Just as the clock struck midnight as Sunday night gave way to Monday, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley was aggressively high-five-ing Mike Dugan, the president and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville, at the EMI post-Grammy party in Hollywood. Kelley's exuberance contrasted with the overwhelmed state he was in backstage, just after the Grammy ceremony ended with Lady A winning five awards, including two of the night's biggest -- Record and Song of the year.

It was a huge night for Nashville-based trio Lady Antebellum, who are are a cornerstone of EMI's Capitol Records Nashville family. As Jay Frank of CMT noted, these wins got everyone jumping in Nashville -- and needless to say there was a decidedly festive mood at the EMI party in Hollywood.

Food trucks lined two walls in the spacious Milk Studios venue and several bars served mix tequila drinks. Katy Perry was in the house, as were top association executives Gary Churgin of the Harry Fox Association, Mitch Bainwol and Cary Sherman of the RIAA and David Israelite of the National Music Publishers Association.

Pat Monahan of Train was also attendance and spoke on what a remarkable year it has been for the band. Earlier in the night, when his band won Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group Grammy, he thanked Justin Beiber from the stage for "not being a duo or a group."

Keith Urban, another Grammy winner who performed a spot-on version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" with Norah Jones and John Mayer during the ceremony, was at the soiree with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman.

Lady Antebellum's Kelley shook his head in disbelief after Billboard told him that many observers had concluded long ago that "Need You Now" was a lock for some major Grammy love.

Another reason to be cheerful was the label's golden treasure that continues to deliver dividends: the Beatles catalog. Apple chief Jeff Rosen, who had separated from engineers who had made the journey from Abbey Road studios and also won in the historical album category for the Beatles stereo box set, was mum on what's next for the Fab Four. But he was quick to notice how much the catalogue had opened up recently. "They have put songs in seven films in the last three years, which is a lot of activity for them," he said. "They realize that to pass it on to the next generation they have to put to music in new places for people to hear it."

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Left to right: Roger Faxon, EMI Group CEO, with the night's big winners, Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)
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A Lucky and Talented Man: Pat Monahan (right), whose band Train won a Grammy for their widely-licensed song "Hey Soul Sister" with wife Amber (left). (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)
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From left to right, Keith Urban (center) , whose song "Til Summer Comes Around" won a Best Male Country Performance Grammy, flanked by his actress wife Nicole Kidman (left) and a beaming Mike Dungan (right), Chairman/CEO Capitol Records Nashville. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Picturegroup).
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Chief Operating Officer of EMI Music North America Colin Finkelstein (right), with Billboard's Silvio Pietroluongo (left), was ecstatic about the company's big night. He commented that the label knew they had a great record and that it was under the brilliant direction of Mike Dungan, Capitol Nashville President and EMI GM Greg Thompson (EVP Marketing & Promotion) that they were able to break the record at multiple formats and expose the act and its music to such a large audience. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
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RIAA President Cary Sherman (left) and Billboard's intrepid Director of Charts Silvio Pietroluongo (right).
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From left to right, Billboard's Silvio Pietroluongo, Lee Trink, President of Dare Mighty Entertainment, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Capitol Nashville President Mike Dungan. Toasting their multiple Grammy wins, including song, record and Country album of the year.

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