Chocolate Drops, Fantasia, Arcade Fire win Grammys

Staff writerFebruary 14, 2011 

Carolina Chocolate Drops put an exclamation point on a triumphant year Sunday night, winning a Grammy Award.

The Triangle-based old-time group won the best traditional folk album category for last year's "Genuine Negro Jig," over a formidable field of nominees that included 14-time winner Ricky Skaggs.

"American Idol" star Fantasia also scored a breakthrough, winning best female R&B vocal performance. The High Point native had been nominated six times in years past, but this was her first win. Fantasia didn't win best R&B album, which went to John Legend and the Roots. That pairing also beat Monroe native Calvin Richardson for best traditional R&B vocal performance.

UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus Lewis Black won his second Grammy for best comedy album, beating Robin Williams and the musical-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords.

Shirley Caesar of Durham came up short for best traditional gospel album, losing to country singer Patty Griffin.

Concord's Avett Brothers weren't nominated. But they played in a special "salute to acoustic music" alongside Bob Dylan and the English pop group Mumford & Sons. The segment concluded with both bands backing Dylan on a ragged-but-right version of "Maggie's Farm."

Arcade Fire, which records on Durham-based Merge Records, won album of the year for "The Suburbs."

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