The night's biggest winner was supermegastartimesinfinity J.K. Rowling. She won five, tying a record for most Grammys by a Female Writer. Among Rowling's awards were Best Chapter (5), Best Sentence (pp. 73, "Harry walked..."), and Best Performance by a Female Writer (Towson Center Mall Barnes and Noble, November 17.) Rowling arrived in a cleavage-baring red Versace gown, and joked that she hoped she could manage to cover herself better than Janet Jackson at the Superbowl. As a precautionary measure, CBS, which had a five-minute delay in place for the Grammys, briefly put a graphic onscreen that obscured Rowling's cleavage.
Best Author Arthur Agatston, who is recovering from a stroke and couldn't attend, won two Grammys for his book The South Beach Diet, including Chapter of the Year for "Good Fats, Bad Fats." Agatson appeared in a surprise video message, thanking his fans for their support and reading a selection from The South Beach Diet that led to a tearful standing ovation.
Stephen King, who has long been the Susan Lucci of the Writing Grammys, won the Lifetime Achievement Award. King accepted the award from last year's winner, John Grisham, saying only "I guess I'll take this, thanks for the goodie bags." He then walked offstage.