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  1. Alien opening

    First, Lady Gaga stunned on the red carpet with an out-of-this-world Armani, then she performed -- in an outfit that made her look like an alien Tinkerbell -- the first number of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, "Poker Face," which segued into her performing "Speechless" and "Your Song" with Elton John in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 31. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. A sweet win

    Country sweetheart Taylor Swift won for best country album. She also performed "Today Was a Fairytale" alone, then Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" and "You Belong With Me" with Stevie Nicks. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. One hot mama

    Presenter Jennifer Lopez, in a silver chain mail dress by Versace, proved backstage at the Grammys that mothers can still be glamorous. (Mark J. Terrill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Broadway performers

    Green Day and the cast of the upcoming Broadway show "American Idiot" perform the theatrical version of "21 Guns." (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Stripped down performance

    Pink performed "Glitter in the Air" in a skin-tight flesh-colored body suit enhanced with thin white strips. While up in the air, the singer was doused with water which flew off her as she spun. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Fierce!

    Beyonce, the night's big winner, performed "If I Were a Boy," then the Alanis Morissette hit "You Oughta Know" at the Grammys. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Icy look

    Lady Gaga, decked out in an icy ensemble, watched the Grammys from the audience after her performance. As she made her way out, she flummoxed the Jonas Brothers with her new outfit. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Ahead of the game

    The Black Eyed Peas sang "I'mma Be" and "I Gotta Feeling" at the Grammys. The group won three trophies during the pre-telecast of the show. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Tribute to the 'King of Pop'

    Michael Jackson's children, Paris and Prince, second and third from the left, accept their father's Lifetime Achievement Award. Both Paris and Prince delivered touching speeches, with Paris ending with "We love you, Daddy." (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Urban winner

    Keith Urban checks out his best male country vocal performance award for his song "Sweet Thing," backstage at the Grammys. (Mark J. Terrill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Iron man

    Robert Downey Jr., who was introduced as "the most self-important actor of his generation," presented Jamie Foxx and T-Pain's performance "Blame It." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Bringing out the guns

    At the end of T-Pain and Jamie Foxx's performance of "Blame It," Slash performs a solo of the Guns 'n' Roses hit "November Rain. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Upsetting presentation

    Norah Jones and Ringo Starr presented the album of the year award, which went to the Kings of Leon in a bit of an upset over Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Up and comers

    Singers Ke$ha and Justin Bieber plugged Bon Jovi's performance. The band performed "We Weren't Born to Follow," "Who Says You Can't Go Home" and "Livin' on a Prayer." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Living the dream

    Taylor Swift performed at the Grammys with a childhood idol, Stevie Nicks. Swift first sang "Today Was a Fairytale," then the Fleetwood Mac singer joined her for "Rhiannon" and "You Belong With Me." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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Beyonce became the most decorated female on a Grammy night as she collected six trophies, including song of the year for her anthem "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," but it was another diva — Taylor Swift — who nabbed the top honor, album of the year, for her best-selling "Fearless."

Swift, who won a total of four awards, jumped around like the 20-year-old kid that she is when she beat out Beyonce, the Dave Matthews Band, Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas for the honor.

"Oh wow — thank you so much! I just hope that you know how much this means to me ... that we get to take this back to Nashville," said Swift, whose "Fearless" was last year's best-selling album of any genre.

"Oh my God, our families are freaking out in their living rooms," she added. "My dad and my little brother are losing their minds in the living room right now."

Although Beyonce also lost out on record of the year, which went to the Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody," the entertainer still owned the most awards of the evening.

Video: Jackson’s kids touch Grammys audience Beyonce, who in 2004 won five Grammys on the strength of her debut album, "Dangerously in Love" — a mark tied by the likes of Alicia Keys, Norah Jones and Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse and Alison Krauss — reached that milestone again Sunday en route to the new record. She is the first to reach that mark twice.

She shared the song of the year trophy with three writers for "Single Ladies" and also won best R&B contemporary album for "I Am ... Sasha Fierce."

"This has been such an amazing night for me and I'd love to thank the Grammys," Beyonce said after winning best female pop vocal for "Halo."

The Kings of Leon were a bit more entertaining when they picked up their record of the year trophy, the family quartet's third of the night.

"I'm not going to lie, we're all a little drunk. But we're happy drunks," said lead singer Caleb Followill.

Crowd goes gaga for Gaga
Lady Gaga won two Grammys during the pre-telecast ceremony but didn't get a chance to show her multitude of outrageous dresses during the primetime show, losing out on record, song and album of the year. But she made her presence felt when she kicked off the night with a sequined green leotard with massive shoulders as she sang her Grammy-nominated hit "Poker Face," then brought out Elton John as they melded her song "Speechless" and his classic "Your Song" together in a performance that featured dueling pianos, and glitter-painted faces.

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Swift, who was second to Beyonce in Grammy nominations with eight nods, also won best country album among her other awards. The victory capped an amazing run for Swift, whose "Fearless" is only her second album. Her self-titled debut was a platinum success but "Fearless," with songs like "You Belong With Me," took her into the superstar stratosphere, as she won accolades across genres.

Another country act to take a top award was the Zac Brown Band, which won best new artist.

The Black Eyed Peas also had three trophies, as well as Jay-Z, who won for best rap solo performance and two awards for "Run This Town" with Rihanna and Kanye West.

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.

Video: Ladies night at the Grammys Maxwell, up for six awards, also won his first Grammy — best R&B male vocal for the ballad "Pretty Wings" and best R&B album for "BLACKsummers' 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 3-D 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.

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