2.14.11 --- The evening was supposed to be for Eminem, who was up for a leading 10 awards. But on Sunday night (February 13) at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, Slim Shady ended up with only two rap honors from his comeback Recovery. He took a backseat to country trio Lady Antebellum, who shocked the world with a slew of high-profile wins and a night's-best haul with five Golden Gramophones.
But don’t cry for Shady. Eminem's hit collabo with Rihanna, "Love the Way You Lie," may have gotten blanked five times, but he got the night started early by winning the Best Rap Solo Performance award for "Not Afraid."
One of the tightest categories, Best Rap Album, pitted such legends as Jay-Z and the Roots against upstarts B.o.B and Drake, but Slim Shady came through in that one too. "This is crazy," the always serious-looking MC said, making sure to thank his producers and Rihanna, whom he said helped propel Recovery to sales of more than 4 million. "Thank you to the fans — what up, Detroit? Stand up!" he shouted at the end.
Speaking of Rihanna she came out of sickness to not only perform with Eminem and Drake but she also picked up an award for Best Dance Performance.
Meanwhile Drake and Justin Bieber received another upset of the night when out of nowhere Esperanza Spalding took the honors in the Best New Artist category.
Bieber’s mentor, Usher, picked up two awards of his own - Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "There Goes My Baby," Usher topped Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Ryan Leslie and Janelle Monae to win Best Contemporary R&B Album.
Thanks to music from his chart-topping album "The Blueprint 3," Jay Z tied with John Legend ("Wake Up") to lead R&B and Hip Hop related winners at this year's Grammy Awards.
Jay Z picked up two of three awards for his collaboration with Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind". The hit single, besting music from fellow nominees Chris Brown, B.o.B, and Bruno Mars, won both Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song. The Swizz Beatz featured single "On To The Next One" won Jay-Z Best Rap Performance by a duo or group.
Matching Jay-Z (Shawn Carter), John Legend dominated R&B categories with wins for Best R&B Song, Album and Traditional Vocal Performance.