- Associated Press - Sunday, February 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding was the surprise best new artist winner at the Grammys.

Spalding beat out top acts like Justin Bieber and Drake. She only had only one Grammy nomination coming into Sunday’s show.

Spadling released her third CD, “Chamber Music Society,” last summer. Other nominees in the category were Florence & the Machine and the UK-based bluegrass band Mumford & Sons.




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” 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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