U2 Rule Gibson Guitar Awards

Group gets three trophies, including one for Best Guitar Band.

The veteran rockers of U2 warmed up for the Grammys Tuesday by winning

three trophies at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards.

The group beat out Linkin Park, Blink-182, Weezer, Nickelback and five

others to nab Best Guitar Band. Guitarist the Edge defeated R.E.M.'s Peter

Buck, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Lenny Kravitz and

others in the Best Rock Guitarist category. And bassist Adam Clayton blanked

System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian, Radiohead's Colin Greenwood and Dave

Matthews Band's Stefan Lessard for the Best Bassist award.

In other categories, Pete Yorn edged out Michelle Branch, John Mayer and

surprise nominee Madonna (see "Madonna: The Next Guitar God?") to win the Les Paul Horizon award (a.k.a. Most Promising Up and Coming Guitarist award), Dave Matthews won Best Acoustic Guitarist (Male),

India.Arie took Best Acoustic Guitarist (Female), Brad Paisley took Best

Country Guitarist (Male), Gillian Welch won Best Country Guitarist (Female),

Keb' Mo' won Best Blues Guitarist and Acoustic Alchemy won Best Jazz

Guitarist.

Nominees and winners for the Orville H. Gibson Awards are voted upon by

members of the music media.