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We have to say the awards were pretty evenly spread across the more genre-specific categories with the likes of The Black Keys, fun., Kelly Clarkson, Frank Ocean and Mumford & Sons all walking away winners.

And of course a special mention goes to Gotye and Kimbra who thrilled - and perhaps surprised - us by winning all three awards that they were nominated for (Record of the Year, Best Alternative Music Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). The best night in years for Australian music internationally.

All smiles: Gotye and Kimbra with their Grammys.
All smiles: Gotye and Kimbra with their Grammys. Photo: Getty Images

The performance includes a tribute to late Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch with a chorus from No Sleep Til Brooklyn.

And we're out. Thanks for joining us!

You can catch up with the action from the Grammys in our photo gallery below:

Welcome to the Terrordome - Chuck and LL with Blink 182's Travis Barker on drums and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on guitar. We have to say it's a curious way to end the show - but exhilarating. Or maybe we are just biased. We imagine it is more of a thank you to LL for hosting than any statement on the Grammys.

LL Cool J.
LL Cool J. Photo: Getty Images

With the awards out of the way we are just awaiting the final performance which is looking to be a hip hop bonanza starring host LL Cool J and Public Enemy's Chuck D.

Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons accepts the Grammy for album of the year for <i>Babel</i>.
Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons accepts the Grammy for album of the year for BabelPhoto: Getty Images

"We didn't get a look in last year because she won everything," said Marcus referencing fellow Brit Adele.

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Marcus Mumford receives a big congratulations kiss from wife Carey Mulligan. They are probably as surprised as the rest of us!

Album of the Year
The Black Keys — El Camino
fun. — Some Nights
Mumford & Sons — Babel
Frank Ocean — Channel ORANGE
Jack White — Blunderbuss

Winner: Mumford & Sons — Babel

Last year's big winner Adele comes on stage to announce the final award of the night: Album of the Year.

He's not wrong!




Frank Ocean's performance of <i>Forrest Gump</i> featured this striking split screen.
Frank Ocean's performance of Forrest Gump featured this striking split screen. Photo: Getty Images

Latin Grammy star Juanes just performed a gorgeous acoustic version of Elton John's Your Song.

Frank Ocean quickly follows in another strikingly visual performance - he doesn't have a skirt like Carrie Underwood's so instead there is a screen from his waist down that makes him appear to be running. He is singing Forrest Gump. (Run Frank, run).

Sidenote: he is wearing a yellow suit and his trademark headband.

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Fun facts on Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know:

Fairfax National Music Editor Peter Vincent writes that it was the number one iTunes single in 50 countries last year, selling more than 13.5 million copies. It was viewed a staggering 383 million times on YouTube and became the first song ever to top four American billboard charts.

Not a bad effort!


Elton is back leading an all-star tribute to the late students of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Performers include: Grammy winner Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons, and gospel great Mavis Staples (who is in Australia soon for Bluesfest). They are singing The Weight by The Band whose Levon Helm featured last in the in memoriam segment.


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For now it is the in memoriam segment of the show. Robin Gibb is a notable Australian inclusion.

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And it's on with the show! Chick Corea just performed a tribute to fellow jazz great Dave Brubeck.

Album of the Year still to come.

A tribute to the late jazz musician Dave Brubeck.
A tribute to the late jazz musician Dave Brubeck. Photo: Getty Images

A little note on the category: Record of the Year honours not just the performance but also the engineering and production, all of which Gotye had a hand in on Somebody That I Used to Know.

This is the first time an Aussie has won the award since the days of Olivia Newton-John (1975) and it is the third Grammy for Gotye tonight. Well done!

'Lost for words': Gotye and Kimbra accept the Grammy for record of the year.
'Lost for words': Gotye and Kimbra accept the Grammy for record of the year. Photo: Getty Images

It's short and sweet from Gotye, he keeps the thank yous to a minimum but makes sure he thanks all the musicians out there who would never get a look in at Grammys. It's a lovely down to earth touch.

Kimbra takes over the microphone and thanks Gotye for choosing her to be a part of the song. "I feel so incredibly blessed'. "And thank you Prince!".

"I'm a little bit lost for words, especially with this man standing behind me," says Gotye.


Prince says he loves the song.

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