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Early Grammy Winners Include Rihanna, Jay-Z and Kanye West

Pre-broadcast awards also go to Gotye, Black Keys, Paul McCartney

February 10, 2013 7:30 PM ET
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As the Grammy Awards get underway for 2013, some of music's biggest stars have already begun celebrating. 

Jay-Z and Kanye West shared the award for Best Rap Performance for "N****s in Paris," and the song also won the songwriters' award for Best Rap Song. Rihanna won Best Short Form Music Video for "We Found Love" (feat. Calvin Harris).

Grammy Awards Red Carpet 2013

Gotye will take home the awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for one of the year's ubiquitous hits, "Somebody That I Used to Know," and for Best Alternative Music Album for Making Mirrors. Skrillex won Best Dance Recording for Bangarang. Paul McCartney was honored for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Kisses on the Bottom. Best Rock Song went to the Black Keys (songwriters Dan Auerbach, Brian Burton and Patrick Carney) for "Lonely Boy"; the band also won Best Rock Album for El Camino

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