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Watch out, Grammy: Taylor Swift and Beyonce shatter records

January 31, 2010 |  9:59 pm

Taylor Swift didn't merely bag the biggest Grammy of all — album of the year for "Fearless" — she became at age 20 the youngest recipient of that prize, eclipsing Alanis Morissette, who was 21 when she triumphed for "Jagged Little Pill" (1996).

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Taylor Swift isn't the youngest victor among winners of all top four Grammy categories – album, record, song and new artist of the year. LeAnn Rimes was 14 when she won best new artist in 1997.

Beyonce set a record for most Grammys won by a female in one year (six), but the total is shy of the overall record held by the guys: Michael Jackson (1984) and Carlos Santana (2000), who each nabbed eight.

Beyonce had won five in 2004 and, until now, was tied with five other women for being the biggest champ among females in a single year: Lauryn Hill (1999), Alicia Keys (2002), Norah Jones (2003), Amy Winehouse (2008) and Alison Krauss (2009).

Photo of Taylor Swift: L.A. Times

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Taylor didn't deserve any of those awards. She's a terrible singer and her music is boring. I'll never understand her appeal.

The only reason some artists today can shatter records is because there are more categories added to each genre. Unlike in the 60 & 70s where the Pop categories included vocal performances of Rock and pop were lumped together because there were no Rock categories until 1979. This was such an injustice to all those classic Rock acts such as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, etc. because mostly a Pop-leaning artists would always come up the winner over anything Rock. It took a decade for NARAS to finally wake up and give Rock their due with their own set of categories. On top of that they expanded the Pop categories and R&B categories which is why many artists today such as Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Santana, Lauryn Hill were able to break records.

Yo Taylor. I’m really happy for you. I’ma let you finish but Jagged Little Pill was actually musical genius.



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