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Whitney Houston
At the 36th annual Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston and the animated flick "Aladdin" were the big winners, and the only bum note came when Frank Sinatra, for probably the only time in his career, got the hook.

Whitney Houston kicked things off with a rendition of the song that drove people to tears, joy or madness for most of 1993: "I Will Always Love You" from "The Bodyguard" soundtrack. Host Gary Shandling weighed in on the track "That wonderful tune was not written by Charles Manson. That one was written by Dolly Parton."

   
Parton, meanwhile, let everyone know how she felt about the success of Houston's cover of her song, saying, "When I wrote that song 22 years ago I had a heartache, but it's amazing how healing money can be."

Houston ended up taking home Grammys for Single of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal and Album of the Year for "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, but she lost out in the R&B category to Toni Braxton, who was also named Best New Artist.

U2, a band that had been around nearly 15 years in 1994, won the Best Alternative Rock award for their Zooropa album, and frontman Bono accepted it with heavy irony.

"Yeah, alternative all right," he said. "We shall continue to abuse our position and f--- up the mainstream. God bless you."

There were worthy tributes to some of the masters of music at the ceremony: Frank Sinatra, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, and the giants of Latin tropical (Gloria Estefan, Sheila E., Tito Puente). Bruce Springsteen joined Tony Toni Ton╚, Bonnie Raitt and Living Colour's Vernon Reid in the tribute to the great songwriter and guitarist Curtis Mayfield, who was paralyzed in a freak stage accident three years before but was on hand to witness this multi-talent salute.

"All men are brothers," Mayfield said. "It feels fantastic. It's quite flattering to know that your colleagues and your peers are doing beautiful music and it just so happens to be some of your own."

And then came the evening's only faux pas ...

"Rock and roll people love Frank Sinatra because he's got what we want ˇ swagger and attitude," Bono said as he introduced the crooner.

"That's the best welcome I ever had," Sinatra said.

While Sinatra was given a Grammy Legend award, the producers, determined to keep the show on schedule, apparently, unceremoniously ended Sinatra's speech. Grammy reps said Sinatra's people told them to cut away from his remarks because he was "emotional and wandering" and could have wandered for quite awhile.

Dr. Dre won an off-camera Grammy for Best Solo Rapper, but otherwise hardcore rap was barely mentioned, except for this memorable line from the show's host: 00:06:58 "I'm a big Snoop Fan. His album Doggystyle is a very romantic album to play with your bitch. I swear."

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