The 51st Annual Grammy Awards (2009) - News Poster

(2009 TV Special)


Will.I.Am Calls The Black Eyed Peas' Grammy Wins 'Gratifying'

The Peas won for Best Pop Album, Best Pop Vocal by a Duo or Group and Best Short-Form Video.

By Jayson Rodriguez, with reporting by Sway Calloway

Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am and Fergie at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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The Black Eyed Peas had a heck of a haul during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, as the collective nabbed wins for their album (The E.N.D.), their record-breaking single ("I Gotta Feeling") and the video for "Boom Boom Pow."

"It's gratifying," Will.I.Am told MTV News. "Having broken records that you never thought you would break, like 27 weeks at #1 [for 'I Gotta Feeling'], that's like six months. Selling out crazy stadiums with no record stores, and this being the biggest year in your career? It's crazy. 'Cause last album, we sold 12 million records, and going into this record, we were kinda scared about how it would perform, because there's no stores.
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Lil Wayne, Eminem, Drake Rock 'Forever' At Grammy Awards

The trio of MCs are backed by Travis Barker on drums.

By Shaheem Reid

Lil Wayne and Eminem perform at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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Lil Wayne, Eminem and Drake closed out the Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 31) — and gave the censors a workout — with a medley of "Forever" and unannounced surprise track "Drop the World," marking the first time the group had performed either song live onstage.

The performance started with Wayne, wearing a white jacket and white T-shirt that read "Listen to Lil Wayne," spitting his opening verse from "Drop the World."

"I got ice in my veins, blood in my eyes/ Hate in my heart, love on my mind/ I seen nights full of pain, days of the same/ You keep the sunshine, save me the rain."

After his verse and chorus, Eminem walked onstage to audio problems — his live vocals were inaudible over the track.
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Grammy Night Belongs To Beyonce And Taylor Swift

Performances from Lady Gaga and Elton John, Pink, the Black Eyed Peas and others steal the show.

By James Montgomery

Beyoncé at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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There were plenty of over-the-top moments during Sunday night's (January 31) 52nd annual Grammy Awards, but none of them could outshine Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

Yes, the dynamic duo — who were nominated for a combined 16 Grammy Awards — took home 10 of them, with Beyoncé winning six, including Song of the Year, and Swift snagging four, including the night's biggest trophy, Album of the Year.

"I hope that you know how much this means to me ... that we get to take this back to Nashville!" Swift squealed while accepting the Album of the Year award. "Our families are freaking out in their living rooms! My dad and my little brother are losing their minds in our living room right now!"

Swift's three other Grammys came in the country category,
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Taylor Swift Wins Album Of The Year Grammy For Fearless

Singer said Saturday the nomination was 'like a gold star.'

By MTV News staff

Taylor Swift accepts the award for Album of the Year at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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Winning four Grammys out of eight nominations, Taylor Swift might not have won as many trophies as Beyoncé (who won six) on Sunday night, but she surprised many by taking home Album of the Year for Fearless.

She told MTV News on Saturday that that particular award was the most special to her. "I think being nominated for Album of the Year is my favorite of all of them," she said on the red carpet at the Pre-Grammy Gala. "Just the fact that it's such a huge category and the fact that I wrote all those songs about my life and about boys and love and relationships and lessons, and it's very personal. So, to have
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Lady Gaga's Success Is 'Incredible,' Akon Says

'She's about to receive a Grammy before I receive my first Grammy,' raves singer, who signed Gaga to his record label.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway

Akon on the Grammy red carpet on Sunday

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Lady Gaga opened the Grammy Awards with a show-stopping medley of her song "Speechless" and the Grammy-winning "Poker Face." The performance only got wackier when she was joined by Elton John at the keys for a rendition of his classic tune "Your Song." The moment was capped off by her buzzworthy fashion choices and her two Grammy wins, for Best Dance Recording for "Poker Face" and Best Electronic/ Dance Album for The Fame.

