By: Christie T.
On Sunday, February 13, the 53rd annual Grammy award show occurred and it sure was an entertaining show. Commonly known as “music’s biggest night”, the night of this award show was filled with appearances from the top celebrities, awesome musical performances, and, of course, a great deal of suspense. Some of the musical performances included Justin Bieber and Usher featuring Jaden Smith, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Cee Lo Green and Gwenyth Paltrow, Arcade Fire and many others. This year, the Grammys were held in celebration of Aretha Franklin: an accomplished woman who undoubtedly has had a major influence on music. Several live performers sang many of Franklin’s songs together in commemoration of the ill Franklin. These artists include Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch (lead singer of Florence and the Machine), and Barbara Streisand.
All different types of music were recognized and celebrated at this event. The winners of the different awards were varied and some results were very surprising. Probably the most shocking winner was Esperanza Spalding, a jazz musician who walked away with the Best New Artist Award. The other nominees for that title were Drake, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, and of course, Justin Bieber. Also, one of the most prestigious awards, Record of the Year, was won by Lady Antebellum: a group that stole many awards, including Song of the Year. Other highlights include Arcade Fire winning Album of the Year, Lady Gaga winning Pop Vocal Album, Muse winning Rock Album, and Eminem winning Rap Album. The Grammys was a really fun, exciting show, and the excitement was heightened with a special performance by Mick Jagger singing “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.” The 2011 Grammys were a very popular event as 26.7 million viewers tuned in to watch, helping to make it a memorable night in music history.
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