It was a former Tony "host" competing against the current host. One impeccably dressed, show-stopping song-and-dance man against another.

'How I Met Your Mother' star Neil Patrick Harris defended his right to host the Tony Awards (Sun. on CBS) against former Tony MC Hugh Jackman.

Both Harris and Jackman never seemed to miss a step as they kicked off Tony night.

The critically acclaimed musical from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of 'South Park,' earned nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical.

For a full list of winners at the 2011 Tony Awards, click here.