The Straits Times
Published on Feb 11, 2013

Taylor Swift, Skrillex, Beyonce win early Grammy awards


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Kanye West were early Grammy winners on Sunday as music's biggest night got under way, announcing winners in more than 60 categories before the televised show.

The top categories are dominated this year by male artists, with British folk band Mumford & Sons, indie-pop trio FUN. and R&B singer Frank Ocean going into the show with six nominations each, including Album of the Year.

The 55th Grammy Awards will hand out their gramophone-shaped trophies in more than 80 categories, but only a handful of winners are announced during the three-hour live telecast airing on CBS.

Country-pop singer Taylor Swift won a Grammy for her collaboration with T-Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars on the song Safe and Sound from The Hunger Games movie soundtrack.