"I just want to say thank you to Montreal, Quebec for giving us a home and a place to be in a band," lead singer Win Butler told the audience upon winning the evening's top honor. "We're going to go play another song because we like music. So, thank you to the Grammys. Thank you everyone. We're so happy."
The country act Lady Antebellum took home the awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Country Song of the Year and Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the title track from "Need You Now." The CD also was named Country Album of the Year.
"Oh my gosh," Hillary Scott said after taking the stage to collect the band's Song of the Year trophy. "We're so stunned, we started walking in the wrong direction. Thank you so much to The Recording Academy. You don't know what this year has meant to us. We are so thankful for this."
Eminem, who was the most nominated artist going into Sunday's competition with 10 nods, went home with the statuettes for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Not Afraid" and for Best Rap Album for "Recovery."
"OK, this is crazy," he said in his acceptance speech for the Best Rap Album prize. "Thank you. First off, I want to thank everybody, all the producers who helped put this record together. Everyone played a vital part in it ... . I want to thank (singer) Rihanna, too, for helping propel the album to where it's at now and what it's doing."
Jay-Z cleaned up in most of the other hip-hop categories, winning the awards for Best Rap Song and Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Empire State of Mind," his duet with Alicia Keys, as well as for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "On to the Next One," a song he recorded with Swizz Beatz.
"F*** You" by Cee Lo Green, which has become a pop-culture phenomenon thanks to its use on TV's "Glee" and "Saturday Night Live," won the Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster" was named Best Pop Vocal Album, while her song "Bad Romance" won the statuette for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
John Legend & The Roots earned the accolades for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hang On In There," Best R&B Song for "Shine" and Best R&B Album for "Wake Up!"
Aging rockers Paul McCartney and Neil Young also took home Grammys. McCartney earned his for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for "Helter Skelter" and Young won his for Rock Song for "Angry World."
Esperanza Spalding was named Best New Artist, beating out fellow newcomers Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence & the Machine, and Mumford & Sons.