Beyonce Knowles won a record-breaking six Grammy Awards last night. Where does she put them all?
The singer took home prizes for Song of the Year, R&B Song and R&B Vocal Performance for her song Single Ladies. She also won the gong for Female Pop Vocal Performance for her hit Halo. Beyonce had been nominated for 10 awards and won six, setting a new record for the most wins by a female artist in one night.
The 28-year-old said her success made her "nervous", before thanking her family and husband Jay-Z for their support. "I'd love to thank my family for all of their support, including my husband. I love you."
In case you thought Amy Winehouse would be driven to drink (more) after having her "most wins by a female artist" title stripped from her; she was previously tied for the honour of most Grammy Award wins with Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, and, of course, Beyonce.
Taylor Swift was another big winner on the night. She took home four awards, including nods for Album of the Year, Best Country Album and Best Country Song. She was breathless when she climbed onstage to receive her first prize (after being chased around the auditorium by Kanye), expressing her shock before paying tribute to her maw and paw: "Oh wow! Thank you so much. I just hope that you know how much this means to me - that we get to take this back to Nashville. This is for my dad. Thank you for all those times you said I could do whatever I wanted in life. And to my mom, you're my best friend." Something a mother is never meant to be, according to the likes of Judge Judy and Sally Jesse Raphael, but it seems to have worked out well in this case.
Michael Jackson’s eldest children Prince, 12, and Paris, 11, also participated in the ceremony. They accepted their late father's Lifetime Achievement Award, making a short speech: "Through all his songs, our father's message was simple: love... We are proud to accept this award on behalf of our father. We'd like to thank God for watching over us for these past seven months and our grandma and grandpa (?!) for their love and support. We would also like to thank the fans; our father loved you so much because you were always there for him." Paris ended with: "We will continue to spread his message and help the world. Thank you. We love you, Daddy."
Keith Urban, the Kings of Leon, the Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna (who actually got to go this year), Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lady Gaga also won awards at the ceremony which was held at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Here's a rundown of the major award winners at the 2010 Grammy Awards... 'cause we'd be here for about five hours listing all of them otherwise.
Record of the Year: Use Somebody, Kings of Leon
Album of the Year: Fearless, Taylor Swift
Song of the Year: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On it), Beyonce Knowles
New Artist: Zac Brown Band
Pop Vocal Album: The E.N.D., The Black Eyed Peas
Female Pop Vocal Performance: Halo, Beyonce Knowles
Male Pop Vocal Performance: Make It Mine, Jason Mraz
Rock Album: 21st Century Breakdown, Green Day
Rock Song: Use Somebody, Kings of Leon
R&B Album: BLACKsummers’night, Maxwell
R&B Song: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), Beyonce Knowles
Rap Album: Relapse, Eminem
Rap Song: Run This Town, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Run This Town, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West
Country Album: Fearless, Taylor Swift
Female Country Vocal Performance: White Horse, Taylor Swift
Male Country Vocal Performance: Sweet Thing, Keith Urban
Dance Recording: Poker Face, Lady Gaga
Electronic Dance Album: The Fame, Lady Gaga
Alternative Music Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix
Spoken Word Album: Always Looking Up, Michael J. Fox
Comedy Album: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! Stephen Colbert
You can watch highlights from last night's award ceremony, if you so wish, from 7.00pm tonight on RTE2.