The Grammy Awards are a peculiar beast.

They don’t necessarily represent the best-of-the-best from the last 12 months of the American music industry, but whose national music awards actually do – (I’m looking at you, ARIAs)? Really, it’s more a celebration of virginal youngsters, unusual collaborations between industry legends and popular up-and-comers, a rad live performance, and Beyonce cutting sick in a sequined unitard. Everyone wins!

Except, of course, for the losers.

The wrap up:
– Beyonce won six – a record for the most Grammy Awards won by a female artists in a single night, including Song of the Year for ‘Single Ladies’, and Jay-Z scored Best Rap Performance by a Solo Artist for ‘D.O.A. (Death Of Autotune)’. Good times at their place later.
– Kings of Leon won Record of the Year for ‘Use Somebody’. (Didn’t they used to be smokin hot? Now they look kind of swollen and gross.)
– Taylor Swift won some.
– There were even a couple of Australian winners in the mix: AC/DC won Best Hard Rock Performance for their song War Machine, while Keith Urban picked up the gong for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
Don’t despair that the incredible talent flowing through the Australian music community is being represented internationally by ageing has-beens and Nicole Kidman’s husband, because at the end of the day this is the Grammys we’re talking about, and the Grammys aren’t about recognising the most talented musicians. THIS is what the Grammys are all about.

For the full list of winners check the official Grammy website

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