- Associated Press - Sunday, February 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lady Antebellum’s crossover hit, “Need You Now,” didn’t make it to No. 1 on the pop charts, but it won the 2011 record of the year Grammy.

“Need You Now” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last year. They performed the song last year at the Grammys and again at Sunday’s show.

Lady Antebellum so far have won five awards on Sunday; they won one Grammy last year.

In the record of the year category, the country trio beat out No. 1 hits like Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You,” as well as Cee Lo’s expletive-laden hit, reworked as “Forget You!”




THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lady Antebellum’s yearning crossover smash “Need You Now” captured song of the year honors at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, giving the country trio a leading four awards in a ceremony short on trophies but heavy on spectacle performances.

The night also had a huge upset, as Esperanza Spalding _ a jazz bassist and singer who sold a fraction of favorite Justin Bieber’s music _ beat the 16-year-old pop phenomenon, and also Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons and Drake for best new artist.

She is the first jazz artist to ever win the category.

“I take this honor to heart so sincerely and I’ll do my damnedest to make great music for all of you. It’s such an honor and God bless,” said a shocked Spalding, who released her third album, “The Chamber Music Society,” last year.

The evening’s other top winners included Jay-Z, John Legend, and Lady Gaga, who each had three trophies; Muse, who won best rock album; and Train, whose “Hey, Soul Sister (Live),” one of the year’s top songs, captured best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals.

“Thanks, Justin Bieber, for not being a duo or group,” joked frontman Pat Monahan.

Eminem entered the evening as the top nominee with 10. But he had lost six of those opportunities midway through the night, although he did pick up a trophy for best rap solo performance.

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