NEW YORK (CBS) Sunday night's Grammy telecast emphasized performances over the actual awards, offering up numbers from the year's most celebrated artists, along with emerging acts and music legends.
First came a star-studded tribute to Aretha Franklin, from Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and gospel singer Yolanda Adams. The tribute opened with "Natural Woman," before moving into solos of "Respect," "Think" and "Sprit in the Dark" by Yolanda Adams.
Lady Gaga hatched from the egg she was "incubating" in on the red carpet to perform her new song "Born This Way." Gaga, who won the award for best pop album, seemed to be channeling vintage Madonna, wearing a latex costume with pointed shoulders and her hair in a long ponytail.
Country singer Miranda Lambert performed her hit "The House That Built Me," while Justin Bieber performed with his mentor, Usher. Trio Lady Antebellum, who took home five awards overall, also took to the Grammy stage.
Katy Perry debuted video footage from her Indian wedding to Russell Brand as she performed - the images were projected behind her as she sang the balled "Not Like the Movies," before she switched to an abbreviated version of the more upbeat "Teenage Dream."
Dr. Dre and Skylar Grey teamed up with Eminem and Rihanna, and Janelle Monae took the stage with B.o.B and Bruno Mars for a medley of their hits. Rihanna came on stage again later in the ceremony to perform "What's My Name" with Drake.
Album of the year winner Arcade Fire also performed, as did nominee Mumford and Sons, who had a little help from the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan. Mick Jagger marked his first ever performance on the Grammy stage with a tribute to Solomon Burke, and Barbra Streisand took to the stage to perform "Evergreen" after an introduction from her "A Star is Born" co-star Kris Kristofferson.
And perhaps the most colorful performance of all came from Cee Lo Green, who performed "Forget You" (the profanity-free version of his hit "F--- You") decked out in feathers and a sequined cap that matched his sparkly piano. Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow and space-age Muppets joined him for the song.
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