This last award make her the most decorated woman in the 52-year history of the awards show.
Beyoncé wasn’t the only diva to won big this night. Taylor Swift, who was second to Beyoncé in Grammy nominations, received the biggest prize of the night: album of the year, for her CD “Fearless.” In total she won four awards, including the expected best country album.
In the third place was the third diva of the year, with two Grammys Lady Gaga was also performing her nominated hit “Poker Face”.
The Grammy for best new artist went to the Zac Brown Band, while best rock album went to the Bay Area’s Green Day for “21st Century Breakdown.” while The Kings of Leon, won the record of the year trophy for “Use Somebody”.
The Black Eyed Peas also had three trophies, as did Jay-Z, who won for best rap solo performance and two awards for “Run This Town” with Rihanna and Kanye West. Maxwell won his first Grammys for best R&B male vocal with the song “Pretty Wings” and best R&B album for “BLACKsummers’night.”
But the night wasn’t only about the awards, and the performance had an special place in the show. There we could watch the most elaborate stage performances like Lady Gaga’s with pyrotechnics, and the performance with dancers dressed as robots that join Black Eyed Peas in “I Gotta Feeling.”.
But also there were space for mistakes and criticism like the performance of Taylor Swift that joined Stevie Nicks for the duet of “Today Was a Fairytale” and “You Belong With Me,”. The performances were accused by some of off key singing and poor performance. Also criticized was the Pink exaggerated performance closer to the circus show and the poor version of “Blame it” by Jamie Foxx, T-Pain and Slash.
In the other hand there was a sensible homage to Michael Jackson by Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood and Usher singing alongside a 3-D video of Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song.” It was followed by the lifetime achievement award presented by Lionel Richie to Jackson’s children. The boy’s words hit a sensible string in the audience and for a moment the singer that leave us last year was among us.
But most of the show was backstage as well as on stage, and all the dazzling stars and winners enjoyed their night. “I’m not going to lie: We’re all a little drunk. But we’re happy drunks,” said the lead singer of The Kings of Leon Caleb Followill.
But it wasn’t only a big night for the artists, but for the TV audience as well. Las night it was the show’s biggest TV audience in six years. Preliminary Nielsen figures showed that the CBS broadcast attracted 25.8 million viewers. That would be the annual music award show’s highest ratings since 2004.