CMJ 2011 performer Gotye and CMJ 2012 all-star Kimbra walked away with the Record Of The Year award for their ubiquitous hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know.” The pair was really excited to win the award, partially because Prince was the one who gave it to them. They both thanked Prince multiple times throughout their speech, which should really just become standard operating procedure for all awards show speeches: Always thank Prince. Watch the speech below.
Perennial CMJ chart-toppers the Black Keys won most of the awards in the Rock categories. El Camino won Best Rock Album, and “Lonely Boy” won Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. The Keys’ Dan Auerbach also won Producer Of The Year.
On the slightly less rocking spectrum, Mumford And Sons’ Babel won Album Of The Year. The band also joined Elton John, Zac Brown, Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard, Mavis Staples and T Bone Burnett for a rousing tribute to the Band’s Levon Helm.
R&B superstar Frank Ocean also performed on the show, though he didn’t win as many awards as many predicted he would. Ocean’s Channel Orange took home the award for Best Urban Contemporary album, and “No Church In The Wild,” his collaboration with Jay-Z, Kanye West and The-Dream, won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Ocean did not win Best New Artist. Instead the award went to Fun.
Drake won Best Rap Album for Take Care. As is often the case, the awards were not particularly friendly to hip-hop artists, though the show did end with a performance by host LL Cool J, Chuck D, Travis Barker, Tom Morello and Z-Trip.
Check out a full list of winners here.