GRAMMY Rewind: 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards

Arcade Fire wins Album Of The Year and Lady Antebellum rises to superstardom
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    Esperanza Spalding
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    Alicia Keys and Jay-Z
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    Lady Gaga
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    Cee Lo Green
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    Katy Perry
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    Miranda Lambert
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    Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine
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    Lady Antebellum
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    Arcade Fire
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    Mumford & Sons
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    Justin Bieber
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    Bruno Mars
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    Ray LaMontagne
February 11, 2012 -- 7:54 pm PST

Music's Biggest Night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. In our final installment, we look back to last year when Lady Antebellum rose to GRAMMY stardom.

53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 13, 2011

Album Of The Year
Winner: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Eminem, Recovery
Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Katy Perry, Teenage Dream

In a surprise, indie rock reigned supreme with Arcade Fire picking up Album Of The Year honors for The Suburbs. The quartet closed out the GRAMMY telecast with a performance of "Month Of May." Eminem received his third career nod for Album Of The Year. Though short-handed here, Recovery won Best Rap Album honors. Lady Antebellum's Need You Now was one of country music's biggest hits in 2010. The album won Best Country Album honors. Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster would spawn three awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album. Gaga is nominated for Album Of The Year this year for Born This Way. While Perry would miss out on Album Of The Year, Teenage Dream would go on to spawn a record-tying five No. 1 singles, including "Firework," which is nominated for Record Of The Year this year.

Record Of The Year
Winner: Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now"
B.o.B & Bruno Mars, "Nothin' On You"
Eminem & Rihanna, "Love The Way You Lie"
Cee Lo Green, "Forget You"
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, "Empire State Of Mind"

Lady Antebellum scored big with five wins at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards. "Need You Now" would also net awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group. B.o.B & Bruno Mars teamed for "Nothin' On You," featured on B.o.B's debut album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray. The song was produced by the Smeezingtons, the production trio consisting of Mars, Ari Levine and Philip Lawrence. GRAMMY winners Eminem and Rihanna teamed for the hip-hop ballad "Love The Way You Lie," which was accompanied by a video featuring actress Megan Fox. The smash reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. "Forget You" is the expletive-free version of "F*** You," Green's hit that was also produced by the Smeezingtons. Green won two GRAMMYs previously as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley with Modest Mouse. Jay-Z & Alicia Keys teamed for "Empire State Of Mind," an contemporary ode to New York. The song netted wins for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song.

Song Of The Year
Winner: Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now"
Ray LaMontagne, "Beg, Steal Or Borrow"
Cee Lo Green, "Forget You"
Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Eminem & Rihanna, "Love The Way You Lie"

Three of the five songs also garnered nods for Record Of The Year. "Need You Now" was written by Lady Antebellum members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood with producer Josh Kear. The New Hampshire-born LaMontagne penned "Beg, Steal Or Borrow," a song from God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise, which won Best Contemporary Folk Album. "Forget You" was co-written by Green with the Smeezingtons and Christopher "Brody" Brown. Performed by Lambert, "The House That Built Me" was co-written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. The song earned Lambert Best Female Country Vocal Performance honors. "Love The Way You Lie" was co-written by Alex da Kid and Skylar Grey. Grey is nominated for three GRAMMYs this year, including two nods for “I Need A Doctor, a collaboration with Dr. Dre and Eminem.

Best New Artist
Winner: Esperanza Spalding
Justin Bieber
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Sons

Arguably the year's biggest upset, jazz artist Spalding walked away with Best New Artist honors. Spalding co-hosted last year's Pre-Telecast Ceremony and is scheduled to present an award at this year's ceremony. Though Bieber lost out here, the teen heartthrob had a banner year in 2010. His sophomore album, My World 2.0, peaked at No. 1 and spawned the hits "Baby" and "Somebody To Love." Canadian hip-hop artist Drake teamed with Rihanna for a performance of "What's My Name?" on the GRAMMY telecast. The song is nominated this year for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, one of Drake's four total nominations. Florence & The Machine is the brainchild of London-born Florence Welch. The indie collective won the Critic's Choice Award at the 2009 BRIT Awards. Mumford & Sons performed on the 53rd GRAMMY telecast with the legendary Bob Dylan. The British folk rockers are up for four awards this year, including Record and Song Of The Year for "The Cave."

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One/Dial Global, and covered online at and, and on YouTube.

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