With 80 of the 95 Grammy trophies having been doled out before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Lauryn Hill and Madonna are already cashing in on their multiple nominations as the two lead the pack with three statuettes apiece.
Hill's first Grammy came with a nod for "Best R&B Song" for her "Doo Wop (That Thing)" [RealVideo], and she soon followed with wins for Best R&B Album for "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Doo Wop." The freight train will not be an unstoppable one, however, as she lost out on Producer of the Year Non-Classical.
The Beastie Boys also chalked up two early wins as their "Intergalactic" won for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and their album "Hello Nasty" won for Best Alternative Music Performance.
Jay-Z, Alanis Morissette, and Lenny Kravitz also got off to strong Grammy start during the pre-telecast portion of the annual music shindig Wednesday afternoon. Hill wasn't
the only hip-hopper to get good news early as reluctant nominee Jay-Z picked up a Grammy for Best Rap Album for his "Hard Knock Life, Vol. 2."
Alanis scored Best Rock Song honors for her "Uninvited," and also saw that track' producer, Rob Cavallo named Producer of the Year Non-Classical, while David Morales was named Remixer of the Year.
Also in the rock field, Lenny Kravitz earned honors early for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for his "Fly Away." Sheryl Crow's "Globe Sessions" also picked up an early Grammy for Best Engineered Album Non-Classical, in what may be a good omen for the singer/songwriter, who is up for six awards.
On harder terrain, Metallica was able to earn Grammy gold in the Best Metal Performance category with "Better Than You," but could not do the same in the Best Hard Rock Performance category, where the Grammy went to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.
They were some of the pre-telecast winners who picked up statuettes at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium
on Wednesday afternoon before the live CBS telecast began at 8 p.m. NARAS, the group behind the Grammys, began doling out the awards at the universally unglamorous time of 2:15 in the afternoon Pacific time and planned to hand out 80 of the night's 95 awards before the cameras starting rolling at 8.We will continue to bring you winners as they are announced throughout the night.
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