Lady Gaga dedicated "Hair" to Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old gay teen who committed suicide last week after he was relentlessly bullied. "We lost a Little Monster this week," Gaga said onstage. "I wrote this record about how your identity is really all you've got when you're in school ... I know it's a bit of a downer, but sometimes the right thing is more important than the music."
Alicia Keys debuted a new piano ballad called "A Place of My Own," telling the crowd, "I've been in the studio working on some new music and I thought tonight would be the perfect night to play something new for you."
Steven Tyler played Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" with two decent sidemen: Jeff Beck on guitar and Sting on bass.
Jennifer Lopez's entrance into "Get Right" was pure pop perfection. We may have complained she didn't do much dancing in her recent videos, but damn -- Jenny's still got it, bigtime.
Lady Gaga brought Sting back to the stage to duet on "Stand By Me," calling the Police frontman "one of my very favorite people in the whole world." Evidently she's met some jerks in the music biz, but Sting is not one of them: "Real legends... are not always very nice, but Sting is one of the most kind and loving people I've ever met."