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Keys, U2 Win Early Grammy Honors

Posted on Wednesday, February 27 @ 23:47:23 CET by Macphisto

LOS ANGELES ((Associated Press) -- - Soul sensation Alicia Keys, veteran rockers U2, folk country act Alison Krauss and Union Station and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack won multiple Grammy awards Wednesday.

Keys, nominated for six awards, won two for her No. 1 hit "Fallin'" — best rhythm & blues song and best R&B performance by a female. Krauss' two awards came for best country performance by a group and best bluegrass album for "New Favorite."

U2 opened the show with "Walk On." Moments later, they walked off with their second award of the night, best pop performance by duo or group, for their wistful song, "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of."

"Being Irish, if you get eight nominations and got no awards they wouldn't let you back in the country," lead singer Bono joked. "So this is a public safety issue."

Host Jon Stewart poked fun at the show's increased security, pretending to set off a metal detector while walking on stage, and poignantly reminded the audience of how the world had changed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Two large guards stripped him and left the comedian in his boxer shorts.

"Remember when security was tight because Eminem was going to sing with Elton John?" Stewart joked. "Those were the days, right?"

Earlier, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," a bluegrass soundtrack whose multiplatinum success shocked the industry, garnered won best compilation disc and garnered 75-year-old Ralph Stanley, who sung "O Death," best male country vocal, his first Grammy win. The disc also helped the man who conceived it, T Bone Burnett, win producer of the year.

The music's popularity and Wednesday's award proved there is an audience for traditional country music, Burnett said. Country radio shunned the album and most people thought it wouldn't sell, he said.

"Everybody thought I was insane," he said.

Traditional country also trumped more commercialized fare in the majority of the country field; "Timeless," a tribute disc to Hank Williams featuring Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and others, won best country album; Dolly Parton won best female country vocal for "Shine," off her bluegrass disc "Little Sparrow"; and "The Lucky One," by Krauss & Union Station, won best country song.

Other early winners were Eve and Gwen Stefani, who won the inaugural best rap/sung collaboration for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"; Sade, who won best pop vocal album for "Lovers Rock"; and best-selling rock group Linkin Park, which won best hard rock performance for "Crawling."

Keys was considered a favorite by critics to win several awards, along with U2, who were awarded best rock album for "All That You Can't Leave Behind." The group had a leading eight nominations.

U2 won album of the year for 1987's "The Joshua Tree" and was vying for that award again Wednesday. Their disc, "All That You Can't Leave Behind" competed against India.Arie's "Acoustic Soul," OutKast's "Stankonia," Bob Dylan's "Love & Theft" and "O Brother Where Art Thou."

Though Keys' top-selling debut was shut out of the album of the year category, she did have a chance to take home the night's other top honor: record of the year. Her No. 1 hit "Fallin'" was up against India.Arie's "Video," OutKast's "Ms. Jackson," Train's "Drops of Jupiter" and U2's "Walk On."

Keys also was up for best new artist, along with India.Arie, Nelly Furtado, Linkin Park and David Gray.

Keys had a shot at besting Lauryn Hill's record-breaking five Grammy wins for a female artist, in 1999.

U2, Keys, India.Arie, Dylan, Destiny's Child, 'N Sync, Alison Krauss and Billy Joel were among the acts performing at the ceremony, airing on CBS from the Staples Center. To accommodate more performances, the show was extended a half-hour to a running time of 31/2 hours.

The hoopla was a temporary relief from the industry's headaches. Music sales for 2001 were down 5 percent, the first decline in more than a decade. Recording companies blame the slump mainly on free downloading from the Internet.

At the same time, some musicians are trying to win more rights for artists in relation to record companies; in particular, they're trying to repeal a California law that lets labels bind performer to contracts longer than seven years. On Tuesday night, the Eagles, Joel, Sheryl Crow, No Doubt and others gave four concerts around the Los Angeles area to raise funds and awareness for that cause.

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