01/31/2010 AT 11:55 PM ET
Taylor Swift had some stiff competition at Sunday’s Grammy Awards – but nobody seemed more surprised by the country superstar’s big win than Swift herself.
“Ahh, this is album of the year,” a breathless Swift said, as she took the stage to collect the night’s big award at Los Angeles’s Staples Center. “Oh wow! Thank you so much. I just hope that you know how much this means to me – that we get to take this back to Nashville.”
“This is for my dad,” Swift said, still beaming from the win. “Thank you for all those times you said I could do whatever I wanted in life. And to my mom, you’re my best friend.”
In addition to album of the year, Swift, an eight-time nominee, went home with three other trophies, including best country album (for Fearless) and best country song, which she accepted in pre-telecast ceremonies.
Beyoncé’s Big Night
The night’s biggest winner, though, was another leading lady: Beyoncé, who claimed six of the 10 Grammys for which she was nominated, including song of the year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” and best female pop vocal performance for “Halo.” Winning six trophies in a single night earns her a place in Grammy history – no other female artist has accomplished that feat.