We had a great time, even though it was sort of a strange experience. We stood in different lines for 3 hours, then had to wait for about an hour in a blocked-view section. During this time, the performance I got to see that was impressive was Muse's "Resistance." I missed the Bieber/Usher performance and the tribute to Aretha Franklin at the beginning.
After about an hour and some difficulties, we finally made it past security down to the floor section. So for the last 1-2 hours of the show, we were sitting within the first 15 rows, sort of moving around to different seats during commercial breaks. I was up-close for lots of great performances: Cee Lo Green, Eminem and Rihanna, Katie Perry, Lady Antebellum, Barbara Streisand, and I was especially excited to see Arcade Fire, who won best album of the year.
Surprises of the night:-Justin Bieber didn't win best new artist, which I was happy about since I'm not a fan of his music. BUT I had never heard of Esperanza Spalding, who won this category. Here is a video of her performing at the White House: http://www.youtube.com/embed/6I6hVnTdnWU
-For a while, I was sitting near Nicki Minaj, who at first I had thought was Lady Gaga because of her outfit (yes, that is her real hair):
-Lady Antebellum won 3 or 4 Grammy's for this song: Need You Now They performed this song, and I had recognized it, but hadn't heard of Lady Antebellum and didn't really understand why this song was worth so many Grammy's. Regardless, it was a good performance.
-I think the best performance was "The song otherwise known as Forget You" by Cee Lo Green, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow (who can sing!...with 5" heels standing on a piano no less)... and a ton of muppets! It was quite creative and entertaining. Here's a video I found of the performance: http://bcove.me/qdauq7pu Check it out!
-And last surprise of the night: here is Eminem's happy face: