Other key winners on the night included Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and John Legend, who all won three awards each, tying them for most wins following Lady A. Usher, Herbie Hancock, Jeff Beck and the Black Keys joined Eminem with two wins each.
Gaga performed her new single “Born this Way” and entered the stage in dramatic fashion _ as usual. She was encased in an egg, then “hatched” onstage to perform the dance tune.
Her hit song “Bad Romance” won best female pop vocal performance and best short form music video. When she won best pop vocal album for “The Fame Monster,” she said Whitney Houston played in a role in the making of her new song.
“I wanted to thank Whitney because when I wrote ‘Born This Way,’ I imagined she was singing it because I wasn’t secure enough in myself to imagine I was a superstar,” she said.
Eminem wasn’t the only hip-hop star to lose in the night’s top honors: Newcomer B.o.B, who had 5 nods, went home empty handed, while Cee Lo Green’s expletive-laden smash, “(Expletive) You,” also known as the edited “Forget You,” only won best urban/alternative performance.
But Cee Lo had one of the night’s best performances: Dressed in a colorful feather getup that looked made him look like a gigantic colorful bird, he was joined onstage by Gwyneth Paltrow and Jim Henson Co.’s puppets, giving a funny and unforgettable performance of “Forget You.”