Eminem went into last Sunday’s Grammy Awards as a heavy favorite with 10 nominations, but the night belonged to the Ladies — Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga. Lady Antebellum took home five Grammys including two of the night’s top honors for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year for their mega-crossover hit “Need You Now,” beating out Eminem’s collaboration with Rihanna on “Love The Way You Lie.”
Eminem went into Sunday’s Grammy Awards as a heavy favorite with 10 nominations, but the night belonged to the Ladies — Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga.
Lady Antebellum took home five Grammys including two of the night’s top honors for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year for their mega-crossover hit “Need You Now,” beating out Eminem’s collaboration with Rihanna on “Love The Way You Lie.”
I assumed “Love The Way You Lie” would take top honors, considering the hype surrounding Eminem’s return and the highly publicized events between Rihanna and Chris Brown. It has been two years since that escapade made news, but the subject matter of “Love The Way You Lie” brought the attention back.
Eminem and Rihanna also failed to win Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. That went to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys for their power anthem “Empire State Of Mind.” I couldn’t have been more pleased about this because “... New York” rocks. Eminem did manage to score three wins, though.
Lady Antebellum swept the country categories, too, including Best Country Song, Best Country Vocals by a Duo or Group, and Best Country Album. No shocker to me.
The night’s biggest shockers had to be the Best New Artist and Album Of The Year. Both were jaw-droppers for me.
I don’t have Bieber fever and I don’t suspect I ever will. I do not understand the fuss — he isn’t that good. I didn’t expect him to win Best New Artist. I thought Mumford & Sons would win, and that Drake had a chance, too. I did not see Esperanza Spalding winning. In fact, I had no idea who she was. But I was prepared to shut the television off had Bieber’s name been called.
The night’s biggest surprise came when Arcade Fire’s album, “The Suburbs,” was named Album Of The Year.
Eminem’s “Recovery” was front-runner for that honor, although I was hoping Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster” would prevail.
Gaga did OK, though. She did win three Grammys including Best Pop Album, Best Pop Vocal Performance Female and Best Short Form Video each for “Bad Romance.”
Gaga’s egg-hatching moment before the debut of her new song, “Born This Way,” was the night’s best performance. She took some pointers straight from the non-existent Madonna Handbook “How To Rule The World.”
The Grammy telecast has become more about live performances than the honors. Of the 109 Grammy categories, only 10 awards were presented on the televised program.
I would like to see more of the awards presented during the night instead of having to read about them all the next day.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.