At the Grammy Awards, Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso, ambassador of Indian music and friend of The Beatles, who died in December at 92, won best world music album for "The Living Room Sessions Part 1.'' Pop-rockers fun. won song of the year for their transcendent anthem, "We Are Young,'' along with best new artist during Sunday night's telecast, taking the two of four major awards the group's been nominated for.
Anoushka Shankar, his daughter, accepted the award on his behalf. The sitar player and composer was also a nominee for her album "Traveller.''
The group bested Frank Ocean, who was favored to win the best new artist award. Ocean had gotten most of the attention before the Grammys, and won two trophies during the telecast, but his fellow lead nominees got an early lead on the R&B singer.
"We Are Young'' helped fun. earn a starring role at these Grammys with nominations in all four major categories after the release of their first album, matched only by Christopher Cross in 1981, and six overall. The band turned in a powerful early performance of "Carry On'' as a downpour on stage began mid-song and guitarist Jack Antonoff got a kiss from his girlfriend, "Girls'' creator Lena Dunham, after winning.
Belgian-Australian artist Gotye won best alternative album for "Making Mirrors,'' as well as record of the year and best pop/duo performance for his smash hit "Somebody That I Used To Know,'' featuring New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra.
But it was The Black Keys and singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach who took an early lead thanks to a strong run in the pre-telecast awards show.
The group took best rock performance for "Lonely Boy'' during the main telecast and earlier in the day won best rock song for "Lonely Boy'' and best rock album for "El Camino'' with bandmate Patrick Carney, and Auerbach was named producer of the year. He also got an assist - but no trophy - on Dr. John's best blues album "Locked Down,'' which he produced.
Ocean won best urban contemporary album for "channel ORANGE.'' He beat out Chris Brown, with whom he recently scuffled. Ocean took