Fugees singer/rapper Lauryn Hill, who released her first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, last year, won the Grammy for Best New Artist.
She read a passage from the Bible's Psalm 40 while accepting the award.
"I waited patiently for the Lord. ... He put a new song in my mouth," Hill said.
Hill, who wore a tight white tank top and a large red knit cap, also thanked her children for "not spilling anything on Mommy's outfit."
The Backstreet Boys and Natalie Imbruglia were among Hill's competition for the award.
Hill was nominated for 10 Grammys altogether, and the Best New Artist award was her fourth win of the night.
Before presenting the award to Hill, guitar-slingers Eric Clapton and B.B. King sang and played a brief duet of King's "Rock Me Baby."