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
Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(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.

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Feb 14, 2011 4:46 PM CST
Arcade Fire deserved it. They're easily one of the best bands around today.
Feb 14, 2011 7:01 AM CST
An amazing display of little talent and massive amounts of choreography, stage shows and marketing. Bob Dylan sucks anymore (has for decades), Mick Jaggar - can he sell out anymore? Streisand still sounded pretty good for a 70? year old. Beiber, he's got the cutes and can carry a tune. Glad to see Spalding beat him out - she's talented. Eminem, you're mad, got it. John Mayer, wtf? He seems pissed off at the world now. Nora Jones, quickly becoming not hot. Nicole Kidman please get off the dance floor. Hmmm, who else can I trash.... Oh, whomever produced the show. Lots of uncomfortable gaps and poor shots during transitions. Probably star stuck in the production booth.
Feb 13, 2011 11:18 PM CST
on another note, Justin Bieber still sounds to me like a typical irritating brat kid that just cracked puberty. whats the big deal? i don't get it. Must be a marketing thing. allowance money to be had.