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"Aretha Franklin will always be the queen of soul," said LL Cool J as he introduced Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch. The quintet honored the queen with a medley of her hits, including 'You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman,' and individual renditions of 'Ain't No Way,' 'Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)' 'Freedom' 'Respect' 'Spirit In The Dark' and 'Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.'
The first winner of the night for Best Pop Performance by a duo or group went to Train for 'Hey Soul Sister,' beating out Sade, Glee, Maroon 5 and Paramore. "Thank you Justin Bieber for not being a duo or group," said singer Patrick Monohan.
Lady Gaga finally bursted her from egg shell in slithery gold swiveling her long blonde pony tail to her latest single 'Born This Way.' In her post-pod outfit of a chunky leather Mad Max body suit, Gaga accepted her second award of the night for Best Pop Vocal Album for 'The Fame Monster.' Gaga dedicated her win to Whitney Houston. "I wrote 'Born This Way' thinking that she [Houston] was singing it,'" she said.
Miranda Lambert, nominated for three Grammys was the night's third performer with 'The House That Built Me,' who won the night's second award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
A 2007 video played of Justin Bieber performing for Usher before the two were on stage. 'It's four years later," said Usher. "I said if we were meant to see each again, we would, so here we are." Bieber played a brief acoustic version of 'Baby' before moving into 'Never Say Never.' Will Smith's son Jaden Smith joined Bieber on stage before Usher closed the set with 'OMG.'
The award for Best Rock Album went out to Muse for 'The Resistance' before a Bruno Mars, B.o.B and Janelle Monae performed. Viewers saw the very '50s inspired set in black and white as B.o.B went into 'Nothin' On You,' then Mars' 'Grenade' before Monae danced up to 'Cold War,' stage-diving into the audience by the end.
Mumford & Sons opened with 'The Cave,' 'The Avett Brothers' with 'Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise' before Bob Dylan performed 'Maggie's Farm' from his 1965 release 'Bringing It All Back Home,' joined by both of the folk-influenced bands.
Rainbows filled the stage for Cee-Lo Green, who sat at his piano covered in a multi-colored get-up that would make Elton John, or Liberace, proud. Surrounded by puppets and Gwyneth Paltrow, who planted herself atop the piano, the duo sang 'Forget You.'
Grammy colors continued with Katy Perry in a pastel pink sparkling dress sitting on a swing singing 'Not Like the Movies,' while images from Perry and Russell Brand's recent wedding popped up on screen behind. 'This one goes out to all the Valentine's lovers," said Perry before getting up for 'Teenage Dream.'
Lady Antebellum picked up more awards (five total), including Best Country Album, following a tribute performance to 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' soul singer Teddy Pendergrass, who passed away last January. The band picked also grabbed a Grammy for Song of the Year for 'Need You Now.'
Norah Jones, Keith Urban and John Mayer performed Dolly Parton's 1974 hit 'Jolene.' Parton was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award this year.
Things burned up, almost literally, as Rihanna performed a subtle version of 'Love the Way You Lie.' The singer is suffering from laryngitis and bronchitis, but you wouldn't know it from her turn onstage. Eminem joined her for his 'I Need a Doctor' and finished it off with Dr. Dre. This was Dre's first televised performance in more than 10 years.
"I'm so glad to be here tonight, so glad to be in your wonderful city," said Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger before signing Solomon Burke's 'Everybody Needs Somebody.' Burke passed away this past October. Jagger was electrifying, even sparking some comment from Kanye West. "Mick Jagger is crazy fresh," said the rapper via Twitter.
Eminem, who has had some bouts of anger at past awards ceremonies, was anything but after winning Best Rap Album for 'Recovery.' "I wanna thank Rihanna for helping to propel the album to where it's going,' giving credit to his 'Love The Way You Lie' co-singer, before another shout-out to hometown of Detroit.
Rihanna got the heat up with more flames as backdrop for her fourth outfit change for a performance of 'What's My Name' with Drake.
Earlier in the evening, Rihanna and Lady Gaga got a head start with the Grammy wins.
A total of 98 awards were handed out earlier today during the Pre-Telecast Ceremony. Rihanna, dressed in a white boa-inspired Jean Paul Gaultier number, took home her third Grammy for Best Dance Recording for 'Only Girl (In the World),' while Lady Gaga, who arrived carried inside a egg pod, grabbed one for Best Pop Vocal Performance for 'Bad Romance.'
Other pre-show winners include Michael Buble for Best Pop Album for 'Crazy Love' and Lady Antebellum picked up two for Best Country Song and Country Performance by a Duo or Group. Paul McCartney also picked up a Grammy for Best Live Performance of 'Helter Skelter,' which he recorded for his 2009 release 'Good Evening New York City.' This is McCartney's 14th Grammy. The Black Keys also won a pre-show award for Best Alternative Album.
Katy Perry, who arrived with her 90-year-old grandmother and husband Brand, joined Rihanna in white with a crystal-embellished white gown, while Nicki Minaj went feline in a head-to-toe leopard number.
The final award -- Album of the Year -- went to Arcade Fire for 'The Suburbs.'
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