Grammy records set, Beyonce most decorated (2)

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Beyonce performs at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010. (Xinhua/Agencies Photo)


Rihanna - who was forced to bow out of last year's awards as a performer after being assaulted by then-boyfriend Chris Brown - accepted the trophy along with Jay-Z and with Beyonce's young nephew in tow.

West - who has kept a relatively low profile since his dustup with Swift a few months back - was a notable no-show.

Maxwell, up for six awards, also won his first Grammys - best R&B male vocal for the ballad "Pretty Wings" and best R&B album for "BLACK summers' night." The album marked the R&B crooner's return after an absence of eight years from the music business.

Many participants in the program wore red cross buttons in support of Haiti earthquake relief. Mary J. Blige joined Andrea Bocelli in a rousing rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," which was not only designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the song's big Grammy wins, but to raise money for the people in Haiti. The performance, introduced by Haitian native Wyclef Jean, will be available via iTunes.com/target, with the funds going to earthquake relief.

The show also included a special 3D tribute to Michael Jackson featuring a video clip he made of "Earth Song" as Usher, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson sang along.

Jackson's young children, Prince and Paris, accepted a lifetime achievement award for their late father.

"Through all his songs his message was simple, love. We will continue to spread his message and help the world," Prince said.

In a tribute to the late guitar legend Les Paul, British guitarist Jeff Beck and Irish singer Imelda May performed Paul's "How High the Moon."

Beck won the best rock instrumental performance award, while English rockers Judas Priest won for best metal performance. British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap won an engineering award for her album "Ellipse."

French rock band Phoenix won best alternative music album for "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix."

Award presenters included Wyclef Jean of Haiti, Colombian singer Juanes, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, Mexican-born rocker Carlos Santana and Spanish opera star Placido Domingo, who earlier won a President's Merit Award.

Indian composer A.R. Rahman won best soundtrack for his work on the film "Slumdog Millionaire" and best soundtrack song for "Jai Ho."

Luis Enrique won best tropical Latin album for "Ciclos."

"I came to the United States in 1978 with a bag full of dreams, running away from the war in my country, Nicaragua, and here I am," he said. "So dreams do come true. I want to dedicate this Grammy to all the people in my country still struggling to make a better life."

La Quinta Estacion, the Mexico-based group originally from Spain, collected its second best Latin pop album for "Sin Frenos," while Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 won its second best Latin rock, alternative or urban album for "Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo."

Two sons of Bob Marley earned acclaim. Stephen Marley won best reggae album for "Mind Control - Acoustic," while Ziggy Marley captured best musical album for children for "Family Time."

Best traditional world music album went to Malian kora player Mamadou Diabate for "Douga Mansa." American banjo master Bela Fleck won best contemporary world music album for "Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol 3 - Africa Sessions."

Source: Shanghai Daily/Agencies
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