Amy Winehouse and hip-hop star Kanye West were the highlights of this year’s Grammy Awards.
Winehouse grabbed five trophies including the ones for record of the year, song of the year and best new artist, while she also put on a moving performance via satellite from London.
The 24-year-old artist, whose promising career has been derailed by drug and legal problems, was honored for the autobiographical hit song Rehab, in which she recounts her reluctance to seek help for excessive drinking.
Unable to attend the Grammy Awards in person due to a problem securing a visa, Winehouse received the award in London, beating out “Irreplaceable,” Beyonce, “The Pretender,” Foo Fighters, “Umbrella,” Rihanna featuring Jay-Z and “What Goes Around…Comes Around,” by Justin Timberlake.
Another big winner Kanye West won four Grammy Awards, one for the best rap song Stronger and another for the best rap album Graduation.
He paid an emotional tribute to his late mother Donda West, performing his hit song “Hey Mama”.
Other winners were Bruce Springsteen, who won three awards and The White Stripes, Justin Timberlake and Mary J Blige, who won two Grammy Awards each.
Barack Obama beat both former US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to win best spoken word album for his audio version of his book The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream.
Carrie Underwood picked up a Grammy for her single, “Before He Cheats,” and she revealed she had a hand in her win.
“I was only up for two [Grammys], but yeah, I vote for myself often,” the blonde said backstage at the event. “I have no shame. I pay to be a member.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Grammys.