Country stars Lady Antebellum were the big winners at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, taking five prizes in all.
The band’s awards, which included song and record of the year, were all generated by their album “Need You Now”.
The three band members said they were left in tears backstage by their unexpected triumph.
However Lady Antebellum were denied a clean sweep at the music industry’s most prestigious event when the top prize – album of the year – went to Canadian rock band Arcade Fire for “The Suburbs”.
Far from being overlooked, Lady Gaga was the star of the ceremony when she was carried down the red carpet in a giant egg.
She scooped three awards including best pop vocal album for “The Fame Monster”.
Other notable winners were rap artist Jay-Z and soul star John Legend, who won three awards apiece – and veteran musicians Jeff Beck and Neil Young, who picked up his first Grammy for music.
The event also brought success too for Eminem who won two awards in the rap field, fewer than expected as he had been nominated for ten.
There was another surprise when Esperanza Spalding took the prize for best new artist ahead of Justin Bieber, who came away empty handed.