Friday, 18 February 2011 02:08

Arcade Fire and Lady Antebellum were among the big winners at the 2011 Grammy Awards. Additional winners include jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding who took best new artist honors.

Details on the Latin categories below.

Arcade Fire grabbed album of the year honors for the CD "The Suburbs" and beat out big names Katy Perry, Eminem, and Lady Gaga. The group was shocked when

they got the news - "It was shocking," bandmember Win Butler told reporters in the media room. "The idea never even entered my mid, even the slightest bit, until when they said the name of the album."

Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum took a major step beyond country when it won multiple awards - song of the year,  record of the year, performance by a duo or group and country song of the year for their big hit “Need You Now” as well as country album of the year for the platinum selling “Need You Now.”

While they enjoy the accolades, the band is making plans to return to the studio for their third CD.

Little Joe won the best Tejano album honors for the CD "Recuerdos" (Memories).”

In the Banda category, San Antonio-based artists El Güero (The White-skinned Dude) y su Banda Centenario, took the Grammy for his CD, edging out Cuisillos, El Limón, Los Recoditos and El Chapo.

And Austin’s Grupo Fantasma came out of nowhere to grab the best Latin rock, alternative, or urban album for the CD “El Existential,” also beating

 out a big name lineup including banda/norteña/techno mixmasters Bostich+Fussible (from Nortec Collective); Draco Rosa, Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux; and Colombian rappers ChocQuibTown.