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Taylor Swift and Beyonce win big at 52nd annual Grammy Awards

UPI News Service, 02/01/2010 

Taylor Swift's "Fearless" won the album of the year prize at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.

The CD also earned the award for best country album, while Swift's song "White Horse" garnered the gongs for best country song and best female country vocal performance.

"Thank you so much! I just hope that you know how much this means to me... that we get to take this (trophy) home to Nashville," Swift said as she collected the top honor of the night. "Our families are freaking out in their living rooms."

Sunday was also a tremendous night for Beyonce, who walked away with six Grammys, a record for a female artist.

Her CD "I am... Sasha Fierce" won the prize for best contemporary R&B album, while her hit "Single Ladies... (Put a Ring on It)" won the honors for song of the year, best R&B song and best female R&B vocal performance. She also won the award for female pop vocal performance of the year for her song "Halo" and for best traditional R&B performance for her rendition of "At Last."

"Wow! Thank you so much. This has been such an amazing night for me and I'd love to thank the Grammys. I'm sorry, I'm nervous. I'd love to thank my family for all of their support, including my husband (Jay-Z.) I love you. And I'd like to thank all of the fans for their support over the years. Good night, thank you," Beyonce said as she took the stage.

"Make it Mine" by Jason Mraz won the award for male pop vocal performance of the year and the Zac Brown Band was named best new artist.

Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" won the awards for record of the year, best rock song and best rock song by a duo or group with vocals.

"Run This Town" by Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West won the trophies for best rap song and best rap/sung collaboration. Jay-Z also picked up the statuette for

best rap solo performance for "D.O.A." Eminem's "Relapse" was named best rap album and his song "Crack a Bottle" featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent earned the title of best rap performance by a duo or group.

Stephen Colbert won the Grammy for best comedy album for "Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All" and Green Day picked up the trophy for best rock album for "21st Century Breakdown."

The Black Eyed Peas earned the statuette for pop vocal album for "The E.N.D.," and Lady Gaga won awards for best electronic/dance album for "The Fame" and for best dance recording for "Poker Face."

The star-studded telecast featured on-stage collaborations by Lady Gaga and Elton John; Jamie Foxx, T-Pain and Slash; Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli; and Eminem and Lil Wayne. The Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Pink, Swift, Bon Jovi and the Jonas Brothers also performed throughout the show.

Another highlight of the evening was a tribute to late pop star Michael Jackson, who was posthumously honored with a lifetime achievement award.

His 12-year-old son, Prince Michael, and 11-year-old daughter, Paris, accepted the award in their father's place.

"Thank you. We are proud to be here to accept this award on behalf of our father, Michael Jackson," Prince Michael told the crowd. "First of all, we'd like to thank God for watching over us these past seven months and our grandma and grandpa for their love and support. We would also like to thank the fans. Our father loved you very much because you were always there for him."

"Daddy was supposed to be here. He was going to perform this year because he couldn't perform last year. Thank you. We love you, Daddy," added Paris.

Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Usher and Carrie Underwood performed Jackson's "Earth Song" live along with the late icon's pre-recorded voice.

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