Grammys 2013: Performances, Winners and Most Memorable Moments (LIVE UPDATES)

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The 55th annual Grammy Awards can't help but feel like a comedown. Last year was an emotional one-two punch courtesy of Adele's overwhelming sweep and Whitney Houston's shocking death. The previous year was a victory for both Canadian music and the indie scene as Arcade Fire took album of the year.

There's nothing that could possibly have happened this year to trump that, certainly not 2010 best album-winner Taylor Swift opening the show in a top hat apparently purloined from T-Pain as she performed a Wonderland-themed take on her smash "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together." Or even this year's upset best album winner Mumford & Sons' "Babel," whose folk-rock sound has certainly won over the masses alongside the likes of fellow nominees The Lumineers, but which just doesn't feel all that vital compared to, say, Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" or Black Keys' "El Camino."

And as for Canadian music, well, it was barely a spark much less a fire. Taylor Swift's "Hunger Games" song trumped Arcade Fire's "Hunger Games" songs and while Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" was 2012's most inescapable song, she somehow escaped Grammy votes. Jepsen lost best pop vocal performance to Adele, who returned for some gratuitous gold thanks to a live performance of "Set Fire To The Rain" and then got trumped by fun.'s "We Are Young" (though props to their acceptance speech: "If this is in HD everyone can see our faces, and we are not very young") who also staged an upset for the Best New Artist prize by besting Frank Ocean despite the fact that, as lead singer Nate Ruess also noted, "We've been doing this for 12 years." And CRJ didn't even get nominated for Record of the Year, which went to Gotye (who also snagged Best Alternative Album over Fiona Apple and Tom Waits).

Drake did pick up a well-deserved best rap album Grammy for "Take Care," though it wasn't televised so he didn't show up to accept it and otherwise lost best rap performance to Kanye West and Jay-Z's "N***** In Paris." Elsewhere, EDM superstar Deadmau5 lost to his former protege, Skrillex, who picked up best dance/electronica album and best dance recording, the latter of which saved the Grammys from further mockery for nominating unknown (and untalented) Al Wasler. However, Deadmau5, a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman, cheerfully tweeted: "i make music, I have an amazing supportive fiancé, and I get to eat carneys. That's more than enough for me."

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Melanie Fiona, who picked up a pair of Grammys last year, lost her best traditional R&B performance award to Beyonce, but there's not much you can do there. It's like losing a half-pipe prize to Tony Hawk. Her fellow Canadian R&B crooner Tamia lost a pair of R&B nominations, best song and best album to Miguel's amazing “Adorn” and Robert Glasper Experiment's "Black Radio," respectively. And even Michael Buble, who basically owns the Best Traditional Pop Album with three previous wins and whose nominated "Christmas" album took the top Juno last year, lost to Paul McCartney's egregiously named and not particularly commercially or critically successful "Kisses On The Bottom."

On the other hand, honorary Canadian Carrie Underwood thanked her "amazing perfect husband," Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher when she won best country song. So that's like an assist for Canada, right?

Nationalist nitpicking aside, a solid number of this year's Grammy wins were well earned. Over on the rock side, The Black Keys barnstormed through their awards, with "El Camino" winning Best Rock Album and “Lonely Boy” taking Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Oh, and Dan Auerbach won Producer of the Year (which included his production on Canadian retro-rockers The Sheepdogs, if we're still stretching for CanCon) while the duo proceeded to set fire to the stage, to paraphrase Adele, with a Dr. John and Preservation Hall Jazz Band-backed performance that put to shame preceding pop stars like Rihanna and Alicia Keys with Adam Levine.

Kelly Clarkson, meanwhile, won best pop vocal performance for "Stronger" as well as winning best speech, in which she began with "I got stuck to Miranda Lambert!" and was soon free associating on her fellow nominees: "Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together. I mean, good God, that was the sexiest damn thing I've ever seen." Then she threw down onstage with un-showy but riveting takes on country classic "Tennessee Waltz" and "Natural Woman." (Though, as an "Idol" winner, she does have an unfair advantage doing covers.)

