The 2011 Grammy Awards started with an egg and ended with a fire. Early in Sunday's show, Lady Gaga arrived in a giant egg contraption. It was presumably a reference to her new single, "Born This Way."
Nearly three and a half hours later, the Grammys ended with a surprise winner: Arcade Fire nabbed Album of the Year. Click here for a list of winners in some major categories.
Among the show's other talked-about moments:
Christina Aguilera falls. It's a tough time to be Christina Aguilera. She sounded great during the show's opening number, a five-woman Aretha Franklin tribute. Unfortunately, she fell on stage at the end of the performance.
Lady Gaga hatches. And speaks. Gaga hatched out of her egg to perform "Born This Way." She wore a yellow getup, suggesting she was a yolk. Confused? Things get weirder. When Gaga won Best Pop Vocal Album, she thanked Whitney Houston -- because she somehow channeled Whitney while working on "Born This Way." Um, sure.
Performances. We only saw 10 awards. Performers dominated most of the show. I loved the Aretha Franklin tribute, as well as Cee Lo's feather-clad rendition of "Forget You" (which also included puppets and Gwyneth Paltrow). A surprise favorite? The Mumford & Sons/Avett Brothers/Bob Dylan performance.
Here's a full recap of the ceremony, which also included winners like Lady Antebellum and Eminem:
The show kicks off with the highly anticipated Aretha Franklin tribute. It features Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Florence Welch.
At the start of the tribute, the whole group sings "Natural Woman." Then, Christina sings "Ain't No Way." Yes, she remembers all the lyrics. Next up: Martina McBride, who sings "Until You Come Back to Me." Florence sings "Think."
Jennifer Hudson sings "Respect." Yolanda sings "Spirit in the Dark." After the solos, the whole group sings "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves."
Wow, I really enjoyed that. But sadly, discussion in the blogosphere confirmed my suspicion: Christina Aguilera fell at the end of the performance. Rickey.org offers this clip:
We see a pre-taped message from Aretha. She thanks everyone for the tribute. Get well soon, Aretha!
8:20 -- Best Pop Duo or Group goes to "Hey, Soul Sister (Live)" by Train. Is the live version really that spectacular? While accepting the award, lead singer Pat Monahan says, "Thanks, Justin Bieber, for not being a duo or a group."
8:22 -- TIGHT PANTS ALERT! Ricky Martin introduces a Lady Gaga performance. I've attached a photo of his pants to this article. Consider yourself warned.
8:23 -- Lady Gaga performs her new single, "Born This Way." She "hatches" out of her egg and is wearing a yellow bare midriff getup. I assume she's a yolk. She also has those spiky monster shoulders. The performance is heavy on dance choreography, until Gaga briefly stops to play an organ while surrounded by fake heads. Yeah, just another day in the life of Lady Gaga.
8:34 -- Miranda Lambert performs "The House That Built Me." She does a good job, but it's on a slightly different level than the flashy performances we saw earlier. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
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