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
Nominees and winners for the Orville H. Gibson Awards are voted upon by
members of the music media.