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imogen heap makes history at the grammys too

The headlines today are already full of proclamations about how Beyoncé Knowles’ six Grammy wins last night are the most ever awarded to a female artist at one event, and how Taylor Swift, at just 20 years old, became the youngest ever winner of the coveted Album Of The Year award, but Imogen Heap’s (not unexpected) win for Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) for Ellipse will go down in history too. It’s the first time that a solo female artist has been recognised in this category for their technical production chops. Making history in another way, Heap collected her first ever Grammy statue wearing a specially engineered wifi-enabled dress that brought social media network Twitter into a whole new dimension, allowing her followers to upload photos directly to the dress, which she designed to display any twitpics bearing the hashtag #twitdress as a way to let her fans “accompany me on the red carpet.”

The awards ceremony was not without its share of landmark performances too. Lady Gaga duetted with Elton John on a mashup of ‘Speechless’ and ‘Your Song’; Taylor Swift duetted with Stevie Nicks on Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rhiannon’ and her own ‘You Belong With Me’; Beyoncé covered Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughtta Know’; Mary J Blige duetted with Andrea Bocelli on Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’; and P!nk turned in a show-stopping acrobatic and dripping wet performance of ‘Glitter In The Air’, a track from her most recent album Funhouse.

Highlights from the 52nd Grammy Awards will be aired on ITV2 on Wednesday night at 9pm, repeated on Sunday at 11:35am.

Alan Pedder


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