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Arcade Fire accepts an award onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Arcade Fire accepts an award onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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The Grammy Awards are the biggest night in the music business, a mixture of adulation, performance and, sometimes, just plain weirdness.

They are also a showcase for the hottest acts in the world, which this year includes a large number of Canadians. Justin Bieber, Drake, Arcade Fire and Neil Young are among the many Canadian acts that stand a serious chance of winning awards Sunday night.

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Read the live blog where Globe Style reporter Amy Verner and Globe music writer Brad Wheeler commented throughout the show on the red carpet fashions, the musical performances, the winner and the losers.

Mobile users can read the live blog here.



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Canadian rockers Arcade Fire take top Grammy

In a major Grammys upset, Canadian rock band Arcade Fire won the coveted album of the year on Sunday, helping reduce favored contender Eminem to also-ran status.

In a ceremony dominated by pop, R&B and hip-hop acts, few pundits had given the defiantly independent Montreal band any chance of taking the top prize.

They were so shocked to hear their name called by presenter Barbra Streisand that they delivered an unscheduled performance to close the show. The band was honored for its album "The Suburbs," which topped the U.S. and Canadian charts last year.

Country trio Lady Antebellum ended up with the most awards, winning five out of its six categories, including the key song and record of the year races.

Eminem, who led the field with 10 nominations, ended up with just two awards in the rap field. Riding a natural high after a successful comeback album recounted his near-fatal struggle with addiction, he had been expected to dominate the event.

Flamboyant pop singer Lady Gaga and rapper Jay-Z won three awards each, both of them beating Eminem along the way.

The winner of the best new artist prize was also a shock, as American bassist Esperanza Spalding took the honor over a pair of red-hot Canadian idols, Justin Bieber and Drake. (Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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