneros
- Desde Nueva York a Puerto Rico – Eddie Montalvo
- Formula, Vol. 1 – Romeo Santos
American Roots Music
- Best Americana Album
- Best Bluegrass Album
- Best Blues Album
- Best Folk Album
- Best Regional Roots Music Album
- Best Reggae Album
- Best World Music Album
- Best Children's Album
- Can You Canoe? – The Okee Dokee Brothers
- High Dive and Other Things That Could Have Happened... – Bill Harley
- JumpinJazz Kids - A Swinging Jungle Tale - Featuring Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws and Dee Dee Bridgewater – James Murray & Various Artists
- Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie – Elizabeth Mitchell
- Radio Jungle – The Pop Ups
- Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
- Best Comedy Album
- Best Musical Theater Album
Music for Visual Media
- Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
- Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
- Best Song Written for Visual Media
- Best Instrumental Composition
- "Mozart Goes Dancing"
- Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)
- "December Dream"
- "Music Of Ansel Adams: America"
- "Overture, Waltz and Rondo"
- "Without a Paddle"
- Best Instrumental Arrangement
- "How About You"
- Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)
- "Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite For Ellington"
- "A Night In Tunisia (Actually An Entire Weekend!)"
- "Salt Peanuts! (Mani Salado)"
- Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
- "City Of Roses"
- Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)
- "Look To The Rainbow"
- "Out There"
- "Spain (I Can Recall)"
- "Wild Is The Wind"
- Nan Schwartz, arranger (Whitney Claire Kaufman And Andrew Playfoot)
- Best Recording Package
- Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors (Björk)
- Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
- Best Album Notes
- Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles
- Best Historical Album
- The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)
- Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett, mastering engineer (The Beach Boys)
- He is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes
- Josh Rosenthal, compilation producer; Bryan Hoffa & Christopher King, mastering engineers (Arizona Dranes)
- Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads, And Instrumentals Recorded In The Great Smoky Mountains By "Song Catcher" Joseph S. Hall
- Kent Cave, Michael Montgomery & Ted Olson, compilation producers; John Fleenor & Steve Kemp, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
- Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM
- Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
- Ram (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition)
- Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
- Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Woody Guthrie)
- Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
- Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
- Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Production, Surround Sound
- Best Surround Sound Album
- Modern Cool
- Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber)
- Quiet Winter Night
- Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Hoff Ensemble)
- Daniel Shores, surround mix engineer; Daniel Shores, surround mastering engineer; Marina Ledin & Victor Ledin, surround producers (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet)
- Storm Corrosion
- Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Steven Wilson, surround mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, surround producer (Storm Corrosion)
- Best Engineered Album, Classical
- Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen
- Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)
- Daniel Shores, engineer; Daniel Shores, mastering engineer (Modern Mandolin Quartet)
- Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Op. 127 & 131
- Music for a Time of War
- Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Brayman, mastering engineer (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony)
- Morten Lindberg, engineer; Morten Lindberg, mastering engineer (TrondheimSolistene)
- Producer of the Year, Classical
- Blanton Alspaugh
- Chamber Symphonies (Gregory Wolynec & Gateway Chamber Orchestra)
- Davis: Río De Sangre (Joseph Rescigno, Vale Rideout, Ava Pine, John Duykers, Kerry Walsh, Guido LeBron, The Florentine Opera Company & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
- Gjeilo: Northern Lights (Charles Bruffy & Phoenix Chorale)
- In Paradisum (Brian A. Schmidt & South Dakota Chorale)
- Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)
- Music for a Time of War (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony)
- Musto: The Inspector (Glen Cortese & Wolf Trap Opera Company)
- Tim Handley
- Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Leonard Slatkin & Orchestre National De Lyon)
- Debussy: Orchestral Works, Vol. 7 (Jun Märkl & Orchestre National De Lyon)
- Debussy: 24 Préludes (Jun Märkl & Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
- Fuchs, K.: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinium Mysterium (JoAnn Falletta, Paul Silverthorne, Michael Ludwig & London Symphony Orchestra)
- Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F; Rhapsody No. 2; I Got Rhythm Variations (Orion Weiss, JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Hailstork: An American Port of Call (JoAnn Falletta, Virginia Symphony Chorus & Virginia Symphony Orchestra)
- Holst: Cotswolds Symphony; Walt Whitman Overture (JoAnn Falletta & Ulster Orchestra)
- Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Marin Alsop & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
- Roussel: Le Festin De L'Araignée (Stéphane Denève & Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
