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Eminem, Gospel Singers Represent Detroit With Grammy Wins

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It was Beyonce's big night, but Detroit was in the house at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Jan. 31) as well.

Detroit rapper Eminem was a two-time winner in the pre-show ceremony, taking home Best Rap Album for last year's "Relapse" and sharing the Best Rap Group Performance trophy with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent for the single "Crack a Bottle."

Eminem performed with Drake and Lil Wayne during the Grammy telecast but was not on hand to accept the awards before the show. Presenter Jimmy Jam joked that "when he gets out of rehab, I'll give him this," referring to the rapper's well-publicized 2005 stay at Brighton Hospital. The awards were Eminem's 10th and 11th career Grammys.

Also representing the Detroit area were Donnie McClurkin and Karen Clark Sheard, who won the Best Gospel Performance award for "Wait On the Lord" from their "We All Are One (Live in Detroit)" album. Sheard called being asked to sing with McClurkin "such an honor of my life," while he acknowledged "the great gift to have friends like" Sheard. It was Sheard's first Grammy, while McClurkin has won two previous awards.

Beyonce, who came in with a field-leading 10 nominations, won six categories, setting a record for a female performer. Country singer Taylor swift took home four trophies, while Black Eyed Peas and Jay-Z each snared three. This year's first-time winners included Maxwell, Jason Mraz, Neil Young and AC/DC.

A full list of winners is available at www.grammy.com.

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