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Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' wins Grammy for best album

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons accepts the Grammy for album of the year for "Babel" from presenter Adele, right, at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons accepts the Grammy for album of the year for "Babel" from presenter Adele, right, at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — “Babel” by British folk band Mumford & Sons won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, one of the top awards.

“Babel,” the band’s second release, was both a critical and commercial success in the United States in 2012.

“We figured we weren’t going to win anything because The Black Keys have been sweeping up all day, and deservedly so,” lead singer Marcus Mumford said in his acceptance speech.

RECORD OF THE YEAR

“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Australian artist Gotye won Record of the Year at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, one of the four top awards at music’s biggest night.

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Gotye won Record of the year at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday with his album "Somebody That I Used to Know."

The melodic heartbreak song, which featured New Zealand singer Kimbra, was one of 2012’s biggest hits.

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Rihanna performs at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Gotye accepted the award from Prince, who said “I love this song,” just before he announced the winner.

“Thank you for everybody who puts out great energy into the world with music,” Gotye said in his acceptance speech.

FUN. BEST NEW ARTIST

FUN. was named Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, one of the top prizes on music’s biggest night.

The indie-pop band beat out stiff competition from indie-folk band The Lumineers, blues-rock group Alabama Shakes, R&B singer Frank Ocean and country singer Hunter Hayes.

New York trio FUN., formed by Andrew Dost, Nate Ruess and Jack Antonoff, stormed onto the pop charts in 2012 with their single “We Are Young” and debut album “Some Nights.”

SONG OF THE YEAR

FUN. also won the Grammy for Song of the Year for “We are Young.”

The song was co-written by FUN. members Jack Antonoff, Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost and producer Jeff Bhasker.

“I don’t know what I was thinking writing the chorus of this song. This is HD (television), everyone can see our faces, and we are not very young,” FUN. lead singer Ruess said while accepting the award.

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR

The Zac Brown Band’s “Uncaged” won the Grammy for Country Album of the Year.

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Taylor Swift made a circus of things at the opening of the 55th Grammys on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

OTHER TELEVISED WINNERS

— Pop solo performance: "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)," Adele.

— Pop vocal album: "Stronger," Kelly Clarkson.

— Rock performance: "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys.

— Urban contemporary album: "Channel Orange," Frank Ocean.

— Rap/sung collaboration: "No Church in the Wild," Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, The-Dream.

— Country solo performance: "Blown Away," Carrie Underwood.

EARLIER IN THE EVENING

Country-pop singer Taylor Swift brought the circus to the Grammy stage on Sunday, kicking off the annual awards with a lively performance and British singer Adele picked up the show’s first award.

The Black Keys, Skrillex and Gotye started the night strong, each picking up multiple awards prior to the televised ceremony.

The 55th Grammy Awards hands out gramophone-shaped trophies in more than 80 categories, but only a handful of winners were announced during the three-hour live telecast airing on CBS. More than 60 categories were announced before the televised show.

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Nate Ruess, center, and Fun accept the Grammy award for song of the year for "We Are Young" at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

The top categories were dominated this year by male artists, with British folk band Mumford & Sons, indie-pop trio FUN. and R&B singer Frank Ocean going into the show with six nominations each, including Album of the Year.

Swift dressed as a ringmaster with a circus-themed performance of her infectious chart-topping hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” backed by dancers in jester and acrobat costumes.

The 23-year-old singer picked up an early Grammy for her collaboration with T-Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars on the song “Safe and Sound” from “The Hunger Games” movie soundtrack.

Britain’s Adele, 24, who swept the Grammys with six major awards last year, landed another this year for Best Pop Solo Performance for her live rendition of “Set Fire to The Rain.”

The singer recognized the other female nominees in the audience, saying, “We work so hard, we make it look so easy.”

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CBS, which broadcast the Grammys Sunday night, sent a memo asking participants to tone down risque clothing, but that didn't prevent Jennifer Lopez from showing up in style.

Presenting the award, rapper Pitbull joked that Jennifer Lopez, who joined him onstage in an asymmetric dress with a daring slit up to the top of her thigh, “inspired the memo,” referring to an advisory issued by CBS asking all performers and presenters to keep their breasts, buttocks and genitals covered.

Lopez, wearing a black off-the-shoulder Anthony Vaccarello gown slit up her thigh on one side, joked about her attire.

“As you can see, I read the memo,” said the diva who caused a stir a few years ago when she appeared at the Grammys in a Versace gown with a neckline that dropped below her navel.

“You inspired the memo!” said her co-presenter Pitbull, getting a big laugh from the audience.

The Grammys have a reputation for pairing up old-timers and newcomers, and this year had several collaborations.

Veteran Elton John took the stage with rising British star Ed Sheeran, 21, to sing a stripped down duet of “The A Team,” Sheeran’s song for which he’s nominated in the Song of the Year category.

One of the night’s leading nominees, FUN., lived up to their name with a performance of “Carry On,” while rain fell on stage, soaking the band as they played. The band, which received six nominations, was the only act to be nominated in the top four categories of Album, Song and Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

Rockers The Black Keys, formed by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, started the night strong, picking up two Grammys — Best Rock Album for “El Camino” and Best Rock Song for “Lonely Boy.” Auerbach was also named the Producer of the Year in the non-classical category.