ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire is the first Album of the Year champ to lose their genre album race since those were introduced in 1994. They lost Best Alternative Music Album to “Brothers” by The Black Keys.
1994 – Tony Bennett – “MTV Unplugged” (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album winner)
1995 – Alanis Morissette – “Jagged Little Pill” (Best Rock Album winner)
1996 – Celine Dion – “Falling Into You” (Best Pop Vocal Album winner)
1997 – Bob Dylan – “Time Out Of Mind” (Best Contemporary Folk Album winner)
1998 – Lauryn Hill – “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” (Best R&B Album winner)
1999 – Santana – “Supernatural” (Best Rock Album winner)
2000 – Steely Dan – “Two Against Nature” (Best Pop Vocal Album winner)
2001 – “O’ Brother Where Art Thou” (Soundtrack) (Best Soundtrack for TV/Film/Media winner)
2002 – Norah Jones – “Come Away With Me” (Best Pop Vocal Album winner)
2003 – Outkast – “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” (Best Rap Album winner)
2004 – Ray Charles – “Genius Loves Company” (Best Pop Vocal Album winner)
2005 – U2 – “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” (Best Rock Album winner)
2006 – Dixie Chicks – “Taking The Long Way” (Best Country Album winner)
2007 – Herbie Hancock – “River: The Joni Letters” (Best Contemporary Jazz Album winner)
2008 – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – “Raising Sand” (Best Contemporary Folk Album winner)
2009 – Taylor Swift – “Fearless” (Best Country Album winner)
This was Eminem‘s third Album of the Year defeat, although he remains in good company. Other Album of the Year also-rans include the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Prince.
BEST NEW ARTIST
That Esperenza Spalding even netted a nomination was a surprise. That she won was a shocker.
Spalding was the only American in the race: Justin Bieber and Drake are both from Canada. Mumford & Sons and Florence + The Machine are both from the UK.
The last Best New Artist winner with just that one nomination was Shelby Lynne in 2000. Before that was Milli Vanilli in 1989.
This is only the second time in this category’s twenty-year history that a non-nominee for Album of the Year has prevailed. The first was in 1993 when U2‘s “Zooropa” beat out Album of the Year nominee R.E.M.‘s “Automatic For The People.”
Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” is the first Alternative album to win Album of the Year.
With her performance of “Born That Way” evoking comparison to Madonna, is ironic that Lady Gaga won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance which is an award that has eluded the Material Girl.
Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare‘s cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” won Best Pop Collaborations with Vocals. They beat out three top 40 hits (“California Gurls, “Airplanes” and “Telephone”). Perhaps, even more surprisingl they edged out the critically-acclaimed first collaboration of Elton John and Leon Russell. Expect them to be major contenders at next year’s Grammys.
John lost Best New Artist to The Carpenters in 1970. While he is a five time Grammy champ, he has never prevailed in the General Field.
While John Legend & The Roots won Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, they still lost Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals.
Sade is the first R&B group to win Best R&B Duo Or Group With Vocals since Destiny’s Child in 2001. Sade won this same category in 1993.
Both last year and this, Jay-Z won three Grammys and Eminem won two Grammys.
Nicki Minaj will be eligible for Best New Artist next year as she lost her bid for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group.
There was a different winner in each category.
Muse‘s “The Resistance” won Best Rock Album but lost Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
Neil Young won his first Grammy in a music category for Best Rock Song. He won a Grammy last year for Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package. Young lost Best Rock Album to Muse and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance to Paul McCartney.
The Black Keys won Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals over. among others 2010 Album of the Year winners Arcade Fire and 2010 Best Rock Album champs Muse.