3 Feb 2010

Beyonce big winner at the Grammys

2:51 pm on 3 February 2010

Pop star Beyonce was the big winner at the prestigious Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, winning six prizes.

Starting the night with 10 nominations, her awards included song of the year and best R&B song, both for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).

Beyonce has set a new record for the most awards won in a single year by a solo female, and takes her career tally to 16, the BBC reports.

Her other awards this year included best contemporary 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 Barack Obama's inauguration.

Country-pop singer Taylor Swift, 20, also made music history, becoming the youngest artist ever to win the coveted Grammy for album of the year, along with three other awards.

Both, however, were overshadowed for record of the year by surprise winners Kings of Leon with their hit Use Somebody.

The Black Eyed Peas and Jay-Z picked up three trophies each, while Lady GaGa and Eminem won two.

New Zealand-born country singer Keith Urban won a Grammy for best male country vocal performance.

Veterans AC/DC won their first-ever Grammy for best hard rock performance, but lost out in the best rock album category. That Grammy went to Green Day for 21st Century Breakdown.

Country combo the Zac Brown Band was named best new artist.

Seven months after his death, Michael Jackson was given a lifetime achievement award which was accepted by two of his children, Prince Michael and Paris.