American Idol alum Carrie Underwood was among the many celebs picking up a statue at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards Sunday. Underwood won two awards for “Before He Cheats,” which she also performed. Justin Timberlake, who was a no-show to the awards, also took home two Grammys.
Troubled singer Amy Winehouse was the queen of the night, taking home five awards (she was nominated for six), including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Winehouse, who was unable to make it to the awards because of issues with her visa, accepted her awards and performed two of her hits via satellite from London. “It’s a shame I couldn’t be there to accept the awards, but I’m so proud and happy that I had the opportunity to perform for the Grammys and in my hometown with my friends and family around me.”
Another big winner of the night was Kanye West, who took home three awards (he was nominated for eight), including Best Rap Album. But it was his emotional performance of “Hey Mama” in honor of his late mother Donda West that brought many to tears, including Kanye, who had “Mama” shaved into the back of his head. “I know you’re really proud of me right now and I know you wouldn’t want me to stop and be the No. 1 artist in the world,” said West. “Mama, all I’m going to do is keep making you proud.” Other highlights of the show included Alicia Keys, who won an award for “No One,” performing the smash hit with John Mayer on guitar. Keys also opened the show with a “virtual duet” with the late Frank Sinatra.
Beyonce and Tina Turner teamed up for a “Proud Mary” performance and Rihanna sang a medley of her hits “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Umbrella,” the latter for which she took home her first ever Grammy.