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From solo rock to group rap, the winners are . . .

THE winners in major categories at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards included:

Album of the year: 'The Suburbs' -- Arcade Fire

Record of the year: 'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum

Song of the year: 'Need You Now' -- Songwriters Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum)

New artist: Esperanza Spalding

Female pop vocal performance: 'Bad Romance' -- Lady Gaga

Male pop vocal performance: 'Just The Way You Are' -- Bruno Mars

Pop performance by a duo or group: 'Hey Soul Sister' -- Train

Pop vocal album: 'The Fame Monster' -- Lady Gaga

Alternative album: 'Brothers' -- The Black Keys

Traditional pop vocal album: 'Crazy Love' -- Michael Buble

Rock song: 'Angry World' -- Neil Young

Rock album: 'The Resistance' -- Muse

Rock performance: 'Tighten Up' -- The Black Keys

Solo rock vocal performance: 'Helter Skelter' -- Paul McCartney (from 'Good Evening New York City')

Hard rock performance: 'New Fang' -- Them Crooked Vultures

R&B album: 'Wake up!' -- John Legend & The Roots

Contemporary R&B album: 'Raymond V Raymond' -- Usher

R&B song: 'Shine' -- John Legend & The Roots

R&B performance: 'Soldier Of Love' -- Sade

Rap album: 'Recovery' -- Eminem

Rap solo performance: 'Not Afraid' -- Eminem

Rap performance by a duo or group: 'On To The Next One' -- Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz

Rap song: 'Empire State of Mind' -- Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Rap/sung collaboration: 'Empire State Of Mind' -- Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Irish Independent