Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: The Grammy 2013 - No Big Winners

Sunday night saw celebrities from around the world come in their numbers to witness one of the biggest award in the music industry known as the Grammy Award. Anthony Ada Abraham monitored the event and brings you the winners.

This year's Grammy Award is quite exceptional as nobody took home more than four awards unlike previous occassions.

The 55th annual Grammys are over, and unlike last year, a wide range of artists headed home with hardware.

Adele stole the show in 2012, winning all six awards for which she was nominated. In 2013, Dan Auerbach and the Black Keys were the biggest winners, taking home four trophies. Skrillex claimed three, as did Gotye, Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Mumford & Sons won just two Grammys, but scored the biggest one of the night: Best Album for Babel. The group's latest effort was also a major commercial success, moving 1.4 million copies in 2012, which made it the No. 4 best-selling album of the year.

"We had no idea about winning," said lead singer Marcus Mumford to a group of reporters assembled at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. "So we didn't write anything down."

Many of top artistes took home only one or two awards, spread across 81 categories. Among them: Fun., Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney and a host of others.

Side Piece:

The memo, which was leaked to Deadline.com, asked that talent be sure their "buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered." "Thong type costumes" and "bare sides or under curvature of the breasts" are listed as "problematic."

The memo also advised against "bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack" and sheer, see-through clothing, and asked that genitals be covered "so that there is no visible 'puffy' bare skin exposure."

Some stars adhered to the requirements, while others seemed to skirt it somewhat.

When singer/actress Jennifer Lopez - who made red carpet history at the Grammys in 2000 when she wore a green Versace that plunged down to her navel - took to the stage to present the award for Best Solo Performance, she was dressed in a black off-the-shoulder dress by Anthony Vaccarello that left one entire leg bare all the way to her upper thigh.

She joked to the audience that she had "read the memo," and her co-presenter, Miami rapper Pitbull, joked that she "inspired the memo."

Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland also seemed to push the envelope with her daring black mermaid dress. Its sheer cut-outs from neck to waist and hip to knees revealed lots of skin, including part of her breasts.

"I had two other choices. You just sort of cross your fingers and hope you don't break any rules," she said of her gown.

And singer Rihanna, who turned heads in a very sheer tiered white dress at the 2011 Grammy awards, appeared in a gauzy, sleeveless red gown.

Here are some of the big Grammy winners for 2013

1. RECORD OF THE YEAR

Somebody That I Used To Know

2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Babel

Mumford & Sons

Label: Glassnote

3. SONG OF THE YEAR

We Are Young

Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost & Nate Ruess, songwriters (Fun.Featuring Janelle Monáe)

4. BEST NEW ARTIST

Fun.

5. BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE

Set Fire To The Rain [Live]

Adele

6. BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE

Somebody That I Used To Know

Gotye Featuring Kimbra

7. BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM

Impressions

Chris Botti

8. BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM

Stronger

Kelly Clarkson

9. BEST DANCE RECORDING

Bangarang

Skrillex Featuring Sirah

10. BEST DANCE/ELECTRONICA ALBUM

Bangarang

Skrillex

11. BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

Kisses On The Bottom

Paul McCartney

12. BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

Lonely Boy

The Black Keys

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