55th Annual Grammy Awards

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.[2] Fun, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach received the most nominations with six each.[3][4]

55th Annual Grammy Awards
Official poster by Erika Iris Simmons
DateFebruary 10, 2013 (2013-02-10)
5:00–8:30 p.m. PST
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles, US
Hosted byLL Cool J
Most awardsDan Auerbach (5)
Most nominationsDan Auerbach, Fun, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Kanye West (6 each)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership28.3 million viewers[1]

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.[5] Kelly Clarkson won the Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger, becoming the first and only artist to win the award twice.[5] 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.[5] Other multiple winners include: Chick Corea, Fun, Kimbra, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Matt Redman and Esperanza Spalding with two awards each.[5][6][7]

The Recording Academy introduced three new categories to the 78 awards previously presented at the 54th ceremonyBest Classical Compendium, Best Latin Jazz Album, and Best Urban Contemporary Album, bringing it to a total of 81 awards.[8] 70 of them were presented at the pre-telecast at the Nokia Theatre, with the remaining 11 were presented at the main ceremony.[9] 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.[10] The official poster was designed by Artist Erika Iris Simmons.[11] 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.[12]


The following artists performed on the pre-telecast:[9]

The following performed on the main telecast:[13]

Artist(s) Song(s)
Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
Elton John
Ed Sheeran
"The A Team"
Fun. "Carry On"
Miranda Lambert
Dierks Bentley
"Over You"[14]
Wiz Khalifa
Mumford & Sons "I Will Wait"
Justin Timberlake
"Suit & Tie"
"Pusher Love Girl"
Maroon 5
Alicia Keys
"Girl on Fire"
Mikky Ekko
Dr. John
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Black Keys
"Lonely Boy"
Kelly Clarkson Tribute to Patti Page and Homage to Carole King[14]
"Tennessee Waltz"
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
Bruno Mars
Damian Marley
Ziggy Marley
Tribute to Bob Marley[17]
"Locked Out of Heaven"
"Walking on the Moon"
"Could You Be Loved"
"And Be Loved"
The Lumineers "Ho Hey"
Jack White
Ruby Amanfu
"Love Interruption"
"Freedom at 21"
Carrie Underwood "Blown Away"
"Two Black Cadillacs"
Stanley Clarke
Chick Corea
Kenny Garrett
Tribute to Dave Brubeck
"Take Five"
Zac Brown
Brittany Howard
Elton John
Mumford & Sons
Mavis Staples
T Bone Burnett (musical director)
Tribute to Levon Helm[18]
"The Weight"
Juanes "Your Song"
Frank Ocean "Forrest Gump"
Travis Barker
Chuck D
LL Cool J
Tom Morello
DJ Z-Trip
Tribute to Adam Yauch
"Welcome to the Terrordome"
"No Sleep till Brooklyn"


The following presented on the pre-telecast:[9]

Radmilla Cody
Janis Ian
Britt Nicole
Manuel Valera

The following presented on the main telecast:[19]

Winners and nominees

The winners and nominees per category were:[20][21]


Record of the Year
Album of the Year
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

Traditional Pop

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
Best Rap Album


Best Country Solo Performance
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

New Age

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

Gospel/Contemporary Christian

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. 1Romeo Santos

American Roots Music

Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Blues Album
Best Folk Album
Best Regional Roots Music Album


Best Reggae Album

World Music

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 GuthrieElizabeth Mitchell
  • Radio Jungle – The Pop Ups

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)


Best Comedy Album

Musical Show

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
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package


Best Album Notes


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)
    • Chamberland
    • Quiet Winter Night
      • Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Hoff Ensemble)
    • Rupa-Khandha
      • 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)

Production, Classical

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)
    • Americana
      • 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)
    • Souvenir
      • 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"

Best Choral Performance

"Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen"

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"

Best Classical Vocal Solo


Best Classical Compendium

Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis

Best Classical Contemporary Composition

"Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays"

Music Video

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year[10]
President's Merit Award
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award[22][23]
Grammy Trustees Award[22]
Technical Grammy Award[22]

Artists with multiple nominations and awards

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.

In Memoriam

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.

Televised ratings

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.[24]


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