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Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Ten Best Moments of the 2011 Grammy Awards

Posted By on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 10:55 PM

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Miss the Grammys telecast? Couldn't care less about the awards? Either way, A to Z watched the entire show - and even some of the pre-show -- so you didn't have to. Here are ten highlights from the night.

Mavis Staples winning her first Grammy If you weren't watching the pre-show telecast, you missed Mavis Staples winning her first Grammy for You Are Not Alone, her Jeff Tweedy-produced-album. The soul legend was overcome by emotion as she accepted the award, and promised she'd be back again. Thankfully, although her speech went long, she wasn't cut off or rushed off the stage -- a fitting nod of respect as she reveled in a long-overdue honor. (Incidentally, Staples also thanked local boys Tony Margherita and Tweedy for their help.)

Arcade Fire Performing "Month of May" and Winning Album of the Year In a bold choice, the band rolled out The Suburbs' "Month of May" -- an amped-up, balls-out, Canuck-punk version of "Month of May." As tons of strobes disoriented the crowd, several bikers rode all over the stage (with camera-helmets!) and the group bashed through the song. After the song came even a bigger shock: In a clear upset, the band won Album of the Year. Stunned, what did the Arcade Fire do next? Why, jump back on stage and do another song "cause they like music," as it said in the acceptance speech. Cue "Ready the Start."

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