Akon, the man who helped put Gaga on the map by signing her to his Kon Live Distribution label, said that seeing her achieve so much in such a short period of time has been incredibly fulfilling.
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Kings Of Leon Won't Rest On Grammy Laurels

After winning three awards on Sunday, the band plans to start writing a new album.

By Joel Hanek, with reporting by Gil Kaufman

Kings of Leon

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Kings of Leon are reclaiming the Grammy throne in the name of rock. After winning a Best Rock Performance Grammy last year for the anthemic single "Sex on Fire," the Nashville quartet rose to even greater heights this year by taking home three of the coveted awards. The rock ballad "Use Somebody," the second single off of their platinum 2008 album Only by Night, earned the group trophies for Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Record of the Year.

"It's really weird, because this is our fourth album, and it seems like in America it was our first album," Kol bassist Matthew Followill told MTV News after their wins. "It's great, it's good to be famous."

So, how does
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Lady Gaga Says Grammy Looks Represent Her 'Spirit And Essence'

Off-the-wall outfits were designed by Giorgio Armani, who calls her music 'soundtrack of our times.'

By Jocelyn Vena

Lady Gaga arrives at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards

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Lady Gaga had everyone buzzing when she arrived at the Grammy Awards in her planetary-orbit-style dress, complete with its own star accessory, designed by Armani. The show-stopping outfit, paired with her bright yellow hair and heavy makeup, seemed to defy being labeled one of the night's best or worst looks simply because it was so uniquely Gaga.

Lady Gaga's Grammy Fashion

Giorgio Armani said in a statement that he felt inspired by the superstar's pop culture takeover when he designed her one-of-a-kind look. "We hear Lady Gaga's music everywhere we go," Armani told "It is like a soundtrack of our times. In addition to her formidable songwriting skills, she is a modern fashion phenomenon.
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Grammy No-Show Kanye West Is 'Doing Really Good,' Common Says

'Kanye is one of the good-hearted brothers in this game,' Common says on the red carpet.

By Kyle Anderson, with reporting by Sway

Common arrives at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards

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Sunday night's 52nd annual Grammy Awards featured performances and appearances from some of the biggest names in the music business, from Beyoncé and Taylor Swift to Lil Wayne and the Jonas Brothers.

But there was at least one notable absence: Hip-hop tastemaker Kanye West, who was not only missing from the performance of "Forever" (which also features Drake, Lil Wayne and Eminem) but also missed out on collecting a pair of awards — Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, both for his team-up with Jay-z and Rihanna on "Run This Town."

Still, West did get a thank you during Jay-z and Rihanna's acceptance speech for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Common gave
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'American Idiot' Cast Calls Grammy Set With Green Day 'Amazing'

'This is the first time something like this has ever been presented on the Grammy stage,' director Michael Mayer says.

By James Montgomery, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway

"American Idiot" director Michael Mayer

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At Sunday night's Grammy Awards, Green Day gave fans a taste of what they can expect on the upcoming Broadway run of their "American Idiot" musical, performing their anthem "21 Guns" with the full cast.

But before the Grammy telecast even began, those same cast members were talking up the musical's finer points on the red carpet, and by all accounts, it sounds like it's going to be a very big show indeed.

"To do a punk-rock opera, there's something so visceral and exciting about it, and while you get in traditional musical theater, this is something completely different," Mary Faber, who plays Heather, told MTV News. "A lot of people are comment
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Jennifer Hudson Is 'A Bit Busy' With New Album, Movie

'I'm enjoying myself,' star says of work on her second album and the upcoming film 'Winnie.'

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Sway Calloway

Jennifer Hudson and Sway on the 2010 Grammy Awards red carpet

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Jennifer Hudson has achieved a lot in a short time and already has a Grammy and an Oscar under her belt. Now with a few more films on her résumé and a husband and baby at home, she is ready to get busy working on more projects, including a new album and movie.

"I'm actually recording my album right now," she revealed to MTV News on the red carpet at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 31). "And getting ready for my next film, which is [about] Winnie Mandela. So it's a bit busy, but I'm enjoying myself."

