THE Grammys lived up to their billing for controversy and eccentricity with Lady Gaga emerging from a giant egg to grab two awards.
She stole the show at the gala awards -- the music industry's equivalent to the Oscars. In typically exotic fashion she was carried down the red carpet and on to the stage.
Her trophies included best female pop vocal performance for 'Bad Romance' and pop vocal album for 'The Fame Monster'.
In another colourful performance, Gwyneth Paltrow performed 'Forget You' with Cee Lo Green and The Muppets.
The surprise element was provided by a disappointed Justin Bieber who had been hotly tipped to do well but was left empty-handed.
Muse won the rock album gong for 'The Resistance', while London duo La Roux took home best electronic/dance album for their self-titled debut.
English guitarist Jeff Beck won two awards -- best pop instrumental performance and rock instrumental performance.
Katy Perry put paid to rumours of trouble in her marriage by performing in front of footage from her wedding ceremony in India. Her husband, Russell Brand, watched her rendition of 'Not Like The Movies' as the US singer was lifted into the air on a special love seat.
British star Florence Welch helped to open the ceremony with Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson in a tribute to Aretha Franklin.
She lost out on the prize of best new artist to US jazz artist Esperanza Spalding.
Franklin, who recently had surgery for an undisclosed ailment, made an appearance in a taped message, saying: "I wish that I could have been with you all tonight, but since I couldn't-- next year, ok?"
Album of the year went to Canadian band Arcade Fire for 'The Suburbs', while record of the year was won by country music trio Lady Antebellum for 'Need You Now'.
Rapper Eminem was nominated for 10 awards but took home two -- for best rap album for 'Recovery' and rap solo performance for 'Not Afraid'.
Paul McCartney scooped a trophy for solo rock vocal performance for 'Helter Skelter' -- his first solo Grammy for 39 years. The Beatles won best historical album for 'The Beatles' (the original studio recordings).
Sade won an R&B performance gong for 'Soldier Of Love'. Iron Maiden won best metal performance for 'El Dorado'.