With so many categories in so many genres — rock, rap, country, classical and more — and so many live performances — from the likes of [artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist], [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] and [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist] — there’s just not enough time to hit everything during the three-hour long Grammy Awards. That’s why the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has already given out a slew of trophies, even though the show has not yet begun. The early winners include [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] and [artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist], who each nabbed two awards. Meanwhile, the “Twilight” soundtrack lost out twice to sounds from other hit films.
Gaga and her hit single “Poker Face” beat out tracks from Madonna and Britney Spears for Best Dance Recording. In the Best Electronic/Dance Album category, Gaga’s The Fame triumphed over the discs of LMFAO, David Guetta, the Pet Shop Boys and others.
Swift was nominated for eight total Grammys, and she’s already won two of them. The country superstar won the Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “White Horse” over Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. Swift also came out the victor in the Best Country Song category for “White Horse.”
When it came to Best Compilation Soundtrack Album, Oscar darling “Slumdog Millionaire” beat out “Twilight,” “True Blood” and “Inglourious Basterds.” In Best Song Written tor Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, “Slumdog” once again won over “Twilight,” as Paramore’s “Decode” lost to Jai Ho’s “Slumdog” track.
Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” won Best Rock Song, beating tracks by Green Day, U2, Coldplay, and Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood. Other notable early wins include Carrie Underwood (Best Country Collaboration With Vocals), Steve Martin (Best Bluegrass Album), Michael J. Fox (Best Spoken Word Album) and two descendents of Bob Marley — Ziggy Marley (Best Musical Album for Children) and Stephen Marley (Best Reggae Album).
Stick with MTV News all week for our coverage of the 2010 Grammy Awards. We’ll have reports on your favorite nominees, party photos, behind-the-scenes video and much more leading up to and during the big show Sunday (January 31) at 8 p.m. ET.