Grammy's Award ceremony kicks off

13:57, February 01, 2010      

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Taylor Swift reacts to winning best country song for "White Horse" during the pre-telecast of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010. (Xinhua/Agencies Photo)

The Grammy Awards ceremony kicked off in Los Angeles Sunday night, with Beyonce's hit "Single Ladies" winning the Grammy for song of the year.

This was one of five early awards annnounced so far. The song of the year award for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" went to the songwriters: Beyonce, Thaddis Harrell, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart.

It was the fifth Grammy of the night for Beyonce, who collected four awards in the three-hour pre-telecast ceremony: best female R&B performance, best traditional R&B performance, best R&B song and best contemporary R&B album.

The song of the year Grammy was the first presented during the show, and Beyonce was not on stage to accept it because she was preparing to perform.

Meanwhile, upstart sensation Taylor Swift claimed three awards, including best country album for "Fearless."

Beyonce had 10 nominations and Swift had eight going into tonight's 52nd annual Grammy festivities at Staples Center. They were both nominated in for top categories of record, album and song of the year.

Swift is nominated for album of the year for "Fearless," while Beyonce is up for "I Am ... Sasha Fierce," Black Eyed Peas for "The E.N.D.," Lady Gaga for "The Fame" and Dave Matthews Band for "Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King."

In the record-of-the-year category, the nominees are Beyonce for "Halo," Black Eyed Peas for "I Gotta Feeling," Kings of Leon for " Use Somebody," Lady Gaga for "Poker Face" and Swift for "You Belong with Me."

Swift won two awards in the pre-show ceremony -- best country song and best female country vocal performance for "White Horse" -- and she claimed the best country album honor early in the televised Grammy ceremony.
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