RECAP: R&B’s Brightest Stars Shine at the 53rd Annual Grammys

Every year music mavens gather with their peers to honor the year’s best in the industry. This year was no different as millions tuned in to the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The night clearly belonged to country sensation Lady Antebellum who beat R&B favorites like Cee-Lo, Rihanna, B.o.B, and Bruno Mars for the coveted Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Another industry shock was when jazz singer Esperanza Spalding beat fan favorites Justin Bieber and Drake for Best New Artist.

Nevertheless, R&B reigned supreme at this year’s awards by having seven categories of nominees. ‘Grenade’ sensation Bruno Mars beat out the late Michael Jackson for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Caribbean beauty Rihanna walked away with the award for Best Dance Recording, Fantasia and Usher won Best Female/Male R&B Vocal Performance respectively, and Best R&B Song went to John Legend and The Roots for ‘Shine.’

Rapper Eminem stole the show with two awards for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album and gave a riveting performance complete with cameos from Rihanna, Dr. Dre, and Skylar Grey.

Speaking of performances, all musical genres came together to pay tribute to the iconic Aretha Franklin. The performance was given by Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams, Florence Welch, and Martina McBride. Drake and Rihanna performed a fiery rendition of their chart-topping song, and the classic Janelle Monae coupled with B.o.B and Bruno Mars to perform.

Were your predictions accurate? Did your favorite artists walk away with a Grammy? For a full recap of last night’s winners see below.

Album of the Year
‘The Suburbs’ – Arcade Fire – WINNER
‘Recovery’ – Eminem
‘Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum
‘The Fame Monster’ – Lady Gaga
‘Teenage Dream’ – Katy Perry

Song of the Year
‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’ – Ray LaMontagne
‘Forget You’ – Cee-Lo Green
‘The House That Built Me’ – Miranda Lambert
‘Love the Way You Lie’ – Eminem Feat. Rihanna
‘Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum – WINNER

Record of the Year
‘Nothing on You’ – B.o.B. Feat. Bruno Mars
‘Love the Way You Lie’ – Eminem Feat. Rihanna
‘Forget You’ – Cee-Lo Green
‘Empire State of Mind ‘ Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys
‘Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum – WINNER

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Florence and the Machine
Mumford and Sons
Esperanza Spalding – WINNER

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
‘King of Anything’ – Sara Bareilles
‘Halo (Live)’ – Beyonce
‘Chasing Pirates’ – Norah Jones
‘Bad Romance’ – Lady Gaga – WINNER
‘Teenage Dream’ – Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ – Michael Buble
‘This is It’ – Michael Jackson
‘Whataya Want from Me’ – Adam Lambert
‘Just the Way You Are’ – Bruno Mars – WINNER
‘Half of My Heart’ – John Mayer

Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals
‘Don’t Stop Believin’ (Regionals Version)’ – ‘Glee’ cast
‘The Only Exception’ – Paramore
‘Babyfather’ – Sade
‘Hey, Soul Sister (Live)’ – Train – WINNER
‘Misery’ – Maroon 5

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
‘Airplanes, Part II’ – B.o.B., Eminem & Hayley Williams
‘Imagine’ – Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare – WINNER
‘If it Wasn’t for Bad’ – Elton John & Leon Russell
‘Telephone’ – Lady Gaga & Beyonce
‘California Gurls’ – Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Pop Vocal Album
‘My World 2.0’ – Justin Bieber
‘I Dreamed a Dream’ – Susan Boyle
‘The Fame Monster’ – Lady Gaga – WINNER
‘Battle Studies’ – John Mayer
‘Teenage Dream’ – Katy Perry

Best Dance Recording
‘Only Girl (In the World’ – Rihanna – WINNER
‘Rocket’ – Goldfrapp
‘In For The Kill’ – La Roux
‘Dance in the Dark’ – Lady Gaga
‘Dancing On My Own’ – Robyn

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
‘Satisfied’ – Jewel
‘The House That Built Me’ – Miranda Lambert – WINER
‘Swingin’ – LeAnn Rimes
‘Temporary Home’ – Carrie Underwood
‘I’d Love to Be Your Last’ – Gretchen Wilson

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
‘Til Summer Comes Around’ – Keith Urban – WINNER
‘Macon’ – Jamey Johnson
‘Cryin’ For Me’ – Toby Keith
‘Turning Home’ – David Nail
‘Gettin’ You Home’ – Chris Young

Best Country Performance By a Duo Or Group With Vocals
‘Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum – WINNER
‘Free’ – Zac Brown Band
‘Elizabeth’ – Dailey & Vincent
‘Little White Church’ – Little Big Town
‘Where Rainbows Never Die’ – The SteelDrivers

