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U2 goes 5-for-5 at Grammys

Posted on Thursday, February 09 @ 09:57:46 CET by Macphisto

(Hollywood Reporter) -- U2 lead singer Bono may be able console himself somewhat with his near-miss of a Nobel Prize last year: His band led the 2006 Grammy Awards field with a perfect performance -- five nominations, five awards.

The group's late-2004 release "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" was named album of the year. It was U2's second album of the year triumph, following "The Joshua Tree" in 1988. Recording Academy voters also named the set as best rock album.

During the 48th annual Grammys ceremony Wednesday at Staples Center and earlier at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Irish uber-band also raked in wins for song of the year and best rock duo or group performance (both for "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own") and best rock song ("City of Blinding Lights").

The wins brought U2's Grammy total to 20.

Accepting the rock album award, lead singer Bono offered that rock music has the possibility to be "more than entertainment ... it might be able to communicate some honest feelings."

Steve Lillywhite, producer of the U2 album and Jason Mraz's "Mr. A-Z," was tapped as nonclassical producer of the year.

Punk-pop trio Green Day was a surprising winner in one top category, ringing up record of the year for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," a track from its 2004 album "American Idiot," last year's best rock album winner. Produced by the band and Rob Cavallo and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and Doug McKean, it trounced recordings by Mariah Carey, Gorillaz, Gwen Stefani and Kanye West.

West protege John Legend was a slam-dunk winner as best new artist, keying a three-Grammy performance for the young R&B talent.

Legend's debut, "Get Lifted," released on West's Getting Out Our Dreams imprint, was named best R&B album, while his ballad "Ordinary People" pulled down the best male R&B vocal award. The singer-songwriter noted that the song was originally developed as a track for the Black Eyed Peas. "I kept it, and I'm glad I kept it, 'cause they got enough hits," he said.

Notoriously volatile in the face of defeat, West was all smiles with three wins. In the running for eight awards, he took best rap album (for his 2.5 million-unit hit "Late Registration"), best rap solo performance (for "Gold Digger") and shared the best rap song award (for "Diamonds From Sierra Leone").

In the afternoon running, pop diva-of-divas Carey -- who like Legend and West drew eight nominations -- pulled down three awards but got none in the three major categories: album, record and song of the year.

The renascent Carey's comeback collection "The Emancipation of Mimi" triumphed as best contemporary R&B album. She also won for best female R&B performance (for "We Belong Together") and shared a piece of the best R&B song award for that number with three collaborators.

Carey was trumped in the best female pop vocal category by "American Idol" grad Kelly Clarkson, who took the category -- and her first of two Grammys -- with "Since U Been Gone." Clarkson's sophomore album, "Breakaway," was tapped as best pop vocal album. Released in late 2004, Clarkson's collection was hot behind Carey's "Mimi" in last year's best-seller sweeps and has sold 4.6 million copies. She is the first "Idol" alum to win a Grammy.

The irrepressible Clarkson, a complete unknown before her win on the Fox talent show in 2002, was in tears during her pop vocal acceptance speech. "I'm terrible at speaking when I cry," she said. Picking up her pop vocal album statuette later in the evening, she said with a broad grin, "I'm so proud of myself for not crying."

Stevie Wonder, with 22 previous Grammys to his credit and up for six awards this year, rang up two wins. Wonder and Beyonce were cited together in the category of best R&B performance by a duo or group for their duet "So Amazing," the title track from last year's all-star tribute to Luther Vandross. Wonder's "From the Bottom of My Heart" was named best male pop vocal performance.

Fiddler-vocalist Alison Krauss ran her Grammy total up to 20 with three more awards: best country album ("Lonely Runs Both Ways"), best country duo or group performance (for "Restless") and best country instrumental performance (for "Unionhouse Branch"). Krauss is now tied with Henry Mancini and U2 for sixth place among all-time Grammy winners.

Representing his family's tradition, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, son of Bob Marley, received the nod for best reggae album for his best-seller "Welcome to Jamrock."

The title track reaped a second Grammy for Marley as best urban/alternative performance.

The 90-year-old guitar innovator Les Paul, who was forced to miss a Tuesday night tribute show at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City because of a bout of pneumonia, received two awards: best pop instrumental performance, for the track "Caravan," and best rock instrumental performance, for "69 Freedom Special," both from his rock-oriented album "American Made, World Played."

