Duo Robert Plant and Alison Krauss swept their third trophy, receiving the honor of Record of the Year for their collaborative track "Please Read This Letter". "It's time for somebody else to say something," so Robert said before giving the platform to producer T Bone Burnett, who stated, "Good things happen out of nowhere."
Jay-Z and T.I. joined forces, performing "Swagga Like Us", which has been honored as this year's Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. They were joined by Kanye West, Lil Wayne and pregnant M.I.A..
Next, Paul McCartney performed "I Saw Her Standing There", the track penned by Paul himself and John Lennon for The Beatles' 1963 debut album "Please Please Me". He was backed up by Foo Fighters' dummer Dave Grohl.