2011 Grammy Awards: Official Grammy Results

Posted February 14, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

Grammy night finally arrives; big winners announced and details on the televised portion revealed

Last updated // 11:21 p.m. (CST)


  • Arcade Fire bursts out with strobe light fury, bikers spin around set, wins Album of the Year and performs “Ready to Start” for show’s finale
  • ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star Jason Segel snubs Lady Gaga with joke about famous stars wearing anything they want (ouch); introduces Arcade Fire
  • Lady Antebellum wins Record of the Year for Need You Now
  • Drake joins Rihanna on “What’s My Name.” Mixed with deeper reggaeton beats
  • Eminem wins Best Rap Album (Recovery)
  • Barbara Striesand, accompanied by 50+ orchestra, performs “Evergreen.”
  • ‘In Memoriam’ tribute celebrates Lena Horne, Don Kirshner, Teena Marie, Doug Fieger, Gregory Issacs, Willie Mitchell, Walter Hawkins, Albertina Walker and Solomon Burke. Mick Jagger performs “Someone to Love” with Raphael Saadiq. Standing ovation brings on spirited encore
  • Biggest upset of the night. Jazz singer Esperanza Spalding wins Best New Artist; beating out Justin Bieber and Drake.
  • Rihanna hits stage again to perform “Love The Way You Lie” with Adam Levine on keys. Eminem joins, Dr. Dre appears on closing. Standing ovation for Eminem.
  • First major upset of the night. Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” wins Song of the Year
  • Actor Neil Patrick Harris introduces Katy Perry’ performs “Not Like the Movies” and Valentines’ Day tribute with “Teenage Dream”
  • Cee Lo Green, Gywneth Paltrow performs Forget You with the Muppets. Hilarious and entertaining. One of the better performances of the evening.
  • Lady Antebellum wins Best Country Album
  • Lady Antebellum performs tribute to the late Teddy Pendergrass with “If You Don’t Know Me By Now;” performs “Need You Now” with “American Honey”
  • David Letterman introduces ‘Top Ten’ list; Mumford & Sons, Avett Brothers performs. Bob Dylan guests with super-group on “Maggie’s Farm”
  • Big unexpected win for Lady Gaga for Best Pop Album (The Fame Monster)
  • Muse wins Best Rock Album
  • Justin Bieber opens performance with “Baby” and “Never Say Never.” Usher perform set “OMG” with Bieber
  • Miranda Lambert wins Best Female Country Vocal
  • Janelle Monae performs funky set with “Cold World,” with Bruno Mars on drums
  • Bruno Mars and B.o.B. performs string-laden “Nothin’ on You;” Mars breaks out with ’60s black-and-white set-up using Jackie Wilson style on slow-paced “Grenade”
  • Ryan Seacrest introduces Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars and B.o.B.
  • Lenny Kravitz introduces Muse; performing live for 1st time at Grammys.
  • Miranda Lambert performs intimate, stripped down version of “The House That Built Me”
  • Train wins Best Pop Performance By Duo/Group for “Hey, Soul Sister.”
  • Lady Gaga enters stage in egg…for performance of new single, “Born This Way.”
  • Mavis Staples wins Best Americana album, first-time Grammy for soul/gospel singer, tearfully calls it the “shock of her life…worth the wait”
  • Usher Raymond wins Best Contemporary R&B Album
  • John Legend & the Roots win R&B Duo/Group for “Hang On In There”
  • John Legend & the Roots win Best Traditional R&B Album
  • Fantasia wins for Best R&B Vocal
  • Black Keys wins Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group for “Tighten Up”
  • Usher wins Best R&B Male
  • Rihanna wins Best Dance Recording
  • Sade wins for Best Duo/Group
  • “Empire State of Mind” wins Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song
  • Eminem wins for Best Rap Solo Performance (“Not Afraid”)
  • The Black Keys wins for Best Alternative Album
  • “Need You Now” (Lady Antebellum) wins for Best Country Song
  • Cee Lo Green wins Best Urban/Alternative Performance
  • Lady Antebellum wins for Best Country Group
  • Keith Urban wins Best Male Country Vocal Performance
  • Israel Houghton wins Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
  • Patty Griffin wins Best Traditional Gospel Album
  • BeBe & CeCe Winans wins Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album and Best Gospel Performance


February 13. The big night of music has arrived and all eyes will be glued on the heavyweight matches in pop, rock, R&B, country and every other concievable musical genre.

Eminem is entering into the race with a huge stack of Grammy nods for Recovery, including  Record of the Year (“Love the Way You Lie”) and Album of the Year.. In the past, he’s won 11 of 26 nominations. Tonight promises to grant similar results.

?uestlove and the Roots are entering the Grammy race with high expectations since How I Got Over and their John Legend collaborative set Wake Up! are both nominated in multiple categories. Wake Up! leads the race with five of the group’s nods including Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song (“Shine”).

But all eyes are glued on the categories of New Artist of the Year. Analysts predict teen pop sensation Justin Bieber will walk home with this year’s coveted title, but rapper Drake, “Dog Days Are Over” act Florence + the Machine, folk-country band Mumford & Sons and Esperanza Spalding are all putting up a fight.

Other leading acts worth yof the night’s big wins include Bruno Mars and his talented Smeezington crew – whose work include B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ On You (featuring Mars) and Cee Lo Green’s potty mouth pop gem “F*** You.” The production team is also nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical and faces Rob Cavalio, Danger Mouse, Dr. Luke and RedOne in the challenging seats. As for Bruno Mars, his pop hit “Just the Way You Are” is facing up with the King of Pop’s posthumous track “This Is It” as well as John Mayer’s “Half of My Heart,” Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” and Michael Buble’s “Haven’t Met You Yet.”

Janelle Monae is nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album for her critically-acclaimed The ArchAndroid and is facing some pop heat competition with Usher (Raymond v Raymond) and Chris Brown (Graffiti) also in the bag.

Katy Perry, whose also scheduled to perform this evening, is up for a few awards, including Album of the Year (Teenage Dream), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Teenage Dream”) and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Country pop trio Lady Antebellum may be taking home the trophy for Best Country Album, but there might be a bit of an upset as underdog Jamey Johnson (The Guitar Song) might turn up the fire. Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown Band are also nominated in that category.


Good news for the Black Keys, who nabbed the award for Best Alternative Music Album, during the pre-Grammy award show. Their album, Brothers, was a critically-acclaimed success and performed significantly well on the music charts (peaking at #3 and currently sitting at #20 on the Billboard 200). Vampire Weekend’s Contra and Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs both claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 2000, but were no match for the Black Keys’ Southern hazy blues rock.

Check our Twitter feed @HiFiMagazine as we post updates fron the show, including live performances, surprises and all the details on the night’s big winners.

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J Matthew Cobb

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