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Season 53

The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), or "Grammys", are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding achievements in the record industry.

The awards ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and some of the more prominent Grammy Awards are presented in a widely-viewed televised ceremony.

The Grammys are considered the highest music honour, the U.S. record industry's equivalent to the Academy Awards (Oscars) for motion pictures.

The Grammy Awards show is usually aired in February. In South Africa the awards air live on DStv's Channel O, and a delayed broadcast is shown on M-Net the following day.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday 13 February 2011 and were broadcast live from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles for the eighth consecutive time.

The 2011 awards ceremony aired live in South Africa on DStv's Channel O on Monday 14 February 2011, at 03h00. It was preceded by a live broadcast of the the countdown to the 2011 Grammy Awards Red Carpet on DStv's E! Entertainment channel at 00h00, followed by the live Grammys Red Carpet on E!, from 01h00-03h00.

A delayed broadcast of the Grammys aired on M-Net and M-Net HD on Monday 14 February 2011, at 21h30. The special was three hours long.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 13, 2011 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Barbra Streisand was honoured as the MusiCares Person of the Year two nights prior to the telecast on February 11.

Nominations were announced on December 1, 2010. A total of 109 awards will be presented.

For the third year, nominations were announced on prime time television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia at L.A. Live.

Eminem topped the nominations with ten, including Record of The Year, Song of the Year and Album of The Year followed by Bruno Mars who received seven nominations.

Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum, and Lady Gaga each earned six nominations; Jeff Beck, B.o.B, David Frost, Philip Lawrence, John Legend and The Roots received five each.

Alex Da Kid, The Black Keys, Drake, Cee Lo Green, Ari Levine, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Dirk Sobotka, and Zac Brown each earned four nods; Arcade Fire, Chris Brown, Muse, Miranda Lambert, John Mayer, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys each earned three nods.

Robert Plant, Pink, Justin Bieber, Mumford & Sons, Monica, La Roux, Goldfrapp, Janelle Monáe, Sade, Michael Bublé, Fantasia, Hayley Williams and The White Stripes all received two nominations.


Arcade Fire
Bruno Mars
Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow with The Jim Henson Company Puppets
Janelle Monáe
Katy Perry
Lady Antebellum
Lady Gaga
Mick Jagger and Raphael Saadiq
Miranda Lambert
Rihanna and Drake
Usher and Justin Bieber with Jaden Smith



Album Of The Year

The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
Recovery - Eminem
Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream - Katy Perry

Record Of The Year

"Nothin' On You" - B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars
"Love The Way You Lie" - Eminem Featuring Rihanna
".... You" - Cee Lo Green
"Empire State Of Mind" - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
"Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum

Best New Artist

Justin Bieber
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year

"Beg Steal Or Borrow" - Ray LaMontagne, songwriter (Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs)

"... You" - Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Cee Lo Green)

"The House That Built Me"- Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

"Love The Way You Lie" - Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Rihanna)

"Need You Now" - Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)


Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

"King Of Anything" - Sara Bareilles
"Halo (Live)" - Beyoncé
"Chasing Pirates" - Norah Jones
"Bad Romance" - Lady Gaga
"Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

"Haven't Met You Yet" - Michael Bublé
"This Is It" - Michael Jackson
"Whataya Want From Me" - Adam Lambert
"Just The Way You Are" - Bruno Mars
"Half Of My Heart - John Mayer

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

"Flow" - Laurie Anderson
"Nessun Dorma"- Jeff Beck
"No Mystery" - Stanley Clarke
"Orchestral Intro" - Gorillaz
"Sleepwalk" - The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Best Pop Instrumental Album

"Pushing The Envelope" - Gerald Albright
"Take Your Pick" - Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto
"Heart And Soul" - Kenny G
"Singularity" - Robby Krieger
"Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway" - Kirk Whalum

Best Pop Vocal Album

"My World 2.0" - Justin Bieber
"I Dreamed A Dream" - Susan Boyle
"The Fame Monster" - Lady Gaga
"Battle Studies" - John Mayer
"Teenage Dream" - Katy Perry

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

"Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)" - "Glee" Cast
"Misery" - Maroon 5
"The Only Exception" - Paramore
"Babyfather" - Sade
"Hey, Soul Sister (Live)" - Train

