British stars Muse, La Roux and Jeff Beck have scooped awards at the Grammys - where Lady Gaga hatched from a giant egg.
Muse won the rock album gong for The Resistance, while London duo La Roux took home best electronic/dance album for their self-titled debut.
English guitarist Jeff Beck won two awards - best pop instrumental performance and rock instrumental performance.
Lady Gaga stole the show in typically eccentric fashion by being carried down the red carpet and on to the stage in an egg.
Her trophies included best female pop vocal performance for Bad Romance and pop vocal album for The Fame Monster.
In another colourful performance, Gwyneth Paltrow performed Forget You with Cee Lo Green and The Muppets.
Justin Bieber had been hotly tipped to do well at this year's ceremony but was left empty-handed.
Katy Perry put paid to rumours of trouble in her marriage by performing in front of footage from her wedding ceremony in India.
Her husband, Russell Brand, watched her rendition of Not Like The Movies as the US singer was lifted into the air on a special love seat.
The couple also shared a smooch in front of photographers on the red carpet before the awards.
British star Florence Welch helped open the ceremony with Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson in a tribute to Aretha Franklin.
She lost out on the prize of best New Artist to US jazz artist Esperanza Spalding.
Franklin, who recently had surgery for an undisclosed ailment, made a nationally televised appearance in a taped message, saying: "I wish that I could have been with you all tonight, but since I couldn't - next year, OK?"
Album Of The Year went to Canadian band Arcade Fire for The Suburbs, while Record of the Year was won by country music trio Lady Antebellum for Need You Now.
Rapper Eminem was nominated for 10 awards but took home just two - both in the rap categories, for best album for Recovery and solo performance for Not Afraid.
Rockers Muse performed at their Grammy debut.
Other British winners included Sir Paul McCartney - who scooped a trophy for Solo Rock Vocal Performance for Helter Skelter.
The Beatles won best Historical Album for The Beatles (the original studio recordings), while Julie Andrews took home the prize for Spoken Word Album For Children for her collection of poems, songs and lullabies.
Sade won an R&B performance gong for Soldier Of Love. Iron Maiden won Best Metal Performance for El Dorado.
WINNERS OF 2011 GRAMMY AWARDS
:: Album of the Year: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
:: Record of the Year: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
:: Song of the Year: Need You Now, Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
:: New Arist: 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
:: Metal Performance: El Dorado, Iron Maiden
:: 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
:: Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Hang On In There, John Legend and The Roots
:: Urban/Alternative Performance: (Forget) You, Cee Lo Green
:: 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
:: Dance Recording: Only Girl (In The World), Rihanna
:: Electronic Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux
:: Musical Show Album: American Idiot, (Featuring Green Day)
:: Traditional World Music Album: Ali And Toumani, Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate
:: Contemporary World Music Album: Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2, Bela Fleck
:: Latin Pop Album: Paraiso Express, Alejandro Sanz
:: Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: El Existenial, Grupo Fantasma.
:: Tropical Latin Album: Viva La Tradicion, Spanish Harlem Orchestra
:: Norteno Album: Classic, Intocable.
:: Banda Album: Enamorate De Mi, El Guero y su Banda Centenario.
:: Latin Jazz Album: Chucho's Steps, Chucho Valdes and The Afro-Cuban Messengers.
:: Tejano Album: Recuerdos, Little Joe y La Familia.
:: Male Country Vocal Performance: 'Til Summer Comes Around, Keith Urban
:: Female Country Vocal Performance: The House That Built Me, Miranda Lambert
:: Country Album: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
:: Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
:: Country Song: Need You Now, Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)
:: Country Collaboration With Vocals: As She's Walking Away, Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson
:: Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band
:: Jazz Vocal Album: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater
:: Jazz Instrumental Album: Moody 4B, James Moody
:: Improvised Jazz Solo: A Change is Gonna Come, Herbie Hancock
:: Large Ensemble Jazz Album: Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard, Mingus Big Band
:: Traditional Blues Album: Joined At The Hip, Pinetop Perkins & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith
:: Contemporary Blues Album: Living Proof, Buddy Guy
:: Traditional Folk Album: Genuine Negro Jig, Carolina Chocolate Drops
:: Contemporary Folk Album: God Willin' and The Creek don't Rise, Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs
:: Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Imagine, Herbie Hancock and Larry Klein, arrangers (Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck, India. Arie, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare)
:: Pop Instrumental Album: Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto
:: Pop Instrumental Performance: Nessun Dorma, Jeff Beck
:: Rock Instrumental Performance: Hammerhead, Jeff Beck
:: Bluegrass Album: Mountain Soul II, Patty Loveless
:: Americana Album: You Are Not Alone, Mavis Staples
:: Hawaiian Music Album: Huana Ke Aloha, Tia Carrere
:: Native American Music Album: 2010 Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit's Dance,(Various Artists) Derek Mathews, Dr. Lita Mathews & Melonie Mathews, producers (Gathering Of Nations Records)
:: Zydeco or Cajun Music Album: Zydeco Junkie, Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band
:: Reggae Album: Before The Dawn, Buju Banton
:: Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album: The Reason, Diamond Rio
:: New Age Album: Miho: Journey To The Mountain, Paul Winter Consort
:: Country Instrumental Performance: Hummingbyrd, Marty Stuart
:: Musical Album For Children: Tomorrow's Children, Pete Seeger with The Rivertown Kids and Friends
:: Spoken Word Album For Children: Julie Andrews' Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
:: Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Danger Mouse, for Broken Bells
:: Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: One Love Club, David Guetta and Afrojack's remix of Madonna's Revolver
:: Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: Love God. Love People, Israel Houghton
:: Gospel Song: It's What I Do, Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters
:: Gospel Performance: Grace, BeBe and CeCe Winans
:: Traditional Gospel Album: Downtown Church, Patty Griffin
:: Rock or Rap Gospel Album: Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot
:: Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: Still, BeBe and CeCe Winans
:: Classical Album: Verdi: Requiem, Riccardo Muti, conductor; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus
:: Choral Performance: Verdi: Requiem Riccardo Muti, conductor; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus
:: Classical Contemporary Composition: Michael Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony / Deus Ex Machina, Giancarlo Guerrero
:: Classical Producer: David Frost
:: Orchestral Performance: Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Nashville Symphony
:: Opera Recording: Saariaho: L'Amour De Loin, Kent Nagano, conductor; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rundfunkchor Berlin
:: Spoken Word Album: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook), Jon Stewart
:: Comedy Album: Stark Raving Black, Lewis Black
:: Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Crazy Heart, (Various Artists) Stephen Bruton & T Bone Burnett, producers
:: Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Toy Story 3, Randy Newman, composer
:: Song Written For Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: The Weary Kind (From Crazy Heart) Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters
:: Historical Album: The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings)
:: Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists: Baba Yetu, Christopher Tin, arranger; Soweto Gospel Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra