Lady Antebellum Wins Five Grammys in Night of UpsetsFeb 15th, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Art and Entertainment
Nashville band Lady Antebellum won five awards at this year’s Grammys Sunday, upsetting favorites Eminem, Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Alicia Keys. Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding also won big in a night of surprises.
Lady Antebellum swept several country categories, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Need You Now” and Best Album for the album of the same title.
The country music trio was formed in Nashville in 2006. It consists of lead vocalists Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott and background vocalist and musician Dave Haywood, who plays guitar, piano, and mandolin.
Their song “Need You Now” spent five weeks at Number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in late 2009, crossed over onto various pop and adult contemporary music charts, and ultimately went quadruple platinum. It won Single of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards.
The album of the same name, the group’s second album, was released in January 2010. It debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200, selling 481,000 copies sold in its first week. It went triple platinum.
“Need You Now’ beat out Eminem and Rihanna’s duet “Love the Way You Lie” for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, and won over Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ collaboration “Empire State of Mind” for Record of the Year.
Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs won Album of the Year, defeating Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry.
Jazz performer Esperanza Spalding won Best New Artist, beating out Justin Bieber.
Jay-Z and Lady Gaga each won three awards.
The Grammys played to an audience of 26.7 million viewers, its best performance since 2001, according to Nielsen data.