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2013 Grammy Awards give way to a star-studded night 

Artists come together to mingle at the largest celebration of their musical accomplishments

The Grammys mark the biggest night for artists to come together in celebration of the best music of the year. The 2013 awards ceremony was packed full of stellar performances, appearances and overall successes for some of the most talented musicians of our time.

Seven-time winner Taylor Swift opened the show with a circus-themed performance of her nominated hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Unfortunately, it didn’t start the show off with a bang, falling flat with too much going on in the background and too little attention revolving around the young country singer.

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LL Cool J was back for the second time as the show’s host, but hopefully this will be the last time the rapper/actor will do so. Throughout the entire show, he couldn’t seem to stop mentioning hashtags, possibly in hopes of reaching out to young viewers.

While LL Cool J may not have been the ideal host, there were a number of noteworthy performances including Carrie Underwood, Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran alongside Elton John, Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, and a special tribute to Bob Marley. One of the great moments was a rare appearance by actor Johnny Depp to introduce the surprise big winners of the night, Mumford & Sons.

Carrie Underwood later took the stage singing her winning hit “Blown Away.” At first, the young country star seemed stiff, but as the performance went on, her dress became the conversation piece of the night. The custom Theia dress took on different collage of colors and butterflies, ultimately stealing the show.

The biggest moment of the night was the much awaited comeback of Justin Timberlake. After taking a seven -year hiatus from the music world, the former boyband favorite is back and not planning on slowing down anytime soon. Alongside a full band and Jay-Z, Timberlake performed “Suit & Tie” before serenading us with his new single, “Pusher Love Girl.”

As if the night couldn’t get any better for Timberlake, he also had two commercial spots for the deluxe edition of his album The 20/20 Experience, along with others for Target and Bud Light Platinum.

This is looking to be a big year for Timberlake, and fans couldn’t be happier to welcome him back.

A little later in the awards ceremony, six-time nominee Frank Ocean made his debut performance with a laid-back rendition of “Forrest Gump.” Ocean didn’t go home empty-handed either, taking the awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album and best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

After sitting through the show only to see 11 of the 81 awards received, viewers may have felt a bit disappointed. Luckily, there’s 2014 to look forward to.

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