Grammys 2012: Bon Iver, Foo Fighters, Skrillex Among Early Winners
The Grammys are off and running with more than 70 category winners announced before the primetime broadcast.
Among the early victors: Bon Iver won best alternative album. The band notoriously rejected the Grammys' offer to perform on the show, frontman Justin Vernon revealed, when told they could only perform as part of a medley and not their Grammy-nominated song.
Also announced during the pre-telecast: Skrillex won for best dance/electronica album as well as best dance recording. Tony Bennett's Duets II was named best traditional pop vocal album.
The Foo Fighters picked up three Grammys for best rock album, best hard rock/metal performance for "White Limo" and best rock song for "Walk." The band is up for six in total. Newcomers The Civil Wars nabbed best folk album and best country duo/group performance. One-half of the duo, Joy Williams, recently announced that she was pregnant.
In the rap genre, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was named best rap album and his "All of the Lights" (featuring Rihanna, Kid Cudi and Fergie) best rap song.
Boardwalk Empire won for best compilation soundtrack, The King's Speech won for Best Score and Louis C.K. nabbed best comedy album.
The producer of the year category was a highly competitive one pitting hitmakers Ryan Tedder and the Smeezingtons against each other along with Danger Mouse, Butch Vig and Paul Epworth. In the end, Epworth, who worked on Adele's 21, emerged victorious -- possibly signaling the beginning of an Adele sweep? (Adele also picked up best pop vocal album.)
Speaking to reporter backstage, Epworth recalled his early meetings with the singer. "We talked about Dr. John, Tom Waits and Etta James," he said. Asked why the album has resonated so much, Epworth added, "Her vocal abiliity coupled with what she was feeling ... she finally found her resolve to get the guy out of her life. That's a really powerful palce to write music from."