Grammys Happen; Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Others Win
Sound of the City did a great liveblog, but we feel duty-bound to tell you this morning that at the Grammy Awards hosted by Stephen Colbert last night, Taylor Swift won Album of the Year (Fearless), Kings of Leon won Record of the Year (Use Somebody), and Song of the Year was Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), written by its performer Beyonce and Thaddis Harrell, Terius Nash, and Christopher Stewart. (Full victor list here.) Beyonce won six awards overall, a Grammy record for female artists.
Among the more interesting winners to those of us who don't know nothin' about it: Steve Martin (yes, that one) won Best Bluegrass Album, Steve Earle won Best Contemporary Folk Album (defeating Elvis Costello), Buck Howdy won Best Spoken Word Album for Children (defeating Harlan Ellison -- huh?), and Michael J. Fox won Best Spoken Word Album (defeating Carrie FIsher and Jimmy Carter).
David Byrne and Brian Eno won Best Recording Package. Neil Young won his first Grammy in the Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category for Neil Young Archives Vol. I (1963-1972). He won it for art direction along with two collaborators. "Thanks a lot, everybody," said Young.
Combining a traditional Grammy favorite (necrophilia) with a new one (3D), the broadcast featured a posthumous award and tribute to Michael Jackson including a 3D video for which viewers were encouraged to don special glasses.
Lady Gaga appeared in eccentric makeup and costume for a lavish number accompanied by Elton John; we apologize if the video has been withdrawn for violation of terms of service. Colbert won the comedy album award and used an actual iPad in furtherance of a lame gag. Britney Spears wore a Dolce & Gabbana boudoir photography costume.
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