*Lady Antebellum was the big winner at the Grammys with five awards, including record and song of the year for the band’s yearning crossover ballad “Need You Now,” but rockers Arcade Fire won Sunday’s biggest prize, album of the year, for their highly acclaimed “The Suburbs.”
While Arcade Fire’s win was a surprise, it wasn’t totally unexpected, as “The Suburbs” dominated many critic’s best-of lists of 2010.
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The true upset, however, came as Esperanza Spalding – a jazz bassist and singer who sold a fraction of Justin Bieber’s music and is perhaps best identified by her voluminous Afro – beat the 16-year-old pop phenomenon, and also Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons and Drake for best new artist.
She is the first jazz artist to ever win the category.
The evening’s other top winners included Jay-Z, John Legend, and Lady Gaga, who each had three trophies; Muse, who won best rock album; and Train, whose “Hey, Soul Sister (Live),” one of the year’s top songs, captured best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals.
The Grammys give out 109 awards – but most of those are doled out before the live telecast in a ceremony before the CBS show. Instead of focusing on the awards, the Grammy show emphasized performances for the year’s most celebrated artists, along with emerging acts and true legends.
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