Lady Antebellum accepted five Grammy awards during the prestigious music ceremony held Sunday night (Feb. 13) in Los Angeles. Lady Antebellum grabbed the all-genre record of the year and song of the year for “Need You Now” and best country album for Need You Now. Prior to the telecast, “Need You Now” also won for best country song and best country performance by a duo or group.
Lady Antebellum received nominations in six categories, including all-genre album of the year. Arcade Fire, a Canadian band, won in that field for The Suburbs.
The multi-platinum country trio edged out “The House That Built Me” as well as songs by Cee Lo Green, Eminem and Rihanna and Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs to win in the overall song of the year category. Accepting the award, Dave Haywood said, “We are so blown away. We want to thank our families back in Nashville and Augusta, Ga.” He also thanked manager Gary Borman, noting, “You’ve been the flagship behind this song that has completely flipped our world upside down.”
Charles Kelley then shouted out a “Happy Valentine’s Day!” message to his wife, while Hillary Scott tearfully followed that by saying, “Thank you so much to the fans. Thank you to radio. This past year has completely changed our lives and we love you so much. Thank you!”
While accepting their award for best country album earlier in the telecast, the group joined producer Paul Worley at the podium. Kelley began the speech by thanking their record label, while Scott noted, “We would also love to thank God and our family and friends back home who support us and keep us going while we’re on the road.” Worley then thanked the engineer and musicians on the album while Haywood gave a quick shout-out to country radio.
Lady Antebellum accepted the golden statuettes after their medley of the classic “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (a tribute to the late Teddy Pendergrass) blended with “American Honey” and “Need You Now.” The tally brings their career Grammy total to six, after winning last year for best country performance by a duo or group for “I Run to You.”
Early in the broadcast, Lambert delivered a heartfelt rendition of “The House That Built Me,” which won a Grammy just a few segments later. She accepted the award from Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown. Visibly excited by her first Grammy win and performance, she first thanked the songwriters, Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, then added, “Thank you so much for loving the lyrics to this song because it means the world to me. I know that everyone can relate to it.”
After thanking her business associates and her touring band, she continued, “Everybody that’s ever inspired me, and a whole bunch of you are in this room, thank you very much. I love country music.”
Her performance was introduced by Blake Shelton, who told the crowd, “When I say I love this next performer, what I mean is, I love this next performer. She’s not only one of the most talented people in the world, she happens to be my fiancée.” He could be seen at the end of her performance giving a standing ovation.
Urban won a Grammy prior to the telecast for “’Til Summer Comes Around” in the category of best male country vocal performance. It’s his fourth Grammy, following his trophies for “Sweet Thing,” “Stupid Boy” and “You’ll Think of Me.” He attended the event with his wife, Nicole Kidman. About two hours into the telecast, he teamed with John Mayer and Norah Jones to sing “Jolene” in tribute to Dolly Parton, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award prior to the show. After that, they named Lady Antebellum as the song of the year winners.
Other country artists who claimed Grammy awards in various categories prior to the telecast included Diamond Rio, Patty Loveless, Marty Stuart, Ryan Bingham, Alan Jackson and the Zac Brown Band. In addition, Kris Kristofferson introduced a rare live performance by Barbra Streisand, his co-star in the 1976 film, A Star Is Born.
Martina McBride helped open the show with an all-female salute to Aretha Franklin, joining gospel singer Yolanda Adams and pop stars Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch of Florence & the Machine. McBride stepped out to spotlight Franklin’s soulful hit, “Until You Come Back to Me,” along with a few lines of many of the soul music icon’s other signature songs.
About halfway into the show, Mumford & Sons and the Avett Brothers highlighted their acoustic direction, then jammed with the iconic Bob Dylan on “Maggie’s Farm.” The ceremony also paid tribute to numerous musicians and music industry professionals who have passed away, including Country Music Hall of Fame members Jimmy Dean, Charlie Louvin and Carl Smith, as well as agent Ron Baird, soul singer Solomon Burke, songwriter Hank Cochran, steel guitarist Ben Keith and sound engineers Bill Porter and Jim Williamson.View a list of the country winners and view additional Grammy coverage.