Beyonce, Kings, Swift Are Top Grammy Grabbers

Beyonce, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift were the toast of the music world on Sunday night after taking home the 52nd annual Grammy Awards’ biggest prizes.

Beyonce was the Los Angeles event’s biggest winner, claiming six of the 10 honors for which she was nominated.

These included Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance awards for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

Swift took home her first four Grammys, including the coveted Album of the Year award, and Kings of Leon’s anthem “Use Somebody” earned the rockers prizes for Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

The Black Eyed Peas and Jay-Z were also triple winners at the Grammys, as was the San Francisco Symphony, thanks to its album Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10.

The event’s winners were overshadowed by a clutch of terrific performances from acts like Green Day, Pink, Dave Matthews Band, Beyonce and the Black Eyed Peas. 

Elton John and Lady Gaga collaborated to open the show, and there were further mash-ups for Jamie FoxxT-Pain and SlashMary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli, Eminem, Drake and Lil Wayne, and Taylor Swift and Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks.

But the event’s highlight was a star-studded tribute to Michael Jackson; Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, UsherSmokey Robinson and Carrie Underwood teamed up to perform the King of Pop’s “Earth Song.”

The stunning collaboration was accompanied by a 3-D version of the “Earth Song” video Jackson planned to use as a backdrop during his This Is It concerts last summer.

Stars like Beyonce, Rihanna and were among the audience members who donned special 3-D glasses to fully appreciate the spectacular musical moment.

They ended the song with their backs to the crowd, staring at images of Jackson, which were flashed onto the big screen behind them, as the audience rose to its feet to applaud the performance, which presenter Lionel Richie called “unbelievable.”

Following the showstopper, Jackson’s children Prince and Paris took the Staples Center stage to honor their father, a recipient of one of the night’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.

In his first public speaking appearance, Prince thanked God for “watching over us these past seven months” and “our grandma and grandpa for their love and support.”

Both Jackson children ended their brief acceptance speeches with the words “We love you daddy”.

The big winners of the 2010 Grammys are:

Record Of The Year: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Song Of The Year: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce

Best New Artist: Zak Brown Band

Album Of The Year: Fearless – Taylor Swift

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Halo – Beyonce

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Make It Mine – Jason Mraz

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Throw Down Your Heart – Bela Fleck

Best Pop Instrumental Album: Potato Hole – Booker T. Jones

Best Pop Vocal Album: The E.N.D. – The Black Eyed Peas

Best Dance Recording: Poker Face – Lady Gaga

Best Electronic/Dance Album: The Fame – Lady Gaga

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden – Michael Buble

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Working On A Dream – Bruce Springsteen

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Best Hard Rock Performance: War Machine – AC/DC

Best Metal Performance: Dissident Aggressor – Judas Priest

Best Rock Instrumental Performance: A Day In The Life – Jeff Beck

Best Rock Song: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Best Rock Album: 21st Century Breakdown – Green Day

Best Alternative Music Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Phoenix

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Pretty Wings – Maxwell

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Blame It – Jamie Foxx & T-Pain

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: At Last – Beyonce

Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Pearls – India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore

Best R&B Song: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyonce

Best R&B Album: Blacksummers’ Night – Maxwell

Best Contemporary R&B Album: I Am… Sasha Fierce – Beyonce

Best Rap Solo Performance: D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune) – Jay-Z

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: Crack A Bottle – Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West

Best Rap Song: Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West

Best Rap Album: Relapse – Eminem

Best Female Country Vocal Performance: White Horse – Taylor Swift

Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Sweet Thing – Keith Urban

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Run To You – Lady Antebellum

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: I Told You So – Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis

Best Country Instrumental Performance: Producer’s Medley – Steve Wariner

Best Country Song: White Horse – Taylor Swift

Best Country Album: Fearless – Taylor Swift

Best Spoken Word Album: Always Looking Up – Michael J. Fox

Best Comedy Album: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! – Stephen Colbert

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Slumdog Millionaire – Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Up – Michael Giacchino

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Jai Ho (From Slumdog Millionaire) – Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters

Lifetime Achievement Award: Leonard Cohen

Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Jackson

Lifetime Achievement Award: Loretta Lynn

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bobby Darin

Lifetime Achievement Award: Clark Terry

Lifetime Achievement Award: David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards

Lifetime Achievement Award: Andre Previn

Trustees Award: Walter C. Miller

Trustees Award: Florence Greenberg

Trustees Award: Harold Bradley

Presidents Merit Award: Doug Morris

Presidents Merit Award: Placido Domingo

Presidents Merit Award: Ken Ehrlich

MusiCares Person of the Year: Neil Young

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