Los Angeles jazz pianist Billy Childs received a warm hometown hand as he won best instrumental composition for "Into the Light," a track from his album "Lyric." Childs also collected an instrumental arrangement award for his work on Sting and Chris Botti's collaboration "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?"

Bruce Springsteen won his 13th Grammy: best solo rock vocal performance, for the title cut from his acoustic-based album "Devils & Dust," which her performed during the ceremony.

Still unacknowledged by the motion picture academy for his feature film direction, Martin Scorsese won his first Grammy as director and co-producer of the best longform video "No Direction Home," the 3 1/2-hour Bob Dylan documentary broadcast on PBS last year.

In a flashback to last year's posthumous landslide by Ray Charles, the soundtrack for Taylor Hackford's biographical film "Ray" was tapped as best compilation soundtrack album. Charles recorded new music for the collection. Craig Armstrong's score for the film was named best score soundtrack album.

"Believe," Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri's song from the 2004 animated feature "The Polar Express," was selected as best song written for a motion picture. The song also is up for an Academy Award next month.

Gordon Goodwin was cited for best instrumental arrangement for his work on "The Incredits," from Michael Giacchino's score for the Walt Disney Co.-Pixar animated feature "The Incredibles."

Singer Dianne Reeves' "Good Night, and Good Luck," featuring songs from George Clooney's Oscar-nominated feature about Edward R. Murrow, received the best jazz vocal album nod.

Monty Python member Eric Idle and co-writer John Du Prez won best musical show album for the Broadway smash "Monty Python's Spamalot," the musical adaptation of their 1975 Arthurian comedy "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Aretha Franklin's Grammy total rose to 17 with a best traditional R&B vocal award for "A House Is Not a Home," another track from the Vandross tribute "So Amazing."

B.B. King's star-studded 80th birthday release "80" was selected as best traditional blues album; it was his 14th award.

Another veteran, singer-songwriter John Prine, took home best contemporary folk album for "Fair & Square," recorded for his Nashville-based Oh Boy label.

Dance act the Chemical Brothers took two awards, for best dance recording ("Galvanize") and best electronic/dance album ("Push the Button").

Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach received the best pop instrumental album honor for his highly personal (and not entirely instrumental) set "At This Time." The category is for "albums containing 51% or more playing time of instrumental tracks."

Children's TV host Fred Rogers, who died in 2003, was remembered posthumously: "Songs of the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers," an all-star collection of Rogers' songs produced by Dennis Scott, was named best musical album for children.

In a salute to a New Orleans jazz giant, the Jelly Roll Morton boxed set "The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax" received two statuettes, for best historical album and best album notes (by jazz historian John Szwed).

After a rare year out of the running in 2005, polka perennial Jimmy Sturr won his 15th Grammy for "Shake, Rattle and Polka!"

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., won the best spoken-word album Grammy for his reading of his own memoir "Dreams From My Father."

Tim Handley was named classical producer of the year for his work on five albums, including the Naxos recording of William Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and of Experience," which won best classical album and best choral performance. Bolcom's work also was honored as best classical contemporary composition.

Conductor-composer Pierre Boulez, third among all-time Grammy winners behind conductor Georg Solti's 31 and Quincy Jones' 27, added another trophy to his tally as he received his 26th Grammy, for best small ensemble performance (of his own "Le Marteau Sans Maitre, Derive 1 & 2").

The performance highlights of an often flat and strangely low-key evening show, televised live in the Eastern time zone on CBS, included an impassioned reading of U2's "One" with R&B diva Mary J. Blige fronting the band.

Paul McCartney played hysterically received versions of his recent "Fine Line" and the Beatles' "Helter Skelter." Making his first Grammy performing appearance, McCartney quipped, "I finally passed the audition, so I want to rock a bit." He also made an astonishing surprise appearance, singing a snatch of "Yesterday," with Jay-Z and Linkin Park during their performance of their Grammy-winning collaboration "Numb/Encore."

The onscreen manifestation of Sly Stone -- sporting a towering blond Mohawk and clad in gold lame‚ during a multiple-star tribute to Sly & the Family Stone -- elicited gasps in the press room, bringing a backstage appearance by male country vocal winner Keith Urban to a grinding halt.

West and Jamie Foxx's extroverted "Gold Digger," performed in marching band uniforms with grinding, chanting "cheerleader" dancers, roused the Staples Center audience in the late going.

