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Grammys 2010: Beyonce sets new record for wins

Beyonce

Story by Jack Foley

BEYONCE has taken six of the top prizes at the prestigious Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

The R&B queen won awards for song of the year and best R&B song, both for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), as well as R&B album, best R&B female vocal for Single Ladies and best traditional R&B performance for At Last, which she performed at President Obama’s inauguration.

She also won best pop vocal performance for Halo and, upon accepting that trophy, said: “This has been such an amazing night for me and I’d like to thank the Grammys. I’d like to thank my family including my husband, I love you,” she added, referring to rapper Jay-Z.”

The awards haul means that Beyonce has set a new record for the most trophies won in a single year by a solo female. It also takes her career total to 16.

Some of the other main winners on the night included 20-year-old country star Taylor Swift, who scooped four prizes, including the coveted album of the year title.

While The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z and Kings of Leon all picked up three trophies each and Lady GaGa and Eminem won two.

Michael Jackson’s children, Paris and Prince, accepted a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the King of Pop, who died last June.

There were further trophies for Judas Priest, who won best metal performance, and Jeff Beck won best rock instrumental.

While UK singer-songwriter Imogen Heap was awarded best engineered non-classical album and the London Symphony Orchestra won best opera recording for Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd.

Among the big rock winners on the night, Tennessee rockers Kings of Leon emerged as the biggest winners with their hat-trick of prizes.

The band won record of the year, for Use Somebody, best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals and best rock song (all for Use Somebody).

Bruce Springsteen won best solo rock vocal performance for his song, Working On A Dream, and Green Day won best rock album for their latest LP, 21st Century Breakdown.

The Black Eyed Peas’ three awards came for best short video (for Boom Boom Pow), best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for I Gotta Feeling, and best pop vocal album for The END.

And Taylor Swift won best country album for her second LP Fearless plus best country song and best female country vocal performance, both for the track White Horse.

Rap icon Jay-Z took home best rap song for his track Run This Town, featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, which also scooped best rap/sung collaboration. The rapper also picked up best rap solo performance for DOA (Death Of Auto-Tune).

And fellow rapper Eminem won best rap album for his comeback, Relapse and best rap performance by a duo or group for Crack A Bottle, his collaboration with Dr Dre and 50 Cent.

Lady GaGa’s two prizes came for best dance recording (for Poker Face) and best electronic/dance album (for The Fame).

See the winners in full