As far as Grammy winners are concerned, MTV reports that "it was a big night for Fun., who scooped up Best New Artist as well as Song of the Year for ‘We Are Young,’ not to mention Mumford & Sons, who snagged Album of the Year for ‘Babel’ and Gotye, who snagged Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ and Best Alternative Music Album for "Making Mirrors."
Writes Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com: When little known New York indie band Fun released ‘We Are Young’ as the lead single for their second studio album ‘Some Nights’ in September 2011, it went largely unnoticed, only garnering some attention from online critics and quickly fading off the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at No. 53. But then Fox’s ‘Glee’ covered the song for a pivotal scene in a December 2011 episode, sending sales for the single soaring 1,650%. The show put ‘We Are Young’ on the map and back on the charts. The song’s subsequent use in a Chevrolet Sonic commercial during the 2012 Super Bowl pushed it to No. 1."
The MTV story adds, "The Black Keys did pretty well, too, with wins for Best Rock Album for ‘El Camino,’ Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for ‘Lonely Boy’ and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical for guitarist Dan Auerbach, while Skrillex once again ran the EDM categories, with three wins."
The MTV article also says that stand-outs on the show included Justin Timberlake and Frank Ocean.
About Timberlake the MTV story says, "when time came to make his return to the Grammy stage, JT made sure to fill it with his own 15-plus person big band and a full orchestra for runs through ‘Suit & Tie’ and another new track from his upcoming third solo album, ‘Pusher Love Girl.’ Backed by his Tennessee Kids band, Justin sang in his incomparable falsetto, shimmied across the stage like an old school pop idol and gave ‘Tie’ a Rat Pack feel by calling Jay-Z out of the audience for the rapper’s verse. Whether in black and white or color, JT brought down the house."
About Frank Ocean the MTV story says, "Carrie Underwood may have had that cool CGI dress, but Frank Ocean really burned out optic nerves with a trippy performance that made it look like he was running to stand still. Wearing his signature headband, Frank stood behind a waist-high keyboard surrounded by a white screen for a meditative ‘Forrest Gump.’ While a movie of his churning legs running down a secluded desert highway screened below his torso, Ocean crooned the meditative tune flawlessly. Plus, he threw in a sweet whistling solo as he turned to leave the stage."