Somebody That I Used to Know by Australian artist Gotye won Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, one of the four top awards at music's biggest night.
The melodic heartbreak song, which featured New Zealand singer Kimbra, was one of 2012's biggest hits. Gotye accepted the award from Prince, who said "I love this song," just before he announced the winner. "Thank you for everybody who puts out great energy into the world with music," Gotye said in his acceptance speech.
Country-pop singer Taylor Swift brought the circus to the Grammy stage on Sunday, kicking off the annual awards with a lively performance and British singer Adele picked up the show's first award. The Black Keys, Skrillex and Gotye started the night strong, each picking up multiple awards prior to the televised ceremony.
The 55th Grammy Awards will hand out their gramophone-shaped trophies in more than 80 categories, but only a handful of winners are announced during the three-hour live telecast airing on CBS. More than 60 categories were announced prior to the televised show. The top categories are dominated this year by male artists, with British folk band Mumford & Sons, indie-pop trio FUN. and R&B singer Frank Ocean going into the show with six nominations each, including Album of the Year. Swift kicked off the live telecast dressed as a ringmaster with a circus-themed performance of her infectious chart-topping hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," backed by dancers in jester and acrobat costumes. The 23-year-old singer picked up an early Grammy for her collaboration with T-Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars on the song "Safe and Sound" from The Hunger Games movie soundtrack. Britain's Adele, 24, who swept the Grammys with six major awards last year, landed another this year for Best Pop Solo Performance for her live rendition of Set Fire to The Rain.