GRAMMYS: Jay-Z Tops Pre-Telecast Awards Ceremony

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Jay-Z was the top winner at a Grammys ceremony preceding the main awards telecast Sunday, winning three awards, including two for "Empire State of Mind," his duet with Alicia Keys.

Fellow rapper Eminem -- the most-nominated artist with a total of 10 noms -- receiving one Grammy during the pre-telecast ceremony. He had been nominated for a total of five.

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All but 10 of the 108 categories were announced during a fast-paced early ceremony that was streamed online. The main event revolves around performances from most of the nominees, as well as veterans such as Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan.

Other multiple winners included classical producer David Frost with four prizes, and British rock guitarist Jeff Beck with three.

Lady Gaga -- who arrived at this year's awards encased in a giant egg carried by four half-naked attendees -- won two prizes for "Bad Romance," including the shortform video prize, in which she competed against Eminem and others.

Among the early upsets were Black Keys' win for alternative music album for Brothers, taking home the award over Arcade Fire, whose The Suburbs is up for album of the year. The Keys won two awards in the pre-telecast show.

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Additionally, Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, India.Aria, Konono N°1 and Oumou Sangaré surprised with a win in the pop collaboration with vocals category for their cover of "Imagine." They beat out such pairings as Katy Perry/Snoop Dogg, Gaga/Beyonce, B.o.B./Eminem and Elton John/Leon Russell.

Meanwhile, country trio Lady Antebellum, up for a total of six awards, won two prizes for their song "Need You Now," which will vie for song and record of the year during the main telecast.

Jay-Z's awards were in the rap field, where "Empire State of Mind" was named best rap song and best rap/sung collaboration. He shares the awards with Keys. He and Keys' husband, Swizz Beatz, shared a performance award for "On to the Next One."

Eminem's "So Afraid" won the Grammy for best rap solo performance. Riding high with a comeback album recounting his near-fatal addiction to prescription medication, Eminem remains a contender for song, album and record of the year as well as best rap album.

Probably the most important category, as far as millions of young girls are concerned, will be best new artist. Pop idol Justin Bieber and hip-hop star Drake, both Canadians, are front-runners for the prize.

Other winners during the early ceremony included veterans Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Mavis Staples and Buddy Guy. But they were spring chickens compared to 97-year-old Pinetop Perkins, who won the prize for traditional blues album, extending his record as the oldest recipient.

In a victory considered inconceivable a few years ago, punk rocker Billie Joe Armstrong won a Grammy for best musical show album for American Idiot, the Broadway adaptation of his band Green Day's concept album of the same name.

A boxed set packaging the mono versions of the Beatles' albums was named best historical album. The Oscar-winning movie Crazy Heart generated two wins in the visual media field.

Veteran composer Randy Newman won the sixth Grammy of his career for the Toy Story 3 soundtrack. Actress Tia Carrere won the second of her career, in the Hawaiian music race.

Folk icon Pete Seeger, 91, and Julie Andrews, 75, won separate awards in the children's category. A day earlier, the British actress was given a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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