The Dixie Chicks were the big winners at the Grammy Awards, scooping five awards. The country band fought off stiff competition from the likes of Justin Timberlake, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mary J. Blige to win the prizes for album, song and record of the year as well as best country album and best group country performance. Full Winners List Below!

Lead singer, Natalie Maines, said: "I, for the first time in my life, am speechless."

Mary J. Blige, who received eight nominations cried as she accepted her award for best R'n'B album for Breakthrough. She said: "This is the first time I've ever been up here to receive anything. I'm growing into a better human being and I thank you so much." She also won best female R'n'B vocal performance and best R'n'B song.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who received six nominations, won four Grammys, including best rock album for Stadium Arcadium. Justin Timberlake was nominated for four Grammys and won two, including best dance recording.

But the SexyBack (Video) singer was beaten by Jessica Simpson's boyfriend John Mayer for best pop vocal album.

Sting opened the show by announcing, "Ladies and gentlemen, we are The Police, and we're back", before performing Roxanne. The band have reformed to mark their 30th anniversary and will be touring this year.

49th Annual Grammy Awards main winners:

Album of the Year: Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks.

Record of the Year: Not Ready to Make Nice, Dixie Chicks.

Song of the Year: Not Ready to Make Nice, Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines,
Emily Robison and Dan Wilson (Dixie Chicks)

New Artist: Carrie Underwood.

Female R'n'B Vocal Performance: Be Without You, Mary J. Blige.

Pop Vocal Album: Continuum, John Mayer.

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: For Once in My Life, Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder.

Country Album: 'Taking the Long Way,' Dixie Chicks.

Rap Album: Release Therapy, Ludacris.

Rock Album: Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

R'n'B Album: The Breakthrough, Mary J. Blige.

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Rick Rubin.

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Duets: an American Classic, Tony Bennett.

Female Pop Vocal Performance: Ain't No Other Man (Video), Christina Aguilera.

Male Pop Vocal Performance: Waiting on the World to Change, John Mayer.

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: My Humps, Black Eyed Peas.

Pop Instrumental Performance: Mornin', George Benson (and Al Jarreau).

Pop Instrumental Album: Fingerprints, Peter Frampton.

Rock Instrumental Performance: The Wizard Turns On ... , the Flaming Lips.

Rock Song: Dani California (Video), Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Someday Baby, Bob Dylan.

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: Dani California (Video), Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Hard Rock Performance: Woman (Video), Wolfmother.

Metal Performance: Eyes of the Insane, Slayer.

Alternative Music Album: St. Elsewhere, Gnarls Barkley.

Dance Recording: SexyBack (Video), Justin Timberlake and Timbaland.

Electronic/Dance Album: Confessions on a Dance Floor, Madonna.

Rap Solo Performance: What You Know (Video), T.I.

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Ridin, Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie

Rap/Sung Collaboration: My Love (Video), Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.

Rap Song: Money Maker, Ludacris featuring Pharrell.

Urban/Alternative Performance: Crazy (Video), Gnarls Barkley.

Male R'n'B Vocal Performance: Heaven, John Legend.

R'n'B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Family Affair, (Sly and
the Family Stone
), John Legend, Joss Stone with Van Hunt.

Traditional R'n'B Vocal Performance: God Bless the Child, George Benson
and Al Jarreau featuring Jill Scott.

R'n'B Song: Be Without You, Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jason Perry (Mary J. Blige).

Contemporary R&B Album: B'Day, Beyonce.

Traditional Blues Album: Risin' With the Blues, Ike Turner.

Contemporary Blues Album: After the Rain, Irma Thomas.

Female Country Vocal Performance: Jesus, Take the Wheel, Carrie Underwood.

Male Country Vocal Performance: The Reason Why, Vince Gill.

Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: Not Ready to Make Nice,
Dixie Chicks.

Country Collaboration With Vocals: Who Says You Can't Go Home, Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles.

Traditional Folk Album: We Shall Overcome - the Seeger Sessions, Bruce Springsteen.

Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: Modern Times, Bob Dylan.