The academy's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees were namechecked during the telecast. The '07 inductees included the late comedian Richard Pryor, opera star Jessye Norman, folk quartet the Weavers, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, rock luminary David Bowie, country singer Merle Haggard and rock power trio Cream.

Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, country producer Owen Bradley and engineer Al Schmitt received Trustees Awards, and the late engineer Tom Dowd was acknowledged with a Technical Grammy.

Winners at Wednesday's 48th Annual Grammy Awards:

Album of the Year: "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," U2.

Record of the Year: "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day.

New Artist: John Legend

Male R&B Vocal Performance: "Ordinary People," John Legend.

Pop Vocal Album: "Breakaway," Kelly Clarkson.

Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Numb/Encore," Jay-Z featuring Linkin Park.

Song of the Year: "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," U2.

Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson.

Country Album: "Lonely Runs Both Ways," Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Rap Album: "Late Registration," Kanye West.

Rock Album: "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," U2.

Rap Solo Performance: "Gold Digger," Kanye West.

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: "Don't Phunk With My Heart," The Black Eyed Peas.

Rap Song: "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," D. Harris and Kanye West.

Solo Rock Vocal Performance: "Devils & Dust," Bruce Springsteen.

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," U2.

Hard Rock Performance: "B.Y.O.B.," System of a Down.

Metal Performance: "Before I Forget," Slipknot.

Rock Instrumental Performance: "69 Freedom Special," Les Paul and Friends.

Rock Song: "City of Blinding Lights, U2, (U2).

Alternative Music Album: "Get Behind Me Satan," The White Stripes.

Female R&B Vocal Performance: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey.

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: "So Amazing," Beyonce and Stevie Wonder.

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "A House Is Not a Home," Aretha Franklin.

Urban/Alternative Performance: "Welcome to Jamrock," Damian Marley.

R&B Song: "We Belong Together," J. Austin, M. Carey, J. Dupri & M. Seal, (D. Bristol, K. Edmonds, S. Johnson, P. Moten, S. Sully & B. Womack, (Mariah Carey).

R&B Album: "Get Lifted," John Legend.

Contemporary R&B Album: "The Emancipation of Mimi," Mariah Carey.

Male Pop Vocal Performance: "From the Bottom of My Heart," Stevie Wonder.

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: "This Love," Maroon 5.

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: "Feel Good Inc.," Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul.

Pop Instrumental Performance: "Caravan," Les Paul.

Pop Instrumental Album: "At This Time," Burt Bacharach.

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "The Art of Romance," Tony Bennett.

Female Country Vocal Performance: "The Connection," Emmylou Harris.

Male Country Vocal Performance: "You'll Think of Me," Keith Urban.

Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: "Restless," Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Country Collaboration With Vocals: "Like We Never Loved at All," Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Country Instrumental Performance: "Unionhouse Branch," Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Country Song: "Bless the Broken Road," Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna and Marcus Hummon, (Rascal Flatts).

Latin Pop Album: "Escucha," Laura Pausini.

Latin Rock/Alternative Album: "Fijacion Oral Vol. 1," Shakira.

Traditional Tropical Latin Album: "Bebo De Cuba," Bebo Valdes.

Salsa/Merengue Album: "Son Del Alma," Willy Chirino.

Mexican/Mexican-American Album: "Mexico En La Piel," Luis Miguel.

Tejano Album: "Chicanisimo," Little Joe Y La Familia.

Engineered Album, Classical: "Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets," Da-Hong Seetoo, engineer (Emerson String Quartet).

Producer of the Year, Classical: Tim Handley.

Classical Album: "Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience," Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Christine Brewer and Joan Morris, University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra).

Orchestral Performance: "Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13," Mariss Jansons, conductor (Sergei Aleksashkin, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus).

Opera Recording: "Verdi: Falstaff," Sir Colin Davis, conductor (London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra).

Choral Performance: "Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience," Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Christine Brewer, Measha Brueggergosman, Ilana Davidson, Nmon Ford, Linda Hohenfeld, Joan Morris, Carmen Pelton, Marietta Simpson and Thomas Young, Michigan State University Children's Choir, University of Michigan Chamber Choir, University of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University of Michigan University Choir and University Musical Society Choral Union, University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra).

Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra): "Beethoven: Piano Cons. Nos. 2 & 3," Claudio Abbado, conductor; Martha Argerich (Mahler Chamber Orchestra).

Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra): "Scriabin, Medtner, Stravinsky," Evgeny Kissin.

