Following the advance of Taylor Swift, who took anthology of the year at aftermost year’s ceremony, Lady Antebellum has fabricated a seamless alteration from a amount country admirers to a broader one in boilerplate pop. The band’s additional album, additionally alleged Need You Now, has awash about 3.2 actor copies and was the second-best agent of 2010. But the bandage seemed as afraid as anyone at its success.
Accepting almanac of the year (which goes to performers, as adjoin to song of the year, for songwriting), Hillary Scott , one of the members, said: “We’re so abashed we started walking the amiss direction.” The nominations had been led by Eminem, who had 10 nods in 9 categories for Recovery, an anthology that has resuscitated his acceptability with critics and fans. But in the end Eminem took alone two awards – neither in the top categories – for best rap anthology and best rap abandoned achievement (for the song Not Afraid). The big contests of the appearance accommodated to abounding of the Grammys’ accustomed news lines: novices adverse off adjoin acclimatized pros; pop stars against analytical darlings ; afflicted heroes on the improvement trail.
But in addition Grammy attitude , the night was abounding of abruptness victories. Best fresh artisan went to Esperanza Spalding, a 26-year-old applesauce bassist and accompanist who has becoming the account of her adolescent musicians – and is a admired of President Barack Obama – but has had around no affiliation to the pop mainstream. She exhausted Justin Bieber and Drake, who accept baffled the pop market, as able-bodied as the bands Mumford & Sons and Florence & the Machine, which accept additionally accomplished aerial on the Billboard charts. “I booty this honour to affection so sincerely,” said Spalding, acutely as afraid as anyone, while accepting the award, “and I’ll do my damnedest to accomplish abundant music for all of you.”
The blues-rock bandage the Black Keys won three awards, including best another anthology for Brothers. John Legend and the Roots breach three awards amid them for their collective album, Wake Up! Jay-Z took three awards, including two for Empire State of Mind, his Fresh York canticle with Alicia Keys. Acceptance speeches at the commemoration were brief, but they were continued on thank-yous to managers, artists-and-repertory men and added business interests. Eminem, accepting best rap anthology for Recovery , thanked his almanac aggregation alert and again added agilely : “And acknowledge you to the fans. What up, Detroit? Stand up!” With the music industry adversity from a decade-long sales slump, the Grammy commemoration is added important than ever, alms a night of prime-time TV allure and admired promotion.