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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Grammys 2011: What you missed if you forgot to set the DVR

By Jen Chaney

Arcade Fire, accepting their Best Album Grammy. (AP) | Photo gallery

You meant to watch the Grammy Awards. But somehow Sunday night got away from you, and in a lapse of memory almost as regrettable as Christina Aguilera's national anthem flub, you forgot to set the DVR.

Not to worry.

The Post's Chris Richards was on the scene and has provided a great summary of the evening and the significant wins and losses. And in addition to our previous posts on the subject, we've compiled a list of the "talker" moments from the telecast. Think of it as a cheat sheet so you'll know what to say when your well-Grammy-versed co-worker takes you out to lunch.

Related coverage:

Grammy red-carpet photo gallery

Grammys 2011: Live blogging from Click Track

Grammys 2011: Esperanza Spalding beats Justin Bieber for best new artist

Grammys 2011: Christina Aguilera redeems herself

Lady Gaga and Ricky Martin's pants

Yeah, Lady Gaga showed up in an egg, then got onstage and performed "Born This Way." But as has already been pointed out by many others, we pretty much saw and heard this same act when Madonna did it circa 1989. Well, minus the egg. That was a nice, bizarre touch.

Anyway, we were more impressed by the crazy-shimmery pants Ricky Martin wore when he introduced Gaga. They didn't make it into the video clip below, but trust me. They were something special.

Cee Lo Green does "Forget You" with Gwyneth Paltrow

Looking like a cross between Elton John, a peacock and an oversize version of Elmo, Cee Lo Green brought the sanitized version of his infectiously funky hit -- a song Grammy officially dubbed the Song Otherwise Known as "Forget You" -- to the stage with help from some Muppets (including one that sort of looked like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) and Gwyneth Paltrow in a pair of dauntingly high platform heels. It was totally over the top and completely out-Gaga'd Lady Gaga. Remember how you wore Muppets on your dress, Gaga? Well, [forget] you -- we made 'em part of the act!

Katy Perry shows us her wedding videos

Perry performed "Not Like the Movies" while swaying on a swing as clips from her wedding to Russell Brand played on a huge screen behind her. Which was both self-involved and very sweet at the same time.

Barbra Streisand channels Jennifer Aniston

Surely I wasn't the only one who saw the resemblance when Streisand sang "Evergreen," a resemblance previously highlighted in Harper's Bazaar.

The slip-ups

The quick set changes during the performances by Mumford & Sons, the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan made for a couple of awkward moments, where mikes were still being set-up mid-song. And then there was the Christina Aguilera fall after the Aretha Franklin tribute, which I missed during the telecast because I had the audacity to blink. But even though it was pretty minor, Aguilera losing her footing was, once again, cause for bashing. Why can't we all get along with Aguilera, America?

Eminem meets Rihanna meets Dr. Dre

The rapper was joined by Rihanna for "Love the Way You Lie," then joined by his mentor Dr. Dre. The result: one of the more compelling performances of the night.

Rihanna x Eminem et Dr. Dre aux Grammy Awards 2010
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Mick Jagger reminded us that he's still a formidable stage presence. Also, that he's exceedingly skinny.

Bruno Mars and B.O.B. were fine. But during the trio's performance, it was Janelle Monae who totally killed with "Cold War."

But the win that perhaps made indie rock fans most happy? Seeing Arcade Fire take the Grammy for Best Album, then follow it up by closing the show with a particularly joyful take on "Ready to Start."

In case you were keeping track, only 10 actual Grammys were presented during the telecast, and three of those went to Lady Antebellum. For comparison's sake, the Academy Awards usually doles out 24 Oscars on live television.

Depending on your perspective on awards shows, that math either makes sense or is totally out of whack.

So what was your favorite Grammy moment? Let us know by posting a comment.

By Jen Chaney  | February 14, 2011; 10:50 AM ET
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I still think Lea Michele's total inability to speak while standing next to hottie from the Packers was highly entertaining. I mean, I'd be nervous too, but I don't memorize lines for a living...

Posted by: franchiseinATL | February 14, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Did John Mayer look as much like he was masquerading as Johnny Depp on the telecast as he does in those still pics?

- Pssstt. We still know it's you, Mayer.

Posted by: DCLocal20 | February 14, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Quibble - Bruno Mars' B/W soul tribute was AMAZING!!! (note rising
online hits - oh why oh why can't this be released as a Music Video) - including segue to Monae - astonishing talent and someone please please remove Evergreen from Barbra's list

Posted by: abql | February 14, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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