"Need You Now" is the third Record of the Year winner in thepast five years with strong country appeal. It follows Dixie Chicks' "Not ReadyTo Make Nice" (which also won for Song of the Year) and the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collabo, "Please Read The Letter."
Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, John Legend and Jeff Beckeach took three awards. Eminem, whowas widely expected to sweep the night, won just two awards, the same numberthat he won last year for his so-so album, Relapse.
This marks the first time that an album has lost the albumaward in its genre and come back to win Album of the Year since the genre albumawards were introduced in the mid 1990s.
The first sign that Eminem's sweep might not pan out camewhen the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys smash "Empire State Of Mind" beat Eminem's collabo withRihanna, "Love The Way You Lie," forBest Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song.
Eminem has won 13 Grammys, including a category-leading fiveawards for Best Rap Album. But after 12 years of stardom, he has yet to win inany of the "Big Four" categories-Album, Record or Song of the Year or Best NewArtist. I'm starting to wonder: What's it going to take?
Michael Buble tookBest Traditional Pop Vocal Album for the third time for Crazy Love. Usher took Best Contemporary R&BAlbum for the second time with Raymond VRaymond. John Legend took Best R&B Album for the second time for Wake Up!, a collaboration with the Roots.
Other key genre album winners included Muse's The Resistance forBest Rock Album and La Roux's La Rouxfor Best Electronic/Dance Album.
By contrast, when NickiMinaj lost for Best Rap Performance by a Group or Duo for "My Chick Bad,"her collabo with Ludacris, she preservedher eligibility for Best New Artist at next year's Grammys. (She becomes theinstant front-runner to win that award a year from now.)
Cee Lo Green wonBest Urban/Alternative Performance for his smash "F*** You (Forget You)." Greenwon in the same category four years ago with Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy."
Danger Mouse,Green's partner in Gnarls Barkley,took Producer of the Year on his fourth nomination. Danger Mouse's productionclients this year included the BlackKeys, Broken Bells and his owncollabo with Sparklehorse.
Paul McCartneywon his first Grammy in 31 years. The ex-Beatle won for Best Solo RockPerformance for "Helter Skelter," a track from his live album Good Evening New York City. It was McCartney's first Grammy since his band Wings won for Best Rock InstrumentalPerformance in 1979.
"The Weary Kind" from the 2009 movie Crazy Heart continued its winning streak. The song, which won anOscar and a Golden Globe a year ago, won a Grammy for Best Song Written forMotion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Crazy Heart won a second award for Best Compilation Soundtrack ForMotion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. (It beat out Glee: The Music, Volume 1, which meansthat Glee, one of the most lucrative music franchises in years, wentGrammy-less.)
Julie Andrews wonher first Grammy in 46 years. She took Best Spoken Word Album for Children for Julie Andrews' Collection Of Poems, SongsAnd Lullabies, which she recorded with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. It was the star's first Grammy since 1964's Mary Poppins, which was voted BestRecording For Children. The night before this year's Grammys, Andrews accepteda Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fantasia won forBest Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Bittersweet." Fantasia is the third American Idol winner to win a Grammy,following Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. (Jennifer Hudson, who placed seventh in Season 3, has also won aGrammy.)
Jon Stewart wonfor Best Spoken Word Album for The DailyShow With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook). Lewis Black, a former regular on The Daily Show, took Best Comedy Album for the second time with Stark Raving Black.
Jazz saxophonist and flute player James Moody, who died in December, won his first Grammy. He tookBest Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group, for Moody 4B. Moody is best known for the jazz classic "Moody's MoodFor Love."
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