Beyonce won a whopping six awards at the 2010 Grammys, including song of the year – a songwriters’ award for Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It). The anthemic hit also yielded Grammys for R&B song and female vocal performance, and Beyonce was additionally honored for contemporary R&B album with I Am … Sasha Fierce, traditional R&B vocal performance for her cover of At Last and female pop vocal performance with Halo.
“This has been such an amazing night for me,” she said after picking up the latter award.
Beyonce would have won seven awards if her husband Jay-Z had not beaten her in the rap/sung category. He ended up with three Grammys overall, taking his career haul to 10. Beyonce’s career tally rose to 16, including three with her former group Destiny’s Child.
She was also nominated in the film category for her work on the soundtrack to the movie Cadillac Records but lost that race.
Country-pop singer Taylor Swift, who was nominated for eight awards, picked up the first two Grammys of her career during the early ceremony.
Swift, 20, took home statuettes for female country vocal and country song, both for the song White Horse.
“This my first Grammy, you guys! This is a Grammy,” said a seemingly breathless Swift as she accepted the prize for female country vocal. “I live in awe of the people that I was nominated against in this category.”
She shared the award for best country song with co-writer Liz Roze, who recalled that she was asked by Swift six years ago – when the star was an unknown 14-year-old – to write songs together.
“Thankfully, I said yes,” Rose said.
But Swift also lost a race, pop collaboration with vocals, which went to two-time winner Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. Swift and Caillat were cited in that category for Breathe.
Caillat joins her father, Ken, among Grammy winners. He was a producer of Fleetwood Mac’s 1978 album of the year winner Rumours.
BLACK EYED PEAS WIN THREE
The Black Eyed Peas, up for six nominations, picked up three awards. Lady Gaga, who had five nominations, swept the two categories in the dance field. She is also nominated for album, song and record of the year, alongside Swift and Beyonce.
Other two-time winners included Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman, film composer Michael Giacchino, banjo player Bela Fleck, rapper Eminem, rock band Kings of Leon and soul singer Maxwell, who was a first-time winner.
“I’m a little bit choked up right now, so please excuse my emotional craziness,” Maxwell said as he picked up his prize for best male R&B vocal performance.
A pair of French acts won prizes: David Guetta for best remixed recording, and rock band Phoenix for alternative music album.
Other notable first-time winners included veteran rocker Neil Young, rock band AC/DC and British heavy metal icons Judas Priest.
“Fifth time is the charm,” said Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, noting that his band has been in the business for more than 35 years.
Nicaraguan salsa singer Luis Enrique also went to the podium for the first time, taking home the tropical Latin album prize for Ciclos. Enrique, recalling that he came to the United States as an illegal immigrant in the 1970s when he was 15, dedicated the award to the people still struggling in his homeland.
Bob Dylan, who received two nominations, failed to win his categories.