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Arcade Fire Wins Top Grammy Prize

Lady Antebellum also wins big at music awards gala.

The Canadian rock band Arcade Fire beat out Lady Gaga, Eminem, Lady Antebellum and Katy Perry to take home the top prize at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards Sunday.

In the evening's biggest upset, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs won the Grammy for Album of the Year at the awards ceremony broadcast live from Los Angeles.

Still, Lady Antebellum won big at the Grammys with the trio's song Need You Now winning Grammys for Song of the Year and Record of the year.  Lady A's album, also titled Need You Now, won for Best Country Album.

Another upset win saw young jazz musician Esperanza Spalding receiving recognition as the best new artist over teen sensation Justin Bieber.

Rapper Eminem had 10 nominations but took home only two Grammys -  Best Rap Album for Recovery and Best Rap Solo Performance for Not Afraid.

British rock band Muse's The Resistance won the Grammy for the Best Rock Album, and Lady Gaga's The Fame Monster won the Best Pop Vocal Album.

Singers Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga took home the honors for the top male and female pop artists respectively.

Miranda Lambert was given the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy for The House That Built Me, and Train won the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or a Group for Hey, Soul Sister.

The Grammys opened with a tribute to veteran musician Aretha Franklin, featuring singers Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, and Florence Welch.

Franklin, recently hospitalized for an undisclosed illness, delivered a videotaped message thanking her well wishers.

Three other veterans of the music industry - Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Barbra Streisand - performed at the awards ceremony. 

Probably the strangest performance of the night was Cee Lo Green, dressed in what looked like a psychedelic peacock outfit.  He sang a sanitized version of his song F--- You, accompanied by Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Puppets.  Green won the Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy for F---You.

John Legend and Jay-Z were awarded three trophies each in the pre-telecast ceremony at which the bulk of the Recording Academy's 109 awards are given out.

Mavis Staples won Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone.

Former Beatle Paul McCartney won Best Solo Rock Performance, his first solo Grammy in 39 years, for a live recording of the Beatles' tune Helter Skelter.  It is his 14th Grammy win.

For a full list of winners and nominees see: www.grammy.com/nominees

Arcade Fire Wins Top Grammy Prize
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