Country music made a strong showing at the Grammy Awards in on and off stage awards, and performances.
Off camera Taylor Swift won awards for best country song and best country solo performance, both for "Mean”.
In the only country category presented during the show, Lady Antebellum's Own the Night claimed the Grammy for country album of the year.
Alison Krauss and her band won in the bluegrass album category for Paper Airplane. The project also resulted in an Grammy for best engineered non-classical album for recording engineers Neal Cappellino and Mike Shipley and mastering engineer Brad Blackwood.
Country performers included Jason Aldean singing "Don't You Wanna Stay," with Kelly Clarkson while Carrie Underwood joined Tony Bennett on "It Had to Be With You." Taylor Swift performed “Mean” during the show.
Meanwhile, Glen Campbell received a lifetime achievement award with endearing musical tributes from a new generation of country stars. The Band Perry delivered an acoustic rendition of "Gentle on My Mind" and Blake Shelton delivered a strong "Southern Nights," while Swift gave a sweet introduction. When Campbell stepped out onstage, he commanded the audience's attention on an enjoyable rendition of his signature hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy." Campbell, who has Alzheimer's, received the lifetime achievement Grammy on Saturday.
And the Dolly Parton hit “I Will Always Love You” that Whitney Houston turned into a mega-hit was performed by Jennifer Hudson in tribute to the recently deceased Houston.
Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Reba McEntire served as presenters.
Adele, the night's top winner, won six Grammys in all. Her 21 claimed album of the year and pop vocal album. "Rolling in the Deep" earned song of the year, record of the year and short-form music video, and "Someone Like You" received pop solo performance.