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Fun., Best New Artist: Grammys Winner Bests Frank Ocean, The Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Hunter Hayes

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Fun. took home the award for Best New Artist at this year's Grammys, beating out Frank Ocean, the Alabama Shakes, Hunter Hayes, and the Lumineers.

The group's Jeff Bhasker-produced album "Some Nights" has been wildly hailed as a smart take on the pop rock genre. Frontman Nate Ruess (formerly of the Format) hides somber meditations on loneliness and disillusionment within danceable, sing-along tracks such as "We Are Young" and "Some Nights."

In an earlier interview, Ruess told The Huffington Post that he was nothing but excited about the band's nominations. "I'm pretty much just over the moon," he said. "It feels good to be recognized by other musicians or people that are part of the Grammy voting committee. I'm a voter too, so it's cool. It's like peer recognition, so I can't really argue with that. I think we're honored."

Fun. (stylized as fun.) was nominated for a total of six awards at the Grammys, tying Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mumford & Sons and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys for the year's most nods.

In pre-awards buzz, Ocean and fun. were those most expected to take the prize, with Carly Rae Jepsen among those snubbed. Last year, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver took home this award.

The 55th Annual Grammy awards were hosted by rapper and actor LL Cool J and took place in Los Angeles.

The Recording Academy votes on nominees and winners and is comprised of industry members. The Grammys official tagline is "Music's Biggest Night." While the bold claim has been challenged given the Academy's somewhat quirky taste, winning a Grammy remains mainstream music's biggest achievement.

Last year's telecast brought in 39.9 million viewers -- the largest TV audience for the event since 1984. An astounding 160,341 tweets per minute were also sent out during the broadcast.

2012 Grammy winners included Kanye West and Adele, who were richly lauded and combined for ten trophies.

For more on the Grammys, click here. Find more Grammy award 2013 winners in the liveblog below.

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The 55th annual Grammy Awards have come to a close. Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys was a big winner, but Frank Ocean, fun., Mumford & Sons, Kelly Clarkson and Kanye West & Jay-Z were all honored with Grammys.

From all of us here at HuffPost Entertainment, we hope you enjoyed the show. See you again on Feb. 24 for the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Here's Lena Dunham and Taylor Swift again, just because:

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Your complete list of Grammy winners, from fun. to The Black Keys to Mumford & Sons.

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@ johannacox : Not enough Beyonce and nowhere near enough Solange. #grammys

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@ TVWithoutPity : Wow, the closing #Grammys jam was bumrushed by sponsor shout-outs. Thought it was MCA forever, not commerce forever.

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LL Cool J gets cut off saying good night on the Grammys. Hashtag that, LL.

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This amalgam of rockers and hip-hop stars perform "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" to honor the late MCA. CBS, however, cuts them off with an rundown of the night's sponsors. Classy.

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@ HuffPostMedia : OMG IT'S HASHTAG LL COOL J

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Closing the Grammys in style.

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LL Cool J now making Grammys threats.

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Apparently, it does. Too bad, because they're good?

More on Mumford & Sons' big Grammys night can be found here.

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After The Black Keys won multiple awards and Frank Ocean performed to raves, was the Mumford & Sons win in the Album of the Year Grammys category an upset? More on the band's win here.

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@ vulture : Oh god it's Carey Mulligan looking so happy #grammys

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Mumford & Sons' "Babel" topped favorites like Frank Ocean, fun., The Black Keys and Jack White.

"We figured we wouldn't win anything because The Black Keys had been sweeping up all day," lead singer Marcus Mumford joked.

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She's British.

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@ m1keh0gan : This is definitely lifted from Kraftwerk's MoMA concert last year.

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@ ml_boardman : Can Frank Ocean start a line of headbands?

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@ ditzkoff : If they don't get Tom Hanks into this performance of "Forrest Gump," it's never happening.

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Run, Forrest, run.

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But not before covering Elton John #grammys

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Jason Sudeikis voices Applebee's commercials now.

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They're probably talking about "Girls."

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Elton John dedicates the Levon Helm tribute to the children and school teachers who lost their lives during the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

John, Zac Brown Band, Mumford & Sons, Mavis Staples and T Bone Burnett performed "The Weight" by The Band to honor Helm, who was the band's drummer.

More on the Levon Helm tribute here.

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The Beastie Boys' MCA gets a big ovation from the Grammys crowd when his name is shown during the In Memoriam segment.

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R.I.P. Andy Williams, Davy Jones, Andy Griffith, Donna Summer, Marvin Hamlisch, Dick Clark and more.

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That's the point of this segment with Ryan Seacrest and Justin Timberlake. It's a good message on a night of excess.

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Here's a picture of Prince at the Grammys:

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What's Record of the Year? Here you go:

The category celebrates the achievement of the artist as well as the producers, mixers and engineers who worked on the track, unlike Song of the Year, which awards only writers.

Gotye won Record of the Year; he accepted the award from Prince, obviously.

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Kelly Clarkson, continuing to win Grammys night:

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