Em, Jay-Z Snag Grammys; Drake & Bieber Upset By Jazz Artist
A variety of rappers took home Grammy's tonight (February 13th) during the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The show kicked off with LL Cool J introducing a tribute performance to Aretha Franklin that included singers Christina Aguilera, Martina McBride, Florence Welch, Jennifer Hudson and Yolanda Adams.
Bruno Mars, B.o.B. and Janelle Monae hit the stage to perform the song "Cold War," with each artist playing a different instrument during the inspired performance. Â
Jamie Foxx introduced a colorful set by Cee Lo Green, Gwenyth Paltrow and Jim Henson's Muppets, which was followed by a performance by Eminem, Rihanna and Dr. Dre.
Eminem, who was nominated for 10 awards this year, took home honors for Best Rap Album, with his release Recovery edging out albums by Drake, B.o.B. and The Roots.
Em, who performed "Love The Way You Lie" and "I Need a Doctor" along with Dr. Dre and Rihanna, also won "Best Rap Solo" for his track "Not Afraid."
John Legends and The Roots took home three Grammy's for their album Wake Up!, while Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz' "On To The Next" won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Jay-Z earned another Grammy for his track "Empire State of Mind" with Alicia Keys.
Both Drake and Justin Bieber were upset by Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding, who edged out the popular pair to receive the coveted Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Other winners during the evening included Train, Miranda Lambert, Lady Gaga, Buju Banton, Danger Mouse, Bruno Mars, John Legend and The Roots, Rihanna, Fantasia, Usher, Sade, Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz.