53rd Annual Grammy Awards

53rd Annual Grammy Awards
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 13, 2011

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Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars perform onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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Drake and Rihanna perform onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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Rihanna sets the stage ablaze once again singing “Love the Way You Lie.”

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Jamie Foxx introduces Cee Lo Green, who’ll perform “Forget You.”

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Cee Lo Green, who is dressed like a overgrown peacock, sings along with Gwyneth Paltrow during his colorful performance — which included puppets and rocketships.

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Jaden Smith joins Justin Bieber and Usher on stage at the 53rd annual Grammys.

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Bruno Mars brings his old-school vibe to the Grammy stage.

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Justin Bieber and Usher go all-out for their Grammy performance.

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Yolanda Adams, Martina McBride, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Florence Welch honor the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin.

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Lady Gaga brings the spectacle to the Grammys, as she is born out of her “egg.”

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Esperanza Spalding speaks onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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LL Cool J looks dapper as ever.

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Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Usher chill backstage at the 2011 Grammys.

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Beyonce and Janelle Monae attend The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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Keri Hilson adds some color to Grammys with her turquoise feathered mini dress and gold strappy heels.

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Toni Braxton arrives at The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Willow Smith show the world how it’s done.

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B.o.B. in his red Moods of Norway blazer color coordinated looks with his mom.

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Jennifer Hudson looks stunning in her navy bustier gown with angled hem.

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Rihanna arrives at the 53rd Annual Grammys in a barely-there, show-stopping evening gown.

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Heidi Klum and Seal show some love on the red carpet.

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Herbie Hancock adds a few more statues to his already impressive collection. He won Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist award for “Imagine” and the Best Improvised Jazz Solo award for “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

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Jennifer Lopez flaunts her gams in a shimmery silver long-sleeved mini dress.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs keeps it sleek in a black leather, white shirt and signature shades.

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Kim Kardashian’s gold sparkly low-cut gown is very daring, accentuating her sexy curves.

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Nicki Minaj is as theatrical as ever in her head-to-toe leopard-print ensemble and Bride of Frankenstein coif.

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Mya goes for Old Hollywood glam in her silver sleeveless gown.

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Lenny Kravitz rocks out in black leather and fur on the Grammys red carpet.

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Janelle Monae, this year’s ESSENCE “Black Women in Music” honoree, at the 53rd annual Grammys in L.A.

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Monica looks amazing in her strong-shouldered black mermaid gown and barely-there accessories.

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Ciara wears a cut-out halter gown with sky-high slit and gladiator heels.

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Musiq Soulchild keeps it fun and funky in a three-piece suit and sneakers.

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Genevieve Jackson wears a feminine tiered chiffon dress.

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Marvin Sapp exudes some shine on the Grammys red carpet.