As Lady Gaga opened the show with an electrifying performance and duet with Sir Elton John, the Grammy Awards themselves proved to be completely overshadowed by the performances of the ladies. Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Pink achieved Grammy Award night highlights while also taking home their share of Grammy Awards hardware.
Beyonce clearly shined as she demonstrated her incredible range from her own hits like If I Were a Boy to her mid-song channeling of Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know.
Not to be outdone, Pink then performed a Cirque du Soleil like feat hanging upside down in midair, spraying water onto the crowd as her costume literally disappeared into thin air.
Taylor Swift admitted it was an honor to share the stage with Stevie Nicks and although she later indicated in her acceptance speech for album of the year that this is the moment she’ll tell the grandkids about someday when she’s 80, her duet with Nicks was sure one she won’t soon forget.
Let’s not forget some men in the biz performed as well as Jamie Foxx took the stage in a Civil War-like costume. Bon Jovi also performed a few hit songs like Who Says You Can’t Go Home? and for the first time in Grammy history, the audience voted online for the Jersey boys’ third song of the night — as for the winning tune? It was Livin’ on a Prayer.
The Black Eyed Peas rocked it with their live version of I Gotta Feeling in their futuristic costumes that showed why the song was one of the biggest hits of 2009.
Of course, it wouldn’t have been the music industry’s greatest night of the year without a tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. As Lionel Richie introduced MJ and advised audience members to wear their 3-D glasses, a first in the history of the awards show, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and let’s not forget the legendary Smokey Robinson. As we heard Michael’s children, Prince and Paris, say a few words it was no doubt the most touching moment of the evening.
And the Grammy goes to…
Record of the Year: Kings of Leon, Use Somebody
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, Fearless
Song of the Year: Beyonce, Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Best New Artist: Zac Brown Band
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Beyonce, Halo
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Jason Mraz, Make It Mine
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Kings of Leon, Use Somebody
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, Lucky
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Bela Fleck, Throw Down Your Heart
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Booker T Jones, Potato Hole
Best Pop Vocal Album: The Black Eyed Peas, The END
Best Dance Recording: Lady Gaga, Poker Face
Best Electronic/Dance Album: Lady Gaga, The Fame
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Buble, Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden
Best Solo Rock Performance: Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream
Best Hard Rock Performance: AC/DC, War Machine
Best Metal Performance: Judas Priest, Dissident Aggressor
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: Jeff Beck, A Day in the Life
Best Rock Song: Kings of Leon, Use Somebody
Best Rock Album: Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Beyonce, Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Beyonce, At Last
Best R&B Song: Beyonce, Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Best R&B Album: Maxwell, Blacksummer’s Night
Best Contemporary Album: Beyonce, I Am…Sasha Fierce
Best Rap Solo Performance: Jay-Z, DOA (Death of Auto-Tune)
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Run This Town
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Taylor Swift, White Horse
Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, Sweet Thing