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)
Websitehttp://www.grammy.com/nominees Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
Viewership28.3 million viewers[1]

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles honoring the best in music for the recording year beginning October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. 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]

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 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

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

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


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Production, Surround Sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, Classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical


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

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).

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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