Arcade Fire, Mavis Staples, Ray LaMontagne, Esperanza Spalding, The Black Keys Among Grammy Winners
Mavis Stapes and album producer Jeff Tweedy- Photo by Spencer Tweedy
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards took place last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. While Lady Gaga arrived inside an egg, one musical highlight was Bob Dylan’s performance of “Maggie’s Farm” backed by Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers. The version of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” delivered by Norah Jones, John Mayer, Keith Urban was noteworthy as well. As for the awards themselves, Esperanza Spalding, surprised many by taking the Best New Artist category, which also featured Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & The Machine and Mumford & Sons. Mavis Staples won her first ever Grammy, receiving Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone. Album Of The Year was Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs while Béla Fleck won Best Contemporary World Music Album for Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks and Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs received Best Contemporary Folk Album for God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise. Jeff Beck was honored twice, for Best Pop Instrumental Performance (“Nessun Dorma”) and Best Rock Instrumental Performance (“Hammerhead”) while the Black Keys received both Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“Tighten Up”) and Best Alternative Music Album ( Brothers ). An abbreviated list of winners appears below.
Select Grammy Winners
Best New Artist
Album Of The Year
The Suburbs Arcade Fire
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
“Tighten Up” The Black Keys
Best Alternative Music Album
Brothers The Black Keys
Best Americana Album
You Are Not Alone Mavis Staples
Best Contemporary Folk Album
God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs
Best Bluegrass Album
Mountain Soul II Patty Loveless
Best Traditional Folk Album
Genuine Negro Jig Carolina Chocolate Drops
Best Contemporary World Music Album
Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks Béla Fleck
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Living Proof Buddy Guy
Best Rock Song
“Angry World” Neil Young
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
“Imagine” Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
“Nessun Dorma” Jeff Beck
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
“Hammerhead” Jeff Beck
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
“Helter Skelter” Paul McCartney
Best Hard Rock Performance
“New Fang” Them Crooked Vultures
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
“Hang On In There” John Legend & The Roots
Best R&B Album
Wake Up! John Legend & The Roots
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
“As She’s Walking Away” Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson
Best Country Instrumental Performance
“Hummingbyrd” Marty Stuart
Best Contemporary Jazz Album
The Stanley Clarke Band The Stanley Clarke Band
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
“A Change Is Gonna Come” Herbie Hancock, soloist
Best Musical Album For Children
Tomorrow’s Children Pete Seeger With The Rivertown Kids And Friends
Best Long Form Music Video
When You’re Strange (The Doors)
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