Welcome to the 53rd Grammy Awards, which will be featuring appearances and performances from some of the biggest names in music. Those names include Eminem (who leads all nominees and who could make history this evening), Lady Gaga (fresh off the premiere of her new single "Born This Way"), Rihanna, Drake, Arcade Fire, Cee Lo Green, Justin Bieber (who is currently in a knock-down, drag-out box office battle with Adam Sandler's "Just Go With It" for the coveted first place spot), Muse, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Bob Dylan (just for good measure). It promises to be an eventful, historic night, and the MTV Newsroom Blog is going to be right on top of all the most outstanding performances, biggest awards upsets and most incredible Grammy moments. The show always features a number of surprises (both scheduled and not), so it should be a fantastically entertaining three-and-a-half hours.
(Click here for all the best photos from the 53rd Grammy Awards red carpet, featuring Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and others!)
So grab a snack, crack open a cold beverage and follow along with the official Grammy Awards live blog. Between the broadcast and the MTV News correspondents on the ground (including Sway and James Montgomery), it should be jam-packed full of reports, observations and behind-the-scenes tidbits that are sure to make your Grammy experience complete.
11:28: Well, that was an unusual evening, wasn't it? Stay tuned to this space and to MTV News for all the latest backstage gossip, interviews with the winners (and losers), tales from the after-parties and all the analysis from one of music's biggest nights. Thanks for hanging out!
11:26: It has been a crazy year for Arcade Fire, who went to number one on the Billboard chart, headlined Lollapalooza and sold out Madison Square Garden. With this victory, they are now not just a cult favorite — they're one of the biggest bands in the world.
11:24: In an astounding upset, Arcade Fire grab the Grammy for Album of the Year. They seems genuinely shocked at the development. They thank Canada and return to their instruments to play the show out. "We're gonna play another song, because we love music," Win Butler says.
11:22: Were people really clamoring for Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson to get back together? In any event, they're here to give out the prize for Album of the Year.
11:14: The crowd at the Staples Center has no idea what they are looking at, partially because of the weirdness of Arcade Fire and partially because of those strobe lights.
11:11: Jason Segel welcomes us to the Grammys over three hours into the show. He's here to pull back the curtain on Arcade Fire, who as we've been reminded all night are making their Grammy Awards debut.
11:06: The only thing left tonight is Arcade Fire's performance and the award for Album of the Year. Who is going to take home the top prize of the night? Will Lady Antebellum continue their streak?
11:04: Congratulations to Lady Antebellum and "Need You Now." They're totally going to win Album of the Year, aren't they?
11:02: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony come out to give out the hardware for Record of the Year. This should go to Cee Lo, Eminem or Jay-Z, right?
11:01: Drake's verse in "What's My Name" is pretty filthy, isn't it? Also, are they reenacting "The Wicker Man" behind Rihanna?
10:58: Diddy (who has won three Grammys himself) introduces Rihanna and Drake, who are staging "What's My Name" around a giant bonfire. There has been an awful lot of fire tonight, right?
10:53: Eminem picks up another award for Best Rap Album (it's the fifth of his career in this category). He gives props to Rihanna, Dr. Dre, his producers, the fans and Detroit.
10:50: Nicki Minaj and will.i.am are here to give out the prize for Best Rap Album. Nicki's hair is crazy sick. And so is B.o.B's red dinner jacket.
10:46: Kris Kristofferson comes out to introduce Barbra Streisand (who was MusiCares' Person of the Year). Streisand — who hasn't lost much in the vocal department — to sing "Evergreen," which won a Grammy way back in 1978.
10:42: During the break, Lady Gaga returned to her seat and received an embrace from none other than Justin Bieber. A great meeting between two of the biggest stars on the planet and a true Grammy moment.