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

"Airplanes II" -- B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams
"Imagine" - Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
"If It Wasn't For Bad" - Elton John & Leon Russell
"Telephone" - Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
"California Gurls" - Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

"Crazy Love" - Michael Bublé
"The Greatest Love Songs Of All Time" - Barry Manilow
"Let It Be Me: Mathis In Nashville" - Johnny Mathis
"Fly Me To The MoonÂ?The Great American Songbook: Volume V"- Rod Stewart
"Love Is The Answer" - Barbra Streisand


Best Dance Recording

"Rocket" - Goldfrapp
"In For The Kill" - La Roux
"Dance In The Dark" - Lady Gaga
"Only Girl (In The World)" - Rihanna
"Dancing On My Own" - Robyn

Best Electronic/Dance Album

"These Hopeful Machines" - BT
"Further" - The Chemical Brothers
"Head First" - Goldfrapp
"Black Light" - Groove Armada
"La Roux" - La Roux


Best Rock Song

"Angry World" - Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young)
"Little Lion Man" - Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
"Radioactive" - Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
"Resistance" - Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
"Tighten Up" - Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

Best Rock Album

Emotion & Commotion - Jeff Beck
"The Resistance" - Muse
"Backspacer" - Pearl Jam
"Mojo" - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
"Le Noise" - Neil Young

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

"Run Back To Your Side" - Eric Clapton
"Crossroads" - John Mayer
"Helter Skelter" - Paul McCartney
"Silver Rider" - Robert Plant
"Angry World" - Neil Young

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

"Ready To Start" - Arcade Fire
"I Put A Spell On You" - Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
"Tighten Up" - The Black Keys
"Radioactive" - Kings Of Leon
"Resistance" - Muse

Best Hard Rock Performance

"A Looking In View" - Alice In Chains
"Let Me Hear You Scream" - Ozzy Osbourne
"Black Rain" - Soundgarden
"Between The Lines" - Stone Temple Pilots
"New Fang" - Them Crooked Vultures

Best Rock Song

"Angry World" - Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young)
"Little Lion Man" - Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
"Radioactive" - Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
"Resistance" - Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)
"Tighten Up" - Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney, songwriter (The Black Keys)

Best Metal Performance

"El Dorado" - Iron Maiden
"Let The Guilt Go" - Korn
"In Your Words" - Lamb Of God
"Sudden Death"- Megadeth
"World Painted Blood" - Slayer

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

"Hammerhead" - Jeff Beck
"Black Mud" - The Black Keys
"Do The Murray"- Los Lobos
"Kundalini Bonfire" - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
"The Deathless Horsie" - Dweezil Zappa


Best Alternative Music Album

The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
Infinite Arms -Band Of Horses
Brothers - The Black Keys
Broken Bells - Broken Bells
Contra - Vampire Weekend


Best R&B Song

"Bittersweet" - Charles Harmon & Claude Kelly, songwriters (Fantasia)
"Finding My Way Back" - Ivan "Orthodox" Barias, Curt Chambers, Carvin "Ransum" Haggins, Jaheim Hoagland & Miquel Jontel, songwriters (Jaheim)
"Second Chance" - E. Debarge & Mischke, songwriters (El DeBarge)
"Shine" - John Stephens, songwriter (John Legend & The Roots)
"Why Would You Stay" - K. Owens, songwriter (Kem)

Best R&B Album

The Love & War Masterpeace - Raheem DeVaughn
Back To Me - Fantasia
Another Round - Jaheim
Wake Up! - John Legend & The Roots
Still Standing - Monica

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

"Gone Already" - Faith Evans
"Bittersweet" - Fantasia
"Everything To Me" - Monica
"Tired" - Kelly Price
"Holding You Down (Going In Circles)" - Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

"Second Chance" - El DeBarge
"Finding My Way Back" - Jaheim
"Why Would You Stay" - Kem
"We're Still Friends" - (Kirk Whalum &) Musiq Soulchild
"There Goes My Baby" - Usher

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

"When A Woman Loves" - R. Kelly
"Hang On In There" - John Legend & The Roots
"You're So Amazing" - Calvin Richardson
"In Between" - Ryan Shaw
"Go [Live]" - Betty Wright

