Feb. 27 [7:55 EST] — The 39th Annual Grammy Awards spread the wealth among a variety of performers as no one artist dominated Wednesday night’s ceremony. After all, what else can you say about an event that honored Hillary Clinton, Rage Against The Machine, and “Matlock’s” Andy Griffith in the same night?
Multi-talented producer Babyface, alternative wunderkind Beck, songstress Toni Braxton, and the decades defunct Beatles were among the few acts to pick up multiple awards at the ceremony, held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
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.”
Despite a nod for “Album of the Year,” Beck settled for two other awards for “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 “Best Alternative Music Performance” trophy.
“I was satisfied with two, but I was ready to jump up onto Sting’s lap,” he continued. “I was ready to jump up onto his ass.”
Braxton, a favorite among the shouting masses outside Madison Square Garden, added two awards to her Grammy collection, taking honors for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” (for “Un-Break My Heart”) and “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance” (for “You’re Making Me High”).
Meanwhile the Beatles, who announced their break-up 27 years ago, 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”).
Sheryl Crow also grabbed multiple awards for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance” (for “If It Makes You Happy”) and “Best Rock Album” (for her self-titled release), as did the Fugees for “Best Rap Album” (“The Score”) and “Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal” (“Killing Me Softly”).
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 may take 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 bevy of go-go dancers.
For a list of big winners, including Celine Dion (“Album of the Year”), LeAnn Rimes (“Best New Artist”), and the Dave Matthews Band (“Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal”) check out our “And The Winners Are…” new piece, or check out the full list at grammy.com.
And of course, we’ll be back at Madison Square Garden on Thursday for the assuredly chaotic premiere of the Howard Stern biopic “Private Parts.”
MTV News will bring you all the mayhem, as well as performances by Porno For Pyros, Rob Zombie, and the King Of All Media himself on “Howard Stern’s Private Parts Private Party” airing Thursday at 9 p.m. and again at 12:30 a.m. Friday.
For more Grammy news, check out the MTV News Grammy Archive .