The 2010 Grammy Awards will go down as one of the most unpredictable and eclectic ceremonies in the event’s 53-year history.
Country music trio Lady Antebellum were, somewhat surprisingly, the big winners on the night – taking home five awards including Song of the Year and Record of the Year, while Lady Gaga (who arrived in a giant alien egg) and Jay Z snagged three gongs each.
The rest of the awards were pretty evenly spread between acts like Usher, Bruno Mars, Train and Rihanna, but there were some glaring omissions.
Notably teen sensation Justin Bieber missing out on Best New Talent to jazz singer Esperanza Spalding – much to the annoyance of his army of Beliebers – and alternative rock band Arcade Fire trumping Lady Gaga to win Album of the Year.
Katy Perry also went home empty handed, but she definitely made an impression by performing Not Like The Movies suspended on a swing with her wedding video playing in the background.
Other memorable performances include Barbra Streisand belting out Evergreen, Gaga’s alien-tastic rendition of Born This Way, Christina Aguilera’s diva battle with Jennifer Hudson during their Aretha Franklin tribute and Cee-Lo Green’s high camp duet with Gwyneth Paltrow that simultaneously paid homage to the muppets and Elton John (bottom of post).
Check out the winners below:
Album Of The Year: The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Song Of The Year: Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Record Of The Year: Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Best New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Pop Vocal Album: The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Crazy Love – Michael Buble
Female Pop Vocal Performance: Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Male Pop Vocal Performance: Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Pop Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group: Hey Soul Sister (Live) – Train
Pop Collaboration: Imagine – Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal
Short Form Music Video: Bad Romance – Lady Gaga
Dance Recording: Only Girl (In The World) – Rihanna
Dance/Electronic Album: La Roux – La Roux
Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Revolver – Madonna
Country Album: Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Country Song: Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
Rap Album: Recovery – Eminem
Rap Song: Empire State Of Mind – Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
Rock Album: The Resistance – Muse
Rock Song: Angry World – Neil Young
Rock Performance By Duo Or Group With Vocals: Tighten Up – The Black Keys
Hard Rock Performance: New Fang – Them Crooked Vultures
Alternative Music Album: Brothers – The Black Keys
R&B Album: Wake Up! – John Legend and The Roots
Contemporary R&B Album: Raymond Vs. Raymond – Usher
R&B Song: Shine- John Legend and The Roots
R&B Male Vocal Performance: There Goes My Baby – Usher
R&B Female Vocal Performance: Bittersweet – Fantasia
R&B Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group: Solider Of Love – Sade
Urban/Alternative Performance: Fuck You – Cee Lo Green