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February 13, 2012 (4:05 am) GMT
The band fronted by Justin Vernon receive the coveted award from the presenter duo, Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett.

Though they didn't perform at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, managed to hit the stage. They were announced that Sunday night to collect a prize for winning Best New Artist. Justin Vernon and his bandmates won over , , and . They were presented the award by and .

Days before the awards show took place, lead singer Justin Vernon revealed why they turned down the offer to sing at the prestigious event. "We had to do a collaboration with someone else," he opened up. "We're getting nominated for this record that we made ... and all of a sudden we were being asked to play music that had nothing to do with that."

Earlier in the evening, , who got only one nomination for Best Country Album (""), also didn't walk home empty handed. The trio won it against , , , and . They received the award from duo and .

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