2013 Grammy Winners: Where Are They Now?

January 24, 2014 11:31 am
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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards kicks off this Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

This year, the nominees list includes music heavy-hitters as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk, Lorde, and many more — but what happens to their careers after they receive the coveted gilded gramophone trophy?

In anticipation for music’s biggest night, here is a look back at past winners and where they are now:

1. Mumford & Sons

Album of the Year: Babel

The English folk-rock band told Rolling Stone that “there won’t be any Mumford & Sons activities for the foreseeable future” after concluding their successful Babel tour in September 2013.

2. Gotye featuring Kimbra

Record of the Year: “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Best Alternative Music Album: Making Mirrors

After Wally De Backer — better known as Gotye — won several Grammy Awards for his chart-topping single, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” the Australian musician reprised his role as the drummer for his old band, the Basics, according to Billboard.

3. Fun.

Best New Artist

Frontman Nate Ruess collaborated with P!nk and produced their radio-reigning track, “Just Give Me A Reason,” which received a 2014 Grammy nomination for Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. They were also added to the performers list for the 56th annual awards show.

4. Adele

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Set Fire To The Rain (Live)”

The love-song diva is still “rolling in the deep” after her 21 LP became the first album to sell over 3 million digital copies since its release in February 2011, Rolling Stone reports.

5. Paul McCartney

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Kisses On The Bottom

The former Beatle unveiled his latest album, New, in October 2013, and the 71-year-old will also reunite with former bandmate Ringo Starr to perform, “The Night That Changed America: A Grammys Salute to the Beatles,” at this year’s Grammys.

6. The Black Keys

Best Rock Performance: “Lonely Boy”
Best Rock Song: “Lonely Boy”
Best Rock Album: El Camino

The rock band will share a stage with rap legends Outkast (Andre 3000 and Big Boi) at Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival along with The Killers, Modest Mouse, Pretty Lights, and many more.

7. Usher

Best R&B Performance: “Climax”

The “Burn” singer will reprise his role as a judge and coach for NBC’s hit singing show, The Voice, and Usher has frequently dropped by Sesame Street to educate kids on special segments like “Word of the Day.”

8. Beyoncé

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Love On Top”

Queen Bey surprised fans with the stealth release of her self-titled album in December, which debuted at No. 1 with over 617,000 copies sold, according to Billboard. The “Single Ladies” singer is also scheduled to perform at this year’s Grammys with her husband Jay Z.

9. Miguel

Best R&B Song: “Adorn”

The “Sure Thing” crooner will hit the road in February for his worldwide tour, and his single “How Many Drinks?” has been nominated for R&B Song of the Year by The BoomBox.

10. Frank Ocean

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Channel Orange

The “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You” singer told BBC Radio 1 presenter Zane Lowe that he was “like 10, 11 songs” into his next album, but according to Entertainment Wise, the 26-year-old told a fan on his personal Tumblr account that he will not release new music until “summer [2014] comes round again.”

11. Jay Z & Kanye West

Best Rap Performance: “N****s in Paris”
Best Rap Song: “N****s in Paris”

Jay Z is currently on his successful Magna Carta world tour, but the “Tom Ford” rapper will take a break and perform at the upcoming Grammys alongside his wife, Beyonce. New dad Kanye is also on the road for his Yeezus tour, and he is also gearing up for his wedding with reality star Kim Kardashian.

12. Drake

Best Rap Album: Take Care

Drake, who dropped his chart-topping album Nothing Was the Same in September, recently wrapped up his Would You Like a Tour? tour, and the “Take Care” singer will reunite with the Young Money Cash Money crew for their latest compilation album, Rise of an Empire, set for release on March 11.

13. Carrie Underwood

Best Country Solo Performance: “Blown Away”
Best Country Song: “Blown Away”

The country singer, who starred in NBC’s remake of The Sound of Music, was named Forbes top-earning American Idol alum with $31 million in 2013.

14. Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

Short-Form Music Video: “We Found Love”

RiRi recently wrapped up her Diamonds world tour, and the “Stay” singer teamed up with Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for their mega-hit track, “Can’t Remember to Forget You.”

15. Kelly Clarkson

Best Pop Vocal Album: Stronger

The Idol Season 1 winner dropped her first holiday album Wrapped in Red in October, which debuted at No. 3 with 199,000 copies sold, according to Billboard. The “Because of You” singer is also expecting a baby girl with her husband Brandon Blackstock.

16. Skrillex

Best Dance/Electronica Album: Bangarang

The EDM star will continue to drop the bass by performing at Coachella 2014 in April, and the “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” mixer also teased to Rolling Stone that “’14 is gonna be super exciting, I’m going to be out there doing some new s**t.”

17. Jimmy Fallon

Best Comedy Album: Blow Your Pants Off

Jimmy will be replacing patriarch Jay Leno on the Tonight Show starting February 17, and he will kick off his debut episode with Will Smith and U2 as his first guests.


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