GRAMMY Fact: Song Of The Year differs from Record Of The Year in that the award goes to the songwriter(s), rather than the artist, unless the artist is also the songwriter. All artists nominated in the category this year are first-time GRAMMY nominees: Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Carly Rae Jepsen and Fun.'s Jack Antonoff, Andrew Dost and Nate Ruess.
Fun. is up for a whopping SIX GRAMMYs tonight. They're passing around the mike, sharing the chance to give thanks. Uh-oh, here comes the finish-up music.
Hello, Johnny Depp! Mumford & Sons has just busted into their hit "Babel," off their same-named sophomore record. They're up for four awards tonight.
Bonnie Raitt is backstage. She won her 10th GRAMMY Award today. She's such a class-act. #GRAMMYs
The folky British foursome -- pretty much unknown a couple of years ago when they performed alongside Bob Dylan at the GRAMMYs -- is led by Marcus Mumford, who is all turned out in a sports coat and in fine form vocally.
Four-part harmonies are the name of the game for Mumford & Sons. A great calling card.
Well, that and a huge but intimate sound.
… and a gift for storytelling.
Marcus Mumford is a preacher's son, which may account for the storytelling skills, and for the name of this genuinely nice, heartfelt song and the album it comes from.
GRAMMY Fact: Mumford & Sons have won one GRAMMY so far tonight for Best Long Form Music Video for Big Easy Express.
Raitt is thrilled about her GRAMMY win tonight. And she's ready for more. "I'll see you in 20 years with a walker," she smiles at me.
This band loves a good instrumental break. The audience is loving this one, too. A crowd fave for sure.
They seem remarkably at ease onstage, no? No evident nerves, just focused playing and singing.
What a way to end the first hour of the show. And there's still so much more to come!
It's going to be pretty much impossible to get through the next 10 minutes without making a reference to bringing sexy back. Justin Timberlake is coming up. Do you prefer him as a singer or an actor? Does it matter?
Justin's not up for a GRAMMY tonight, but it doesn't matter: he's an artist who will always be a welcome presence onstage. Always surprising, too.
Bring on that famous falsetto!