Chamber Music Performance: "Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets," Emerson String Quartet.

Small Ensemble Performance: "Boulez: Le Marteau Sans Maitre, Derive 1 & 2," Pierre Boulez, conductor, Hilary Summers, Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Classical Vocal Performance: "Bach: Cantatas," Thomas Quasthoff (Rainer Kussmaul, Members of the RIAS Chamber Choir, Berlin Baroque Soloists).

Classical Contemporary Composition: "Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience," William Bolcom (Leonard Slatkin).

Classical Crossover Album: "4 plus Four," Turtle Island String Quartet and Ying Quartet.

Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "Ray," Ray Charles.

Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "Ray," Craig Armstrong, composer.

Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "Believe," Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, songwriters, from "The Polar Express."

Instrumental Composition: "Into the Light," Billy Childs, composer.

Instrumental Arrangement: "The Incredits," Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Various Artists).

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?" Billy Childs, Gil Goldstein and Heitor Pereira, arrangers (Chris Botti and Sting).

Traditional Blues Album: "80," B.B. King and Friends.

Traditional Folk Album: "Fiddler's Green," Tim O'Brien.

Contemporary Folk Album: "Fair & Square," John Prine.

Native American Music Album: "Sacred Ground -- A Tribute to Mother Earth," Various Artists.

Hawaiian Music Album: "Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar -- Vol. 1," Various Artists.

Reggae Album: "Welcome to Jamrock," Damian Marley.

Traditional World Music Album: "In the Heart of the Moon," Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate.

Contemporary World Music Album: "Eletracustico," Gilberto Gil.

Polka Album: "Shake, Rattle and Polka!" Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra.

Musical Album for Children: "Songs From the Neighborhood -- The Music of Mister Rogers," Various Artists.

Spoken Word Album for Children: "Marlo Thomas & Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long," Various Artists.

Spoken Word Album: "Dreams From My Father," Sen. Barack Obama.

Comedy Album: "Never Scared," Chris Rock.

Musical Show Album: "Monty Python's Spamalot."

Gospel Performance: "Pray," CeCe Winans.

Rock Gospel Song: "Be Blessed," Yolanda Adams, James Harris III, Terry Lewis and James Q. Wright, (Yolanda Adams).

Rock Gospel Album: "Until My Heart Caves In," Audio Adrenaline.

Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: "Lifesong," Casting Crowns.

Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Album: "Rock of Ages ... Hymns & Faith," Amy Grant.

Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: "Purified," CeCe Winans.

Gospel Choir or Gospel Chorus: "One Voice," Gladys Knight, choir director.

New Age Album: "Silver Solstice," Paul Winter Consort.

Jazz Vocal Album: "Good Night, and Good Luck," Dianne Reeves.

Jazz Instrumental Solo: "Why Was I Born?" Sonny Rollins.

Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: "Beyond the Sound Barrier," Wayne Shorter Quartet.

Contemporary Jazz Album: "The Way Up," Pat Metheny Group.

Large Jazz Ensemble Album: "Overtime," Dave Holland Big Band.

Latin Jazz Album: "Listen Here!" Eddie Palmieri.

Traditional Soul Gospel Album: "Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs," Donnie McClurkin.

Dance Recording: "Galvanize," The Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip.

Electronic/Dance Album: "Push the Button," The Chemical Brothers.

Bluegrass Album: "The Company We Keep," The Del McCoury Band.

Contemporary Blues Album: "Cost of Living," Delbert McClinton.

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Steve Lillywhite.

Short Form Music Video: "Control," Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop.

Best Long Form Music Video: "No Direction Home" (Bob Dylan).

Recording Package: "The Forgotten Arm," Aimee Mann and Gail Marowitz, art directors (Aimee Mann).

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: "The Legend," Ian Cuttler, art director (Johnny Cash).

Album Notes: "The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax," John Szwed, album notes writer (Jelly Roll Morton).

Historical Album: "The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax," Jeffrey Greenberg and Anna Lomax Wood, compilation producers (Jelly Roll Morton).

Engineered Album, Non-Classical: "Back Home," Alan Douglas and Mick Guzauski, engineers (Eric Clapton).

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: "Superfly (Louie Vega EOL Mix)," Louie Vega, remixer (Curtis Mayfield).

Surround Sound Album: "Brothers in Arms -- 20th Anniversary Edition," Chuck Ainlay, Bob Ludwig, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits).

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