Lady GaGa's egg-stravagant Grammy show
It was never going to be a run-of-the-mill performance was it?
As a parade of androgynous men and women dressed in gold lamé carried a giant egg down the red carpet everyone knew it could only mean one thing: Lady GaGa had arrived.
The singer was encased in the cocoon, not because she was super-excited about Easter, but to promote her latest single, Born This Way.
On stage, she emerged with her obligatory crazy outfit, urging her little monsters to "put your paws up."
It was the first time Born This Way had been performed live. The single entered the UK charts at number three.
Elsewhere, Justin Bieber lost out on the awards for best new act to little-known jazz star, Esperanza Spalding while British acts came away with a fair share of the prizes too. Muse took home the gong for Best Rock Album for The Resistance, and Sade won snappily-titled Best R&B Performance By A Group Or Duo with a Vocal category.
Other performances included Florence Welch joining American divas Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson, in a touching tribute to Aretha Franklin and Muse bringing down the house with a show-stopping rendition of their hit Uprising.
List of winners:
Record of the Year: The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
Album of the Year: Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
Song of the Year: Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Pop Vocal Album: The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group: Hey Soul Sister - Train
Female Pop Vocal Performance: Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Male Pop Vocal Performance: Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Rock Song: Angry World - Neil Young
Rock Album: The Resistance - Muse
R&B Song: Shine - John Legend & The Roots
R&B Album: Wake up! John Legend & The Roots
Rap Solo Performance: Not Afraid - Eminem
Rap Song: Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
Rap Album: Recovery - Eminem
Female Country Vocal Performance: The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert
Male Country Vocal Performance: 'Til Summer Comes Around - Keith Urban
Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
Country Album: Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
Latin Pop Album: Paraiso Express - Alejandro Sanz
Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band - The Stanley Clarke Band
Classical Album: Verdi: Requiem - Riccardo Muti, conductor
Traditional Gospel Album: Downtown Church - Patty Griffin
Dance Recording: Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna
Electronic Dance Album: La Roux - La Roux
Alternative Music Album: Brothers - The Black Keys
Spoken Word Album: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook) - Jon Stewart