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47th Annual Grammy Awards

Clive Davis' incredible pre-Grammy bash on the Saturday night before the awards was a good indication of how the ceremony would turn out. Always bigger and better than the previous year, the party hinted at an even more spectacular celebration to occur on Sunday.

This proved to be right when for the first time in the history of the Grammys, five artists collaborated for the opening of music's biggest awards ceremony. Together, the Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani with Eve, Los Lonely Boys, Maroon 5 and Franz Ferdinand all began the night in a medley that set the tone for the rest of the amazing evening.

Follow-up performances throughout the show included Usher with special guest James Brown, Alicia Keys with special guest Jamie Foxx, John Mayer, U2, Green Day, a first-time duet between Jennifer Lopez and husband, Marc Anthony, Kanye West featuring John Legend, Mavis Staples, the Blind Boys of Alabama, a tribute to Ray Charles featuring Bonnie Raitt and Billy Preston, a Janis Joplin tribute by Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone, and a salute to Southern rock with Tim McGraw, Gretchen Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dickey Betts, Elvin Bishop, and Keith Urban. There was also a special fundraising musical performance of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's "Across the Universe." Bono, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Slash, Velvet Revolver, Tim McGraw, Brian Wilson, and Stevie Wonder all came together on behalf of the tsunami relief efforts.

Presenters at the 47th Annual Grammys included Nelly, Sheryl Crow with Livestrong beau, Lance Armstong, Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Tyra Banks, Hoobastank, Ellen DeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Mark McGrath, Christina Milan, Lisa Marie Presley, John Travolta, Kevin Bacon, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

Queen Latifah hosted this star-studded event and awards were given out this year in over 107 categories from all genres of music. The victory of Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company" for Album of the Year highlighted its outstanding popularity, having sold more than 2 million copies. Norah Jones accepted the trophy for Record of the Year for her collaboration with Ray Charles in "Here We Go Again."

U2 won three awards including Best Rock Performance by a duo or group for the newest album, "Vertigo." Green Day, the most nominated rock act for their politically charged punk opera "American Idiot," won Best Rock Album. As he accepted the award, Billie Joe said, "Rock 'n' Roll can be dangerous and fun at the same time. So, thanks a lot."

Usher and Alicia Keys shared an award Sunday night for Best R&B Performance by a duo or group with vocals for their chart-topping duet, "My Boo." Each was nominated for eight Grammys, Keys winning four, while Usher took home three. Maroon 5 beat out Kanye West for Best New Artist, though West took home three awards, including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for "Jesus Walks." John Mayer won Song of the Year for his mellow tribute "Daughters."

After countless eye-popping performances, the event came to a close and the stars headed off to Grammy parties including Usher's bash to celebrate music whether they won awards or not.

Here's a list of some of the winners:

Album of the Year
"Genius Loves Company," Ray Charles and various artists.

Record of the Year
"Here We Go Again," Ray Charles and Norah Jones.

Song of the Year
"Daughters," John Mayer.

Pop Vocal Album
"Genius Loves Company," Ray Charles and Various Artists.

Country Album
"Van Lear Rose," Loretta Lynn.

Rap Album
"The College Dropout," Kanye West.

R&B Album
"The Diary of Alicia Keys," Alicia Keys.

Rock Album
"American Idiot," Green Day.

New Artist
Maroon 5.

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal
"Heaven," Los Lonely Boys.

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
"Vertigo," U2.

Male R&B Vocal Performance
"Call My Name," Prince.

Female Pop Vocal Performance
"Sunrise," Norah Jones.

Male Pop Vocal Performance
"Daughters," John Mayer.

Pop Collaboration With Vocals
"Here We Go Again," Ray Charles and Norah Jones.

Pop Instrumental Performance
"11th Commandment," Ben Harper.

Pop Instrumental Album
"Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar," Various Artists.

Traditional Pop Vocal Album
"Stardust ... The Great American Songbook Volume III," Rod Stewart.

Dance Recording
"Toxic," Britney Spears.

Electronic/Dance Album
"Kish Kash," Basement Jaxx.

Alternative Music Album
"A Ghost Is Born," Wilco.

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