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Montreal-based Arcade Fire wins Best Album Grammy

by Jorge Hernandez on February 14, 2011

The biggest surprise of the 53rd Grammy Awards, which aired on Sunday February 13, may not have been Lady Gaga's red carpet entrance in an egg.

Arcade Fire, the indie rock band based in Quebec, Canada, won the top award at the Grammy's, besting Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry, and even egg-encased Lady Gaga.

Arcade Fire's album, The Suburbs, is the band's third, following 2004's Funeral, which was nominated for a Best Alternative Music Grammy, and 2007's Neon Bible, which was also nominated but did not win.

In a strange twist that is not uncommon for the Grammys, The Suburbs lost in the Best Alternative Music Album category this year, despite its overall win. The Best Alternative award went to the Black Keys' album, Brothers.

Arcade Fire performed twice at the Awards show, including the last song of the night.

The heavy favorite for Best Album Grammy this year was Eminem's Recovery, the best-selling record of 2010, according to USA Today.

Although Eminem was nominated for 10 awards and won Best Rap Album as well as Best Rap Solo Performance, this is the third time that the rapper has failed to win the biggest Grammy award.

“The Grammys are notoriously weird in selecting winners. But Eminem will ultimately be OK," James Montgomery, senior writer at MTV News, told USA Today.

Other highlights of the 53rd Grammys, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, included Christina Aguilera almost falling off the Grammy stage, Justin Bieber losing out to jazz musician Esperanza Spalding, and Lady Gaga arriving in an egg to match her new single "Born This Way."

As Arcade Fire closed out the night with their song "Ready to Start," frontman Win Butler said to the audience, "We're going to play another song because we like music."

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