Norah Jones is the Grammys’ undisputed golden girl, generating eight wins, including a sweep of the four most coveted awards.
Jones’ Come Away With Me won Best Album, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, while her “Don’t Know Why” won Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. (Click here for a list of winners.) Jones also took the Best New Artist trophy over Avril Lavigne, Ashanti, Michelle Branch and John Mayer.
“I love you so much,” Jones told her band in accepting her Best New Artist trophy. “You’re the reason I do this.”
Come Away With Me also won the Producer of the Year, Non-Classical award for Arif Mardin.
Bruce Springsteen and the Dixie Chicks followed Jones with three wins apiece. The Boss’ The Rising won Best Rock Album, and the title track nabbed Best Rock Song and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, while the Dixie Chicks won Best Country Album for Home, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for “Long Time Gone” and Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Lil’ Jack Slade.”
Eminem lost in the Album of the Year category for the second time, but The Eminem Show won Best Rap Album and “Without Me” won Best Short Form Music Video.
Other multiple winners included Coldplay, India.Arie and Nelly, who won Best Male Rap Solo Performance with “Hot in Herre” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with his Kelly Rowland duet, “Dilemma.” Coldplay, who performed “Politik” with the New York Philharmonic, won Best Alternative Music Album for A Rush of Blood to the Head and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for “In My Place,” while Indie.Arie won Best R&B Album for Voyage to India and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Little Things.”
No Doubt won the first award of the ceremony, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for “Hey Baby,” just minutes after performing a medley of “Underneath It All” and “Hella Good.” The show opened with a reunion by Simon and Garfunkel, who sang “The Sound of Silence.”
After crooning “Your Body Is a Wonderland” in between performances by Vanessa Carlton and James Taylor, a casually dressed John Mayer won Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the song, beating out Taylor and other veterans Elton John and Sting.
The Foo Fighters, whose Dave Grohl presented with Lou Reed earlier in the night, won the Best Hard Rock Performance for “All My Life.”
In other notable categories, Santana and Michelle Branch’s “The Game of Love” won Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, Sheryl Crow’s “Steve McQueen” won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Korn’s “Here to Stay” won Best Metal Performance, and Dirty Vegas’ “Days Go By” won Best Dance Recording.
In the other rap contests, Missy Elliott’s “Scream a.k.a. Itchin’” won Best Female Rap Solo Performance, and Outkast’s “The Whole World” won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
In R&B, Ashanti’s self-titled debut won Best Contemporary R&B Album, Mary J. Blige garnered Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “He Think I Don’t Know,” and Usher won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “U Don’t Have to Call.” The Best R&B Song went to Erykah Badu for “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop).”
This year’s 45th annual ceremony, at Madison Square Garden, marked the Grammys’ return to New York after four years in Los Angeles.
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