Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum win big at the Grammy Awards

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In what many considered a night of upsets, Arcade Fire was awarded the top prize at this year’s Grammy Awards, held Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Montreal-based indie rockers walked away with Album of the Year for The Suburbs, beating out favorite Eminem as well as Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Despite losing out on the top prize, Lady Antebellum still took home the most trophies, winning 5 awards including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by Duo/Group for the song “Need You Now”, as well as Best Country Album.

The biggest upset of the night came in the Best New Artist category, where jazz singer and Berklee College of Music alum Esperanza Spalding defeated Justin Bieber, Florence + the Machine, Drake and Mumford & Sons.

The Black Keys took home three awards including Best Alternative Album with Brothers, where they bested Arcade Fire (they also won Best Rock Performance for Duo/Group for “Tighten Up” and Best Recording Package). Lady Gaga also won three Grammys including Best Pop Vocal Album with The Fame Monster and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Music Video for “Bad Romance”. Taking home a pair of Grammys were Eminem, Usher, John Legend/The Roots, Jeff Beck and Herbie Hancock.

Other notable winners included Muse for Best Rock Album for The Resistance, Mavis Staples for Best Americana Album with You Are Not Alone, Michael Buble for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album with Crazy Love and La Roux for Best Electronic/Dance Album with La Roux. Maine’s Ray Lamontagne took home Best Contemporary Folk Album for God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise.

For the complete list of winners and nominee’s in all 109 categories, go here.

Of course, most of the ceremony was dedicated to live performances including Bob Dylan with Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers, Dr. Dre with Eminem and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger with Raphael Saadiq and Cee Lo Green with Gwyneth Paltrow (whose performance also featured the Jim Henson Company Puppets). The show kicked off with Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Florence Welch coming together in a special tribute to Aretha Franklin.

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