All hail Don Sebesky.
Yes, three cheers for Sebesky, the only man who could derail Carlos Santana on Grammy night.
The legendary guitarist was up for eleven nominations going into Wednesday night’s Grammy ceremony, and he turned nine of those nods into gold. One of those “losses” came to himself (in the Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals category, in which he was nominated twice), and the other came at the hands of composer Sebesky, who managed to wrestle the Best Instrumental Composition award away from Santana.
Indeed, as the Grammys entered the year 2000, the proceedings remained rooted in familiarity, with Santana ruling a night that seemed to honor the guitarist’s 30 plus year career as much as his 1999 chart-topping album “Supernatural.” Santana’s nine wins included honors for Album Of The Year for “Supernatural” and Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “Smooth” [RealVideo]
(though Song Of The Year actually
went to songwriters Itaal Shur and Rob Thomas).
Six of Santana’s wins came before the lights even went up on the Grammy telecast, as the guitar legend picked up early awards for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Album, and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (see “Santana, Madonna, TLC, Korn Among Early Grammy Winners” ).
Familiarity floated through the air yet again when Sting grabbed two awards (Best Pop Album for “Brand New Day” and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the title track), and Cher topped Fatboy Slim and Jennifer Lopez for Pop Dance Recording (for “Believe” [RealVideo]
). Wily veteran Whitney Houston barely had the gods of experience on her side, as the diva needed all her strength to turn her seven nominations into one Grammy
(for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance).
Youth was eventually served as the awards were doled out Wednesday night at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, where host Rosie O’Donnell presided over the 42nd annual edition of the ceremony. TLC scored a big night as its hit “No Scrubs” [RealVideo] landed multiple honors for Best R&B Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best R&B Song, and the trio’s “Fanmail” was named Best R&B Album.
In the sole domain of the Grammy virgin, Christina Aguilera topped Kid Rock, Macy Gray, Susan Tedeschi, and fellow teen popster Britney Spears for Best New Artist.
Eminem also made a case for the new guard, taking home two awards for Best Rap Solo Performance for “My Name Is” [RealVideo] and Best Rap Album for “The Slim Shady LP.”
In other words, everyone won who you expected to win. The night’s biggest (and perhaps only) surprise
when The Roots and Erykah Badu bested Eminem, Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre, and others for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group (for “You Got Me”).
While up-and-comers (at least by Grammy standards) made some noise, it was a quiet night for teen pop. The Backstreet Boys failed to turn any of their five nominations into gold, and ’NSYNC, Ricky Martin, and Britney Spears also came up empty, despite eight nominations between them.
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