Beyonce, Swift Big Winners At Lavish Grammys The "Single Ladies" singer and her songwriters and producers took home six Grammy awards Sunday night in Los Angeles — a record for a female artist. But beleaguered Music City also scored, with both Record of the Year and Album of the Year going to Nashville acts: Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift.
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Beyonce, Swift Big Winners At Lavish Grammys

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Beyonce, Swift Big Winners At Lavish Grammys

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

We now know the winners of the Grammy Awards. Here is a partial list:

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Beyoncé.

MONTAGNE: Beyoncé.

INSKEEP: Beyoncé.

MONTAGNE: Beyoncé.

INSKEEP: Beyoncé.

MONTAGNE: And Beyoncé. She won six at the music awards, including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies," handed out last night in Los Angeles.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SINGLE LADIES")

BEYONC: (Singing) 'Cause if you liked it then you should've put a ring on it. If you liked it then you should've put a ring on it. Don't be mad once you see that he want it. If you liked it then should've put a ring on it.

INSKEEP: Beyoncé didn't quite take all the honors. Country musicians won two of the top prizes. Record of the Year went to "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE GRAMMY AWARDS")

KINGS OF LEON: I'm not going to lie. We're all a little drunk but we're happy drunk so...

INSKEEP: And Album of the Year went to "Fearless" by 20-year-old Taylor Swift.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE GRAMMY AWARDS")

TAYLOR SWIFT: I just hope that you know how much this means to me and to Nathan, my producer, and to all these musicians you see on this stage that we get to take this back to Nashville and...

MONTAGNE: Which could use it. Nashville music has suffered lately as big-box stores cut back their shelf space for its CDs.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "YOU BELONG WITH ME")

SWIFT: (Singing) You're on the phone, your girlfriend, she's a bitch. Going off about something that you said. 'Cause she doesn't get your humor like I do...

MONTAGNE: That seeming oversight caught the attention of the evening's first presenter, Stephen Colbert.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE GRAMMY AWARDS")

STEPHEN COLBERT: Remember, you may be the coolest people in the world, but this year your industry was saved by a 48-year-old Scottish cat lady in sensible shoes.

INSKEEP: In fact, Susan Boyle's album was released after the qualifying period for the Grammys. Colbert's own release did not have that problem. He won a Best Comedy Album Grammy for "A Colbert Christmas," and said, quote, "I should thank Jesus Christ for having such a great birthday."

MONTAGNE: The evening's most touching moment came after a 3D video of the late Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" when his children, Paris and Prince, took the stage.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE GRAMMY AWARDS")

PRINCE JACKSON: Our father was always concerned about the planet and humanity. Through all his hard work and dedication, he has helped through many charities and donated to all of them. Through all his songs, his message was simple: love. We will continue to spread his message and help the world, thank you. We love you, dad.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

MONTAGNE: Part of last night's Grammys held in Los Angeles.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "EARTH SONG")

MICHAEL JACKSON: What about nature's worth? It's our planet's womb? (What about us?) What about animals? (What about it?) Turned kingdoms to dust. (What about us?) What about elephants? (What about us?) Have we lost their trust? (What about us?) What about crying whales? (What about us?) We're ravaging the seas. (What about us?) What about forest trails?

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