She performed at "Earth Song" at the Grammys with Usher, Celine Dion,
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Green Day Say Grammy Win Came At The 'Sweetest Time'

'Putting out 21st Century Breakdown and getting recognized for it and all the success that it's had, it feels really great,' Billie Joe Armstrong tells MTV News.

By Gil Kaufman

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt perform at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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Green Day have been here before. But after winning Best Rock Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards for 21st Century Breakdown, singer Billie Joe Armstrong said this victory was even better than the first time.

"I have to say that this is the sweetest time ... I think just the pressure coming off American Idiot," he said, referring to the first time the veteran punk band took home the honor, for their 2004 concept album. "Then putting out 21st Century Breakdown and getting recognized for it and all the success that it's had, it feels really great."

Armstrong also raved about Lady Gaga's performance with Elton John,
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Solange Knowles' Son Joins Jay-z And Rihanna On The Grammy Stage

Rihanna tried to pass the mic to Beyoncé and Jay's nephew Julez during acceptance speech.

By Jayson Rodriguez

Julez Smith Jr.

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Not many people could upstage Jay-z and Rihanna, but Beyoncé's nephew Julez did just that at Sunday night's (January 31) Grammy Awards.

Solange Knowles' son offered a tepid "No thanks" when Rihanna offered him the microphone at the awards show. The 5-year-old was onstage with Rihanna and Jay after their hit "Run This Town" scored a Grammy win for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Dressed in a dapper tuxedo, Julez delighted the crowd when he was invited to accept the award by his Uncle Hov.

The latest star from the Knowles' clan, Julez was born Daniel Julez Smith Jr. in 2004. He was named after Solange's ex-husband, Daniel Smith, whom the singer married the same year. Julez's first uncredited appearance came courtesy of Destiny's Child
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Taylor Swift 'Can't Believe' She's A Grammy Winner

'Whenever I used to write with people and they had Grammys ... I'd always walk over and stare at them,' she tells MTV News.

By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Sway Calloway

Taylor Swift at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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Before Taylor Swift won the Grammy for Album of the Year, before she stepped onstage with rock legend Stevie Nicks, before the 20-year-old country star even walked inside the Staples Center on Sunday night (January 31), she'd already won big.

In wins announced before the start of the show, Swift nabbed victories in two categories. When MTV News caught up with Swift at the start of the evening, she was already having trouble processing the significance of those wins.

"I'm so excited. I can't believe it," she said. "Whenever I used to write with people in Nashville and I would go into their houses and they had Grammys
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Eminem Told Drake 'Don't Get Nervous' About Grammy Performance

'He gave me that reassurance,' Drake says of Eminem's pre-show pep talk.

By Shaheem Reid, with reporting by Sway Calloway

Drake performs at the Grammys Sunday

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"I think it's a great night for hip-hop," Drake said at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 31). "Just that medium being acknowledged at all."

The 23-year-old Canadian, himself acknowledged with two nominations, also had a great night — he got to close the show with the first-ever live performance of "Forever," joining Lil Wayne and Eminem on the Grammy stage. And while Drake is certainly used to rocking stages with his Young Money boss Weezy, he got some surprising encouragement from Slim Shady during rehearsals.

"Em gave me probably one of the best speeches ... not really a speech, but ... he gave me that reassurance," Drake said on the red carpet. "He was like, 'Man, anytime you need to look over at me,
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Mary J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli Offer Support To Haiti At The Grammys

Their 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' will be available for download, with proceeds going to the Red Cross.

By Jayson Rodriguez

Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli perform at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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Mary J. Blige delivered yet again, this time with a moving performance of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" at Sunday night's (January 31) Grammy Awards, following her recent performance during the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon.

Blige and opera star Andrea Bocelli stepped onstage after an introduction by Wyclef Jean and partnered for a heartfelt collaboration.

Blige has already contributed to the Haitian relief effort following the devastating earthquake that struck the tiny country. Her take on "Hard Times Come Again No More" was one of the highlights of the George Clooney-led occasion.

