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The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

2011 Grammys Were All Divas, Dancing Ninjas, and Giant Eggs

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Latex dresses, fur suits and glitter. If this sounds like your idea of a good time, then you should have been watching the 2011 Grammy Awards.

The awards show seemed to embody one of the lines from Lady Gaga’s newest song, “Born This Way,” where she sings, “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.” There was certainly a lot of queens seeking to outdo each other all night.

Emerging from a oversized-futuristic egg, Lady Gaga graced the stage in a skin tone, latex crop top and skirt sewn together to perform her new single “Born This Way.” Her dancers matched, in similar hospital gown inspired frocks.

Justin Bieber lip synched his way through one of his popular songs accompanied by Willow Smith and some dancing ninjas before joining Usher to sing part of “OMG.”

Muse may have been the most genuine winner of the night, winning the Best Rock Album award. Unlike many seasoned artists, they seemed genuinely excited and surprised.

Lady Gaga’s win for Best Pop Vocal Album showed viewers at home another one of her crazy outfits, this one extremely sexual. She surprisingly thanked Whitney Houston who she imagined she was writing “Born This Way” for at one point.

Beating Lady Gaga at her own game of outlandish performances was Cee Lo Green. He performed “Forget You,” the radio edit of his hit, “Fuck You,” wearing a costume that look like he skinned Elmo, added peacock feathers to his back and body armor to his chest.

After an introduction from Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry took the stage. She underwhelmed, performing a medley of songs including “Teenage Dream,” a song done better by “The Warblers” on “Glee.”

Despite killing it onstage, Cee-Lo Green underperformed when it came to winning awards. “Fuck You” lost to “Need You Now” in both the “Song Of The Year” and “Record of the Year” categories.

Eminem performed with Rihanna and Dr. Dre. It was good, but heavily censored. Rihanna was upstaged by Skyler Grey who performed a duet with Eminem and Dr. Dre on “I Need A Doctor.”

Relatively unknown jazz bassist and singer, Esperanza Spalding, won the “Best New Artist” award, beating out the ever-popular Justin Bieber.

The final surprise of the night came when Arcade Fire won Record of the Year, besting Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum and Drake.

As odd as it was at times, the Grammys were quite possibly the best awards show of the year.