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

"Little One" - Bilal
"Fuck You" - Cee Lo Green
"Orion" - Carolyn Malachi
"Tightrope" - Janelle Monáe & Big Boi
"Still" - Eric Roberson

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

"Take My Time" - Chris Brown & Tank
"Love" - Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller
"You've Got A Friend" - Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin
"Shine" - John Legend & The Roots
"Soldier Of Love" - Sade

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Graffiti - Chris Brown
Untitled - R. Kelly
Transition - Ryan Leslie
The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monáe
Raymond V Raymond - Usher


Best Rap Solo Performance

"Over" - Drake
"Not Afraid" - Eminem
"How Low" - Ludacris
"I'm Back" - T.I.
"Power" - Kanye West

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

"Shutterbugg" - Big Boi & Cutty
"Fancy" - Drake, T.I. & Swizz Beatz
"On To The Next One" -Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz
"My Chick Bad" - Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
"Lose My Mind" - Young Jeezy & Plies

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

"Nothin' On You" - B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars
"Deuces" - Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
"Love The Way You Lie" - Eminem & Rihanna
"Empire State Of Mind" - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
"Wake Up! Everybody" - John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common

Best Rap Song

"Empire State Of Mind" - Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Burt Keyes, Alicia Keys, Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic & Alexander Shuckburgh, songwriters (Sylvia Robinson, songwriter) (Jay-Z & Alicia Keys)
"Love The Way You Lie" -Alexander Grant, Skylar Grey & Marshall Mathers, songwriter (Eminem & Rihanna)
"Not Afraid" - M. Burnett, J. Evans, Marshall Mathers, L. Resto & M. Samuels, songwriters (Eminem)
"Nothin' On You" - Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Bobby Simmons Jr., songwriters (B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars)
"On To The Next One" - Shawn Carter, J. Chaton & K. Dean, songwriters (G. Auge & X. De Rosnay, songwriters) (Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz)

Best Rap Album

The Adventures Of Bobby Ray - B.o.B
Thank Me Later - Drake
Recovery - Eminem
The Blueprint 3 - Jay-Z
How I Got Over - The Roots


Best Country Song

"The Breath You Take" - Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon & Jessie Jo Dillon, songwriters (George Strait)
"Free" - Zac Brown, songwriter (Zac Brown Band)
"The House That Built Me" - Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
"I'd Love To Be Your Last" - Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate & Sam Tate, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson)
"If I Die Young" - Kimberly Perry, songwriter (The Band Perry)
"Need You Now" - Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

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
Revolution - Miranda Lambert

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

"Satisfied" - Jewel
"The House That Built Me" - Miranda Lambert
"Swingin'" - LeAnn Rimes
"Temporary Home" - Carrie Underwood
"I'd Love To Be Your Last" - Gretchen Wilson

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

"Macon" - Jamey Johnson
"Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song)" - Toby Keith
"Turning Home" - David Nail
"'Til Summer Comes Around" - Keith Urban
"Gettin' You Home" - Chris Young

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

"Free" - Zac Brown Band
"Elizabeth" - Dailey & Vincent
"Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum
"Little White Church" - Little Big Town
"Where Rainbows Never Die" - The SteelDrivers

Best Country Instrumental Performance

"Tattoo Of A Smudge" - Cherryholmes
"Magic #9" - The Infamous Stringdusters
"New Chance Blues" - Punch Brothers
"Willow Creek" - Darrell Scott
"Hummingbyrd" - Marty Stuart

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

"Bad Angel" - Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert & Jamey Johnson
"Pride (In The Name Of Love)" - Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers
"As She's Walking Away" - Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson
"Hillbilly Bone" - Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins
"I Run To You" - Marty Stuart & Connie Smith


Best Traditional World Music Album

Pure Sounds - Gyuto Monks Of Tibet
I Speak Fula - Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Grace - Soweto Gospel Choir
Ali and Toumani - Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté
Tango Universal - Vayo

Best Contemporary World Music Album

Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks - Béla Fleck
All In One - Bebel Gilberto
Oyo - Angelique Kidjo
Bom Tempo - Sergio Mendes
Om Namo Narayanaya: Soul Call - Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles
or Tracks only.

