Unlike recent years when Adele, Lady Gaga and Beyonce dominated the Grammys, the 55th annual Grammy Awards show spred the love, acknowledging several breakout acts.
The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach actually led the night with four trophies, sweeping the rock categories (song, album and performance) while also nabbing a Grammy for producer of the year.
British folk band Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year for “Babel,” indie-pop trio Fun. won Song of the Year for “We Are Young,” Halestorm was honored with the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “Love Bites (So Do I)” and Australian singer Gotye won Record of the Year for “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
There were some well established acts picking up Grammys, too though. Blueswoman Bonnie Raitt nabbed her 10th Grammy for Best Americana Album for her latest, Slipstream.
And, Tim Armstrong might not have won an award with his punk outfit Rancid, but the singer-songwriter did take home some hardware for his collaboration with reggae icon Jimmy Cliff.
The duo won for Cliff’s first album in eight years, a gem entitled Rebirth that carries production and performing credits for Armstrong.
The ceremony also featured blockbuster performances from several artists.
One standout was Bruno Mars, who took the stage with Sting, Ziggy Marley and Rihanna to perform a medley that included his new hit “Locked Out of Heaven,” the Police’s “Walking On the Moon” and Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.”
The three-and-a-half hour ceremony also boasted a touching tribute to the Band’s Levon Helm that showcased Elton John, Mavis Staples and Mumford and Sons. Later in the evening, the Black Keys also collaborated with New Orleans’ Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on “Lonely Boy.”
In one of the evenings more rock moments, Jack White chucked his Fender Telecaster to the ground at the end of performing his hit solo single “Freedom at 21.”
Watch video of the Marley tribute and White’s performance below and click here for a full list of winners.