Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Grammy Song Of the Year 2010

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles for her third solo album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008). The song was released dually with "If I Were a Boy" as double A-side lead singles from the album on October 12, 2008. The two songs were released simultaneously to demonstrate the contrast between the two conflicting personae of Knowles. Columbia Records later released "Single Ladies" as the album's second international single after the success of the other lead single, "If I Were a Boy". The song's development was motivated by Knowles' and Jay-Z secret marriage, in April 2008.Composed by Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash, Thaddis Harrell and Knowles, "Single Ladies" is a dance-pop-R&B song, consisting of dancehall and bounce influences. Lyrically, the song makes reference to marriage. "Single Ladies" received widespread critical acclaim for its catchy hook and theme of female empowerment, with some critics noting its aural similarities to Knowles' 2007 single "Get Me Bodied". The song was noted as one the best singles of 2008 by several media outlets, which included Rolling Stone ranking it at number one on its list of the Best 100 Singles of 2008. "Single Ladies" won numerous awards, including Song of the Year at the 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony."Single Ladies" was well-received commercially in the United States, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold over 4.2 million digital downloads in the US. It was successful internationally, reaching the top ten on the singles charts in the Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The single achieved multi-platinum certifications in most of these countries. As of November 2009, "Single Ladies" has sold over 6.1 million copies worldwide.

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