The (Very Few) Ladies Who Won Big At The 2013 Grammy’s Last Night

url-1Grammy’s? Last night was more like Denny’s, because it was a total sausage-fest. (Zing!) Mumford & Sons, whose maleness is even in their band name, won the top honor, Album of the Year. Dude duo the Black Keys won four awards, including Best Rock Album. Fun., the annoying punctuated pop-rock band from Brooklyn, won Best New Artist. Frank Ocean was awarded the statuette for Best Urban Contemporary Album. And so on! Bros, bros, everywhere the eye could see (er, ear could hear?). But that doesn’t mean there weren’t some big moments for the ladies at the 2013 Grammy’s, too.

1. Adele won the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for her live version of “Set Fire to the Rain.” Big deal, you say? Adele wins a Grammy every time she so much as hums the Nashville soundtrack in the shower? Well, that is true. But this award was notable because she became the first woman since Barbra Streisand in the 1960s to win the award two years in a row.

2. Kelly Clarkson won for Pop Vocal Album, beating Fun. and Maroon Five, along with Florence & the Machine and Pink. Clarkson has had a pretty incredible 2013 so far, since just a few weeks ago she sang a gorgeous version of America the Beautiful at the inauguration.


Taylor Swift, who’s pretty much the queen of teen pop at this point, opening up the show with a super-elaborate Alice in Wonderland-themed version of her song “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Bonus: Presenter Katy Perry, who joked while presenting the award for Best New Artist that she was never nominated for the award and yet, “I have my own eyelash line.”

4. And that’s pretty much it, folks! Bonnie Raitt won Best Americana Album, Esperanza Spalding won for Jazz Vocal Album, and there were a few other highlights down the list from the major awards. But overall the night belonged to men. Let’s lock ourselves in our rooms and cry and listen to last night’s spoken-word winner Janis Ian‘s 1975 hit “At Seventeen”:

You find a full list of nominees and winners here.

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