Grammys Recap: Winners & Musical Highlights (Video)

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Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Grammys Recap: Winners & Musical Highlights (Video)


Sunday’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards was a spectacle of over-the-top musical extravagance, with a performance-heavy program that paired several artists together and showcased complimentary talents in virtually every major area of talent nominated at the ceremony. The full list of winners is on Page 2, while some of the night’s more memorable highlights can be found below, courtesy of the ever-diligent and kickass music blog TheAudioPerv. We’ll spare you the whole "Lady GaGa impersonating Madonna impersonating a baby chicken" fiasco, however, as well as the Bieber/Usher lovefest and Katy Perry warbling through an unwelcome ballad while swinging back & forth like a little kid.

Album Of The Year winners Arcade Fire performed a stirring “Month Of May,” and then a glorious rendition of “Ready To Start” at the night’s conclusion, immediately after the band won the night’s top honors:


"Ready to Start":



Eminem performed “Love The Way You Lie” (w/Rihanna and Adam Levine on piano) and “I Need A Doctor” (w/Dr. Dre and Skylar Grey). Sadly, it seems that musical power-politics played a part in the live debut of Dre’s new single, which featured a fiery verse from Em and a chorus & hook by songstress Skylar Grey. Sadly, and despite a stellar performance, Skylar’s face wasn’t shown once. She remained in the shadows, totally free of recognition. A power play from Rihanna, who appeared moments before on a verse of "Love The Way You Lie part 2," the vocals of which reportedly originated from Skylar? Perhaps. 

Never one to let geriatrics get in the way of showing the whippersnappers how it’s done right, Mick Jagger did a damn fine job covering Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” with Raphael Saadiq:

In a wonderful showing of triple-threat excellence, B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae performed “Nothin’ On You”, “Grenade” and “Cold War”. Monae’s intensity is absolutely incredible, but Bruno Mars’ versatility onstage is nothing short of amazing. That cat can ROCK a drum kit:

After an introduction from David Letterman, Bob Dylan performed “Maggie’s Farm” with Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers. Mumford & Sons also performed “The Cave” and The Avett Brothers performed “Head Full Of Doubt, Road Full Of Promises”. Watch it all:

Also, Cee Lo Green performed “Forget You” with Gwyneth Paltrow and the Muppets. Why Gwyneth was there is anyone’s guess, other than that damned "Glee" show, but it’s hard to hate on such a fun & colorful performance. 


Winners on page 2!




Below is a complete list of the winners in major categories from Sunday’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards:

Album of the Year: "The Suburbs," Arcade Fire

Record of the Year: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year: "Need You Now," Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles

Kelley and Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Just The Way You Are," Bruno Mars

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: "Hey Soul Sister," Train

Pop Vocal Album: "The Fame Monster," Lady Gaga

Alternative Album: "Brothers," The Black Keys

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "Crazy Love," Michael Buble

Rock Song: "Angry World," Neil Young

Rock Album: "The Resistance," Muse

Rock Performance: "Tighten Up," The Black Keys

Solo Rock Vocal Performance: "Helter Skelter," Paul McCartney 

Hard Rock Performance: "New Fang," Them Crooked Vultures

R&B Album: "Wake up!" John Legend & The Roots

Contemporary R&B Album: "Raymond V Raymond," Usher

R&B Song: "Shine," John Legend & The Roots

R&B Performance: "Soldier Of Love," Sade

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "Hang On In There," John Legend and The Roots

Urban/Alternative Performance: "(Forget) You," Cee Lo Green

Rap Album: "Recovery," Eminem

Rap Solo Performance: "Not Afraid," Eminem

Rap Performance by A Duo Or Group: "On To The Next One," Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz

Rap Song: "Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Empire State Of Mind," Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Dance Recording: "Only Girl (In The World)," Rihanna

Electronic Dance Album: "La Roux," La Roux

Musical Show Album: "American Idiot," (Featuring Green Day)

Traditional World Music Album: "Ali And Toumani," Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate

Contemporary World Music Album: "Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2," Bela Fleck

Latin Pop Album: "Paraiso Express," Alejandro Sanz

Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: "El Existenial," Grupo Fantasma.

