Taylor Swift has become the first female singer to win album of the year award at the Grammys twice.
Her 1989 album won the award at this year’s Grammys in Los Angeles.
Kendrick Lamar won the most prizes on the night with five awards.
Taylor Swift also won best pop vocal album and best music video for her track Bad Blood.
Ed Sheeran also won his first two Grammys for song of the year and best pop solo performance for his number one hit Thinking Out Loud.
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A surprised Ed Sheeran beat Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift, country group Little Big Town and Wiz Khalifa to the song of the year accolade.
Taylor Swift was equally surprised at winning the top honor. Her album, which was released in 2014, came out too late to be eligible for last year’s awards so was finally recognized at this year’s ceremony.
The singer gave a powerful acceptance speech saying: “As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to young women: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.
“But if you focus on your work and don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know it was you and the people that love you that put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
Kendrick Lamar’s wins included best rap album for To Pimp A Butterfly; best rap song and rap performance for Alright; best rap/sung collaboration and best music video, which he shared with Taylor Swift for Bad Blood.
Alabama Shakes were triple winners. They collected best alternative music album while their song Don’t Wanna Fight won best rock song and rock performance.
The Weeknd also picked up two Grammys for best urban contemporary album and best R&B performance.
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars won two awards for their hit Uptown Funk, including record of the year, while Meghan Trainor was named best new artist.
Muse also won best rock album for Drones, and Tony Bennett collected his 18th Grammy for best traditional pop vocal album.
Justin Bieber also won his first Grammy for his collaboration with Skrillex and Diplo, winning best dance recording for Where Are U Now.
Amy – Asif Kapadia’s documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse – won the Grammy for best music film.
Madonna will perform at this year’s Grammy awards on January 26, CBS network confirmed.
The network also said that Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert – both nominated for Grammys this year – will perform a duet in tribute to Everly Brothers musician Phil Everly, who died earlier this year.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Juicy J have also been added to the performers’ slate, with Steve Coogan, Jeremy Renner.
Madonna will perform at this year’s Grammy awards on January 26
Julia Roberts and Charlie Wilson added to the presenters’ roster.
The newly announced performers join a slate that already included Sara Bareilles, Carole King, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Robin Thicke and numerous others.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards, hosted by LL Cool J, will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 26.
Kanye West halted his show in Phoenix to share his disappointment with fans after his album Yeezus failed to grab a nod in Grammys 2014 Album of the Year nominations, suggesting the oversight is racially charged.
The rapper said: “I’m 36-years old and I have 21 Grammys. That’s the most Grammys of any 36 year old. Out of all of those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist. So when the Grammy nominations come out, and Yeezus is the top one or two album on every single list (poll of the year), but only gets two nominations from the Grammys, what are they trying to say? Do they think that I wouldn’t notice?”
Kanye West halted his show in Phoenix to share his disappointment with fans after his album Yeezus failed to grab a nod in Grammys 2014 Album of the Year nominations
“Do they think that, someway, that I don’t have the power to completely diminish all of their credibility at this moment?
“When you see me talking about what people are doing when I say <<marginalized>>, when I say <<boxed in>>, when I say <<hold back>>, when I say <<people are afraid of the truth>>, that’s one example right there in front of you.”
Kanye West admits he’s not impressed with his two Grammy nods for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for New Slaves, adding: “People come to me and congratulate me on those two nominations. F**k those nominations!”
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