Arcade Fire were the surprise winners of the top prize at the Grammys, taking home best album for their third long-players, The Suburbs.
The Canadian collective beat the likes of Eminem and Katy Perry to win the award, and brought the Los Angeles ceremony to a close with a triumphant performance of Ready To Start.
"I'd like to say 'merci', thank you, to Montreal for taking us in, giving us a home, a place to be in a band," said Win Butler.
"We're gonna go play another song, because we like music. So thank you, we're so happy,"
The band now head over to the UK for the Brits - where they are nominated for Best International Group and Best International Album.
Other winners at the Grammys included Muse, who picked up best rock album, and The Black Keys, who lifted trophies in the best alternative album and best rock performance categories.
The biggest haul went to country troupe Lady Antebellum, who were weighed down with five golden gramophones. Among their prizes were Song of the Year and Record Of The Year, for Need You Now.
Lady Gaga, who had arrived for rehearsals in a coffin, was carried down the red carpet in a giant egg, an extravagant visual metaphor for her new single, Born This Way.
She went home with three awards, including best pop vocal album for The Fame Monster, and thanked Whitney Houston in her acceptance speech.
Jay-Z and soul star John Legend also picked up three awards apiece.
British winners at the ceremony included Jeff Beck, who scooped both best pop instrumental performance and best rock instrumental performance.
Sir Paul McCartney won best solo rock vocal performance for his live rendition of Helter Skelter on his album Good Evening New York City, while La Roux won best electronic/dance album and Iron Maiden received best metal performance.
The awards show featured musical interludes from Mick Jagger, who led a tribute to Solomon Burke, and Cee-Lo Green, who performed Forget You alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and The Muppets.
Muse, Florence and The Machine and Eminem also took to the stage, while Mumford and Sons backed Bob Dylan on a version of his 1965 single, Maggie's Farm.
A list of winners at the ceremony can be found on the BBC News Website.
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