The evening also ends in triumph for Coldplay, The White Stripes and OutKast...

BEYONCE, OUTKAST , COLDPLAY and [/a] were the big winners at last night’s (February 8) GRAMMY AWARDS.

Beyonce took home five awards, including Best Female R&B Vocal and Best Contemporary R&B Album.

Her ‘Crazy In Love’ duet with Jay-Z also took home Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Beyonce also opened the evening alongside Prince for an impressive medley of ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Crazy In Love’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy’.

Other multiple winners included Luther Vandross with four, including Song Of The Year for ‘Dance With My Father’.

OutKast won three Grammys, including Album Of The Year for ’Speakerboxx’/’The Love Below’.

The [a] earned two Grammys for Best Rock Song for ‘Seven Nation Army’ and Best Alternative Album for ‘Elephant’. The group also gave one of the best live performances of the evening, starting off with ‘Seven Nation Army’ before moving into the bottleneck blues of ‘Death Letter’. Backed by blinding white light, Jack and Meg White tore through the numbers, resulting in one of the loudest ovations of the night.

As for British groups, Coldplay won Record Of The Year for ‘Clocks’.

“It’s amazing you can win four Grammys and be up here three years in a row and they still mistake you for the people that fill the seats,” drummer Will Champion quipped.

Lead singer Chris Martin dedicated the award to Johnny Cash and American Presidential candidate John Kerry, “who hopefully will be a good President one day”.

Nigel Godrich and Darrell Thorp won Best Engineered Album for Radiohead’s ’Hail To The Thief’.

Justin Timberlake, Eminem, the late June Carter Cash and the late Warren Zevon also earned two awards each.

The show, aired on a five-minute tape delay from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, following the controversy after last week’s Super Bowl halftime show featuring Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

While there was little spontaneity to the ceremonies, there were some huge surprises. Rapper 50 Cent, nominated for six Grammys, was completely shut out of the evening. But as Evanescence, who also won Best Hard Rock Performance, accepted the award for Best New Artist, the rapper walked up one staircase, across the stage and down another to the delight of fans, saying nothing.

50 Cent also lost to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ for Best Rap Song and Best Male Rap Performance.

This year’s winners:

Record Of The Year: ‘Clocks’, Coldplay

Album Of The Year: ‘Speakerboxx’/’The Love Below’, OutKast

Song Of The Year: ‘Dance With My Father’, Luther Vandross

Best New Artist: Evanescence

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: ‘Beautiful’, Christina Aguilera

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: ‘Cry Me A River’, Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: ‘Underneath It All’, No Doubt

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: ‘Whenever I Say Your Name’, Sting and Mary J Blige

Best Pop Instrumental Performance: ‘Marwa Blues’, George Harrison

Best Pop Vocal Album: ‘Justified’, Justin Timberlake

Best Dance Recording: ‘Come Into My World’, Kylie Minogue

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance: ‘Trouble’, Pink

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: ‘Gravedigger’, Dave Matthews

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: ‘Disorder In The House’, Warren Zevon and Bruce Springsteen

Best Hard Rock Performance: ‘Bring Me To Life’, Evanescence featuring Paul McCoy

Best Metal Performance: ‘St Anger’, Metallica

Best Rock Instrumental Performance: ‘Plan B’, Jeff Beck

Best Rock Song: ‘Seven Nation Army’, The White Stripes

Best Rock Album: ‘One By One’, Foo Fighters

Best Alternative Music Album: ‘Elephant’, The White Stripes

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: ‘Dangerously In Love’, Beyonce

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: ‘Dance With My Father’, Luther Vandross

Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocals: ‘The Closer I Get To You’, Beyonce and Luther Vandross

Best Urban/Alternative Performance: ‘Hey Ya!’, OutKast

Best R&B Song: ‘Crazy In Love’, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z

Best R&B Album: ‘Dance With My Father’, Luther Vandross

Best Contemporary R & B Album: ‘Dangerously In Love’, Beyonce

Best Female Rap Solo Performance: ‘Work It’, Missy Elliott

Best Male Rap Solo Performance: ‘Lose Yourself’, Eminem

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: ‘Shake Your Tailfeather’, Nelly, P Diddy and Murphy Lee

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: ‘Crazy In Love’, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z

Best Rap Song: ‘Lose Yourself’, Eminem

Best Rap Album: ‘Speakerboxx’/’The Love Below’, OutKast

Best Reggae Album: ‘Dutty Rock’, Sean Paul

Best Short Form Music Video: ‘Hurt’, Johnny Cash