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Lady's Night: One year after performing "Need You Now" on the 2010 Grammys telecast, Lady Antebellum took home five trophies, in large part due to the song's success. Lady A were the story of the night at Sunday's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards (2/13), earning multi-genre honors for Record and Song, as well as in the Country categories for Duo or Group, Album for Need You Now and Song for the title track. "We really wanted to make Nashville and the country music community proud tonight, and I hope that they feel that way," Lady A's Hillary Scott told press after the show. "It just shows that country music is relevant and relatable." Following the Awards, the trio recorded this thank-you message for fans. Other country winners included Miranda Lambert ( Female Country Vocal for "The House That Built Me"), Keith Urban (Male Country Vocal for "'Til Summer Comes Around") and Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson (Country Collaboration for "As She's Walking Away"). Martina McBride, Lambert, Lady A and Urban performed. View the full winners' list here.
» Grammy Quotebook: What we heard backstage and onstage:
"Oh my gosh, we were so stunned we started walking the wrong direction." — Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum as they accepted the group's third Grammy
"Right before it went to No. 1, he asked if he could have it back, but it was a little too late." — Miranda Lambert on "The House That Built Me," which was originally pitched to fiancé Blake Shelton
"I ate a lot of fried chicken over the holidays. So, I'm cutting back on that a little bit, but man, it's going to be hard to curb the drinking. There's too much celebrating. So, I won't be backing down on that at all." — Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley
"No. 3: Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga form supergroup Lady Antegagum." — from David Letterman's "Top 10 Surprises at the Grammy Awards"
"This is our drummer. He couldn't make it out here for this weekend. It's become a tradition. We won Best New Artist last year and I wasn't eligible to come up on the stage, so they made a stick figure of me when they went up." — Zac Brown Band's Clay Cook explaining the stick figure of ZBB's drummer Chris Fryar he was holding backstage
"Blake doesn't listen to prompters or me or anybody else. He goes with the flow, so they were brave to let him present me." — Miranda Lambert on Shelton introducing her performance
"I was real honored when Zac asked me to be on this record. You know, it's pretty cool when a few of us Georgia boys can end up winning a Grammy out in L.A." — Alan Jackson on winning Country Collaboration with ZBB for "As She's Walking Away"
» "Who?" Says The Owl: For Taylor Swift's part, the kiss-and-telling is confined to the music, but that doesn't mean the subjects of her songs won't speak publicly. Just in time for Valentine's day, Owl City frontman Adam Young has answered Swift's song "Enchanted," which is rumored to be about the rocker. "I always love decoding the sneaky secret messages hidden in Taylor’s written lyrics, so naturally the day Speak Now came out, I played the whole thing from top to bottom as I added up the capital letters per each song's set of lyrics," Young blogs. The song's story certainly rang a bell. "Before the second chorus hit, I'd already added up the letters: A-D-A ... And then it hit me like a freight train. I didn't even need to find that last letter 'M.' A colorful swirl of memories flashed before my eyes." Read the full post and hear Young's "Valentine" song here.
» Winners Circle:Brad Paisley and Clay Walker are making headlines in the world of sports. Paisley will be the honorary pace car driver during the Daytona 500 Feb. 20, and will also perform three songs during pre-race coverage on FOX-TV beginning at noon ET. Walker and partner Michael Bolton won $19,000 for their respective charities during last week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am celebrity golf tournament.
» Puttin' Out The Bonfire:Craig Morgan helped save two young children from a house fire in his hometown of Dickson, TN over the weekend. The former EMT and Assistant Deputy Sheriff was on his way home from a series of dates when he saw the fire and immediately raced into the smoke-filled house to rescue the kids still inside. When emergency crews arrived, firefighters handed Morgan a hose to help extinguish the flames. According to Morgan's publicist, the home suffered minor damage, and everyone inside made it to safety. Details here.
» Kids Rock:Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum are the only country nominees up for the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards. Swift is in the Favorite Female Singer category and "Mine" is nominated for Favorite Song. Lady A is nominated for Favorite Music Group. View the entire nominees' list here. Fan voting begins March 1, and the winners will be revealed during the KCA telecast April 2 at 8pm ET on Nickelodeon.
» I'm On A Boat, I Want A Vote: The JaneDear girls enlisted YouTube phenomenon Keenan Cahill for their video plug for ACM Awards votes. Watch the duo and Cahill give their spin on Saturday Night Live's "On A Boat" in " We Need Ya Vote!" Vote for your favorite newcomers through Feb. 24 at VoteACM.com. Follow the links for the footage.
» Thrown For A Loop:Jack Ingram has been added to the June 30-July 4 stops of Willie Nelson's Country Throwdown tour. Newcomers Adam Hood, Caitlyn Smith, Austin Lucas, Brent Cobb, Dani Flowers and Erin Enderlin will also play the traveling festival's Bluebird Café Stage. The trek kicks off May 27 in Philadelphia and wraps July 4 with an Independence Day celebration in a TBA Texas city. Full schedule here.
» In Case You Missed It:Tim McGraw traced his family tree during the season premiere of NBC-TV's Who Do You Think You Are. During Monday's (2/14) Ellen DeGeneres show, Lady Antebellumreceived awards show flasks and discussed their rise to prominence. "I think all three of us in our own walks have had times where we felt we've been struggling and we weren't sure," Lady A's Hillary Scott says. "But I think the three of us when we met each other ... there was just this really special connection between the three of us. And once we started writing songs and putting our voices together, something really neat happened and we haven't looked back since." Lady A also performed " Hello World." Follow the links for the footage.
Rascal Flatts will be awarded the Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award during the T.J. Martell Foundation's 2011 Honors Gala March 28 in Nashville. Details here.
Trace Adkins will host his first-ever live chat Tuesday (2/15) at 5pm CT to introduce the cast of his "Brown Chicken Brown Cow" video, which made its TV premiere Monday (2/14).
Kenny Chesney was awarded the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame's Tennessean of the Year honor during an awards banquet Friday (2/11) in Nashville. Chesney was recognized for popularizing sports' impact on society through his Boys Of Fall football documentary. Details here.
Keith Urban picked Brandon Green as the winner over more than 6,000 candidates in "Guitar Center's Your Next Record With Keith Urban" contest. Green won an opening slot at one of Urban's tour dates this year, a recording experience with Urban's producer Dann Huff, $20,000 in music gear and a few instrument endorsement deals. Full details here.
Thompson Square are offering fans a chance to win a private performance through the "Thompson Square Valentine's Sweeps." Through Feb. 21, fans can enter to win via Facebook by sharing where, when and why the duo should perform at their special occasion here.
Two new George Jones tracks "I Ain't Ever Slowin' Down" and "I Should Have Called" are featured on the 24-track compilation George Jones: Hits, which also includes classics "White Lightnin'" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today." The collection is exclusively available at Wal-Mart beginning Tuesday (2/15).
The late Hank Locklin (2/15) Doug Phelps (Kentucky Headhunters)
The late Pee Wee King (2/18) Mary Chapin Carpenter (2/21)
Tuesday (2/15): Gretchen Wilson, Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).
Wednesday (2/16): Sara Evans, Backstory (GAC).
Thursday (2/17): Keith Urban, Good Morning America (ABC).
Friday (2/18): Blake Shelton, Blake Shelton Live: It's All About Tonight (GAC).