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Metro Detroit Represented At Grammy Awards

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Eminem (R) and Dr. Dre perform onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Eminem (R) and Dr. Dre perform onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (WWJ) – Metro Detroit was well represented at Sunday night’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.

The star-studded ceremony kicked off with a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who delivered a previously-recorded message to the thousands of people who attended the Grammys and to the millions who watched it on CBS-TV:

“I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be with you this evening. And, I especially want to thank all of you who took the time to send me get-well cards and flowers – beautiful flowers – and, most importantly, your prayers during my time of hospitalization,” Franklin said.

Aretha Franklin is recovering from an undisclosed medical condition that caused concern among her fans.

While Rapper Eminem started the Grammys as the top nominee with 10, he walked away with just two: Best Rap Solo Performance and Rap Album Of The Year.

“I wanna thank Rihanna, too, for – you know – helping propel the album to where it’s at right now; what it’s doing,” Eminem said in his acceptance speech. “Thank you to Interscope Records, thank you to Dr. Dre, uh, Paul Rosenberg, Jimmy Iovine … everybody – the whole city, Aftermath family … Interscope Records, thank you man. And, thank you to the fans. What up, Detroit?”

Eminem had 2010’s best-selling album with “Recovery” and the critically acclaimed album marked a rebirth for the superstar.

A University of Michigan professor was also a winner at the Grammy Awards. Michael Daugherty, a professor of Musical Composition, won in two categories: Best Orchestral Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

Click here for a complete list of Grammy Award winners.

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