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53rd Annual Grammy Awards .jpg
DateFebruary 13, 2011
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles
Most awardsLady Antebellum (5)
Most nominationsEminem (10)
Television/radio coverage
Viewership26.6 million viewers[1]

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 13, 2011, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. They were broadcast on CBS with a rating of 26.6 million viewers. Barbra Streisand was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year two nights prior to the telecast on February 11. Nominations were announced on December 1, 2010 and a total of 109 awards were presented. Most of the awards were presented during the pre-telecast, which took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center next to the Staples Center, where the main telecast took place. The eligibility period was September 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010.[2]

For the third year, nominations were announced on prime-time television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Club Nokia at L.A. Live.

Arcade Fire won Album of the Year for The Suburbs becoming the first indie act to do so,[3] and surprising many viewers and critics.[4] Baba Yetu composed and arranged by Christopher Tin won Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), the first Grammy given to a piece of music written for a video game.[5] Esperanza Spalding was awarded Best New Artist. Lady Antebellum won five awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Need You Now". Other multiple winners include: David Frost, John Legend, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, and Jeff Beck with three awards each. The Black Keys, Eminem, Herbie Hancock, Alicia Keys, The Roots, Usher, Christopher Tin and BeBe Winans won two awards each.[6]

The television broadcast of the 53rd Grammy Awards marked the last awards show for the Grammy's executive producer, John Cossette, before his death on April 26, 2011.[7]


Pre-telecast ceremony


Telecast ceremony

The following performed:

Artist(s) Song(s)
Yolanda Adams
Christina Aguilera
Jennifer Hudson
Martina McBride
Florence Welch
Tribute to Aretha Franklin:[9]
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
"Ain't No Way" (Aguilera)
"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" (McBride)
"Think" (Welch)
"Respect" (Hudson)
"Spirit in the Dark" (Adams)
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"[10]
Lady Gaga "Born This Way"[11]
Miranda Lambert "The House That Built Me"[11]
Muse "Uprising"[12]
Bruno Mars
Janelle Monáe
"Nothin' on You"
"Cold War"[12]
Justin Bieber
Jaden Smith
"Never Say Never"
Justin Bieber
Mumford & Sons
The Avett Brothers
Bob Dylan[13]
"The Cave"
"Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise"
"Maggie's Farm"
Lady Antebellum "If You Don't Know Me By Now"
"American Honey"
"Need You Now"[12]
Cee-Lo Green
Gwyneth Paltrow
Henson Company Puppets
"Forget You"[11][14][15]
Katy Perry "Not Like the Movies"
"Teenage Dream"[11]
Norah Jones
John Mayer
Keith Urban

Tribute to Dolly Parton

Adam Levine
Skylar Grey
Dr. Dre
"Love the Way You Lie (Part II)"
"I Need a Doctor"[11][13]
Mick Jagger
Raphael Saadiq
"Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"[16]

Tribute to Solomon Burke

Barbra Streisand "Evergreen"[8]
"What's My Name?"
Arcade Fire[11] "Month of May"
"Ready to Start"


Pre-telecast ceremony[8]
Telecast ceremony

The following presented:



Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist


Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Pop Vocal Album


Best Dance Recording
Best Electronic/Dance Album

Traditional pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Hard Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album
Best Contemporary R&B Album


Best Rap Solo Performance
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album


Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Best Country Song
Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album


Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album


Best Gospel Performance
Best Gospel Song
Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Best Traditional Gospel Album
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best Tejano Album
Best Norteño Album
Best Banda Album

American roots music

Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Traditional Folk Album
Best Contemporary Folk Album
Best Hawaiian Music Album
Best Native American Music Album
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album


Best Reggae Album

World music

Best Traditional World Music Album
Best Contemporary World Music Album


Best Musical Album for Children
Best Spoken Word Album for Children

Spoken Word

Best Spoken Word Album


Best Comedy Album

Musical show

Best Musical Show Album

Film, TV and other visual media

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

Composing and arranging

Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Album notes

Best Album Notes


Best Historical Album

Production, non-classical

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Production, surround sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer Of The Year, Classical


Best Classical Album

Best Orchestral Performance

Best Opera Recording

Best Choral Performance

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)

Best Chamber Music Performance

Best Small Ensemble Performance

Best Classical Vocal Performance

Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Best Classical Crossover Album

Music video

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

Special Merit Awards

MusiCares Person of the Year

President's Merit Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Trustees Award

Technical Grammy Award

Artists with multiple nominations and awards

In Memoriam

James Moody, John D. Kendall, Billy Taylor, Herb Ellis, Lena Horne, Margaret Whiting, Charlie Louvin, Hank Cochran, Carl Smith, Bobby Charles, Bobby Hebb, Gladys Horton, Teena Marie, General Johnson, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Harvey Fuqua, Garry Shider, Dick Griffey, Gerry Rafferty, George David Weiss, Wally Traugott, Jim Williamson, Bill Porter, Richie Hayward, Ben Keith, Captain Beefheart, Malcolm McLaren, Herman Leonard, Irwin Silber, Jim Marshall, Jerry Bock, Allyn Ferguson, John Barry, Peter Lopez, Caresse Henry, Bill Aucoin, Hal Uplinger, Ron Baird, Ronni Chasen, Mitch Miller, Roberto Cantoral, Olga Guillot, Enrique Morente, Joan Sutherland, Helen Boatwright, Margaret Price, Earl Wild, Raphael Hillyer, Ronnie James Dio, Doug Fieger, Don Kirshner, Esteban "Steve" Jordan, Tony "Ham" Guerrero, Eddie Fisher, Jimmy Dean, Alex Chilton, Walter Hawkins, Albertina Walker and Solomon Burke.


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