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And Redman won best gospel/contemporary Christian music performance and best contemporary Christian music song (in a tie) for “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).”
Other early winners included Rihanna, who won short form music video for “We Found Love” featuring Calvin Harris, and Swift won the Grammy for best song written for visual media for “Safe & Sound,” her collaboration with The Civil Wars on “The Hunger Games” soundtrack. It was Swift’s seventh Grammy and the third for Joy Williams and John Paul White of The Civil Wars.
“I think it’s appropriate that Taylor thanks us because we’ve been carrying her for a while and it’s getting really tiring,” White joked.
Beyonce won for best traditional R&B performance, Mumford & Sons took their first Grammy, winning along with Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for their long form video documentary “Big Easy Express.”
Celebrities rolled down the red carpet in the early afternoon, showing a fair amount of skin despite CBS’s mandate that stars dress appropriately with butts, breasts and other sensitive areas covered adequately.
“I think it’s just, you know, we should always stay classy and dress according to the event that’s being held,” Ashanti said on the red carpet. “So I don’t think people should be limited so much and told what you can and cannot do. But, you know, you do have to have a certain class and prestige about yourself.”
Celebrities also felt an increased Los Angeles Police Department presence in light of a manhunt involving an alleged cop killer. Police were everywhere, including atop the hotel across from the Staples Center.
Ocean might be riding a wave toward some of the night’s biggest honors. He is still up for five awards going into the night along with fellow top nominee fun.
“It feels cool,” Ocean said on the red carpet. “It’s really bright, a lot of beautiful ladies walking around being fancy. I have to perform tonight so the wheels are constantly spinning. You can’t really just sit in your seat and take it all in.”
All the night’s major awards are still to come. Jack White’s “Blunderbuss” competes with fun.’s “Some Nights,” Ocean’s “channel ORANGE,” Mumford’s “Babel” and The Keys’ “El Camino” for the night’s top award, album of the year.
Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” featuring Kimbra, Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” join the fun., Ocean and Black Keys entries in record of the year.
Fun. and Clarkson also are nominated for song of the year along with Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team,” Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Miguel’s “Adorn.”
And rounding out the major categories, fun., Ocean, Alabama Shakes, Hunter Hayes and The Lumineers are up for best new artist.
Fun. and Ocean will take the stage. Others scheduled to perform include Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, Clarkson, White and Juanes.
There will be no shortage of mashups the Grammys have become famous for, either. Elton John, Mavis Staples, Mumford, Brittany Howard, T Bone Burnett and Zac Brown are saluting the late Levon Helm, who won the Americana Grammy last year a few months before his death. The Keys will join Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on stage. Sting, Rihanna and Bruno Mars will perform together. Other team-ups include Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, and Alicia Keys and Maroon 5.
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