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53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards

Arcade Fire pulled off the upset of the night (or, at least, left a few people at home upset) by winning the Album Of The Year Grammy last night. Things looked good for the band when it became obvious that they’d be the last performance (nearly every performer went home with awards later in the broadcast). They did “Month Of May” first, then heard the announcement (by a very confused Barbara Streisand) from backstage before returning to quickly accept the award and then do “Ready To Start.”

Other winners last night include The Black Keys, Neil Young, Them Crooked Vultures, Muse, Cee Lo Green, and La Roux. Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Kings Of Leon, Muse, Janelle Monae, Norah Jones, Drake, and Cee Lo Green also appeared. Watch Arcade Fire’s win below, as well as their two performances:

(via The Audio Perv)

The list of winners:

Album of the Year: Arcade Fire The Suburbs
Record of the Year: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
Song of the Year: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”
Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are”
Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Alternative Album: The Black Keys, Brothers
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Buble, Crazy Love
Rock Song: Neil Young, “Angry World’
Rock Album: Muse, The Resistance
Rock Performance: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up”
Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter”
Hard Rock Performance: Them Crooked Vultures, “New Fang”
Metal Performance: Iron Maiden, “El Dorado”
R&B Album: John Legend & The Roots, Wake up!
Contemporary R&B Album: Usher, Raymond V Raymond
R&B Song: John Legend & The Roots, “Shine”
R&B Performance: Sade, “Soldier Of Love”
Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: John Legend & The Root, “Hang On In There”
Urban/Alternative Performance: Cee Lo Green, “(Forget) You”
Rap Album: Eminem, Recovery
Rap Solo Performance: Eminem, “Not Afraid”
Rap Performance By A Duo or Group: Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz, “On To The Next One”
Rap Song: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”
Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State Of Mind”
Dance Recording: Rihanna, “Only Girl (In The World)”
Electronic Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux
Musical Show Album: Green Day, American Idiot
Country Album: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
Country Song: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Comments (78)
  1. Im a huge fan of Arcade Fire.. wish we had them on RouteNote!


  3. Is that Matt Hoffman on the bmx bike?

    • Yeah. That was him. Think about how random and awkward that is:

      BMX bikes riding around the stage doing tricks occasionally while an indie (well, I guess not anymore) rock performs @ the Grammys with an epileptic seizure-inducing light show going on in the background.

  4. “The Suburbs” can now take its rightful place alongside “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.”

  5. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another successful musician who struggles to play guitar and sing at the same time as much as Win Butler does.

  6. I can’t decide whether Win Butler’s obvious joy at winning the Grammys was endearing, naive, infuriating — or some combination thereof.

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      • I tried to defend your review of Arcade Fire before, but now you’re just being ridiculous.

      • No I think most fans of the Grammy awards were probably pissed that some weird hipster band came from out of nowhere to snatch this award away from Gaga or Katy Perry.

        That said, I do not consider this as great a coup as many others seem to. I still don’t think the Grammys have much relevance nor do they really represent the best stuff that’s going on in music. I mean, does this one good choice on their part negate the fact that Eminem’s album won best rap album of the year–in a year when both MBDTF AND Sir Luscious Left Foot came out, no less?

        • You know, a stopped clock’s still right twice a day, etc.

          • that tumblr page proves that “normal” fans of the grammys are pissed that a half bald guy and his weirdo hippy band won the award. Grammys are still bull shit though, this really means nothing. Cool all the same though.

        • MBDTF is only eligible for next years grammy’s otherwise it probably would have won album of the year.

        • It’s because MBDTF and Big Boi’s albums weren’t eligible for this years Grammy’s.

          • Both good points. As you may have noticed, I am no big fan of the Grammys, so I did not know the rules enough to realize the 2010 awards did not include all music released during that calendar year.

            I could probably come up with a different example of a much better artist or album being passed over for a far inferior one, but I will just leave it at this: Eminem’s latest album won rap album of the year.

      • Pretty odd to see a site’s writer being down voted so intensely by his own readership

      • It must be painful, being this pretentious.

        • I suppose if you define pretentiousness as expressing, defending and explaining your opinion to a group of faceless personalities you don’t know who also probably disagree with you then yes, Brandon is an asshole.

          I for one enjoy the variety as it provides things to discuss rather than praising groupthink with the obligatory thumbs up. It’s one thing to troll, but another to provide genuine thoughts as I believe Brandon does.

  7. If there’s already an album of the year category, what the hell is the difference between “record of the year” and “song of the year”?

  8. Record of the Year is not to be confused with Song of the Year or Album of the Year:

    Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track from an album. This award goes to the performing artist, the producer, recording engineer, and/or mixer for that song. In this sense, “record” means a recording of one song, not the composition or an album of songs. Often, the nominees and winners of this song represent the most successful songs of the year.

