Grammy throws a surprise
Alicia Keys with the five prizes she won at the 44th annual Grammy Awards.
PROVING THE contention that it is nearly impossible to ever predict the tastes of Grammy Awards voters, the CD that music fans assumed was least likely to succeed earned the night's top honour, album of the year. Beating out recordings from Grammy favourites U2 and Bob Dylan, the big winner at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, held tonight at the Staples Centre here, was a southern roots music album: the soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
``It was a sweet defeat," said the Edge, guitarist for U2, on losing to a soundtrack he was a fan of. It was the climax to a long night in which bluegrass music wreaked its vengeance on the music business and country radio for giving old-time songs and pioneering musicians short shrift. Songs and albums associated with the film (A Homeric Southern Odyssey directed by the Coen Brothers) won five Grammys. Elsewhere, other songs and acts associated with bluegrass won four Grammys, dominating the country field.
The night's other big winner was the neo-soul singer and pianist Alicia Keys, who practically ran out of people to thank as she collected five of the six awards she was nominated for. In each of these categories, she was in competition against another R&B newcomer, India. Arie, who was shut out.
U2, who opened the show with a fervent, Grammy-glitz-free rendition of ``Walk On" (especially in comparison with the over-the-top all-star version of ``Lady Marmalade" that followed), picked up four awards. New York Times
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