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.
8:39 - Muse performs "Uprising." Nothing new here.
8:49 - Time for a performance by Bruno Mars, B.o.B. and Janelle Monae. They kick things off with "Nothin' On You." Then, Bruno Mars sings a pretty awesome old-school version of "Grenade." The screen goes all black and white on us. I love it. Janelle sings "Cold War." My favorite part of the whole thing? B.o.B's monocle. Who's with me?
8:58 - Best Female Country Vocal goes to Miranda Lambert's "The House That Built Me." She thanks "everybody that's ever inspired me."
Note: We're an hour into the show and we've only handed out two awards. Something is wrong with this picture.
9:06 - Justin Bieber time! Come on, you know you've been waiting for this all night. It starts with a trip down memory lane to discuss Bieber and Usher's first meeting. The conversation includes this line: "If it was meant to be, we would meet again."
I'll pretend I didn't hear that. Anyway, Bieber kicks things off with an acoustic performance of "Baby." Then, a bunch of drummers approach the stage. Of course, it's time to sing "Never Say Never." Fortunately, ninjas are involved. Oh yes, Jaden Smith is in the house, too. I feel old.
Usher intervenes with a performance of "OMG."
9:13 - Best Rock Album goes to "The Resistance" by Muse.
9:21 - Best Pop Vocal Album goes to Lady Gaga for "The Fame Monster."
9:22 - Lady Gaga is censored during her early moments of accepting the award. She's wearing somewhat of a dominatrix getup. The most random part of her acceptance speech? She thanks Whitney Houston because she imagined Whitney singing the song while she was working on it.
Strange, especially since Madonna received no words of gratitude. You know, for "Express Yourself." Haha.
9:25 - Mumford & Sons perform "The Cave." It's pretty awesome. I love these guys. Then, The Avett Brothers perform "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise." And now...Bob Dylan is in the house! He sings "Maggie's Farm" while accompanied by both bands. Wow, I really liked that. I love how cameras zoomed in on J. Lo after the performance. Um, not her kind of music.
9:40 - Lady Antebellum performs a mixture of Teddy Pendergrass tunes and their own material. It's not as flashy as the other stuff we've seen, but sometimes that's for the best.
9:44 - Best Country Album goes to Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now."
9:47 - Cee Lo performs "Forget You" while accompanied by puppets and Gwyneth Paltrow. Also, Cee Lo is dressed in feathers and resembles a bird. Don't try to make sense of it. Just sit back and enjoy.
9:58 - Katy Perry performs. She kicks things off sitting on a swing while performing her ballad, "Not Like the Movies." Some of her wedding footage plays in the background. Then, she goes into a peppy performance of "Teenage Dream." It's one of my favorite Katy Perry performances.
10:02 - John Mayer, Norah Jones and Keith Urban honor Dolly Parton with a performance of "Jolene."
10:04 - Song of the Year goes to Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now."
10:12 - Seth Rogen makes a joke about getting high with Miley Cyrus.
10:13 - Rihanna, Adam Levine and Eminem perform "Love the Way You Lie." Then, Eminem goes into "I Need a Doctor." Well hello, Dr. Dre! Glad you could make it. Predictably, the censors are hard at work.
10:21 - Best New Artist goes to Esperanza Spalding. "It's such a blessing and an honor. God bless," she says.
10:28 - Time for the obligatory "Grammys are great" speech. On the plus side, Matthew Morrison from "Glee" is involved. We also pause to remember the legacy of entertainment folks who passed away last year.
10:35 - Here's Mick Jagger! Paying tribute to Solomon Burke! He sings "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love." Wow, that was pretty intense. That's a compliment, Mick! FYI: Mick Jagger is 67, according to Wikipedia.
10:45 - Kris Kristofferson introduces the Person of the Year, Barbra Streisand. She sings "Evergreen." Confession: I almost fell asleep.
10:59 - Drake and Rihanna perform "What's My Name." Rihanna's outfit is pretty hot.
10:51 - Best Rap Album goes to "Recovery" by Eminem. Excerpt from his acceptance speech: "What up, Detroit? Stand up!"
11:02 - Record of the Year goes to Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now."
11:13 - Arcade Fire performs "Month of May." There are bikes on stage. I'm still a little bored.
11:22 - Album of the Year goes to "The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire. Huh?
11:25 - Arcade Fire performs again.
11:28 - We're done!