Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga win early Grammys
By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift, who turned her tales of high-school misery into chart-topping ballads of teen heartbreak, won the first Grammys of her brief career on Sunday.
Swift, 20, took home statuettes for female country vocal and country song, both for the song "White Horse," and remained in contention for another six awards at the main ceremony set to begin at 5 p.m. PST (0100 GMT Monday).
"This my first Grammy, you guys! This is a Grammy," said a seemingly breathless Swift as she accepted the prize for female country vocal. "I live in awe of the people that I was nominated against in this category."
She shared the award for best country song with co-writer Liz Roze, who recalled that she was asked by Swift six years ago -- when the star was an unknown 14-year-old -- to write songs together.
"Thankfully, I said yes," Rose said.
Swift accepted her awards during a fast-paced ceremony where 100 of the 109 categories were announced before the main telecast.
Lady Gaga, up for five nominations, swept the two categories in the dance field, winning the dance recording prize for "Poker Face" and electronic/dance album prize for "The Fame." She is also nominated for album, song and record of the year, alongside Swift and 10-time nominee Beyonce.
Other major winners included Indian Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" composer A.R. Rahman, who collected two prizes in the film music section for the film's soundtrack and theme song "Jai Ho." Continued...