The Black Keys and its singer Dan Auerbach lead with four trophies at the 55th Grammy Awards, and musical group, fun., won big as music's top newcomer.
Taylor Swift opened the televised ceremony at Los Angeles' Staples Center with an Alice in Wonderland-inspired spectacle singing her hit We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Host LL Cool J waxed poetic in his intro - "When you get down to it, a Grammy isn't a trinket, it's a dream to hold on to," he said - before handing the stage off to Ed Sheeran performing his song The A Team with Elton John.
Auerbach garnered honors for producer of the year, non-classical, in a pre-telecast ceremony, and his band won three awards: best rock album for El Camino and best rock song and best rock performance for Lonely Boy. Auerbach thanked industry helpers, their hometown of Akron, Ohio, and adopted home of Nashville.
Pop group fun., nominated for six awards total, won for best new artist as well as song of the year with their radio hit We Are Young.
"I don't know what I was thinking writing the chorus for this song. This is in HD, everybody can see our faces and we are not very young," said singer Nate Ruess, thanking the band's fans for "keeping us afloat" the past 12 years.
"I guess you felt we were your best-kept secret."
Gotye's ubiquitous hit with Kimbra, Somebody That I Used Know, garnered honors for record of the year, and the Belgian-Australian singer admitted he was at a loss for words receiving his award from Prince.
"Many years listening to this man's music growing up inspired me to make music," Gotye said. "I just want to thank everybody who puts great energy into the world making music."
Best urban contemporary album went to Frank Ocean's R&B breakthrough Channel Orange.
"So I hear the way to disarm audiences is to imagine them naked. I don't want to do that. I want to imagine you in tuxes and looking fancy and all that," said Ocean, who also won for rap/sung collaboration for No Church in the Wild with Jay-Z, Kanye West and The Dream. Jay-Z and West picked up their first two Grammys of the night when their track N****s in Paris won for best rap performance and best rap song.
The Georgia group Zac Brown Band won best country album for Uncaged, and singer Brown acknowledged "all my guys who backed me up and backed my playing up."
Kelly Clarkson's Stronger nabbed the award for pop vocal album. "I did not think I was going to win this," said the first American Idol winner, who also used the Grammys to discover a new R&B artist. "Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together."
Blown Away by Carrie Underwood won for best country song and best country performance. "Country music has always been so good to me and I thank the good Lord to be part of such an amazing family," Underwood said.
British singer Adele had her hands full with six Gramophone trophies last year, and picked up best pop solo performance at this year's ceremony for Set Fire to the Rain, offering "big love to all the other girls" after accepting her award.
Justin Timberlake, who just released his new single Suit &Tie, returned to the stage to perform the song with Jay-Z, Maroon 5 teamed with Alicia Keys, and a Bob Marley tribute featuring Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting were among the impressive live performances.
Also on tap: a salute to the late Levon Helm with John, Mumford & Sons, Zac Brown, Mavis Staples and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.
Skrillex's Bangarang won a pair of Grammys - best dance recording and best dance/electronica album - and Gotye also won two: best alternative music album for Making Mirrors and best pop duo/group performance for Somebody That I Used to Know with Kimbra.
Little Big Town took home best country duo-group performance for Pontoon. Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom was tops for best traditional pop vocal album, and Halestorm won best hard rock/metal performance for Love Bites (So Do I).
Drake's Take Care garnered the award for best rap album. In R&B categories, Usher's Climax was honored for best performance, Beyonce took traditional performance with Love on Top, Miguel's Adorn won best song, and best album went to Robert Glasper Experiment's Black Radio.
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor won as a composer for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which garnered the award for best score soundtrack, and Safe and Sound, a song featuring Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars on the movie soundtrack forThe Hunger Gameswon for best song written for visual media.
In other pre-telecast awards, Mumford & Sons picked up a Grammy for best long form video for Big Easy Express with Edward Sharpe, the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow. Rihanna's We Found Love won for best short form video. Best jazz vocal album went to Spalding's Radio Music Society. Jimmy Fallon's Blow Your Pants Off bested the field in the comedy album category. In the Latin categories, Juanes won for best pop album with MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition and Quetzal's Imaginaries was named best rock album. Lecrae picked up best gospel album for Gravity. Jazz legend Chick Corea's Mozart Goes Dancing was honored for best instrumental composition. Jimmy Cliff's Rebirth won for best gospel album. And the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson accepted the historical album Grammy for The Smile Sessions.