Baba Yetu - Christopher Tin, arranger (Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel
Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Track from: Calling All Dawns

Baby - Roger Treece, arranger (Bobby McFerrin)
Track from: Vocabularies

Based On A Thousand True Stories - Vince Mendoza, arranger (Silje Nergaard & Metropole Orchestra Strings)
Track from: A Thousand True Stories

Don't Explain - Geoffrey Keezer, arranger (Denise Donatelli)
Track from: When Lights Are Low

Imagine - Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein, arrangers (Herbie Hancock,
Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck, India.Arie, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare)
Track from: The Imagine Project

Best Classical Crossover Album
Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.

Meeting Of The Spirits - Matt Haimovitz (Amaryllis Jarczyk, Jan Jarczyk, John McLaughlin, Dominic Painchaud, Leanna Rutt & Matt Wilson)

Off The Map - The Silk Road Ensemble

Roots - My Life, My Song -Jessye Norman (Ira Coleman, Steve Johns, Mike Lovatt, Mark Markham & Martin Williams)

Christopher Tin: Calling Dawns - Lucas Richman, conductor (Sussan Deyhim, Lia, Kaori Omura, Dulce Pontes, Jia Ruhan, Aoi Tada & Frederica von Stade; Anonymous 4 & Soweto Gospel Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

Vocabularies - Bobby McFerrin

Best Reggae Album

Before The Dawn - Buju Banton
Isaacs Meets Isaac - Gregory Isaacs & King Isaac
Revelation - Lee "Scratch" Perry
Made In Jamaica - Bob Sinclair And Sly & Robbie
One Pop Reggae - Sly & Robbie And The Family Taxi
Legacy: An Acoustic Tribute To Peter Tosh - Andrew Tosh

Best New Age Album

Ocean - Michael Brant DeMaria
Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai, Volume 4 - Kitaro
Dancing Into Silence -  R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman
Miho: Journey To The Mountain - Paul Winter Consort
Instrumental Oasis, Vol. 4 - Zamora

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

The Stanley Clarke Band - The Stanley Clarke Band
Never Can Say Goodbye - Joey DeFrancesco
Now Is The Time - Jeff Lorber Fusion
To The One - John McLaughlin
Backatown - Trombone Shorty

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee - Dee Dee Bridgewater
Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B - Freddy Cole
When Lights Are Low - Denise Donatelli
Ages - Lorraine Feather
Water - Gregory Porter

Best Americana Album

The List - Rosanne Cash
Tin Can Trust - Los Lobos
Country Music - Willie Nelson
Band Of Joy - Robert Plant
You Are Not Alone - Mavis Staples

Best Comedy Album

Cho Dependent - Margaret Cho
I Told You I Was Freaky - Flight Of The Conchords
Kathy Griffin Does The Bible Belt - Kathy Griffin
Stark Raving Black - Lewis Black
Weapons Of Self Destruction - Robin Williams

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, TV etc

Crazy Heart
Glee: The Music, Volume 1
True Blood - Volume 2
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, TV, etc

Alice In Wonderland - Danny Elfman, composer
Avatar - James Horner, composer
Inception - Hans Zimmer, composer
Sherlock Holmes - Hans Zimmer, composer
Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman, composer

Best Song Written for Motion Picture, TV etc

"Down In New Orleans" (From The Princess And The Frog), Randy Newman, songwriter (Dr. John)
"I See You" (From Avatar), Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell & James Horner, songwriters (Leona Lewis)
"Kiss Like Your Kiss" (From True Blood), Lucinda Williams, songwriter (Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello)
"This City" (From Tremé), Steve Earle, songwriter (Steve Earle)
"The Weary Kind" (From Crazy Heart), Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters (Ryan Bingham)

Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)

Rob Cavallo
Danger Mouse
Dr. Luke
The Smeezingtons

Best Remixed Recording

"Fantasy" (Morgan Page Remix), Morgan Page, remixer (Nadia Ali)
"Funk Nasty" (Wolfgang Gartner Remix Edit), Wolfgang Gartner, remixer (Andy Caldwell Featuring Gram'ma Funk)
"Orpheus" (Quiet Carnival) (Funk Generation Mix), Mike Rizzo, remixer (Sergio Mendes)
"Revolver" (David Guetta's One Love Club Remix), David Guetta, remixer (Madonna)
"Sweet Disposition" (Axwell & Dirty South Remix), Axel Hedfors & Dragan Roganovic, remixers (The Temper Trap)

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