Taylor Swift Wins Album of Year at 2010 Grammys

Posted in News on February 1, 2010
Taylor Swift accepts one of four trophies during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Taylor Swift accepts one of four trophies during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Photo: Steve Granitz/

Taylor Swift capped off her past year of pop culture domination with four career-defining wins, including the coveted Album of the Year for Fearless, during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, January 31 in Los Angeles. She and her producer, fellow BMI songwriter Nathan Chapman, took the stage, as Swift proclaimed how thankful they were to be able to take the trophy “back to Nashville.”

A slew Grammys are headed for mantle pieces in Music City, as several Nashville-based BMI songwriters and artists walked away with big wins in multi-genre categories: Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” earned Record of the Year honors, while breakout group the Zac Brown Band claimed the Best New Artist prize.

The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem and Rihanna walked away with multiple awards each, while Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” earned Best Dance Recording honors and Fame was named Best Electronic/Dance Album.

Colbie Caillat, Jamie Foxx, T-Pain, Kanye West, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Béla Fleck, Eminem, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Kurt Elling, Booker T. Jones, and many more also enjoyed big wins.

Wins from Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Zac Brown Band, and Colbie Caillat, as well as the dominance of John Legend, and most recently, chart-topper Ke$ha, as well as so many others, underscore the arrival of a new generation of superstars, and also point to the successes of one of BMI’s cornerstone initiatives. The organization has played an early role as connector and encourager for these and countless other artists back when “up-and-coming” best described their careers. BMI’s layered approach to songwriter development comprises educational, creative and promotional opportunities, including the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre, Jason Blume Songwriters’ and Jazz Composers Workshops; 8 off 8th, Pick of the Month and Acoustic Lounge showcase series; and stages at premier festivals including CMJ, Lollapalooza, SXSW, the Key West Songwriters Festival and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. From spotting and supporting a dynamic Lady Gaga when she first electrified small clubs, to championing the prodigious talent of a teenage Taylor Swift, whose songs somehow both belied her youth and embodied it, BMI has been there from the beginning, and will remain a steadfast and dependable supporter.

A stirring tribute to BMI Icon Michael Jackson was one of the ceremony’s highlights, underscoring the late legend’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Fellow BMI Icon Loretta Lynn also received a Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Bobby Darin, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Leonard Cohen (SOCAN), and Clark Terry. A-team heavyweight and first Nashville NARAS chapter president Harold Bradley and legendary producer Florence Greenberg also each received the Trustees Award.

Lady Gaga kicked off the Grammy telecast in electrifying form, segueing from a charged delivery of “Poker Face” into a duet with Sir Elton John (PRS), featuring Gaga’s “Speechless” and John’s “Your Song.” Taylor Swift, Pink, Zac Brown Band, and many other BMI trendsetters also delivered dynamic live performances.

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2010 BMI Grammy Winners

Album of the Year
Taylor Swift, produced by Nathan Chapman, engineered by Nathan Chapman & Justin Niebank

Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
“White Horse”
Taylor Swift

Best Country Song
“White Horse”
Co-written by Taylor Swift & Liz Rose

Best Country Album
Taylor Swift

Record of the Year
“Use Somebody”
Kings of Leon

Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group
“Use Somebody”
Kings of Leon

Best Rock Song
“Use Somebody”
Kings of Leon

Best Short Form Video
“Boom Boom Pow”
The Black Eyed Peas

Best Pop Performance By Duo or Group with Vocals
“I Gotta Feeling”
The Black Eyed Peas

Best Pop Vocal Album
The E.N.D.
The Black Eyed Peas

Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group
“Crack A Bottle”

Best Rap Album

Best Contemporary World Music Album
Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 - Africa Sessions
Béla Fleck

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
“Throw Down Your Heart”
Béla Fleck

Best Electronic/Dance Album
The Fame
Lady Gaga

Best Dance Recording
“Poker Face”
Lady Gaga, produced by RedOne

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture TV or other Visual Media
Slumdog Millionaire
A.R. Rahman (PRS)

Best Song for Motion Picture, TV or other Visual Media
“Jai Ho” (from Slumdog Millionaire)
A.R. Rahman (PRS), Gulzar (PRS) & Tanvi Shah (PRS)

Best Rap/Song Collaboration
“Run This Town”
Featuring Rihanna & Kanye West

Best Rap Song
“Run This Town”
Featuring Rihanna & Kanye West
Co-written by Kanye West & NO I.D.

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Colbie Caillat

Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album
Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
Calle 13

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Jason Crabb
Jason Crabb

Best Instrumental Arrangement
“West Side Story Medley”
Bill Cunliffe

Best Improvised Solo
“Dancin’ 4 Chicken”
Terence Blanchard

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music of Coltrane and Hartman
Kurt Elling

Best Spoken Word Album
Always Looking Up
Michael J. Fox

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
“Blame It”
Jamie Foxx & T-Pain

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Audience Of One
Heather Headley

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
The Power of One
Israel Houghton

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Potato Hole
Booker T. Jones

Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals
“I Run to You”
Lady Antebellum

Best Tejano Album
Borders Y Bailes
Los Texmaniacs

Best Norteño Album
Tu Noche Con…Los Tigres Del Norte
Los Tigres Del Norte

Best Gospel Performance
“Wait On The Lord”
Donnie McClurkin

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Five Peace Band – Live
Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band

Best Native Music Album
Spirit Wind North
Bill Miller

Best Traditional Blues Album
A Stranger Here
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

Best Banda Album
Tu Esclavo Y Amo
Lupillo Rivera

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Already Free
The Derek Trucks Band

Best Traditional Gospel Album
Oh Happy Day
Cedric Thompson

Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
“I Told You So”
Carrie Underwood

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
“Sweet Thing”
Keith Urban

Best Latin Jazz Album
Juntos Para Siempre
Bebo Valdés

Best Country Instrumental Performance
“Producer’s Medley”
Steve Wariner

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate

Best Zydeco and Cajun Music Album
Lay Your Burden Down
Buckwheat Zydeco

Lifetime Achievement Awards
Leonard Cohen (SOCAN)
Bobby Darin
David “Honeyboy” Edwards
Michael Jackson
Loretta Lynn
Clark Terry

Trustees Awards
Harold Bradley
Florence Greenberg


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