Wins for Eminem, Lady Gaga, Esperanza Spalding, Arcade Fire

Music starts with Aretha tribute, and then first award goes to Train

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 13, 2011 7:22 PM CST | Updated Feb 13, 2011 10:24 PM CST

(Newser) – The 2011 Grammys kicked off with a long, long (too long) tribute to Aretha Franklin, compliments of Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera (who didn't flub, but did fall), Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine), and Yolanda Adams. Next:

  • The group awarded the prize for Best Pop Duo to Train for "Hey, Soul Sister (Live)." The group then thanked Justin Bieber for "not being a duo or a group."

  • Lady Gaga emerged from her egg (sporting pointy, prosthetic-type shoulders) to perform "Born This Way."
  • More performances, by Miranda Lambert and Muse.
  • Oh, and then ... wait for it ... another performance, by BoB, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monae.
  • Winner, Female Country Vocal: Miranda Lambert wins first Grammy of her career for "The House That Built Me."
  • Another performance, by Justin Bieber (OMG!), teenier teenybopper Jaden Smith, and Usher.
  • Best Rock Album goes to Muse for The Resistance.
  • Best Pop Vocal Album goes to Lady Gaga for The Fame Monster (and she thanks...).
  • Best Country Album goes to Lady Antebellum for Need You Now.
  • Cee-Lo performs "Forget You"—with Gwyneth Paltrow ... and lots of Muppets.
  • Song of the Year goes to "Need You Now."
  • At last, Rihanna, Eminem, Dr. Dre perform. Rihanna is wearing quite the dress.
  • Best New Artist goes to Esperanza Spalding (who beats Justin Bieber). Who is she? Click here.
  • Best Rap Album goes to Eminem for Recovery.
  • Record of the Year goes to Lady Antebellum for Need You Now.
  • Album of the Year, the night's biggie, goes to Arcade Fire for The Suburbs.

Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Lady Gaga arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Lady Gaga arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
From left, Scott Underwood, Patrick Monahan and Jimmy Stafford  of music group Train arrive at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
From left, Scott Underwood, Patrick Monahan and Jimmy Stafford of music group Train arrive at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Matthew Bellamy of Muse performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Lenny Kravitz is seen onstage at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Lenny Kravitz is seen onstage at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Miranda Lambert arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Miranda Lambert arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Lady Gaga performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Lady Gaga performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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