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BEYONCE WINS BIG AT GRAMMYS

 

2.1.10 ---  Beyonce came home as the big winner last night at the 52nd Grammy Awards. 

 

After being nominated for 10 awards, Beyonce set a record by taking home six of them including Song of the Year.

"This has been such an amazing night for me," Beyonce said while accepting her Best Female Pop award. "I'd like to thank my family, including my husband [Jay-Z]. I love you."

 

Following close behind Beyoncé and Taylor Swift who took home four awards was Jay-Z who won three Grammys (Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration) and the Black Eyed Peas, who won three Grammys (one for Best Short Form Music Video); Eminem, who took home two awards; and Lady Gaga, who won two of her own (though both were during the pre-televised ceremony).

 

But for all the award-accepting merriment, it was the performances that shined brightest. Show producers gave out only a handful of awards during the actual telecast, deciding to focus instead on the talents they had assembled inside the Staples Center.

 

Lady Gaga kicked off the show with a theatrical version of "Poker Face" — which featured a steam-powered set dubbed "The Fame Factory," some flames and a pair of sparkly shoulder pads — then welcomed Elton John to the stage for a dueling-piano take on Gaga's "Speechless." 

 

Beyonce answered by storming into Staples with an army of riot-gear-clad escorts, then got down to belting out a fiery version of "If I Were a Boy," complete with a backing band and a brief foray into Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." She wrapped up her performance by channeling her inner Tina Turner, dropping to her knees and singing for the rafters.

 

The Black Eyed Peas rattled the roof with a booming medley of their hits, which featured a battalion of electric-clad dancers, Fergie donning her Robocop finest and Will.I.Am rocking an inexplicable black molding of his head on his head. Lil Wayne, Eminem, Drake and Travis Barker roared versions of Weezy's "Drop the World" and D's "Forever," though, judging by the frequent audio drops, it would seem the network censors got a little too anxious with the "delay" button.

 

There was also a 3-D tribute to the late Michael Jackson, which featured Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Smokey Robinson and Jennifer Hudson performing Jackson's "Earth Song.”  It will probably be remembered best for what happened next, as two of Jackson's children — son Prince and daughter Paris — accepted an honorary lifetime-achievement award in their father's memory.

 

"I want to thank the fans, our father loved you so much," Prince said, his voice wavering slightly. "We will continue to spread his message and help the world."

 

"Daddy was going to be here; he was going to perform this year, [because] he couldn't perform last year," his daughter Paris added. "Thank you. We love you, Daddy."

 

 

 

 

 

 



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