Tropical Latin Album: Viva La Tradicion, Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Norteno Album: "Classic," Intocable.

Banda Album: "Enamorate De Mi," El Guero y su Banda Centenario.

Latin Jazz Album: "Chucho’s Steps," Chucho Valdes and The Afro-Cuban Messengers.

Tejano Album: "Recuerdos," Little Joe y La Familia.

Male Country Vocal Performance: "’Til Summer Comes Around," Keith Urban

Female Country Vocal Performance: "The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert

Country Album: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

Country Performance by a Duo or Group: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

Country Song: "Need You Now," Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

Country Collaboration With Vocals: "As She’s Walking Away," Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson

Contemporary Jazz Album: "The Stanley Clarke Band," The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal Album: "Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From >Dee Dee," Dee Dee Bridgewater

Jazz Instrumental Album: "Moody 4B," James Moody

Improvised Jazz Solo: "A Change is Gonna Come," Herbie Hancock

Large Ensemble Jazz Album: "Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard," Mingus Big Band

Traditional Blues Album: "Joined At The Hip," Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith

Contemporary Blues Album: "Living Proof," Buddy Guy

Traditional Folk Album: "Genuine Negro Jig," Carolina Chocolate Drops

Contemporary Folk Album: "God Willin’ and The Creek Don’t Rise," Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: "Imagine," Herbie Hancock and Larry Klein, arrangers (Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck, India.Arie, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare)

Pop Instrumental Album: "Take Your Pick," Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto

Pop Instrumental Performance: "Nessun Dorma," Jeff Beck

Rock Instrumental Performance: "Hammerhead," Jeff Beck

Bluegrass Album: "Mountain Soul II," Patty Loveless

Americana Album: "You Are Not Alone," Mavis Staples

Hawaiian Music Album: "Huana Ke Aloha," Tia Carrere

Native American Music Album: "2010 Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit’s Dance,"(Various Artists) Derek Mathews, Dr. Lita Mathews & Melonie Mathews

Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album: "Zydeco Junkie," Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band

Reggae Album: "Before The Dawn," Buju Banton

Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album: "The Reason," Diamond Rio

New Age Album: "Miho: Journey To The Mountain,"Paul Winter Consort

Metal Performance: "El Dorado," Iron Maiden

Country Instrumental Performance: "Hummingbyrd," Marty Stuart

Musical Album For Children: "Tomorrow’s Children," Pete Seeger with The Rivertown Kids and Friends

Spoken Word Album For Children: "Julie Andrews’ Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies," Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Danger Mouse, for Broken Bells

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: "One Love Club," David Guetta and Afrojack’s remix of Madonna’s Revolver

Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: "Love God. Love People," Israel Houghton

Gospel Song: "It’s What I Do," Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters

Gospel Performance: "Grace," BeBe and CeCe Winans

Traditional Gospel Album: "Downtown Church," Patty Griffin

Rock Or Rap Gospel Album: "Hello Hurricane," Switchfoot

Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: "Still," BeBe and CeCe Winans

Classical Album: "Verdi: Requiem," Riccardo Muti, conductor; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus

Choral Performance: "Verdi: Requiem" Riccardo Muti, conductor; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus

Classical Contemporary Composition: "Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony / Deus Ex Machina," Giancarlo Guerrero

Classical Producer: David Frost

Orchestral Performance: "Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina," Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Nashville Symphony

Opera Recording: "Saariaho: L’Amour De Loin," Kent Nagano, conductor; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rundfunkchor Berlin

Spoken Word Album: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)," Jon Stewart

Comedy Album: "Stark Raving Black," Lewis Black

Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: "Crazy Heart," (Various Artists) Stephen Bruton & T Bone Burnett, producers

Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: "Toy Story 3," Randy Newman, composer

Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: The Weary Kind (From Crazy Heart) Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters

Historical Album: The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings)

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: "Baba Yetu," Christopher Tin, arranger; Soweto Gospel Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra