Arcade Fire & Lady Antebellum Among Many Surprises At Grammys!

February 13, 2011

Arcade Fire’s album of the year trophy sat proudly atop a guitar amp at the closing of the show, leaving Eminem in the cold once again. Meanwhile Lady Antebellum cleaned house. Those were only a few of the many shocking victories of the night.

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It isn’t uncommon for the academy to hand out awards to artists that aren’t exactly in the mainstream. But in the case of artist of the year, it was unbelievable to see anyone but Justin Bieber take home the prize. Nonetheless, singer Esperanza Spalding was handed the golden gramophone.

Above all, it was flabbergasting to watch as the most prestigious of all awards was bestowed upon a Canadian band called Arcade Fire for their record ‘The Suburbs.’ I mean, did someone call in a favor on that one?

On top of that, I will now be humming myself to sleep tonight to ‘Need You Now.’ It’s a great record, but I’m left wondering whether or not all of the love is partly based on the academy’s yearning to even the playing field with the numerous urban acts that cleaned up.

Lady Antebellum took home a handful of awards for that track, including song of the year and record of the year.

The show itself stayed fresh with a bevy of big names gracing the stage, but most of the hum-drum business was handled before hand, where people like Jay-Z cleaned up (he won three tonight).

One of the few indisputable awards was given to Muse for best rock album. Those guys are unique, new, and just bizarre enough to have staying power. Who doesn’t love the lead singer’s eerie vocals? It’s almost like Halloween year round with those guys.

Did any of the winners come as a surprise to you? Let us hear it in the comments section. For more on Arcade Fire and Lady Antebellum’s Grammy success, visit Huffington Post.

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