Fun. takes song of the year at Grammy Awards
Monday, February 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Talk about having fun at the Grammy Awards.
Fun. won two major awards midway through the Sunday night’s telecast, winning song of the year for the transcendent anthem “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae, and best new artist in something of an upset over Frank Ocean.
“I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote the chorus to this song,” lead singer Nate Ruess, 30, joked. “This is in HD, everyone can see our faces, and we are not very young.”
Fun.’s run — and a surprising victory by Gotye for record of the year — took some of the luster off Ocean’s evening, but there’s no question all eyes were on him as he won two awards and blew up Twitter. Only Chris Brown, with whom Ocean scuffled last month, remained seated as the 25-year-old R&B winner walked to the stage during a standing ovation. Ocean beat Brown, who attended with girlfriend Rihanna, for the urban contemporary album award that both were nominated for.
Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys appeared headed to an overall win on music’s biggest night with four wins, including producer of the year.
Gotye, Jay-Z and Kanye West had three wins — sharing one award with Ocean.
“We Are Young” helped fun. earn a starring role at these Grammys with nominations in all four major categories after the release of their first album, matched only by Christopher Cross in 1981, and six overall. The band turned in a powerful early performance of “Carry On” as a downpour on stage began mid-song and guitarist Jack Antonoff got a kiss from girlfriend “Girls” creator Lena Dunham after winning.
But Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” featuring Kimbra, was 2012’s top-selling song and just as omnipresent. He also won best alternative album for “Making Mirrors” and best pop/duo performance for “Somebody.” Prince presented him with the record of the year trophy and the Australian paid tribute to The Purple One’s influence.
His Black Keys took best rock performance for “Lonely Boy” during the main telecast and earlier in the day won best rock song for “Lonely Boy” and best rock album for “El Camino” with bandmate Patrick Carney, and Auerbach was named producer of the year.
Other winners included Rihanna, Beyonce, Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift, who opened the show as the Mad Hatter.
Adele won the first award of the night on the main telecast, taking home best pop solo performance for “Set Fire to the Rain (Live).”
Carrie Underwood won best country solo performance for “Blown Away,” Zac Brown Band won best country album for “Uncaged” and Kelly Clarkson turned in the night’s most exuberant acceptance speech after winning best pop vocal album for “Stronger.”