Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, & Others Tribute Aretha Franklin
Rihanna & Drake "What's My Name?"
Janelle Monae, B.o.B, & Bruno Mars - Medley
Usher, Justin Bieber, & Jaden Smith - Medley
Rihanna, Eminem, Dr. Dre, & Skylar Grey - Medley
Well, the 2011 Grammys started off strong with a tribute to Aretha Franklin that featured incredible vocal showings from Christina Aguilera & Jennifer Hudson as well as Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, & Florence Welch... but it was all downhill from there. Rihanna performed twice: First kicking off "Love The Way You Lie" before Eminem took off with his medley, then hitting the stage later alongside Drake with her own "What's My Name?". Janelle Monae (who should've won!) capped off a newcomers medley with the awesome "Cold War". Aaand Usher showed the Fetus how it's done via (OMG!) "OMG" before a dance number between the two, which was cute... There wasn't a single award given out on-air that I gave a flying flip about, but you can check out the pre-telecast winners below/all of 'em HERE. Congrats Fanny on your first win!
- Usher: Best Contemporary R&B Album (Raymond Vs. Raymond), Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("There Goes My Baby")
- Fantasia: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("Bittersweet")
- Pink, India.Arie: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals ("Imagine" with Herbie Hancock, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck, & Oumou Sangare)
- Rihanna: Best Dance Recording ("Only Girl (In The World)")