Santana, Madonna, TLC, Korn Among Early Grammy Winners

With less than an hour to go before the cameras roll on CBS' live Grammy telecast, Santana, TLC, Madonna, and Korn have already managed to cash in, as they've all grabbed awards during the presentation of pre-telecast winners.

Since awards in only ten of the 98 Grammy categories will be handed out during the live prime-time broadcast, the pre-telecast awards go a mighty long way in determining who will go home happy and who will just go home.

The early announcements brought six awards for Santana: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (for his "Smooth" with Rob Thomas); Best Pop Instrumental Performance (for "El Farol"); Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (for his "Put Your Lights On" with Everlast); Best Rock Instrumental Performance (for "The Calling" with Eric Clapton); Best Rock Album (for his "Supernatural"); and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (for "Maria Maria").

So far, Santana has turned seven nominations into six awards.

The legendary guitarist is still vying for three Grammys -- Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Record Of The Year -- all of which remain to be handed out during the telecast.

TLC also got an early start on turning its eight nominations into gold with two wins for "No Scrubs:" Best R&B Duo Or Group With Vocals and Best R&B Song (the latter award will actually go to songwriters Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Kandi Burruss, and Tameka Cottle).

Eminem bolted out of the gate on Wednesday with two wins, taking home statuettes for Rap Solo Performance for "My Name Is" and Best Rap Album for "The Slim Shady LP."

Madonna also grabbed pre-show honors, as her "Austin Powers" contribution "Beautiful Stranger" was named Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media. Madonna will share the award with the track's co-writer, William Orbit.

The early hours brought good news for some of heavy music's heavy hitters as well, as Metallica, Korn, and at long

last Black Sabbath all won Grammys. Metallica's cover of "Whiskey In The Jar" was named Best Hard Rock Performance, Korn's "Freak On A Leash" was named Best Music Video, Short Form, and Sabbath grabbed Best Metal Performance for its live version of "Iron Man."

Walter Afanasieff, the man behind albums from Marc Anthony, Barbra Streisand, and Savage Garden, also got some early Grammy love; he nabbed the award for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical.

Beck, Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barry White, and Chris Rock were also among the early winners. Of course, the bulk of the Grammys have yet to be handed out, and we will bring you updates throughout the night right here at MTV.com.

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