- Still: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (John Jeter & Fort Smith Symphony)
- Marina Ledin & Victor Ledin
- Americana (Modern Mandolin Quartet)
- Brubeck & American Poets (Lynne Morrow & Pacific Mozart Ensemble)
- Delibes: Sylvia; Coppélia (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)
- Mind Meld (ZOFO Duet)
- Rupa-Khandha (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet)
- Weigl: Isle of the Dead; Six Fantasies; Pictures & Tales; Night Fantasies (Joseph Banowetz)
- James Mallinson
- Britten: War Requiem (Gianandrea Noseda, Joseph Cullen, Alastair Tighe, Choir Of Eltham College, London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra)
- Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (Bernard Haitink & London Symphony Orchestra)
- The Greatest Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin (Richard Kaufman, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Andrew Playfoot, London Voices & London Symphony Orchestra)
- Massenet: Don Quichotte (Valery Gergiev, Andrei Serov, Anna Kiknadze, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Soloists' Ensemble of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers & Mariinsky Orchestra)
- Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (Valery Gergiev & London Symphony Orchestra)
- Dan Merceruio
- Arensky: Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Quintet, Op. 51 (Ying Quartet)
- Brasileiro - Works of Francisco Mignone (Cuarteto Latinoamericano)
- Change of Worlds (Ensemble Galilei)
- The Complete Harpsichord Works of Rameau (Jory Vinikour)
- Critical Models - Chamber Works of Mohammed Fairouz (Various Artists)
- The Kernis Project: Schubert (Jasper String Quartet)
- Le Bestiaire (Celine Ricci)
- Scarlatti: La Dirindina & Pur Nel Sonno (Matthew Dirst & Ars Lyrica Houston)
- Two Lutes - Lute Duets from England's Golden Age (Ronn McFarlane & William Simms)
- Weill-Ibert-Berg (Timothy Muffitt & Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players)
- Best Orchestral Performance
"Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine"
- Best Opera Recording
"Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen"
- James Levine & Fabio Luisi, conductors; Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
- "Berg: Lulu"
- "Handel: Agrippina"
- "Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress"
- "Vivaldi: Teuzzone"
- Jordi Savall, conductor; Delphine Galou, Paolo Lopez, Roberta Mameli, Raffaella Milanesi & Furio Zanasi (Le Concert Des Nations)
- Best Choral Performance
"Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen"
- Charles Bruffy, conductor (Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill & Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale)
- "Handel: Israel In Egypt"
- "Ligeti: Requiem; Apparitions; San Francisco Polyphony"
- "The Nightingale"
- "Striggio: Mass For 40 & 60 Voices"
- Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
"Meanwhile" – Eighth Blackbird
- "Americana" – Modern Mandolin Quartet
- "Mind Meld" – ZOFO Duet
- "Profanes Et Sacrées" – Boston Symphony Chamber Players
- "Rupa-Khandha" – Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
- Best Classical Instrumental Solo
"Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola"
- Kim Kashkashian
- "Bach: Das Wohltemperierte Clavier"
- "The Complete Harpsichord Works Of Rameau"
- "Gál & Elgar: Cello Concertos"
- "Holst: The Planets"
- Best Classical Vocal Solo
- Best Classical Compendium
Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis
- Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, producers
- Partch: Bitter Music
- Une Fête Baroque
- Best Classical Contemporary Composition
"Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays"
- Stephen Hartke, composer (Eighth Blackbird)
- "Inura For Voices, Strings & Percussion"
- Tania León, composer (Tania León, Son Sonora Voices, DanceBrazil Percussion & Son Sonora Ensemble)
- "Ugis: The Nightingale"
- "Cello Concerto No. 2 'Towards The Horizon'"
- "August 4, 1964"
- Best Short Form Music Video
- Best Long Form Music Video
Special Merit Awards
- MusiCares Person of the Year
- President's Merit Award
- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
- Grammy Trustees Award
- Technical Grammy Award
Artists with multiple nominations and awards
The following artists received multiple nominations:
- Six: Dan Auerbach, Fun, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Kanye West
- Five: The Black Keys, Chick Corea, Miguel
- Four: Jeff Bhasker, Bob Ludwig, Nas
- Three: Kelly Clarkson, Drake, Kenny Garrett, Chris Gehringer, Gotye, Mark Hall, Hunter Hayes, Janelle Monáe, Matt Redman, Rihanna, Marvin Sapp, Skrillex, Esperanza Spalding, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, 2 Chainz, Jack White
- Two: André 3000, Alabama Shakes, Matthew Bellamy, Big Sean, Gary Burton, Casting Crowns, Eric Church, The Civil Wars, Coldplay, Danger Mouse, Andrew Dawson, Ronnie Dunn, Florence and the Machine, James Fortune, Șerban Ghenea, Anthony Hamilton, Calvin Harris, Israel & New Breed, Carly Rae Jepsen, Wiz Khalifa, Kimbra, Greg Kurstin, Lil Wayne, The Lumineers, Maroon 5, Mary Mary, Pusha T, Robert Glasper Experiment, Luciana Souza, Tamia, The-Dream, The Time Jumpers
The following artists received multiple awards:
- Five: Dan Auerbach
- Three: The Black Keys, Gotye, Jay-Z, Skrillex, Kanye West
- Two: Chick Corea, Fun., Kimbra, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Matt Redman, Esperanza Spalding
Nas had most nominations without a win, with four. Four artists had three nominations without a win: Bruce Springsteen, Jack White, Hunter Hayes and Marvin Sapp.
Two artists received a posthumous Grammy Award: Gil Evans (Best Instrumental Arrangement) and Ravi Shankar (Best World Music Album).
Most cumulative Grammy 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.
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