Aside from Kanye West and Adele landing the most Grammy nominations for 2012, the event's fourth annual prime-time special showcased some of the music industry's most celebrated artists, past and present.
Though the much anticipated event isn't scheduled to broadcast until Feb. 12, the one-hour special, which took place live at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, featured performances by Rihanna, Katy Perry, the Band Perry, Sugarland, Usher, Valerie Simpson, and Lady Gaga.
Perhaps one of the evening's highlights came from a tribute to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's classic hit, "The Message." While original members Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and Scorpio were joined by hip hop MCs Common and Lupe Fiasco, LL Cool J and Nicki Minaj enjoyed the moment from the audience. Check out how LL capped off the exciting performance in the clip above.
For a complete list of this year's nominees head over to the official Grammy site.