clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Beyonce breaks record with 6 Grammys

Beyonce is the record-breaking queen of the Grammys.

The rhythm & blues singer won a total of six awards — the most by a female artist in one night — during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles' Staples Center Sunday night.

Her wins included Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for her hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"; Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for her song "At Last," from the soundtrack for "Cadillac Records"; Best Contemporary R&B Album for "I Am … Sasha Fierce"; and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Halo."

On a local note, "Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortileges," which featured University of Utah music professor and mezzo-soprano Kirsten Gunlogson and the Nashville Symphony (Opera), conducted by Alastair Willis, lost its bid for the Best Classical Album award earlier in the day.

The award went to "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10" recorded by conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony, the Pacific Boychoir and the San Francisco Girls Chorus & San Francisco Symphony Chorus.

The Kings of Leon took the Record of the Year award for its ballad "Use Somebody," and the Album of the Year was given to Taylor Swift for her megahit "Fearless."

"I hope you know how much this means to me," Swift said during her acceptance speech. "Our families are freaking out in our living rooms right now. This is the story we're going to be telling over and over again."

"Fearless" also garnered enough votes to take the Best Country Album award.

Swift, who turned 20 last month, also won Best Female Country Vocal and Best Country Song for her hit "White Horse."

The Zac Brown Band was named Best New Artist, beating out Keri Hilson, MGMT, the Ting Tings and the Silversun Pickups.

Lady Gaga opened the night with the flashy pop pomp of "Poker Face." She then launched into her single "Speechless" and mixed in a bit of Sir Elton John's "Your Song," which incidentally featured John on the piano.

Green Day and the Broadway cast of "American Idiot," based on the Green Day album of the same name, sang the emotional "21 Guns," and a tribute to opera turned itself upside down when Jamie Foxx, T-Pain and guitarist Slash emerged and cranked out "Blame It (on the Alcohol)."

Later, music veteran Leon Russell joined the Zac Brown Band for a medley that included the band's breakthrough hit "Chicken Fried," "America the Beautiful" and Russell's "Dixie Lullaby."

Bon Jovi made its first Grammy Award performance ever and performed abbreviated versions of "We Weren't Born to Follow," "Who Says You Can't Go Home," featuring Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, and "Livin' on a Prayer."

Michael Jackson was posthumously given one of the Lifetime Achievement nods with a 3D visual working of "Earth Song," which featured Usher, Celine Dion, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson.

Jackson's children Prince and Paris accepted the award on their late father's behalf.

The other Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Leonard Cohen, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Andre Previn, Clark Terry and the late Bobby Darin.

Haitian relief was also on tap when R&B lady Mary J. Blige and opera great Andrea Bocelli combined their voices for a 40th anniversary nod to Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

The song is available for purchase on iTunes.com/target, and all the proceeds are going to the American Red Cross to aid with the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

e-mail: scott@desnews.com

Winners in selected major categories:

Record of the Year: "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon

Album of the Year: "Fearless," Taylor Swift

Song of the Year: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyonce Knowles

New Artist: Zac Brown Band

Pop Vocal Album: "The E.N.D.," The Black Eyed Peas

Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Halo," Beyonce Knowles

Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Make It Mine," Jason Mraz

Rock Album: "21st Century Breakdown," Green Day

Rock Song: "Use Somebody," Kings of Leon

R&B Album: "BLACKsummers'night," Maxwell

R&B Song: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyonce Knowles

Rap Album: "Relapse," Eminem

Rap Song: "Run This Town," Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West

Best Rap Song Collaboration: "Run This Town," Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West

Country Album: "Fearless," Taylor Swift

Female Country Vocal Performance: "White Horse," Taylor Swift

Male Country Vocal Performance: "Sweet Thing," Keith Urban,

Latin Pop Album: "Sin Frenos," La Quinta Estacion

Contemporary Jazz Album: "75," Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate

Classical Album: "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10"

Traditional Gospel Album: "Oh Happy Day," various artists

Dance Recording: "Poker Face," Lady Gaga

Electronic Dance Album: "The Fame," Lady Gaga

Alternative Music Album: "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix," Phoenix

Spoken Word Album: "Always Looking Up," Michael J. Fox

Comedy Album: "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!" Stephen Colbert

The full winners list in all 109 categories will be available at www.grammy.com