The Grammy ceremony is a great chance to witness unforgettable stage performances that take place only once. The 2011 awards show won’t break the rule as artists had prepared shows worthy of their names.
Christina Aguilera teamed up with Jennifer Hudson, Florence Welch, Martina McBride and Yolanda Adams for a medley tribute to Aretha Franklin. Jennifer Hudson electrified the audience with her cover of Respect and Aguilera nearly fell on stage at the end.
Lady Gaga’s performance was eagerly awaited at the ceremony. Three days after revealing her new single “Born This Way”, the singer gave a live rendition of it.
As usual, Gaga had a noticeable entrance on stage as she was carried in an egg by four dancers.
Dancers, armed thugs with bats, impressive screens ignited the scene for Muse, one of the best live bands in the world.
Even though he didn’t win the award for Best New Artist, Justin Bieber had the audience screaming with his rendition of Baby and Never Say Never and was joined on stage by Jaden Smith, Will Smith’s son. Then Usher and Bieber concluded the performance with a smashing duet.
Cee-Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow had Muppet Show puppets instead of traditional musicians and gave a funny but also good show.
Katy Perry enchanted the audience with a delivery of Not Like the Movies and projected images of her marriage to Russell Brand in the background, followed by the hit Teenage Dream.
Rihanna gave a great Grammy performance. Despite suffering from bronchitis and laryngitis, the singer sang What’s my name with Drake and Love the way you lie with Eminem and Dr. Dre.
One of the most anticipated performances of the evening came from diva Barbara Streisand who embarked on a great interpretation of Evergreen.
For his first Grammy performance, Mick Jagger has paid tribute to Solomon Burke.