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Grammys '11: The pre-show awards

Lady Gaga arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy

Lady Gaga arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. Credit: AP / Chris Pizzello

(Lady Gaga arrives in an egg/cocoon. She will be born that way, I guess.)

Happy Grammy Day!

Will this be the day Eminem gets his due from the Recording Academy for all those millions of albums he's sold in the past decade or so or will Slim get a shady deal once again? Will all the new artists landing nominations signal a change in the normally stodgy academy? And, of course, what will Lady Gaga wear?

(At this point, I'm actually more interested in whether the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will show up for her tribute and what she will wear, now that she's making public appearances again. A related question: How hard has Christina Aguilera studied the lyrics to her Aretha tribute?)

The answers start revealing themselves now (and for the next seven – that's right, SEVEN! – hours) and we'll be liveblogging right here and Tweeting over at @ndmusic 'til it's done. Comment away to keep us company or hassle us when our predictions are wrong.

6:55 p.m. -- Best Pop collabo goes to Herbie Hancock's "Imagine," over Lady Gaga & Beyonce, B.o.B., Eminem, and Hayley Williams and Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg.

6:48 p.m. -- Black Keys pick up their third Grammy -- best rock group performance for "Tighten Up."

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6:41 p.m. -- Mavis Staples wins best Americana album. Holding back tears and trying to catch her breath from the long walk to the podium, she thanks her father, Pops Staples, saying, "You laid the foundation. I'm still working on the building."

6:35 p.m. -- John Legend and The Roots win three quick Grammys -- best traditional R&B vocal performance for "Hang on in There," best R&B song for "Shine" and best traditional R&B album for "Wake Up!" 

6:31 p.m. -- Lady Gaga is "incubating" on the red carpet and can't speak to Ryan Seacrest.

6:28 p.m. -- Jay-Z leaps into the lead for the night, picking up three Grammys as "Empire State of Mind" wins best rap song and best rap/sung collaboration and "On to the Next One" wins best rap performance by a duo or group.

6:26 p.m. -- Eminem wins his first Grammy of the night, best rap solo performance for "Not Afraid."

6:22 p.m. -- Nicki Minaj says her dress is a Givenchy ode to "lioness ferocity."

6:09 p.m. -- Black Keys win best alternative album for "Brothers."

6 p.m. -- Lady Antebellum picks up two Grammys for best country song and best country performance for "Need You Now."

5:55 p.m. -- Keith Urban wins best country male vocal performance.

5:26 p.m. Patty Griffin wins best traditional gospel album for "Downtown Church." (BTW, we've been in the middle of Latin and Gospel awards for a while now.)

5:03 p.m. -- Michael Buble's "Crazy Love" wins Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

5:01 p.m. -- La Roux wins best dance album.

4:59 p.m. -- Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World" wins best dance recording over Robyn and Lady Gaga's "Dance in the Dark."

4:50 p.m. -- Um, I think Lady Gaga just arrived on the red carpet in a giant egg, carried in by shirtless men and some sort of alien woman. So, um, yeah. Photos to come... Here's an eyewitness pic of The Egg. OK, here's a better pic of The Egg.

4:48 p.m. -- "American Idiot" wins best musical show album.

4:47 p.m. -- The Daily Show wins best spoken word album for "Earth."

4:43 p.m. -- Kathy Griffin is presenting pre-telecast Grammys and swearing up a storm.

4:38 p.m. -- "Crazy Heart" wins best compilation soundtrack album. "Toy Story 3" wins best score soundtrack album.

4:28 p.m. -- Wow. John Mayer won something. Do Grammy voters not read the Internet? "Battle Studies" gets best engineered album.

4:23 p.m. -- Black Keys and art director Michael Carney win best recording package for "Brothers." Go Akron! And congrats to Michael and Black Key Patrick's dad, my friend and former colleague Jim Carney, who wrote about his sons today.

4:19 p.m. -- The Doors win best long form video.

4:18 p.m. -- Lady Gaga wins her first award. "Bad Romance" gets best short form video.

4:15 p.m. -- The pre-telecast Grammys begin.

4:05 p.m. -- Snooki is walking the red carpet.

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