Grammy Awards: Beyonce cleans up!

Beyonce wins six awards at the Grammys and Michael Jackson's children accept a lifetime achievement award for the king of pop.

Soul singer Beyoncé was the big hitter at the prestigious Grammy Awards last night, winning a total of six prizes, including song of the year and best R&B song, both for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). Nominated for ten awards, the singer has set a record for most awards won in a single year by a solo female and this brings her career total up to 16.

‘I’d like to thank my family including my husband, I love you,’ she said, referring to rapper Jay-Z.

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The other big news of the night was the appearance of Michael Jackson’s children. Paris and Prince accepted a lifetime achievement award for the king of pop, who passed away in June last year. ‘To all his songs, his message was simple, love,’ 12-year-old Prince Michael said. ‘We will continue to spread his message and help the world.’

The children appeared after a rousing performance of Michael Jackson’s Earth Song, with a recording of Jackson accompanied by live performances from Celine Dion, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Smokey Robinson and Jennifer Hudson.

Country star Taylor Swift picked up four prizes, including the coveted album of the year title for her record Fearless, she also won best country album.

Other artists including The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z and Kings of Leon all picked up three trophies each, while Lady GaGa and Eminem won two apiece.

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