- Lady Antebellum wins Record and Song of the Year
- Shock win for Arcade Fire as they scoop Album of the Year
- Lady Gaga wins three awards
- Eminem won only two awards despite ten nominations
And Christina Aguilera's run of bad luck seemed to be continuing as she took a tumble on stage following an Aretha Franklin tribute number at this year's Grammy Awards.
The singer is seen in video footage slipping after performing the medley alongside Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and gospel singer Yolanda Adams.
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Tribute: Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson perform a medley of Aretha Franklin's hit songs to open the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Taking a trip: Christina Aguilera falls over after performing the opening medley of songs in tribute to Aretha Franklin
Aguilera was criticised for getting the some of the words to Star Spangled Banner wrong before last week's big American Football game.
But this time, the song started out smoothly, with the five singers performing the hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
The singers all wore black apart from Welch, who looked stunning in a cream floor length beaded gown.
Helping hand: Florence Welch helped Christina to her feet after her stumble
Tribute number: Jennifer Hudson and British singer Florence Welch looked like they were enjoying themselves as they performed the tribute to the Queen of Soul
Franklin appeared via video link to thank the singers for their performance, and immediately received a standing ovation from the audience.
The 68-year-old diva looked visibly thinner after undergoing surgery for an unknown complaint last year.
'I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be with you this evening,' she said, before adding her thanks to fans, 'especially all of you who took the time to send me get well cards and flowers, beautiful flowers, and most importantly, your prayers.'
Ovation: a Visibly thinner Aretha Franklin received a rapturous reception as she appeared via video link to thank the singers after the number
The show continued in spectacular fashion with Lady Gaga 'hatching' out of a giant egg before launching into an energetic rendition of her latest single Born This Way.
The eccentric singer soon changed outfits to a moulded black number to accept the gong for Best Pop Vocal Album for The Fame Monster - the first of three gongs.
And she surprisingly used her acceptance speech to thank pop icon Whitney Houston
'I wanted to thank Whitney, because when I wrote Born this Way, I imagined she was singing it - because I wasn't secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar.
Spectacle: Lady Gaga 'hatches' out of a giant egg at the beginning of her performance of Born This Way
'So, Whitney, I imagined you were singing born this way when I wrote it,' she said.
Tribute: Lady Gaga wore a moulded black outfit as she accepted the gong for Best Pop Vocal album for The Fame Monster
But the stage wasn't just set for more established stars.
Eva Longoria introduced teen heart throb Justin Bieber and his friend and mentor Usher.
The 16-year-old singer played an acoustic version of his hit Baby on guitar.
The song then changed into Never Say Never and prompted an appearance by Bieber's friend Jaden Smith who rapped his part of the song.
Double fun: Usher and Justin Bieber performed some of Usher hit number OMG in a medley of songs
Young talent: Justin was joined by Will Smith's son Jaden who rapped his way through some of Justin's song Never Say Never
Other duets included Rihanna and multi-nominated rapper Eminem performing the number one hit Love The Way You Lie, with Rihanna looking stunning in a billowing black, yellow and red gown.
But Eminem lost out to up and coming country group Lady Antebellum for Record of The Year, although he did take home the gong for Best Rap Album for his hit record Recovery.
The star, who also won the gong for Best Rap Solo Performance, thanked collaborator Dr Dre, his production team, Rihanna, Dr Dre, and ended up with a shout out to his hometown. 'What up, Detroit! Stand up!'
On fire: Rihanna and Eminem hit the stage for a firey rendition of their number one hit Love The Way You Lie
Rapper Jay-Z scored even better in the hip hop category, winning three awards, largely for his hit song Empire State of Mind.
Winner: Eminem accepts the award for Best Rap Solo Performance where he thanked collaborator Rihanna and shouted out to Detroit
Katy Perry, who was nominated in four categories, came away empty handed, but seemed to enjoy performing a medley of her hits on stage, starting the number on a swing before performing hit Teenage Dream against a colourful background.
Later on in the show, Urban pop singer Cee Lo was accompanied by actress Gwyneth Paltrow and a band of Jim Henson puppets, as they performed a censored version of his hit F*** You.
Teenage dream: Nominated artist Katy Perry performed a medley of hit songs wearing a sparkling mini dress, and sitting on a swing
Colourful interlude: Gwyneth Paltrow sings atop a piano being played by a colourful Cee Lo Green at tonight's Grammy ceremony
Mick Jagger also appeared in a typically energetic tribute to Solomon Burke, singing Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.
Wearing a blue jacket and black trousers, he gyrated around the stage like a man half his age.
Diva: Barbra Streisand performed in a billowing purple gown in front of an orchestra
Bob's your uncle: Nominated band Mumform & Sons and Avett Brothers surround Bob Dylan as he performs hit song Maggie's Farm
British rockers Muse put in an electric performance before accepting the award for Best Rock Album.
Into the groove: Mick Jagger paid tribute to Solomon Burke in a typically energetic take on Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.
Singer Matt Bellamy thanked his pregnant girlfriend Kate Hudson who accompanied him to the awards.
'I'd like to give a very special thanks to my beautiful pregnant girlfriend over there,' he said
Rock winners: Musicians Dominic Howard, Matthew Bellamy and Christopher Wolstenholme pose with their Grammy for Best Rock album for The Resistance
Canadian alternative rock band Arcade Fire also provided a shock win when they scooped the prestigious prize for Album of The Year for critically acclaimed record The Suburbs.
Country trio Lady Antebellum beat the likes of Eminem and Cee Lo Green to win Record of The Year and Song of the Year.
And Bruno Mars won Best Male Vocal performance for his hit Just the Way You Are.
Success story: Country trio Lady Antebellum show off their Grammy awards, with Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood posing with their gongs
Early winners at the pre-telecast included Lady Gaga who won for Best Short-Form Video for Bad Romance and Rihanna who won the gong for Best Dance Recording for Only Girl (in the world).
Big win: Canadian band Arcade Fire were thrilled to scoop the prestigious Album of the Year Award for their critically acclaimed record The Suburbs
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong won the prize for Best Musical Show for his work on hit Broadway musical American Idiot - based on his band's album of the same name.
Big winners: Miranda Lambert picked up the Grammy for Female Country Vocal Performance while Esperanza Spalding beat Justin Bieber to the Best New Artist
The Doors' documentary When You're Strange landed the Long-form Music Video, and a box set of mono versions of The Beatles' releases claimed Best Historical Album.
Other multiple winners included classical producer David Frost with four prizes, while British rock guitarist Jeff Beck and soul singer/songwriter John Legend had three each.
Rock band the Black Keys and Usher also scored two awards.