While Lady Antebellum won five of its six Grammy bids including both Record and Song of the Year for “Need You Now,” it lost the big prize — Album of the Year — to Arcade Fire (“The Suburbs”). The country crooners also won Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group.
The third disc by Arcade Fire (photo, right), a Canadian indie band, also trumped the top-selling album by Eminem, who led going into this year’s Grammys with 10 nominations. However, he managed only two wins: Best Rap Album (“Recovery”) and Best Rap Solo Performance (“Not Afraid”).
Another artist with a Best Album bid was Lady Gaga who prevailed in three of her six races: Best Pop Album (“The Fame Monster”), Best Female Pop Vocal (“Bad Romance”) and Best Short Form Video (“Bad Romance”). Katy Perry, who also contended for the top award with “Teenage Dreams,” lost all four of her bids.
Although Arcade Fire claimed the overall Album award, they were edged out of both Best Alternative Album and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group by The Black Keys (“Brothers”).
Bruno Mars managed just one win from his seven bids, which included several for songwriting and collaborations, with his Best Male Pop Vocal award for “Just the Way You Are.”
And while “Empire State of Mind” lost its Best Record bid, it did win both Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Six-time nominee Jay-Z shared a third award with Swizz Beatz for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “On to the Next One.”