Will Adele Tie Beyonce?
When the Grammys are handed out on Feb. 12, look for Adele to tie Beyonce's record for most Grammys won by a female artist in one night. Beyonce won six awards, including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," three years ago. Adele is the front-runner in all six categories in which she is nominated.
Adele's classy smash "Rolling In The Deep" is a cinch to win for Record and Song of the Year. It will probably also win for Best Short Form Music Video. Her blockbuster album 21 is a lock to win for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. And her torch ballad "Someone Like You" is a heavy favorite to win for Best Pop Solo Performance.
If Adele wins all six awards, she'll also tie Eric Clapton's record for most Grammys won by a British artist in one night. Clapton won six awards, including Record and Song of the Year for "Tears In Heaven," in 1993. But that probably won't get as much media attention as tying Beyonce's record because it's not as sexy.
Michael Jackson set the overall record for most Grammys won in one night in 1984, when he won eight awards. That edged the old mark of seven, set by Paul Simon in 1971. Santana tied Jackson's record in 2000.
There have been 31 cases where someone has won five or more Grammys in one night. Here's a list of everybody who has ever done this. Artists who won the same number of awards are listed chronologically, by the year in which they had their sweeps. On every reference, the year refers to the year the awards were presented.
Santana, 8. The band won eight awards in 2000, which tied Jackson's record. The band's bounty included Record of the Year for "Smooth" (featuring Rob Thomas) and Album of the Year for Supernatural.