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Feb 14

Lady Antebellum Rules GRAMMY Awards

Lady Antebellum wins big at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.

Lady Antebellum poses in the press room with the award for Best Country Album for 'Need You Now' at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center, February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/PictureGroup)

– Written by Shannon Heim

Country’s own Lady Antebellum was the big winner at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night, taking home the trophy in five of the six categories in which they were nominated. The group’s crossover hit “Need You Now” won Song and Record of the Year as well as best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Lady A members Dave Hayward, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott were clearly stunned by the Recording Academy’s accolades. “We just cried our eyes out backstage and I can’t believe we’re up here once again,” Charles said while accepting for Record of the Year.

During their performance, the group slowed down a shortened version of “Need You Now” and sung bits of “American Honey,” and the classic “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” a nod to Teddy Pendergrass, who died last year.

Lady Antebellum was the only country nominee in the Album of the Year category, which ultimately went to Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.

The group’s dominance marked the second straight year a country crossover act was the night’s top story. Last year, Taylor Swift captured best album among her wins. Taylor was away in Singapore on Sunday, performing on her Speak Now World Tour.

Delivering a heartfelt rendition of her nominated hit “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert said her performance was dedicated “to the artists who came before us and set the stage for us to be here tonight.” In a sweet touch to the Valentine’s Eve telecast, Miranda’s performance was introduced by Blake Shelton, who professed his love and admiration for his fiancée.

Miranda didn’t go home empty handed, winning the Female Country Vocal award for “The House That Built Me,” her first GRAMMY®. As she picked up the trophy, Miranda said the lyrics of the song “mean the world to me. I love country music .”

In the show’s opening performance, powerhouse Martina McBride held her own alongside Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch in a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Keith Urban joined Norah Jones and John Mayer in a cool version of “Jolene,” honoring Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dolly Parton. Later on the telecast, Keith and wife Nicole Kidman were on their feet dancing as Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger took the GRAMMY® stage for the first time in his long career to honor the late Solomon Burke.

One of the most colorful and entertaining performances of the night was Country Strong star and Academy Award® winner Gwyneth Paltrow and Cee Lo Green’s collaboration on his pop hit, “Forget You.”

Miranda Lambert arrives for the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center, February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup)

Earlier on the red carpet, Miranda and fellow nominee LeAnn Rimes stepped out in metallic dresses, a big trend for the evening. Martina and Lady A’s Hillary Scott looked classic in black dresses at the arrivals and donned different black ensembles for their respective performances.

Check out all the Red Carpet looks in our GRAMMY photo gallery »

Also looking dapper as they presented in the female Country category were nominees Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown, as well as living legend Kris Kristofferson, who was on hand to introduce Barbra Streisand’s performance.

Congrats to all the country music winners (including Diamond Rio, whose album The Reason won Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album; and Patty Loveless, whose Mountain Soul II won a GRAMMY® for Best Bluegrass Album)!

What was YOUR favorite moment of the night? Leave a comment below. Also, check out our Top 10 GRAMMY® Tweets!


Record of the Year
“Nothin’ On You” – B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
“Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rhianna
“F*** You” – Cee Lo Green
“Empire State Of Mind” – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum–WINNER

Song of the Year
“Beg Steal or Borrow” – Ray LaMontagne
“F*** You” – Cee Lo Green
“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert
“Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem feat. Rihanna
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum–WINNER

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
“Satisfied” – Jewel
“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert–WINNER
“Swingin’” – LeAnn Rimes
“Temporary Home” – Carrie Underwood
“I’d Love To Be Your Last” – Gretchen Wilson

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

“Macon” – Jamey Johnson
“Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)” – Toby Keith
“Turning Home” – David Nail
“Gettin’ You Home” –
Chris Young
“’Til Summer Comes Around” – Keith Urban–WINNER

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
“Free” – Zac Brown Band
“Elizabeth” – Dailey & Vincent
“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum–WINNER
“Little White Church” – Little Big Town
“Where Rainbows Never Die” – The SteelDrivers

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
“Bad Angel” – Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert & Jamey Johnson
“Pride (In The Name Of Love)” – Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers
“As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson–WINNER
“Hillbilly Bone” – Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins
“I Run To You” – Marty Stuart & Connie Smith

Best Country Song
“The Breath You Take” – Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon & Jessie Jo Dillon, songwriters (George Strait)
“Free” – Zac Brown, songwriter (Zac Brown Band)
“The House That Built Me” – Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
“I’d Love To Be Your Last” – Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate & Sam Tate, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson)
“If I Die Young” – Kimberly Perry, songwriter (The Band Perry)
“Need You Now” – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)–WINNER

Best Country Album
Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley
You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band
The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
Need You Now – Lady Antebellum–WINNER
Revolution – Miranda Lambert

Best Country Instrumental Performance
“Tattoo Of A Smudge” – Cherryholmes
“Magic #9” – The Infamous Stringdusters
“New Chance Blues” – Punch Brothers
“Willow Creek” – Darrell Scott
“Hummingbyrd” – Marty Stuart–WINNER


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