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Grammy Winners On The Charts

Beyonce, Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift have combined Grammy glory with success on Billboard's sales and airplay charts.

Highlighted by Lady Gaga‘s show-opening duet with Elton John, Beyonce‘s cover of Alanis Morissette‘s “You Oughta Know” and Pink taking her acrobatic act previously performed on last year’s MTV Music Video Awards to new heights (literally), the 52nd Grammy Awards telecast Sunday (Jan. 31) received its highest ratings in six years.

Below is a look at this year’s winners in the Grammy Awards’ four major categories as they pertain to Billboard charts.

‘SOMEBODY’ TO LOVE: With Kings of Leon‘s coronation for Record of the Year, “Use Somebody” is one of five former Billboard Hot 100 top 10s to have claimed the honor since 2000. The song peaked at No. 4 in September and logged its 52nd week on the chart last week.

Here is a recap of the Hot 100 chart performance of each Record of the Year winner since 2000:

Year, Hot 100 Peak, Record of the Year, Artist
2010, No. 4, “Use Somebody,” Kings of Leon
2009, Did Not Chart, “Please Read the Letter,” Robert Plant/Alison Krauss
2008, No. 9, “Rehab,” Amy Winehouse
2007, No. 4, “Not Ready to Make Nice,” Dixie Chicks
2006, No. 2, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Green Day
2005, Did Not Chart, “Here We Go Again,” Ray Charles With Norah Jones
2004, No. 29, “Clocks,” Coldplay
2003, No. 30, “Don’t Know Why,” Norah Jones
2002, Did Not Chart, “Walk On,” U2
2001, No. 21, “Beautiful Day,” U2
2000, No. 1 (12 weeks), “Smooth,” Santana featuring Rob Thomas

KEEPING UP WITH JONES: Taylor Swift‘s “Fearless” is the first former Billboard 200 No. 1 by a solo female to earn Album of the Year honors since Norah Jones‘ “Come Away With Me” in 2003.

Dating to the category’s inception in 1959, “Fearless” is just the 10th Billboard 200 topper by a solo female to receive the recognition. Six such sets were victorious in the ’90s:

Year, Artist, Album of the Year
2010, Taylor Swift, “Fearless”
2003, Norah Jones, “Come Away With Me”
1999, Lauryn Hill, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”
1997, Celine Dion, “Falling Into You”
1996, Alanis Morissette, “Jagged Little Pill”
1994, Whitney Houston, “The Bodyguard”
1992, Natalie Cole, “Unforgettable”
1990, Bonnie Raitt, “Nick of Time”
1972, Carole King, “Tapestry”
1962, Judy Garland,” Judy at Carnegie Hall”

BROWN & BRUCE: Zac Brown Band is the first group crowned Best New Artist that has appeared on Country Songs in 23 years.

The last group to win the award that also drew ink on the chart was Bruce Hornsby & the Range, whose No. 1 Adult Contemporary and No. 4 Hot 100 ballad “Mandolin Rain” crossed over to a No. 38 peak on Country Songs in 1987.

Zac Brown Band has charted on the survey with the No. 1s “Chicken Fried” and “Toes,” the No. 2 “Whatever It Is” and the current “Highway 20 Ride,” which rises 17-15 this week.

The group is just the sixth act to have appeared in the top 40 on Country Songs and win Best New Artist since 1987:

Year, Artist
2010, Zac Brown Band
2007, Carrie Underwood
2001, Shelby Lynne
1997, LeAnn Rimes
1995, Sheryl Crow
1987, Bruce Hornsby & the Range

In that span, two additional Best New Artist winners dented the lower rungs of Country Songs. In 1991, Marc Cohn spent a week at No. 74 with “Walking in Memphis” after the song reached No. 13 on the Hot 100. Last month, 2003 Best New Artist Norah Jones peaked at No. 55 as a featured artist on Willie Nelson‘s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

HIT ‘SINGLE’: Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” marks the fourth consecutive Song of the Year champion that has reached the top 10 on the Hot 100.

The four-week No. 1 smash follows Coldplay‘s “Viva La Vida” (No. 1), Amy Winehouse‘s “Rehab” (No. 9) and Dixie Chicks‘ “Not Ready to Make Nice” (No. 4).

Conversely, the four Song of the Year victors from 2003 to 2006 fell short of such heights: Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why” (No. 30), Luther Vandross‘ “Dance With My Father” (No. 38), John Mayer‘s “Daughters” (No. 19) and U2‘s “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” (No. 97).

The streak is the longest since eight winning titles reached the top 10 from 1993 through 2000. That stretch would date without interruption to 1977 had the 1992 Song of the Year, Natalie Cole‘s “Unforgettable,” climbed at least four notches higher than its No. 14 peak.