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October 28, 2021

Pop ladies rule at Grammy Awards

Rock legend Neil Young won his first Grammy for his music. Canadian rockers rockers Arcade Fire and British band Muse among winners.

Country trio Lady Antebellum and pop star Lady Gaga were among the winners at the most prestigious ceremony in the music calendar, the Grammy Awards, the BBC informs. Lady Antebellum won five prizes, including song of the year and record of the year for their hit Need You Now. Lady Gaga, who was carried down the Los Angeles event’s red carpet in a giant egg, won three awards including best pop vocal album for The Fame Monster. Rapper Jay-Z and soul star John Legend also picked up three awards apiece. Eminem led the field going into the ceremony, with 10 nominations. But the star picked up just two awards – best rap album for Recovery and best rap solo performance for Not Afraid. He had been tipped to win best album, but that award went to impassioned Canadian rockers Arcade Fire for their third studio album The Suburbs. Another shock came in the best new artist category, where singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding beat pop heart-throb Justin Bieber and hip-hop newcomer Drake to become the first jazz artist to win that award. Veteran guitarist Jeff Beck, who had seven nominations, was the leading British nominee going into the ceremony. He scooped both best pop instrumental performance and best rock instrumental performance. Sir Paul McCartney won best solo rock vocal performance for his live album Good Evening New York City, while a Beatles box set won best historical album.

Stadium rock band Muse picked up best rock album for The Resistance. The trio, who performed at the ceremony, saw off competition from veterans Neil Young (photo), Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and Jeff Beck. But Young did triumph over Muse in the best rock song category. His track Angry World, from his album Le Noise, was also up against tunes by Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon and the Black Keys. The ceremony at the Staples Center featured a string of flamboyant, star-studded performances and collaborations.

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