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Grammy Awards: A Lady Gaga win, while Justin Bieber & Jaden Smith create 'CSI'-worthy mess

February 13, 2011 |  6:37 pm


At first, this pairing of Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith seemed like something that would live in Grammy infamy. That's exactly how it started, with Usher, who signed and mentored the teen pop star, told some weird story that made the world uncomfortable. Usher spoke of how he met Bieber in a parking lot about four years ago, when the kid was 12. But hey, "Never Say Never," and maybe, just maybe, your dreams will come true before you're old enough to go to college.

Yet once Bieber launched into an acoustic version of "Baby," this whole thing started to make sense. When Smith arrived for an energetic give-and-take on "Never Say Never," the medley felt like an Eagle Scouts talent show, but my only theory here is that CBS was trying to promo its hit series "CSI," as this bit of kids jumping around their family room was murdering pop music. I imagine an investigation has already been launched, and will be revealed on the next "CSI." 

After the kids were done toying around, Usher arrived again to sing a few verses of his "O.M.G.," a song that isn't really tween-friendly in terms of its message and lyrics. 

Moments later Muse stole the rock-album award from Neil Young, and Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster EP" won for pop vocal album, showing that the Grammys don't aways get everything wrong. As Lady Gaga started to thank Whitney Houston, Grammy music arrived to cut her off, but Gaga didn't have it and kept talking.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Justin Bieber on "CSI." Credit: CBS