Grammys 2013: The Black Keys On A Roll
Grammys Live-Blog: Updates On The Winners, Losers & Big Talkers
The Black Keys won two awards in the pre-telecast portion of the 55th annual Grammy Awards: Best Rock Album for El Camino and Best Rock Song for “Lonely Boy.” They beat Bruce Springsteen, Jack White and Muse’s Matthew Bellamy in both categories.
In addition, the rock duo’s Dan Auerbach was voted Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
The duo’s strong showing in the pre-telecast awards increases the chances that it could be an upset winner for Album of the Year. It is competing for that award with Mumford & Sons’ Babel, .fun’s Some Nights, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange and Jack White’s Blunderbuss.
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The “pre-tel” awards were mixed for Mumford & Sons. The British group won Best Long Form Music Video for Big Easy Express took Best Long Form Music Video—beating U2, who are past category champs (and Grammy gods) U2.
But it lost an award that most thought it was sure to win: Best Americana Album. Instead, Bonnie Raitt took the award for Slipstream. “I was not expecting this,” Raitt said. “This is the same (surprised) face I wore that other time,” referring to her unexpected sweep in 1990 when she won four awards, including Album of the Year for Nick Of Time.
Paul McCartney was also an upset winner for Best Traditional Pop Album. His well-received but modest-selling Kisses On The Bottom, beat Michael Buble’s blockbuster Christmas.
Janis Ian was also an upset winner of Best Spoken Word Album, a category that honors “books on tape.” She beat Bill Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres, which triggered the best joke of the night. “I keep thinking this is the punch-line to a joke that begins, ‘An ex-President, a First Lady and three lesbians walk into a bar…’”
Ian also alluded to the magnitude of the upset. The award had been expected to go to either Clinton or Obama. “To say this is an upset is an understatement.” This is Ian’s second Grammy. She took Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female of 1975 for “At Seventeen.”
Red-hot DJ Skrillex, who won three Grammys last year, won three more awards this year: Best Dance/Electronica Album for Bangarang, Best Dance Recording for the title track (featuring Sirah) and Best Remixed Recording, Non- Classical for his remix of Nero’s “Promises.”
Jay-Z/Kanye West won two awards for their frisky smash “N****s In Paris.” The track is from their hit 2011 collaboration, Watch The Throne. These awards bring West’s total of Grammys to 20; Jay-Z’s to 16. (With both artists, all of the awards have come in the rap and R&B fields. That’s a sore point with West.)
Gotye won two awards: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Somebody That I Used To Know” (featuring Kimbra) and Best Alternative Music Album for Making Mirrors.
Esperanza Spalding, who was a surprise winner for Best New Artist two years ago, won two awards. She won Best Jazz Vocal Album for Radio Music Society and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for “City Of Roses.” She wrote the arrangement with Thara Memory, who has been her teacher since she was eight.
Matt Redman won two Grammys for his song “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).” The song won Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and tied for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Redman co-wrote the song with Jonas Myrin.