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#GrammyAwards: Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift win top awards

Ed Sheeran won Song of the Year with 'Thinking Out Loud' while Taylor Swift's '1989' won Album of the Year.

Ed Sheeran recieves the award for the Song of the Year, 'Thinking Out Loud' during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on 15 February, 2016. Picture: AFP.

LOS ANGELES - British singer Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud won the first major Grammy at the music awards on Monday, locking rapper Kendrick Lamar out of a potentially historic win.

Sheeran's win meant Compton rapper Lamar would not make history for the first rap single to win Song of the Year.

However Lamar, who went into the awards with 11 nominations, won five early in the evening, including best rap album Grammy for his critically acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly.

Lamar who was also nominated for the evening's top prize, Album of the Year, lost out to Taylor Swift's 1989.

Sheeran, 24, who had earlier won best pop solo performance for the same track, received his award from Motown legend Stevie Wonder.

"Thank you to my record company, thank you to all the Grammy voters, my manager, my parents who've flown for the past four years to come to the Grammies every single year and every time I lose they go 'maybe next year'.

"If you had told my five-year-old (self)... I'd receive an award from Stevie Wonder, I'd be shocked," Sheeran said.

Offstage, Rihanna made news by canceling her scheduled performance at the last minute, disappointing fans on Twitter who were waiting to see her.

Celebrity news website TMZ quoted a representative for the singer as saying she had bronchitis and had pulled out on doctor's orders.

Swift, wearing a bejeweled bodysuit with her hair in a short bob, kicked off the Grammy awards with her latest hit song Out of the Woods on a foggy stage decorated with sparse trees.

Chris Stapleton won country album of the year for Traveller, adding to his earlier win for best country solo performance. "This is something I've never even dreamed of, so I'm super grateful," Stapleton said.

Dressed in a tuxedo, Canadian crooner The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, took an empty stage to sing Can't Feel My Face before joining a pianist and cellist for his soulful rendition of In The Night.

John Legend led an all-star tribute to R&B veteran Lionel Richie that included Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Tyrese Gibson and Meghan Trainor singing a medley of Richie's songs including Easy and Hello, before Richie joined them on stage for All Night Long.

WINNERS:

Record Of The Year

Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year

1989, Taylor Swift

Song Of The Year

Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist

Meghan Trainor

Best Pop Solo Performance

Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

The Silver Lining: The Songs Of Jerome Kern, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap

Best Pop Vocal Album

1989, Taylor Swift

Best Dance Recording

Where Are Ü Now, Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü, Skrillex and Diplo

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Sylva, Snarky Puppy & Metropole Orkest

Best Rock Performance

Don't Wanna Fight, Alabama Shakes

Best Metal Performance

Cirice, Ghost

Best Rock Song

Don't Wanna Fight, Alabama Shakes

Best Rock Album

Drones, Muse

Best Alternative Music Album

Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes

Best R&B Performance

Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey), The Weeknd

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Little Ghetto Boy, Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song

Really Love, D'Angelo and the Vanguard

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Beauty Behind The Madness, The Weeknd

Best R&B Album

Black Messiah, D'Angelo and the Vanguard

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