Last night was the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. And what would an awards show be without some Gaga egg-stravagance? She sure made a fine egg-sample of how to make a grand entrance. Missed the show? Click through the gallery to find out what you missed.
Muse took home the award for best rock album for their latest release, ‘The Resistance’, beating out the greats Jeff Beck, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers and Neil Young. The trio also had the chance to perform their single ‘Uprising’.
Nominated for three awards, Cee Lo Green was the winner in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category. He also gave the audience quite a show. Appearing on stage looking like a Bedazzled warrior peacock, he was joined by a small dog in a matching outfit, as well as actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who jumped on stage and sang atop the piano.
Janelle Monae lost out in her two nominations, but she still got to strut her stuff as she joined B.o.B. and Bruno Mars during their performance of their hit song ‘Nothing On You’. She didn’t get to “tip on the tightrope”, but at least she got to crowd surf.
Ray LaMontagne was nominated for three awards and took home the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for ‘God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise’ with The Pariah Dogs.
Mumford And Sons lost the Best New Band Award to jazz bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding and Best Rock Song to Neil Young’s ‘Angry World’, but they still got to perform live with Bob Dylan and The Avett Brothers, in a new, modern take of Dylan’s classic 1965 song, ‘Maggie’s Farm’.
Rihanna was nominated for a whopping seven awards and took home the Best Dance Recording title for ‘Only Girl (In The World)’. She also performed ‘Love The Way You Lie’ with Eminem and later returned to the stage with Drake (who’s also rumoured to be her beau) to sing ‘What’s My Name?’. The ill Barbados native made it to the awards, despite being, as she Tweeted, “on every med under the sun”.
Arcade Fire’s album ‘The Suburbs’ received the Album Of The Year honour, although it lost to The Black Keys for Best Alternative Music Album. They were obviously a bit shocked, beating out Eminem, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry – “What the hell,” Win Butler said in his acceptance speech. The band also performed ‘Ready to Start’ during the ceremony.
Bruno Mars was nominated for four awards, including Song Of The Year (as a co-writer for Cee Lo Green’s ‘Fuck You’). The singer won in the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category for ‘Just The Way You Are’. He also performed with fellow music stars B.o.B and Janelle Monae.
Neil Young was nominated for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Album and won Best Rock Song for ‘Angry World’. “This is my first Grammy for music, and I appreciate it greatly,” he said when he accepted the award. “I’m not Mavis [Staples], but I’m close.”
David Guetta took home the Grammy in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category for ‘Revolver (David Guetta’s One Love Club Remix)’, and he looked pretty pleased with this feat.
Florence & The Machine were nominated for Best New Artist, along with Justin Bieber, Drake, Mumford And Sons and winner Esperanza Spalding. She also took part in the opening ceremony. Introduced by LL Cool J, she teamed up with Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams to perform an Aretha Franklin medley.
A now 54-year-old Marky Ramone attended last night’s ceremony to pick up the Lifetime Achievement Award for his band The Ramones. “This is amazing,” he said in his acceptance speech. “I never expected this. I’m sure Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee would never have expected this. I’m extremely honoured.”
Lady Antebellum were nominated for four awards and winners of three (Record Of The Year, Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best Country Album). “This past year has completely changed our whole lives and we love you all,” lead lady Hillary Scott told the audience as she accepted her band’s award.
Katy Perry was nominated for four awards last night and she performed her songs ‘Not Like the Movies’ and ‘Teenage Dream’. Arriving on stage on a big swing as never-before-seen footage from her wedding to Russell Brand was projected onto the background. And like her dress? It was custom-designed Giorgio Armani (as were the shoes).
With five nominations and three winning triumphs, John Legend made out pretty well at last night’s Grammy Awards.
Mick Jagger performed ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’ (with Raphael Saadiq on guitar) as a tribute to the late Solomon Burke. “I’m so glad to be here to tonight! I’m so glad to be in your wonderful city!,” he told the crowd before he received a standing ovation.
Pauley Perrette, second from right, and Paramore present the award for best rock album at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday
Gaga received six nominations and took home three awards, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Short Form Music Video. During her acceptance speech, the singer revealed that she wrote ‘Born This Way’ with Whitney Houston in mind. “I wasn’t secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar,” she said, so she pretended Houston was singing it, instead.
Kings Of Leon were nominated for two awards last night (Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best Rock Song), although they went home empty-handed. The band joined fellow Tennesse-ite Miley Cyrus on stage to present Best Country Album to Lady Antebellum.
Esperanza Spalding was nominated for Best New Artist, and won. Probably the biggest surprise of the night, she beat out Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence And The Machine and Mumford And Sons.
Eminem received ten nominations and won two awards (Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album). The rapper performed ‘Love The Way You Lie (Part II)’ with Rihanna, Skylar Grey and Dr. Dre and followed it up with ‘I Need a Doctor’.
Usher won the two catgories he was nominated for – Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Album. He also made an appearance with Justin Bieber, as a video of the teen sensation auditioning for Usher four years ago played. The rapper performed ‘OMG’ after his young protege sang a medley of ‘Baby’ and ‘Never Say Never’ (with Jayden Smith).
The Black Keys had five nominations and went home as winners of three. Danger Mouse also won an award for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical, which included his work on The Black Keys’ ‘Tighten Up’.
La Roux took home the award for Best Electronic/Dance Album (and was also nominated for Best Dance Recording for ‘In For The Kill’).