Mumford & Sons received the coveted award for Album of the Year for its sophomore release, Babel, during the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2013. The live televised broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles featured performances by the rootsy British indie folk-rock band and acoustic folk-rockers The Lumineers, among others.
Mumford & Sons joined Elton John, Mavis Staples, T Bone Burnett, Zac Brown and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes in an all-star tribute to the late Levon Helm, performing his classic “The Weight.” They also were part of the Grammy Award-winning Best Long-Form Music Video for Big Easy Express (S2BN Films), along with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.
Most of the winners in more than 75 categories were announced by The Recording Academy during ceremonies held earlier in the day. Winners in the American Roots Music Field included:
Best Folk Album
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
Best Bluegrass Album
Nobody Knows You
Steep Canyon Rangers
Best Blues Album
Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Band Courtbouillon
Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy
The Recording Academy also recognized the music of Woody Guthrie, whose 100th birthday was marked last year. Smithsonian Folkways’ Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection received the Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package (Fritz Klaetke, art director).
Recognized as the Best Spoken Word Album was Society’s Child: My Autobiography by Janis Ian (Audible, Inc.), while the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater album went to Once: A New Musical (Masterworks).
Besides being honored for Best Folk Album, The Goat Radio Sessions [Sony Classical] also captured the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
A complete list of winners in all categories appears online at www.grammy.com.