52nd Grammys: A ladies night
LOS ANGELES: R&B diva Beyonce dominated the 52nd Grammys on January 31with six awards, edging out Taylor Swift who won four prizes.
Beyonce won the Song of the Year award for Single Ladies, which also won the best female R&B vocal award and the best R&B song.
She also snagged the Grammys for best contemporary R&B album for I Am ... Sasha Fierce and best traditional R&B vocal performance for At Last. “Wow thank you so much. This has been such an amazing night for me,” Beyonce said after collecting her sixth award of the night at the Staples Center.
However Beyonce had to share the honours in other categories of Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
Swift scored victory in album of the year for Fearless while the Kings of Leon looked as surprised as anyone else when they were named winners of record of the year for Use Somebody. After winning album of the year, Swift said,
“ This is the story we are going to be telling over and over again when we’re 80-years-old.” Swift’s Fearless also won her best country album. “I just feel like I’m standing here accepting an impossible dream right now,” said Swift, who also won best female country vocal performance for her single White Horse and followed it up with the best country song category for the same track.
Lady Gaga picked up two Grammys with Poker Face taking best dance recording of the year and The Fame winning best dance album.
The singer, famous for her outlandish outfits, had brought the curtain up on the show in a wacky duet with legendary songwriter Elton John performing a medley of Speechless and Your Song. The Black Eyed Peas also picked up three Grammys for best short form music video, best pop performance by a duo or group and best pop vocal album.
The show also gave a tribute to tragic ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson with Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Smokey Robinson and Usher giving a rendition of his track Earth Song. The star-studded audience rose to their feet for an ovation before Jackson’s children Prince Michael and Paris appeared to accept a lifetime achievement award.
AR Rahman scooped two Grammys — best compilation soundtrack for motion picture and best motion picture song for Jai Ho — for Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Meanwhile Rihanna enjoyed a
triumph of sorts after winning in the best rap/sung collaboration category for Run This Town with Jay-Z and Kanye West.