Grammy recap: Lady Antebellum wins big
Monday, February 14, 2011
– Lady Antebellum was the big winner at the Grammy awards Sunday, capturing a total of five.
The trio won Grammys for record and song of the year for Need You Now with the composition also winning the song award for the country category. Lady Antebellum also scored a Grammy for Best Country Album for "Need You Now." The song award technically went to the songwriters, which includes Lady A's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott plus Josh Kear. The trio also won Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Need You Now.
The group also sent a tweet out immediately after the awards, "To all our fans....we love u we love u we love u!!!!!"
Other winners in country, bluegrass and Americana categories were:
Country Male Performance - Keith Urban, 'Til Summer Comes Around
Country Female Performance - Miranda Lambert, The House That Built Me
Best Bluegrass Album - Patty Loveless "Mountain Soul II."
Best Country Instrumental Performance - Marty Stuart, Hummingbyrd
Best Americana Album - Mavis Staples, "You Are Not Alone"
Best Traditional Folk Album - Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Genuine Negro Jig,"
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals - Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson, As She's Walking Away
Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album - Diamond Rio, "The Reason"
Best Contemporary Folk Album - Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs, "God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise"
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