Gotye and Kimbra took home one of the top prizes at the 55th annual Grammy Awards Sunday in Los Angeles. Their Somebody That I Used to Know won the record of the year prize at the ceremony, televised nationally..
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Gotye also won best pop performance for a duo or group for Somebody That I Used to Know and his album Making Mirrors won the best alternative music album.
The group Fun. won the best song of the year prize for their anthem We Are Young. Fun also took home the best new artist of the year award.
The album of the year honor went to Mumford and Sons for Babel.
Adele won the first award of the night, taking home best pop solo performance for her live version of Set Fire to the Rain.
Beyonce's Love on Top song won best traditional rhythm and blues performance.
Best pop vocal album Grammy went to Kelly Clarkson for Stronger.
Carrie Underwood won the best country song category with Blown Away.
Taylor Swift opened the show with a surreal version of her song We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together that included a troop of mime clowns and a man on a tricycle with a flame thrower attached.
Musicians Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Kenny Garret played the classic polyrhythmic Take Five in tribute to the late jazz pianist Dave Brubeck.
Receiving almost as much attention as the music this year was the dress code email that CBS-TV sent to the artists warning them not to show too much of their bottoms and breasts. Some of the women seemed not to adhere to the code.
Alicia Keys sang Girl on Fire in a black dress with sheer cut-outs that probably revealed more of her upper body than the network might have hoped.
Katy Perry walked on stage in a skin-tight, cleavage-baring mint green dress.
Jennifer Lopez presented an award wearing a daring asymmetrical black dress that was slit all the way to her hip.