Grammy Awards 2011 Winners List

Esperanza Spalding, Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum and more take home Grammys, while 10-time and six-time nominees Eminem and Gaga both walked away with only two and three trophies, respectively.

It was a night of surprises in Los Angeles with big upsets in all four of the major Grammy categories. Musician Win Butler, right, Regine Chassagne and the band Arcade Fire accept album of the year award for "The Suburbs." Photo: Reuters

All the Grammys have been handed out, and in a night of upsets, a few unexpected artists walked away with some glittery statuettes for the mantle.

Jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding snagged the Best New Artist trophy, besting chart-toppers like Justin Bieber and Drake, and indie darlings Arcade Fire won the coveted Album of the Year trophy, beating out pop supernovas like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, heavily nominated MC Eminem and country stars Lady Antebellum.

However, country stars Lady Antebellum represented for Nashville and had a very good night at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. The six-time nominees collected five awards, including record of the year and song of the year, for their megahit “Need You Now.”

“We just cried our eyes out backstage,” Charles Kelley said on stage at L.A.’s Staples Center while accepting record of the year. “I can’t believe we’re standing up here again.”

John Legend and the Roots’ joint project Wake Up! as well as Jay-Z scored three awards (none were televised), while 10-time and six-time nominees Eminem and Gaga both walked away with two and three trophies, respectively.

Rockers Arcade Fire bested Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry and Eminem, winning the night’s biggest honor, album of the year, for their third album, The Suburbs.

The band, who performed a rollicking version of “Month of May” earlier in the telecast complete with bicycle-riders, immediately took the stage again and sprinted through an anthemic version of “Ready to Start” after collecting their award from Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Six-time nominee Lady Gaga offered an aerobic performance of her new single “Born This Way” early in the show, and also won best pop vocal album for The Fame Monster.

British rockers Muse nabbed best rock album for The Resistance, and lead singer Matthew Bellamy gave a shout-out on stage to his pregnant girlfriend Kate Hudson.

As always, the three-and-a-half hour telecast offered an eclectic array of performers. Mick Jagger prowled the stage and brought down the house during his tribute to the late Solomon Burke, while Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson opened the show with an all-star tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Check out some of the winners below:

Album of the Year

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Record of the Year

Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

Best New Artist

Esperanza Spalding

Song of the Year

Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals

Train – “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck and Oumou Sangare – “Imagine”

Best Dance Recording

Rihanna – “Only Girl (In the World)”

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals

The Black Keys – “Tighten Up”

Best Hard Rock Performance

Them Crooked Vultures – “New Fang”

Best Rock Song

Neil Young – “Angry World”

Best Alternative Music Album

The Black Keys – Brothers

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals

Sade – “Soldier of Love”

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Usher – Raymond v. Raymond

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

Best Rap Song

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys – “Empire State of Mind”

Best Rap Album

Eminem – Recovery

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson – “As She’s Walking Away”

Best Country Song

Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

Best Country Album

Lady Antebellum – Need You Now

Best Americana Album

Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone

Best Traditional Blues Album

Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith – Joined at the Hip

Check out a complete Grammy winners list here.

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