But Blige said the island nation needs continued support. The singer, along with a producer and record executive, thought the
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Paris, Prince Jackson Pay Tribute To Michael Jackson At Grammys

Mj's children were joined onstage by cousins to accept the award on behalf of the late King of Pop.

By Jayson Rodriguez

Paris and Prince Michael Jackson at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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Despite Michael Jackson's constant shielding of his children from the spotlight during his lifetime, his kids have proven to be adept at handling their public appearances since their father passed away last year.

Prince and Paris Jackson accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the late King of Pop at the 2010 Grammy Awards. The pair sported red sashes on their arms to honor Mj and spoke in measured, well-mannered tones as the audience gave them standing ovations. They were joined onstage by a number of their cousins after Lionel Richie introduced the group following a star-studded performance of Mj's "Earth Song."

"We are proud to be here to accept this award on behalf of our father,
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Michael Jackson 'Earth Song' Grammy Tribute Focuses On His Love Of The Planet

Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Carrie Underwood and more singers take part in the 3-D tribute.

By Shaheem Reid

Smokey Robinson, Usher and Carrie Underwood perform Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" at the 2010 Grammys

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So much emotion came from the Michael Jackson tribute during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (January 31). Lionel Richie — Jackson's longtime friend and "We Are The World" collaborator — introduced the set, saying Michael "dared to believe that he could make the world a better place."

As the performance began, we heard the timeless icon's voice talk about the how he hated pollution and destruction of the earth. "That stuff really bothers me," Jackson said in the recording. "That's why I write these kinda songs, to give some kind of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love the planet. I love trees. When the colors are changing in the leaves, I love it.
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Green Day Preview American Idiot Musical At Grammys

With '21 Guns,' the guys give a taste of the Michael Mayer-directed Broadway show, opening in April.

By Eric Ditzian

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performs with the cast of "American Idiot" at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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At the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (January 31), Green Day gave the world a preview of the musical based on their 2004 album American Idiot. Singing along with the cast of the show coming soon to Broadway, Billie Joe Armstrong and the band busted out "21 Guns," a cut off 21st Century Breakdown for which they all recorded a special version.

Directed by Tony-winning "Spring Awakening" helmer Michael Mayer, the show began a run at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in September 2009. Telling a story of love, loss and war, the musical integrates songs from American Idiot as well as 21st Century Breakdown and a never-released tune called "When It's Time.
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Taylor Swift Shares The Stage With Stevie Nicks At The Grammys

After 'Today Was a Fairytale,' Swift is joined by the former Fleetwood Mac singer for 'Rhiannon' and 'You Belong With Me.'

By Eric Ditzian

Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks perform at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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Little over an hour after accepting the Grammy Award for Best Country Album, comparing the win to an impossible dream, Taylor Swift took the stage at the Staples Center to perform a medley of her own tunes, as well as a song from one of her childhood heroes, who joined her onstage.

Ditching her sparkling evening gown for a more casual blouse-and-jeans combo, Swift took center stage with her guitar strapped to her shoulder for "Today Was a Fairytale." Swift then announced, "It's a fairly tale and an honor to share the stage with Stevie Nicks."

The former Fleetwood Mac singer then walked onstage. The two stood side by side,
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Beyonce Covers Alanis Morissette At Grammys

B melds 'If I Were a Boy' with Morissette's 'You Oughta Know.'

By Jayson Rodriguez

Beyoncé performs at the 2010 Grammy Awards

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Beyoncé proved it was ladies night at the 2010 Grammy Awards by putting a twist on her performance of "If I Were a Boy" via the Alanis Morissette anthem "You Oughta Know."

Decked out in a futuristic, spiked black outfit and matching shoes, B — already a multiple Grammy winner by the time she took the stage — delved into Morissette's power jam midway through her set, as she has during recent live performances.

She pranced, spun and did the Dutty Wine while the crowd cheered in approval.

"And I'm here to remind you/ Of the mess you left when you went away/ It's not fair to deny me/ Of the cross I bear that you gave to me/ You, you, you oughta know," she sang as military-esque dancers flanked her.
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