Mumford & Sons, 'Babel,' Album Of The Year Grammy Winner, Bests Jack White, Frank Ocean, Fun., The Black Keys

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Mumford & Son's "Babel" took home the trophy for Album of the Year at Sunday's 55th Annual Grammy Awards, besting Frank Ocean's "channel ORANGE," the Black Keys' "El Camino", fun.'s "Some Nights," and Jack White's "Blunderbuss."

In pre-awards buzz, "Babel" was somewhat of a favorite, in part because the album strikes the right balance of commercial success and critical appeal. The album sold 600,000 copies in its first week, the year's best until Taylor Swift's "Red" debuted with a million-unit week.

It's worth noting that none of this year's Album of the Year nominees were female, a seeming omission that has not gone unnoticed. The Recording Academy votes on nominees and winners. Dubbed Music's Biggest Night, the awards broadcast is intended to be the gold standard for the industry. While the Academy has often been chided for its peculiar way of including and excluding certain artists and genres, "Grammy-winner" remains music's biggest plaudit.

According to the Academy, 39.9 million viewers watched last year's show -- the largest TV audience for the event since 1984. An average of 160,341 tweets per minute were posted during the broadcast.

Last year's Grammy winners included Kanye West and Adele, who combined for ten awards.

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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#sarcasm

@ 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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