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- Posted on Feb 1st 2010 12:32AM by Mike Ayers
Make no doubt about it: the 2010 Grammy Awards belonged to the women, as Taylor Swift took home the top prize with the Album of the Year award for 'Fearless.' "I just hope that you know how much this means to me," said the 20-year-old, who became the youngest artist to win the award at the age of 20. (Alanis Morissette previously held that record at the age of 22.) "We get to take this back to Nashville. Our families are freaking out in their living rooms." Swift, who also performed with Stevie Nicks, won four Grammys this year.
Still, Swift wasn't the biggest winner. Beyonce, who brought the house down with a cover of Alanis Morissette's 'You Oughta Know,' took home the Song of the Year prize for 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)' and ended the night with six statues, the most won by a woman at a single ceremony.
While the much-ballyhooed Lady Gaga wasn't present onstage for any acceptance speeches, she did churn out a memorable duet with Elton John to open the night's festivities. She also won Grammys earlier in the day for Best Electronic/Dance album and Best Dance Recording for 'Poker Face,' and was seen throughout the night in numerous outfits, all donning various sequin patterns and sculptured features.
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Still, there were a few upsets on the bill for the night. Nashville rockers Kings of Leon took home Record of the Year for 'Use Somebody,' edging out Swift, Beyonce, Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas, while the Zac Brown Band beat out a handful of indie acts such as MGMT, Silversun Pickups and the Ting Tings for Best New Artist honors. The band later performed a medley of 'Chicken Fried' and 'American the Beautiful' with keyboardist Leon Russell.
The night was a redemptive one for Swift, whose spotlight at the MTV VMAs was infamously stolen by Kanye West. In comparison, this broadcast was pretty tame. The censors worked in overdrive during the Lil Wayne, Eminem and Drake performance, but for the most part, everything went off without a hitch. Even the 3-D Michael Jackson tribute seemed to work out for viewers at home. The most bombastic performance, surprisingly, was the Broadway fusion of '21 Guns' by Green Day and the cast of the 'American Idiot' musical. But even with those performances, the night certainly belonged to Swift and Beyonce.
Check out the full list of winners here. See what AOL Música thought of the subdued Latino presence at this year's show here.