R&B singer Beyonce has won six awards at the Grammys, including song of the year - the most won by a female artist at a single event.
Beyonce won 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.
Country-pop starlet Taylor Swift, who rocketed to stardom with ballads of teen love that she wrote on her bedroom floor, became the youngest artist to win the coveted Grammy for album of the year. Swift, who turned 20 in December, took home four awards after being nominated eight times. She had never previously won any Grammys. Her second album, "Fearless," was the most popular release in the United States last year. US sales to date stand at 5.4 million copies. The fresh-faced singer, known for her blonde curly mane, had been expected to dominate the music industry's top awards.
Beyonce and Swift were both eclipsed for record of the year by Tennessee rock band Kings of Leon, who were the surprise honorees for their pop-radio hit "Use Somebody." In winning album of the year, Swift broke a record held since 1996 by Alanis Morissette, who was 21 when she won for "Jagged Little Pill," an album with decidedly more adult content. Swift also was the first solo female country winner ever of the award, and the first female pop winner since Celine Dion won in 1997 for "Falling Into You." "I just hope that you know how much this means to me ... that we get to take this back to Nashville," said Swift. She also won the Grammy for best country album, and a pair of awards for her song "White Horse," female country vocal performance and best country song. Backstage, Swift told reporters that despite her crossover success in the pop field, she still considered country music her first love. "Country music is absolutely going to be my home because of the stories that are told within country music," she said. She was planning to catch a flight straight after the event to Australia where she is set to play a sold-out arena tour. Her album has been certified gold or platinum in 16 international markets, her spokeswoman said.