Only nine actual statuettes were handed out at last night’s 3-hour long, 52nd Annual Grammy Awards telecast on CBS.
The ladies of the night were the clear winners. Beyonce made history by taking home six Grammys, the most any female artist has won in one night. Country pop star Taylor Swift nabbed the big prize, album of the year, without interruptions from Kanye West.
All artist winners will likely get a nice boost in album sales, which even the biggest stars need these days.
As it has over the past few years, worldwide sales of recorded music in 2009 fell by about 10 per cent last year, according to reports.
While digital sales were up, it wasn’t enough to compensate for a continuing fall in sales of compact discs. CDs fell by about 16 per cent worldwide, with overall industry revenues dropping to about $15.8 billion in 2009 from about $17.5 billion a year earlier.
Comedian Stephen Colbert, who presented the song of the year award, noted the absence of Susan Boyle, the British talent-show winner who has become an international sensation.
“Face it,” Colbert told the glittery audience, “your industry was saved by a 48-year-old cat lady in sensible shoes.”
During the telecast, academy president Neil Portnow made his annual plea to stopped free downloading and pay artists, but the industry is still trying to solve the problem.
List of winners:
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,
Latin Pop Album: “Sin Frenos,” La Quinta Estacion
Contemporary Jazz Album: “75,” Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
Classical Album: “Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio from Symphony No. 10”
Traditional Gospel Album: “Oh Happy Day,” various artists
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
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