If your album only wins one Grammy, Album of the Year is not a bad one to get. Just ask Mumford & Sons, whose second studio album, “Babel,” was the somewhat surprising 2013 Grammy winner for Album of the Year.
The British folk rock band wound up beating out The Black Keys, Frank Ocean, fun. and Jack White when it counted most.
The Black Keys’ “El Camino” was looking like the favorite after winning Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song for the single “Lonely Boy” earlier in the evening.
Frank Ocean picked up Best Urban Contemporary Album for his critically acclaimed “Channel Orange,” while fun. nabbed Best New Artist and Song of the Year (a songwriting award, not to be confused with Record of the Year which honors the best single) for “We Are Young.” White, sadly, went home empty handed (although he already has six Grammys from his work in The White Stripes).
But it was ultimately Mumford who prevailed in the top Album of the Year category, after losing out to The Black Keys for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, to Taylor Swift for Best Song Written For Visual Media (her “Safe and Sound” from “The Hunger Games” beat their “Learn Me Right” from “Brave”) and to Bonnie Raitt for Best Americana Album. Mumford had previously been shut out of the winners circle in 2011 (two nominations, no wins) and 2012 (four nominations, no wins).
Technically, Mumford — whose members are Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane — also won a second Grammy tonight in the category of Best Long Form Music Video for the documentary “Big Easy Express” which chronicled their Railroad Revival Tour with fellow bands Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.