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Sat Oct 22 10:55:32 SAST 2016

Taylor Swift bests Kendrick Lamar for Grammy album of the year

REUTERS | 16 February, 2016 07:22
Taylor Swift accepts the award for Album of the Year for "1989" at the 58th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 15, 2016.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar led the Grammy winners on Monday with five wins, but Taylor Swift nabbed album of the year - the night's top prize - in an upset victory.

Swift took home three awards out of her seven nominations, including best pop vocal album for 1989, the world's best-selling album of 2014.

Compton, California rapper Lamar went into the awards with 11 nominations, and had looked on course to take album of the year for his critically-acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly.

But it was country-turned-pop artist Swift who won, and delivered an acceptance speech about female empowerment.

R&B singer Bruno Mars and producer Mark Ronson won record of the year for their upbeat track Uptown Funk!

"Thank you guys so much. This is dedicated to the fans. We wouldn't be up here if it wasn't for the people dancing to this song," Mars said.

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran won his first Grammy awards on Monday, including song of the year for Thinking Out Loud.

Following is a list of winners in key categories:

RECORD OF THE YEAR: Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson, Featuring Bruno Mars
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: 1989 - Taylor Swift
SONG OF THE YEAR: Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge, songwriters (Ed Sheeran)
BEST NEW ARTIST: Meghan Trainor
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
(Track from: "X")
BEST POP DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE: Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
(Track from: Uptown Special)
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE: Don't Wanna Fight - Alabama Shakes
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM: Traveller - Chris Stapleton
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUM: 1989 - Taylor Swift
BEST ROCK ALBUM: "Drones" - Muse
BEST RAP ALBUM: To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Bad Blood - Taylor Swift, featuring Kendrick Lamar
BEST MUSIC FILM: Amy (Amy Winehouse)


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