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Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Ten Best Moments of the 2011 Grammy Awards

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Muse performing "Uprising" Long-known as a stellar live band, Muse lived up to reputation with its performance of "Uprising." Above the trio, three huge columns of video screens projected images, everything from currency to fire; in front of the band, insurgents mock-fought with each other. The band itself channeled this intensity into a passionate and fierce performance. Vocalist Matt Bellamy looked like an evil disco dictator in a silvery sparkly suit -- and brought out the double-necked guitar at the end for good measure. Oh, and for the record: Muse eventually won Best Rock Album for The Resistance.

Eminem's Performance Although Rihanna looked fantastic -- what with a red bob and flowing dress -- her vocals on "Love the Way You Lie" sounded pitchy and shaky. Eminem, on the other hand, was on fire. He's been around for so long now, it's easy to forget just how talented he really is. He inhabits his music with every fiber and nerve of his being when he's rapping; his lyrical speed, meanwhile, remains impossibly quick. (The censors had a helluva time keeping up with him.) When Dr. Dre came out to add his parts on "I Need a Doctor" and the two men rapped together, their rhymes locked in like a jigsaw puzzle -- and the magic we first saw a decade ago sparked again. Eminem later won Best Rap Album for Recovery.

Mick Jagger Paying Tribute to Solomon Burke The impossibly skinny Stones singer -- who is 67 years old, mind you -- bounded all over the stage in honor of the late Solomon Burke. Sporting a natty turquoise vest and jacket, Jagger strutted, pouted and owned the horn-burnished performance.

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