Taylor Swift, Civil Wars Win Grammys Prior to Telecast

Alison Krauss & Union Station, Levon Helm Are Also Among the Early Winners

Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars each won two Grammys during Sunday afternoon’s (Feb. 12) pre-awards show presentation leading up to the main telecast. The 54th annual Grammy Awards show airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Swift’s “Mean” won for best country solo performance and country song for “Mean,” and the Civil Wars received best country duo/group performance honors for their recording of the song “Barton Hollow,” while the duo’s Barton Hollow album claimed the best folk album prize.

Alison Krauss & Union Station and Levon Helm were among the other early winners in country-related categories. Krauss and her band won in the bluegrass album category for Paper Airplane. Helm, who came to prominence in the late ’60s as a member of The Band, received best Americana album honors for Ramble at the Ryman, a live album recorded at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Additionally, Tony Bennett won for best traditional pop vocal album for Duets II, a project featuring collaborations with Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and Norah Jones, among others.

In accepting her first trophy for “Mean,” Swift said, “There’s no feeling like writing a song about someone who hates you and is mean to you and makes your life miserable — and then win the Grammy for it.”

Swift’s Speak Now is nominated for best country album, a category to be announced during the Grammy telecast.

View photos from the red carpet arrivals at the Grammy Awards.