    Song of the Year is also awarded for a single or individual track, but the recipient of this award is the songwriter who actually created the song in the first place. Thus, “song” in this context means the song as written, not its recording.

    Album of the Year is awarded for a whole album, and the award is presented to the artist, producer, recording engineer, and mastering engineer for that album. So, in this context, “album” means a recorded collection of songs (a multi-track LP, CD, or download package), not the individual songs or their compositions.

    • Well thank you. That makes sense, I guess. Though I suppose it would suck if a song one “song of the year” and lost “record of the year”. It’s like telling the recording artist “you took a really great song and did a crappy version of it”.

  9. Also, Arcade Fire winning the grammy for album of the year renews my faith in humanity.


  11. It was exciting for me to see a band of seemingly genuine, humble people with no greater ambitions than to make good music win an award that usually designed for well-oiled pop commodities. It shook things up a bit. Sure, the grammys still suck and all, but they were the last stand. Indie’s takeover of mainstream is now complete, and even something so shitty as the grammys can’t deny it any longer.

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    • Because it’s not like Kanye’s ever tweeted before about his love of bands like Radiohead or other indie/alternative artists. He’s sampled shit like King Crimson and worked with Bon Iver. I’m pretty sure he has an electic taste in music. Because no one would really care if he was trying to be cool or not.

    • Get off the man’s nuts.

    • to paraphrase Freud: “sometimes a display of enthusiasm for an indie band’s success is just a display of enthusiasm for an indie band’s success”

    • to clarify – i take no issue with kanye’s musical tastes, who he chooses to sample/work with, who he’s publicly enthusiastic about, etc. it’s that he “included himself” in arcade fire’s win that gets me. i dunno, maybe i’m reading into one tweet way too much.

      • Please don’t say they’re the next U2.

        • they are well on their way to becoming the next U2, and i don’t mean that in a snarky way… look at the parallels: both bands were known from the get-go for their huge, life-affirming, “big message” songs; both bands crafted a signature, arena-ready sound right out of the gate; both bands were headlining major venues a few albums in; and most importantly, both bands were initially regarded as indie/post-punk (respectively) “hipster” groups but then went on to find mainstream success and win the album of the year grammy EXACTLY 7 YEARS AFTER THEIR DEBUT. now, i’m not trying to say arcade fire sucks – i do like them. nor am i saying the same about U2. but you have to admit that the similarities b/w the two groups are uncanny.

  13. A win for Win!

  14. And now the next Arcade Fire album will need to appeal to tweens, soccer moms and the rest of the lame-streamers who didn’t know of them prior to yesterday.

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  16. can we talk about how Gwenny and censorship managed to ruin Fuck You?

  17. So surprised the only thing that was deserving of an award (besides Cee-Lo Greens’ Fuck You) Actually won an award at the Grammys.

  18. Love Arcade Fire, if not The Suburbs, so I was glad to see them win. It doesn’t lend the Grammys any credit, and I’m sure Arcade Fire would have been fine without it and all, but their surprise and delight at the win made for a really nice moment.

    The lightshow for Month of May was a bit overpowering, but I thought the actual performance itself was awesome.

  19. I guess this makes up for them not be rewarded for Funeral.

  20. 7 years late, best French Canadian Grammy winner since Celine Dion

  21. Congrats to the Arcade Fire. Glad to see a great band earning these things and finding such great success. Hopefully they stay humble and continue releasing great music. Also, expect all the hipsters to lose interest in them by the end of this year.

    Also… did anyone else think Lady Gaga’s new song she performed was pretty mediocre. I really enjoyed Poker Face and Telephone, etc. This new song was so boring… It didn’t really even have a Lady Gaga feel to it.

  22. Win Butler was smiling all the way through Ready to start. I feel really happy for the band. COngrats.

  23. Why Month of May? Good job to them still.
    Pathetic how Ready To Start was interrupted by the ad for Hilton Hotels though.

  24. Who is Lady Antebellum? Honeslty. Maybe its because I am Australian, but I have never heard of them. I am guessing they are new; good on them, I suppose.

  25. florence didn’t win anything?!?!?!?

  26. How is that Suburbs does not win Alternative Album of the Year but it wins (Universal) Album of the Year? How are these voted on and who creates the nominations? Does this mean that if the Black Keys were also nominated for Album of the Year that they would have won instead of Arcade Fire? This has got to be one of the biggest fails in terms of “best in show.” I totally like Suburbs, but not winning its own category is bizarre to me.

  27. Totally deserved the “WIN” – get it “Win”

  28. Arcade Fire taking it home was a great win for music. But how much you guys want to bet that Adele with her new record 21 is going to take it all next year? Have you guys heard it, its streaming on NPR. Flawless.

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