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Eric Clapton and Babyface
Where else but the Grammys could Hillary Clinton, Rage Against the Machine and Andy Griffith of "Matlock" fame be honored in the same night?

The 39th annual Grammy Awards spread the wealth among a variety of performers, with Babyface, Beck, Toni Braxton and the decades-defunct Beatles among the few acts to pick up multiple awards at the ceremony.

Despite a record 12 nominations, Babyface grabbed just three statuettes, for Record of the Year (as producer of Eric Clapton's "Change the World"), Best R&B Song (as songwriter for "Exhale [Shoop Shoop]") and Producer of the Year.

   
Beck settled for two awards: Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (for "Where It's At") and Best Alternative Music Performance (for Odelay).

"This is very smooth," Beck said of his trophy.

Braxton, a favorite among the shouting masses outside New York's Madison Square Garden, where the event was held, added two awards to her Grammy collection, taking honors for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Sheryl Crow also grabbed multiple awards.

Meanwhile, the Beatles, who announced their breakup 27 years prior, went to the winners circle three times for Best Music Video, Short Form ("Free as a Bird"), Best Music Video, Long Form ("The Beatles Anthology"), and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal ("Free as a Bird").

Despite earning seven nominations (the most of any band), Smashing Pumpkins took home just one trophy for Best Hard Rock Performance for "Bullet With Butterfly Wings." However, the band took the award for most-talked-about live performance of the night with a disco-influenced version of their hit "1979," which the band cranked out with the help of two drummers and a bevy of go-go dancers.

Chart-ruling ska popsters No Doubt were foiled in their bid for the Best New Artist Grammy by upstart country kid LeAnn Rimes.

"You want this one?" MTV News' John Norris asked No Doubt's frontwoman, Gwen Stefani, while handing her a fake Grammy from the show's set.

"Oh, can we have that one?" she replied. "Only just for appearance. I won't tell my grandma we lost, I'll just say, 'Grandma, look!' [and show her this]."

By the way, Hillary Clinton won Best Spoken Word Recording, Rage Against the Machine took home the award for Best Metal Performance and Andy Griffith was honored with the Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album award.

For more Grammy news, check out the MTV News Grammy Archive.


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