Grammys 2010: Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson’s kids, Prince and Paris, rule awards

February 1st, 2010 by – Beyoncé broke a record and Michael Jackson’s kids broke a few hearts at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

Beyoncé took home six Grammys, including Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” and pop vocal performance of the year for “Halo,” to set a Grammy record for most awards won by a female artist on one show.

On a night dominated by a range of divas, Beyoncé went the route of classic pop elegance and scored for three different songs: “Halo” and “Single Ladies,” which dominated radio charts last year, and “At Last,” which won the Grammy for best traditional R&B performance.

Taylor Swift won four Grammys, including the prestigious Album of the Year award for “Fearless.”

The usually cool Swift accepted it with the breathlessness of a giddy teenager, perhaps because unlike at the Video Music Awards, Kanye West didn’t come on stage to drown her out.

New York’s anything-goes dance queen Lady Gaga won just two awards, but she helped set the tone for a performance-dominated show with an opening set that included her omnipresent “Poker Face.”

Ladies’ night was interrupted to a small extent by Kings of Leon. They won three awards, including Record (single) of the Year for “Use Somebody.”

The Zac Brown Band won Best New Artist, and the Black Eyed Peas also won three awards.

But a night packed with performances promoting current pop music downshifted to a more somber and wistful tone in the middle when Prince and Paris Jackson, the two oldest children of the late Michael Jackson, accepted a lifetime achievement award on his behalf.

Making a rare public appearance, the two were composed as they made quiet and brief remarks thanking God, their family, their father and his fans.

Prince did most of the talking, but Paris added that Michael had hoped to perform on the Grammy show this year as part of his comeback.

When they finished, they and their father received a standing ovation.

It was a fitting night to honor Jackson, since last night’s show focused largely on flashy fashion looks and stylish musical hooks – two areas in which Jackson set a standard when he swept the Grammys for his “Thriller” album in 1983.

The show reflected the shift of awards shows from presentation to promotion, and that started upfront when Lady Gaga segued from her opening “Poker Face” to a piano duet with Elton John in which they both smudged their faces like orphans out of a Dickens novel.

That was the first of several all-out production numbers that helped make last night’s show feel like a rolling music video.

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