Lady Gaga cracks up at the Grammys
'Eggcentric': Singer crawls out of giant egg to perform at star-studded ceremony
The Grammys' red carpet was awash with singing stars -- but Lady Gaga stole the show by arriving encased in a giant egg.
The oddball star crawled out of the egg to perform her new single Born This Way.
Gaga (24) had revealed earlier that she was "in incubation" for her live appearance.
Aides said she had spent three hours crouched inside the egg with an oxygen mask ahead of her arrival.
Borne aloft by attendants dressed in scanty gold-coloured garb, the egg was the latest in a series of stunts by the performance artist and singer.
In September, she wore a headline-grabbing dress made entirely of raw meat to the MTV Music Video Awards.
Last night onstage, Gaga crawled out of the egg dressed in yellow and sporting what appeared to be pointed shoulder implants.
Away from the Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles, the singer made headlines by saying in a pre-recorded TV interview that she uses marijuana and whiskey to help write her songs.
"(I) drink a lot of whiskey and I smoke weed when I write. And I don't do it a lot because it's not good for my voice," the singer told TV news show 60 Minutes.
"I don't want to encourage kids to do drugs...And I don't lie. I'm not a liar. I built good will with my fans. They know who I am. And I'm just like them in so many ways," she added.
Halfway through the Grammy ceremony, Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, had won three of the six awards she had been nominated for -- one for her album The Fame Monster and two for her song Bad Romance.
"I had this dream when I was really young that I could be whoever I wanted to be," she said in her acceptance speech.
Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum won big at the Grammys with five awards, including record and song of the year for the band's yearning crossover ballad Need You Now.
But it was Canadian rockers Arcade Fire who claimed the biggest prize, album of the year, for their highly acclaimed The Suburbs.
Arcade Fire's Win Butler was visibly stunned as the group accepted their trophy and then quickly rushed to perform the last song of the night.
Rapper Eminem perhaps had reason to be stunned as well. Though nominated for a leading 10 awards, including record, song, and album of the year, he took home just two -- both in the rap categories, for best album and solo performance.
But the big upset of the night came as Esperanza Spalding -- a jazz bassist and singer who sold a fraction of Canadian Justin Bieber's music and is perhaps best identified by her voluminous Afro hairstyle -- beat the perfectly coiffed 16-year-old pop phenomenon for best new artist.
She is the first jazz artist to ever win the category.
And while Bieber-nation was in an uproar, the teen sensation himself was cheerful backstage after the loss -- perhaps assuaged by the fact that he's sold millions and owns America's number two movie with his documentary Never Say Never.
The evening's other top winners included rapper Jay-Z and singers John Legend and, of course, Lady Gaga, who each had three trophies; and Train, whose Hey, Soul Sister (Live), one of the year's top songs, captured best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals.