For any of you who watched (or heard about) last night’s Grammy Awards, you’ll know that it was full of unexpected surprises. While popular artists like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Eminem, and Lady Gaga had some pretty spectacular songs and performances this last year, it seems as though the public has been leaning a bit more toward independent, talent-driven groups.
 
 
 
Also known for their hit single, “I Need You Now,” rising country band Lady Antebellum won an incredible five awards, including Best Country Song, Best Country Album, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Not bad.  
 

 
Beating out Justin Beiber, Florence and the Machine, Drake, and Mumford and Sons for Best New Artists, Esperanza Spalding made a strong stand for the resurgence of true talent and pure, raw music.
 
 
If any of you don’t know who she is (I didn’t either, don’t worry!), take a listen below. What a voice! No wonder she won!
 
 
And finally, beating big names like Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry, Canadian rock band Arcade Fire won Album of the Year for their album “The Suburbs.”
 
 
  In case, you haven’t hear of this seven-member band either, check out their video below.
 


So, what do you think? While I did love Rihanna and Enimen’s fire-laden performance of “Love the Way You Lie” and Lady Gaga’s egg-hatching antics, I must say it’s refreshing to see some new names get credit. 

Do you think 2011 will start saying goodbye to synthesizers and other digitally-enhanced songs, or will the underdogs continue to be the underdogs in a pop-laden society?