Arcade FireIt was a night for the dark horse last night at the Grammys, both in wins and performances. Arcade Fire, a fairly unknown (except in the indie community, where they’ve been all the rage), swept the Best Album category. Esperanza Spalding upset Justin Bieber for Best New Artist (and quite possibly Best Hair). Eminem featured a virtual unknown, Skylar, in his performance. While big names took down some big prizes, the really major story of the night was the not-so-big names who took down the major players.
Let’s take a look at who won what -- and if they deserved it.
Album of the Year: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
I’ll admit, I’m not a fan of their music, but I have to at least credit Arcade Fire for advancing the indie cause. They'd never be my pick for album of the year (hello, Gaslight Anthem!), but they definitely deserve recognition.
Best Rock Album: The Resistance, Muse
Another relatively little-known band making it big on the Grammy stage. Muse has been rocking it for years and their recognition is well deserved.
Best New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Yes! Thank you! It's so nice that the Grammys realize that while Justin Bieber may be a pop phenomenon, he's no artist.
Song of the Year: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
Oh, Lady Antebellum. I just want you to go away. You have a serious case of the over-rateds.
Record of the Year: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Snore. Where’s Eminem’s nod for Relapse? If anyone deserved the award for record of the year, it’s him.
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga would be more deserving of this if "vocal" were dropped from the name of the award. She's no great singer, but as a performer, she'd get my vote any day. (She also won for Best Pop Vocal Album, and with that I must vehemently disagree.)
Best Metal Performance: "El Dorado," Iron Maiden
Dear Grammys: Although I love Iron Maiden, it is no longer 1989. You can choose a modern metal band (of which there are hundreds to choose from, would you like a mix tape?) instead of a safety pick.
Best Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem
Well deserved, you’ll get no argument from me on this one. Some of the best work Em’s ever done, this record actually deserved far more recognition than it got.
What do you think about the awards? Did the right people win?
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