Sunday, January 31, 2010

52nd Grammy Awards: Beyoncé and Taylor Swift win Big

The 52nd Grammy Awards aired tonight on CBS and there weren't many surprises. The front runners pretty much took the night. Maxwell scored two wins taking home the Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Jay-Z, also picking up two awards during the pre-telecast, won for the hit single D.O.A. - Death of Autotune (Rap Solo Performance) and its follow up Run This Town (Rap Song). Country act Zac Brown Band took home the award for Best New Artist while Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, and Jamie Foxx grabbed Grammy gold.

Elton John and Lady Gaga's opening number proved to be the most interesting with Gaga sparing no creative freedom. She sang a reworked version of her Grammy winning song Poker Face before the two of them performed a duet of Speechless and Your Song. Always one for hidden commentary, I love how her performance touched on the conspiracy rumors that she is a soulless puppet concocted to mislead us all and turn us into monsters.

Lady Gaga, who was considered a favorite took home two Grammys for Best Dance/Electronica album and Best Dance Recording. Kings of Leon won the award for Record of the Year with their hit Use Somebody. Taylor Swift took home Best Country Album and Album of the Year which made her the youngest act to even win the latter. Her album Fearless was the best selling album of 2009.
“Our families are freaking out in their living rooms,” said a bewildered and humble Swift.

The big winner of tonight's show was pop sensation Beyoncé. Overtaking her previous five wins that tied her with the most wins by a female in one night, Beyoncé grabbed a total of six awards during tonight's broadcast. That gave her the record for wins by a female in one night in Grammy history. It also makes her the third most winning female and 9th most winning artist of all time. Carried by her smash hit single Single Ladies which won Song of the Year, all awards were won by her album I Am...Sasha Fierce with the exception of Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance with At Last from Cadillac Records.

“Wow, thank you so much,”
she said as she took the stage to claim her award for best female pop vocal performance. “I’m sorry, I’m nervous. I’d love to thank my family for all their support, including my husband, I love you. And I’d like to thank all of my fans for all of their support over the years, goodnight, thank you.”

Overall the show was not a huge showing of fresh performances. Most of the excitement came from the actual suspense of who would win what awards.

[CLICK HERE for the Full List of Winners]

A little Grammy record trivia...
R&B crooner Brian McKnight holds the record for most nominations and zero wins with 16 nominations.
Qunicy Jones holds the record for most nominations ever with 79.
Michael Jackson holds the record for most nominations in one night with 12 and the record for wins by a solo male with 8.
Beyoncé holds the record for most wins by a female in one night with 6.
Santana has a record wins for a group in one night by winning 9.
India.Arie is the artist with the most nominations in one night but zero wins with 7.
Magic Johnson is the only sports star to ever win a Grammy.
The honor of most Grammys ever won go to Allison Krauss with 26 and Stevie Wonder with 22.

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