Music’s biggest night was one interesting win after another. Taylor Swift managed four Grammy wins including Best Country Album for Fearless.
The Country Music superstar was giddy from all her wins – and recalling her early years when the Grammys were nothing more than a dream.
Still for all Swift’s awards, it was Beyonce who hit a high note…and set a record taking home six Grammys, the most won by a female artist in a single year, In that mix…All the Single Ladies grabbed Song of the Year, Best Traditional R&B Performance went to the singer for her rendition of At Last. She also snagged Best Female R&B Vocal Solo for All the Single Ladies and landed the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Halo.
A few highlights backstage came courtesy of Jason Mraz, whose single with Colbie Callat got Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, for Lucky. Mraz admitted that there really was no song originally…until he actually got Callat to agree to participate on it.
Colbie Callat may not have been completely up to speed on Mraz’ game, but it didn’t matter because she enjoyed the email collaboration on the tune.
Callat also explained how it felt to share the stage as a presenter with Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac fame. Callat has known Fleetwood since she was a kid (her dad Ken Callat co-produced Fleetwood Mac’s albums).
Kings of Leon grabbed Record of the Year for Use Somebody, beating out Lady Gaga and Beyonce in that category. Kings of Leon had big plans to celebrate their win…by getting their mom trashed.
Keith Urban, who nabbed Best Male Country Vocal Performance for Sweet Thing, took time to point out that Country Music has often had crossover appeal on the charts and at the Grammys.
Stephen Colbert not only hosted The Grammys, but he also won the award for Best Comedy Album for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! Backstage Colbert was visibly stunned to hear that Weird Al Yankovic knew Colbert would beat him out for the Grammy.
Alice Cooper proved he’s still as edgy as ever at this year’s Grammys. Backstage the rocker reflected on his fan base and how every generation finds something significant his music. Cooper has also been sober for nearly 30 years and at this point in time he confessed he would never hire a loady, though back in the day he did his fair share of hard partying.
R&B legend Smokey Robinson participated in a 3D tribute to Michael Jackson at the Grammys. Backstage Robinson continued his praise for the late King of Pop, pointing out that though it’s been 25 years since Jackson’s hit fundraising tune We Are The World became a phenomenon, the tune is still inspiring the new crop of musicians to help others in need.
The complete Grammys winner list is as follows:
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Halo / Beyoncé.
Song of the Year: Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) / Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters Beyonce.
Best Solo Rock Performance: Working on a Dream / Bruce Springsteen.
Record of the Year: Use Somebody / Kings of Leon.
Best Country Album: Fearless / Taylor Swift.
Best Rock Album: 21st Century Breakdown / Green Day.
Best Hard Rock Performance: War Machine / AC/DC.
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Run This Town / Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West.
Best Dance Recording: Poker Face / Lady Gaga.
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Use Somebody / Kings of Leon.
Best New Artist: Zac Brown Band.
Best Electronic/Dance Album: The Fame / Lady Gaga.
Best Alternative Music Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix / Phoenix.
Best Contemporary R&B Album: I Am… Sasha Fierce / Beyoncé.
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) / Beyoncé.
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Gotta Feeling / The Black Eyed Peas.
Best Rock Song: Use Somebody / Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters Kings Of Leon.
Best Pop Vocal Album: The E.N.D. / The Black Eyed Peas.
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Pretty Wings / Maxwell.
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Blame It / Jamie Foxx & T-Pain.
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: At Last / Beyoncé.
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: A Day in the Life / Jeff Beck.
Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Pearls / India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore.
Best R&B Song: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) / Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters Beyoncé.
Best Rap Solo Performance: D.O.A. Death Of Auto-Tune / Jay-Z.
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: Crack a Bottle / Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent.
Best Rap Song: Run This Town / Jeff Bhasker, Shawn Carter, Robyn Fenty, Kanye West & Ernest Wilson, songwriters Athanasios Alatas, songwriter, Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West.
Best Rap Album: Relapse / Eminem.
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Make It Mine / Jason Mraz.
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Lucky / Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat.
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: White Horse / Taylor Swift.
Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Sweet Thing / Keith Urban.
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden / Michael Bublé.
Best Metal Performance: Dissident Aggressor / Judas Priest.
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Run to You / Lady Antebellum.
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: I Told You So / Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis.
Best Country Song: White Horse / Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters Taylor Swift.
Best Americana Album: Electric Dirt / Levon Helm.
Best Contemporary Blues Album: Already Free / The Derek Trucks Band.
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Slumdog Millionaire / various artists, A.R. Rahman, producer.
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire / Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Vijay Prakash.
Best Recording Package: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today / Stefan Sagmeister, art director David Byrne & Brian Eno.
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Neil Young Archives Vol. I (1963-1972) / Gary Burden, Jenice Heo & Neil Young, art directors Neil Young.
Best Short Form Music Video: Boom Boom Pow / The Black Eyed Peas.
Best Long Form Music Video: The Beatles Love – All Together Now / various artists.
Best Comedy Album: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! / Stephen Colbert.