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
Music Starts With Aretha Tribute
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.
(Read more Grammy Awards stories.)

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