Taylor Swift, Beyonce
Beyonce broke the record for most Grammys won by a female artist in one night by netting six statuettes at Sunday's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
The singer, who was up for a leading 10 awards, picked up four trophies in the pre-show before winning song of the year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and female pop vocal performance for "Halo." But she lost the top prize, album of the year, to Taylor Swift for Fearless. At 20, Swift is the youngest winner in the category ever.
Beyonce was previously in a six-way tie with Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss and Amy Winehouse for most Grammys won by a female in one ceremony — five. She also won five Grammys in 2004 for her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love. Her Grammy total as a solo artist is now 13.
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"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" was also named best female R&B performance and best R&B song. Beyonce also won best contemporary R&B album for I Am ... Sasha Fierce and best traditional R&B performance for "At Last."
The R&B diva's husband, Jay-Z, took home three trophies. "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" was named best rap solo performance, while "Run This Town," his song with Rihanna and Kanye West, won for rap/sung collaboration and rap song.
Swift won three other Grammys for best country song and best female country vocal — both for "White Horse" — and best country album for Fearless.
Lady Gaga, who opened the show with a duet with Elton John, won two trophies: dance recording ("Poker Face") and electronic/dance album (The Fame).
Kings of Leon beat out Beyonce, Swift, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas for record of the year with "Use Somebody." The soaring tune earned the rockers best rock performance by a duo/group and best rock song trophies earlier in the night.
The Black Eyed Peas snagged three trophies, including best pop vocal album for The E.N.D.
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Country group Zac Brown Band nabbed best new artist honors, while Green Day won its fourth Grammy for best rock album for 21st Century Breakdown.
Other winners include Maxwell, who won two statuettes for best R&B album for Blacksummers' Night and best male R&B vocal for "Pretty Wings." Stephen Colbert won best comedy album for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!