Lady Antebellum big winner at 53rd Grammy Awards
By Jim Hagerty
The 53rd Grammy Awards looked more like the CMA Awards, as country act Lady Antebellum graced the stage five times, taking home honors for Best Country Album for Need You Now and Record of the Year for the crossover title track.
The trio, composed of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, also grabbed awards for Best Country Song, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Song of the Year.
Lady Antebellum has won seven Grammy Awards, five CMA top honors and scored five No. 1 singles from its two chart-topping albums since forming in 2006. Need You Now has reached Platinum status three times over in the U.S., while certified Gold elsewhere. The group debuted with the No. 4 country hit, “Love Don’t Live Here,” in 2008, as the eponymous debut reached No. 1 on the U.S. Country chart and No. 4 on the U.S. Pop chart.
Meantime, rapper Eminem was nominated for 10 awards Sunday Feb. 13, escaping with only two.
Sunday’s ceremony capped Eminem’s strong comeback after battling drug addiction. His latest, Recovery, was 2010’s best-selling album. That didn’t stop Arcade Fire from grabbing the Album of the Year. The defeat marks the third year in a row Eminem was nominated in the category and lost to what some believe to have been surprise victors.
For a partial list of Grammy winners, see Jim Hagerty’s On Music column. A complete list of winners is at grammy.com.
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