2011 Grammys: Miranda Lambert, Rihanna, Lady GaGa Among Early Winners
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards has officially been kicked off at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Sunday night, February 13. The opening performance, which is a tribute to Aretha Franklin, is introduced by LL Cool J. The likes of Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Yolanda Adams and Martina McBride took the center stage.
"I especially want to thank all of you who took the time to send me get well cards and flowers, beautiful flowers, and most importantly your prayers during my time of hospitalization," Aretha said of her absence at the awards show. "I wish I could have been with you tonight." She added, "But next year, OK?"
The first winner at the star-studded gala is Train - the band scoop Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for their live version of "Hey, Soul Sister". They beat "Glee" cast, Maroon 5, Paramore and Sade. "Thanks (to) Justin Bieber for not being in a duo or a group," lead singer Pat Monahan jokingly said.
Miranda Lambert, who sang "The House That Built Me" after Lady GaGa's performance, comes back to the stage to collect her Best Female Country Vocal Performance trophy for the same song she previously sang. She wins over Jewel Kilcher, LeAnn Rimes, Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson. "First Grammy ever," she said.
A day before the Sunday live telecast, some early winners were announced at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party. Rihanna won Best Dance Recording for "Only Girl (In the World)". She wrote on Twitter, sharing it with her fans "CONGRATULATIONS #RihannaNavy!!!! We won a Grammy for BEST DANCE RECORDING!!!Only h* (sic) in the woooorrrrrlllldddd!!!!"
Lady GaGa got Best Short Form Music Video for "Bad Romance" clip. "Toy Story 3" music was named Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Eminem received Best Rap Solo Performance for "Not Afraid". Jay-Z brought home two awards already; Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, thanks to his duet with Alicia Keys in "Empire State of Mind".
Some of the early winners:
- Best Alternative Music Album: The Black Keys - "Brothers"
- Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Fantasia Barrino - "Bittersweet"
- Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Usher - "There Goes My Baby"
- Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Sade - "Soldier of Love"
- Best Dance Recording: Rihanna - "Only Girl (In the World)"
- Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: John Legend & The Roots - "Hang on in There"
- Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Cee-Lo Green - "F**k You"
- Best R&B Song: John Legend and The Roots - "Shine"
- Best R&B Album: John Legend and The Roots - "Wake Up!"
- Best Contemporary R&B Album: Usher - "Raymond vs. Raymond"
- Best Rap Solo Performance: Eminem - "Not Afraid"
- Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Jay-Z ft. Swizz Beatz - "On to the Next One"
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind"
- Best Rap Song: Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys - "Empire State of Mind"
- Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban - " ' Til Summer Comes Around"
- Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now"
- Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Zac Brown Band ft. Alan Jackson - "As She's Walking Away"
- Best Country Instrumental Performance: Marty Stuart - "Hummingbyrd"
- Best Country Song: Lady Antebellum - "Need You Now"
- Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media:
- "Crazy Heart" - Various Artists
- Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "Toy Story 3" - Randy Newman (composer)
- Best Short Form Music Video: Lady GaGa - "Bad Romance"
- Best Long Form Music Video: The Doors - "When You're Strange"
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