The Grammy Awards in Photos: Beyonce, Taylor Swift Win Big

It was an evening of unexpected duets, outlandish performances, and of course, remembering MJ. Check out these photos from the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

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Country sensation Taylor Swift, 20, became the youngest artist to walk away with the Grammy’s most coveted prize -- album of the year – since a then 21-year-old Alanis Morissette won for “Jagged Little Pill” in 1996.
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Nominated for eight Grammys, Swift, went home with three more trophies, including best country album (for Fearless) and best country song. "I feel like I'm standing here accepting an impossible dream," Swift said after winning best country album for "Fearless."
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Beyonce made history for most wins by a woman at Sunday’s diva dominated Grammys, netting a record six trophies, including song of the year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and best female performance.
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Beyonce called on the spirit of 1980s Janet Jackson in a "Rhythm Nation" inspired performance. The singer chose a medley of her hit song "If I Were a Boy" and an unexpected cover of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know."
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Performances dominated the nearly three-and-a-half hour telecast. Celine Dion, Smokey Robinson, Usher and Carrie Underwood shared the stage during a tribute to Michael Jackson that also featured 3-D footage created for the comeback concerts Jackson was planning when he died.
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Lady Gaga opened the awards show with a medley of her hit songs "Poker Face" and "Speechless." While she won two awards in the pre-telecast version of the Grammys, GaGa lost out in each of the other three categories – best record, song and album -- she was nominated in.
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Musical legend Elton John joined Lady Gaga on the piano for the "Speechless" portion of the performance.
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Lady Gaga changed into something a little more "comfortable" following her opening performance.
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In perhaps the night's most touching moment , Michael Jackson's children Prince and Paris accepted their father's Lifetime Achievement Award. "Our father loved you so much since you were always there for him," said Prince.
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Paris Jackson, 11, said: "Daddy was supposed to be here. Daddy was going to perform last year. Thank you. We love you Daddy."
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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 of Haiti.
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The performance, introduced by Haitian native Wyclef Jean, will be available via iTunes.com/target, with the funds going to earthquake relief.
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Taylor Swift was joined by Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks for a medley of "Rhiannon" and Swift's hit "You Belong With Me."
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Pink performed her ballad "Glitter in the Air" during the awards show. The performance had a surprise element...
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Pink stunned the audience when she was hoisted in the air while suspended from silk ropes mid-ballad. The crowd gave her a standing ovation at the end of her performance.
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Alt-rockers Kings Of Leon took home a record of the year Grammy for their hit "Use Somebody," besting Beyonce, among others. "I'm not going to lie, we're all a little drunk. But we're happy drunks," said the band's singer, Caleb Followill.
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Billie Joe Armstrong is joined by cast members of the upcoming Green Day Broadway musical, "American Idiot." He later joked of planning to down a shot with the guys from Kings of Leon.
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The Black Eyed Peas performed a medley of their songs "I'm a Be" and "I've Got a Feeling." They took home three Grammys.
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The Zac Brown Band accepted the award for Best New Artist.
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Rihanna, Julez Knowles (Beyonce's nephew) and musician Jay-Z take the stage to accept the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for their song "Run this Town." When Rihanna asked Julez if he wanted to add anything, the young Knowles politely replied, "No thanks."
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Host of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert accepts the Best Comedy Album award onstage. During his speech, Colbert asked his daughter, "Am I cool now?"
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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.
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Wearing her second dress of the evening, Beyonce gave a brief speech thanking her family while accepting the award for Best Female Pop Performance.
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Miley Cyrus introduced a performance by The Black Eyed Peas.
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Disco queen Roberta Flack and R&B crooner Maxwell performed a duet.
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Musicians Richie Sambora, Jennifer Nettles of the music group Sugarland and Jon Bon Jovi perform onstage. Fans were given the option to vote for a second song to be performed by the band. Not surprisingly, "Living on a Prayer" was the song of choice.
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