The 52nd annual Grammy Awards were held on January 31, 2010. In a surprise move, the Grammys changed its recent trend of awarding talented yet modest performers to focusing more on the big names in the music industry. This year the biggies in the industry all struck gold, with Beyonce raking in six awards herself including the prestigious Song of the Year for her "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
20-year-old country superstar Taylor Swift was the up and coming star at the Grammys this year as she took home four shiny gramophone awards including, Album of the Year for “Fearless.”Black Eyed Peas took home three awards including Pop Performance, Duo Or Group for “I Gotta Feeling,” and Pop Vocal Album for “The E.N.D.”
Radio friendly band Kings of Leon took home Record of the Year, Rock Performance, Duo or Group With Vocals and Rock Song for their hit single “Use Somebody.”The awards also saw a very vintage Bruce Springsteen get the award for Solo Rock Vocal Performance for his work on his single “Working on a Dream.”
The show featured a Michael Jackson tribute performance, with Usher, Celine Dion, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood all singing along with a recorded version of Michael singing the “Earth Song”. The show also featured performances by Pink, Mary. J. Blige, Andrea Bocelli, Wyclef Jean among others.