Adele won the first award of the night on the main telecast, taking home best pop solo performance for Set Fire To The Rain (Live), in one of the event's least-surprising moments.
Fun. took home major awards best new artist, which was something of an upset over R&B singer Frank Ocean, as well as song of the year for the transcendent anthem We Are Young, featuring Janelle Monae.
Mumford & Sons ended an unpredictable Grammy Awards with perhaps the most surprising win of the night, taking home album of the year for Babel.
Like Mumford & Sons, Gotye was another surprise winner, taking record of the year for 2012's top-selling single Somebody That I Used To Know, featuring Kimbra, and finished with three awards.
Jay-Z and Kanye West had three wins - sharing one award with Ocean - along with electronica star Skrillex. A slew of nominees had two wins apiece, including former best new artist winner Esperanza Spalding.
Ocean was shut out in the major categories, but took home two trophies, including best urban contemporary album.