Beyonce makes history at Grammys
Beyonce made history at the Grammys as she collected six trophies, including song of the year for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), but she was beaten to the album of the year title by Taylor Swift.
The RnB diva won her sixth and final gong with best female pop vocal for her soaring ballad Halo, making her the most decorated woman in one night in the 52-year history of the awards show.
"Thank you so much... this has been such an amazing night for me and I'd love to thank the Grammys," Beyonce said in a low key speech, adding: "I'd like to thank all of the fans for their support over the years."
Country star Taylor's Fearless was named album of the year. Accepting her award, she said: "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."
The Kings of Leon were one of the only other acts able to put a dent in the Beyonce armour, when their Use Somebody trumped her Halo to win record of the year, their third gong 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.
Lady Gaga delivered an early show-stopper with an eye-popping performance with Sir Elton John. She kicked off the night with a sequinned green leotard with massive shoulders as she sang her Grammy-nominated hit Poker Face amid an elaborate stage that included dramatic choreography and pyrotechnics.
Moments later, she scaled things down a bit - as much as Lady Gaga can -and brought out Elton as they melded her song Speechless and his classic Your Song together.