Lady Antebellum wins big at 53rd Grammys

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(From L to R) Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of country music group Lady Antebellum pose backstage with their awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Country Song for the song for "Need You Now", and Best Country Album for the album "Need You Now," at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Popular country music trio Lady Antebellum beat Eminum, who was widely expected to be the biggest winner at the 53rd Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday night, with five all-important awards, including song and record of the year.

The trio, who hails from the country music's hometown Nashville, Tennessee, walked away with country album, record of the year, song of the year, country performance by a duo or group with vocal, and country song for their hit single and album "Need You Now."

As the second studio album for the group that hit the market in January 2010, "Need You Now" was No.1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first week sales of 481,000. It is the third best-selling album in 2010, and has sold 3.2 million copies in the United States by now.

Walking into the night with six nods, the group only lost in one category, album of the year, which went to Canadian rock band Arcade Fire for "The Suburbs."

"This past year has completely changed our whole lives and we love you all," lead singer Hillary Scott said as the group accepted the song of the year Grammy.

Eminum, who led a star-studded field with 10 nominations in the leadup to the highest honor in the music world, took home only two awards, best solo rap performance for "Not Afraid" and best rap album for "Recovery."

Lady Gaga, the 24-year-old New York native who gained wide publicity last September for wearing a raw meat dress at the 2010 Video Music Awards, arrived at the Staples Center encased in a large egg carried by her aides.

"I had this dream when I was really young that I could be whoever I wanted to be," Lady Gaga said as she received the best pop vocal album, best female pop vocal performance and short-form music video trophies. She won for "The Fame Monster" and "Bad Romance" respectively.

British rock band Muse garnered the honor of best rock album for "The Resistance." This is the group's fifth studio album and their first win at the Grammys. Dealing with political corruption, alien invasion, New World Order conspiracies, the album topped the charts in 19 countries after it was released in September 2009.

The night's biggest surprise came when teen sensation Justin Bieber was beat by Esperanza Spalding, a jazz singer and bass player from Portland, for best new artist.

Bieber, 16, a Canadian pop R&B singer whose 3D biopic movie "Never Say Never" debuted on Friday, went into the Grammys with two nominations, but left empty-handed.

During the pre-telecast awards ceremony which handed out 99 awards, rapper Jay-Z was the big winner, walking away with three prizes, including best rap song and best rap/sung collaboration for "Empire State of Mind," with Alicia Key. He also won best rap performance by a duo or group for "On to the Next One," with Swizz Beatz.

Country music icon Dolly Parton was awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award. The successful singer, songwriter, author, actress, philanthropist and businesswoman has been nominated for 45 Grammy awards and won seven.

This year's Grammys recognize outstanding work produced between Sept. 1, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2010. A number of acclaimed singers including Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga performed at the event. First-ever performance of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger on the Grammy stage and a tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, were also featured at the prime-time CBS show.

Source: Xinhua

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