THE 2011 GRAMMY AWARDS



Pictures of…
JOHN MAYER
NATASHA BEDINGFIELD

FROM PEOPLE

Country stars LADY ANTEBELLUM represented for Nashville and had a very good night. The six time nominees collected five awards, including RECORD OF THE YEAR and SONG OF THE YEAR for their megahit NEED YOU NOW.

Meanwhile…in an upset, rockers ARCADE FIRE won ALBUM OF THE YEAR for THE SUBURBS. The band, who performed a rollicking version of MONTH OF MAY earlier in the telecast complete with bicycle riders, immediately took the stage again and sprinted through an anthemic version of READY TO START after collecting their award from BARBRA STREISAND and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON.

In another unexpected choice, jazz bassist ESPERANZA SPALDING was named BEST NEW ARTIST despite a strong (and starry) showing in the category. Her competitors included JUSTIN BIEBER and DRAKE.

Six time nominee LADY GAGA offered an aerobic performance of her new single BORN THIS WAY early in the show and also won BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM for THE FAME MONSTER.

British rockers MUSE nabbed best rock album for THE RESISTANCE and lead singer MATTHEW BELLAMY gave a shout out on stage to his girlfriend KATE HUDSON.

As always, the three and a half hour telecast offered an eclectic array of performers. MICK JAGGER prowled the stage and brought down the house during his tribute to the late SOLOMON BURKE.

Here are the winners in selected categories…

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: THE SUBURBS – ARCADE FIRE

RECORD OF THE YEAR: NEED YOU NOW – LADY ANTEBELLUM

SONG OF THE YEAR: NEED YOU NOW – LADY ANTEBELLUM

BEST NEW ARTIST: ESPERANZA SPALDING

BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM: THE FAME MONSTER – LADY GAGA

FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE: BAD ROMANCE – LADY GAGA

MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE: JUST THE WAY YOU ARE – BRUNO MARS

TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM: CRAZY LOVE – MICHAEL BUBLE

POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS: IMAGINE – HERBIE HANCOCK, PINK, INDIA.ARIE, SEAL, KONONO #1, JEFF BECK & OUNO SANGARE

POP INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE: NESSUN DORMA – JEFF BECK

BEST ROCK ALBUM: THE RESISTANCE – MUSE

ROCK SONG: ANGRY WORLD – NEIL YOUNG

SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE: HELTER SKELTER – PAUL McCARTNEY

ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP: TIGHTEN UP – THE BLACK KEYS

R&B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP: SOLDIER OF LOVE – SADE

RAP SONG: EMPIRE STATE OF MIND – JAY Z & ALICIA KEYS

RAP SONG/COLLABORATION: EMPIRE STATE OF MIND – JAY Z & ALICIA KEYS

URBAN/ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE: FUCK YOU – CEE LO GREEN

MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE: TIL SUMMER COMES AROUND – KEITH URBAN

DANCE RECORDING: ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD – RIHANNA

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM: BROTHERS – THE BLACK KEYS

SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEO: BAD ROMANCE – LADY GAGA

LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO: WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE – THE DOORS

SPOKEN WORD ALBUM FOR CHILDREN: JULIE ANDREWS’ COLLECTION OF POEMS, SONGS & LULLABIES – JULIE ANDREWS & EMMA WALTON HAMILTON

RECORDING PACKAGE: BROTHERS – THE BLACK KEYS

HISTORICAL ALBUM: THE BEATLES (THE ORIGINAL STUDIO RECORDINGS) – THE BEATLES

ENGINEERED ALBUM (NON CLASSICAL): BATTLE STUDIES – JOHN MAYER

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (NON CLASSICAL): DANGER MOUSE

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