Best Country Song
‘The Breath You Take’ – George Strait
‘Free’ – Zac Brown Band
‘The House That Built Me’ – Miranda Lambert
‘I’d Love to Be Your Last’ – Gretchen Wilson
‘If I Die Young’ – The Band Perry
‘Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum – WINNER

Best Country Album
‘Up on the Ridge’ – Dierks Bentley
‘You Get What You Give’ – Zac Brown Band
‘The Guitar Song’ – Jamey Johnson
‘Need You Now’ – Lady Antebellum – WINNER
‘Revolution’ – Miranda Lambert

Best Rock Song
‘Angry World’ – Neil Young – WINNER
‘Little Lion Man’ – Mumford & Sons
‘Radioactive’ – Kings Of Leon
‘Resistance’ – Muse
‘Tighten Up’ – The Black Keys

Best Rock Album
‘Emotion & Commotion’ – Jeff Beck
‘The Resistance’ – Muse – WINNER
‘Backspacer’ – Pearl Jam
‘Mojo’ – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
‘Le Noise’ – Neil Young

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
‘Bittersweet’ – Fantasia – WINNER
‘Gone Already’ – Faith Evans
‘Everything To Me’ – Monica
‘Tired’ – Kelly Prince
‘Holding You Down’ – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
‘There Goes My Baby’ – Usher – WINNER
‘Second Chance’ – El DeBarge
‘Finding My Way Back’ – Jaheim
‘Why Would You Stay’ – Kern
‘We’re Still Friends’ – Musiq Soulchild

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
‘Solider of Love’ – Sade – WINNER
‘Love’ – Chuck Brown, Jill Scott, & Marcus Miller
‘Take My Time’ – Chris Brown & Tank
‘You’ve Got a Friend’ – Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin
‘Shine’ – John Legend & The Roots

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
‘Hang On In There’ – John Legend & The Roots – WINNER
‘When A Woman Loves’ – R. Kelly
‘You’re So Amazing’ – Calvin Richardson
‘In Between’ – Ryan Shaw
‘Go [Live]’ – Betty Wright

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
‘F*** You’ – Cee Lo Green – WINNER
‘Little One’ – Bilal
‘Orion’ – Carolyn Malachi
‘Tightrope’ – Janelle Monae & Big Boi
‘Still’ – Eric Roberson

Best R&B Song
‘Bittersweet’ – Fantasia
‘Finding My Way Back’ – Jaheim
‘Second Chance’ – El DeBarge
‘Shine’ – John Legend & The Roots – WINNER
‘Why Would You Stay’ – Kem

Best R&B Album
‘The Love & War Masterpeace’ – Raheem DeVaughn
‘Back To Me’ – Fantasia
‘Another Round’ – Jaheim
‘Wake Up!’ – John Legend & The Roots – WINNER
‘Still Standing’ – Monica

Best Contemporary R&B Album
‘Graffiti’ – Chris Brown
‘Untitled’ – R. Kelly
‘Transition’ – Ryan Leslie
‘The ArchAndroid’ – Janelle Monáe
‘Raymond V Raymond’ – Usher – WINNER

Best Rap Solo Performance
‘Not Afraid’ – Eminem – WINNER
‘Over’ – Drake
‘How Low’ – Ludacris
‘I’m Back’ – T.I.
‘Power’ – Kanye West

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
‘On To The Next One’ – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz – WINNER
‘Shutterbugg’ – Big Boi, Bosko, Cutty, & Mouche
‘Fancy’ – Drake, T.I., & Swizz Beatz
‘My Chick Bad’ – Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
‘Lose My Mind’ – Young Jeezy & Plies

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
‘Empire State of Mind’ – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – WINNER
‘Nothin’ On You’ – Bruno Mars & B.o.B
‘Deuces’ – Chris Brown, Tyga, Kevin McCall
‘Love The Way You Lie’ – Eminem and Rihanna
‘Wake Up Everybody’ – John Legend, The Roots, Mlanie Fiona, & Common

Best Rap Song
‘Empire State Of Mind ‘ Jay-Z & Alicia Keys – WINNER
‘Love the Way You Lie’ – Eminem & Rihanna
‘Not Afraid ‘ Eminem
‘Nothin’ On You’ – B.o.B & Bruno Mars
‘On To The Next One’ – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

Best Rap Album
‘The Adventures of Bobby Ray’ – B.o.B
‘Thank Me Later’ – Drake
‘Recovery’ – Eminem – WINNER
‘The Blueprint 3′ ‘ Jay-Z
‘How I Got Over’ – The Roots

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
‘Crazy Heart’ – Various Artists – WINNER
‘Glee: The Music, Volume 1′ ‘ ‘Glee’ Cast
‘Treme’ – Various Artists
‘True Blood-Volume 2′ ‘ Various Artists
‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ – Various Artists


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