Later, Jack White, in his best bullfighting outfit, delivered the most electrifying performance of the night as he tore through "Love Interruption" and "Freedom At 21" with his all-female and all-male bands, respectively. But Jack's charisma and guitar chops sold the set more than the songs themselves.

See, The Grammys are supposed to celebrate the best new music, but it's a problem if the nominees can't compete with the best old music. The Bob Marley tribute, however misguided that Bruno Mars/Sting opening was, exposed the weakness of this year's crop of nominees once Rihanna and Ziggy and Damian Marley started playing "Could You be Loved." That was made even more crystal clear during the all-star Levon Helm tribute as the likes of Elton John, Mavis Staples and Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard delivered "The Weight" with the passion it deserved.

Even the moments that most celebrated newness — Elton John passing the torch to countryman Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake returning to the spotlight — felt out of place since the Sheeran-John set paled next to John's infamous duets with Eminem and Lady Gaga while the latter wasn't actually nominated for anything (yet).

And so, in hindsight, perhaps Mumford & Sons were the perfect big winners of the 2013 Grammys because they best embodied this year's awards night itself — pleasant and full of talent yet ultimately forgettable.

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The 55th annual Grammy Awards have come to a close. Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys was a big winner, but Frank Ocean, fun., Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West & Jay-Z were all honored with Grammys.

From all of us here at HuffPost Entertainment, we hope you enjoyed the show. See you again on Feb. 24 for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Here's Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift again, just because:

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Your complete list of Grammy winners, from fun. to The Black Keys to Mumford & Sons.

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@ johannacox : Not enough Beyonce and nowhere near enough Solange. #grammys

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@ TVWithoutPity : Wow, the closing #Grammys jam was bumrushed by sponsor shout-outs. Thought it was MCA forever, not commerce forever.

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LL Cool J gets cut off saying good night on the Grammys. Hashtag that, LL.

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This amalgam of rockers and hip-hop stars perform "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" to honor the late MCA. CBS, however, cuts them off with an rundown of the night's sponsors. Classy.

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Closing the Grammys in style.

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LL Cool J now making Grammys threats.

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Apparently, it does. Too bad, because they're good?

More on Mumford & Sons' big Grammys night can be found here.

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After The Black Keys won multiple awards and Frank Ocean performed to raves, was the Mumford & Sons win in the Album of the Year Grammys category an upset? More on the band's win here.

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@ vulture : Oh god it's Carey Mulligan looking so happy #grammys

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Mumford & Sons' "Babel" topped favorites like Frank Ocean, fun., The Black Keys and Jack White.

"We figured we wouldn't win anything because The Black Keys had been sweeping up all day," lead singer Marcus Mumford joked.

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She's British.

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@ m1keh0gan : This is definitely lifted from Kraftwerk's MoMA concert last year.

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@ ml_boardman : Can Frank Ocean start a line of headbands?

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@ ditzkoff : If they don't get Tom Hanks into this performance of "Forrest Gump," it's never happening.

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Run, Forrest, run.

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But not before covering Elton John #grammys

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Jason Sudeikis voices Applebee's commercials now.

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They're probably talking about "Girls."

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Elton John dedicates the Levon Helm tribute to the children and school teachers who lost their lives during the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

John, Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples and T Bone Burnett performed "The Weight" by The Band to honor Helm, who was the band's drummer.

More on the Levon Helm tribute here.

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The Beastie Boys' MCA gets a big ovation from the Grammys crowd when his name is shown during the In Memoriam segment.

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R.I.P. Andy Williams, Davy Jones, Andy Griffith, Donna Summer, Marvin Hamlisch, Dick Clark and more.

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That's the point of this segment with Ryan Seacrest and Justin Timberlake. It's a good message on a night of excess.

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Here's a picture of Prince at the Grammys:


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What's Record of the Year? Here you go:

The category celebrates the achievement of the artist as well as the producers, mixers and engineers who worked on the track, unlike Song of the Year, which awards only writers.

Gotye won Record of the Year; he accepted the award from Prince, obviously.

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Kelly Clarkson, continuing to win Grammys night:

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