- Associated Press - Sunday, February 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lady Antebellum’s yearning crossover smash “Need You Now” was crowned song of the year by the Grammys.

The country trio beat out Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie,” Cee Lo Green’s “(Expletive) You,” Ray LaMontagne’s “Beg Steal Or Borrow” and the Miranda Lambert-crooned “The House That Built Me” for the honor.

A tearful singer Hillary Scott said: “This past year has completely changed our whole lives and we love you all.”

It was Lady A’s fourth award of the evening, making them the leading winners.




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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lady Gaga came into the Grammys hidden in an egg but she hatched a winner _ she captured three trophies by mid-evening, including best pop vocal album for “The Fame Monster.”

But while she emerged as one of the evening’s early leaders, the singer _ normally the most flamboyant performer on any bill _ found herself out-Gaga’d by Cee Lo Green, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jim Henson Co.’s puppets, who gave a hilarious performance of “Forget You” that would have done Elton John proud.

Decked out in feathers of seemingly every hue, Green _ who is nominated for record and song of the year for the dirty version of the song, “(Expletive) You,” crooned alongside a sassy gaggle of puppets and Paltrow, who performed “Forget You” on the Fox TV show “Glee” and perhaps should seriously consider joining hubby Chris Martin of Coldplay as a regular recording artist.

It was easily the show stopper in a night of performances that included Gaga, a tribute to Aretha Franklin, a retro performance from Bruno Mars, a raspy Bob Dylan and Justin Bieber getting upstaged by 12-year-old Jaden Smith.

The performances overshadowed the evening’s early winners. Jay-Z, John Legend and Lady Antebellum joined Gaga with three trophies, making them early winners.

Train, who had one of the year’s top songs with “Soul Sister” but found themselves shut out of contention for song or album of the year, got a major consolation prize Sunday as they took home a trophy for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for the live version of their ubiquitous song.

“Thanks, Justin Bieber, for not being a duo or group,” said joked frontman Pat Monahan (“Soul Sister” was ineligible for contention in other categories because it had been released in advance of the eligibility requirements.)

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