The 53rd Grammy Awards aired last night, and like every year there were some memorable performances and major upsets.
Lady Antebellum proved that a country crossover hit is a powerful thing, winning five awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for their track “Need You Now.”
It was also a night for the underdogs. Jazz prodigy Esperanza Spalding provoked Beliebers with her surprise win for best new artist, and Montreal indie-rockers Arcade Fire took home Album of the Year—beating out Lady Gaga, Eminem, Lady Antebellum and Katy Perry—before taking to the stage for an impromptu performance of “Ready To Start.”
Across the pond at the BAFTA Awards, The King’s Speech is still on a major Oscar roll. The film led the pack with seven wins, including Best Film, Leading Actor (Colin Firth), Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush) and Original Screenplay.
Other big winners include Natalie Portman for her lead role in Black Swan and David Fincher for directing The Social Network. The Harry Potter franchise also won an achievement award for its outstanding contribution to British cinema.