LOS ANGELES Fresh from a Golden Globe award for his soundtrack to the animated film "Tarzan," Genesis singer and solo star Phil Collins bagged the Best Soundtrack Album award, while pop iconoclast Randy Newman won the Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for his score to the animated film "A Bug's Life."
These were among the 88 awards out of this year's total of 98 presented prior to the main Grammy ceremony scheduled for broadcast on CBS-TV at 8 p.m. EST.
In other early awards, former Police singer and solo star Sting snagged the Best Pop Album trophy for Brand New Day, beating out Cher, the Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin and Sarah McLachlan.
Multiple nominees the Dixie Chicks were early winners in the Best Country Duo or Group With Vocals category for their country-pop hit "Ready To Run" (RealAudio excerpt), from the album Fly. Country legend George Jones continued his career resurgence with a Best Male Country Vocal win for the song "Choices," from his Cold Hard Truth album.
Country-pop singer Shania Twain won Best Country Song for the title track (RealAudio excerpt) from her multiplatinum Come on Over album.
Surprise Album of the Year nominee jazz singer Diana Krall's When I Look in Your Eyes took the Best Jazz Vocal Performance award, as well as Best Engineered Album trophy for engineer Al Schmitt.
Producer of the Year honors went to veteran Walter Afanasieff for his work on songs and albums by Latin stars Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin, pop group Savage Garden, singer Babyface, diva Barbra Streisand and mellow jazz player Kenny G.
Remixer Club 69 (born Peter Rauhofer) was the winner for the Remixer of the Year award for his work on pop legend Cher's hit "Believe" (RealAudio excerpt) and on tracks by such acts as dance group Funky Green Dogs, alternative pop band Everything But the Girl, R&B powerhouses Donna Summer and Whitney Houston, and dance diva Madonna. The Best Pop Dance Recording award went to the producers of "Believe."
The four-CD set of late trumpet legend Miles Davis' landmark 1969 album Bitches Brew, The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, won for Best Boxed Recording Package, while the team behind country act Asleep at the Wheel's Ride With Bob took home the Best Recording Package trophy. Asleep at the Wheel also nabbed the Best Country Instrumental Performance award for "Bob's Breakdowns."
Winners in the numerous classical categories included conductor Michael Tilson Thomas for Best Classical Album, for a recording of Stravinsky's "Firebird," "The Rite of Spring" and "Persephone." Pianist Martha Argerich and conductor Charles Dutoit were awarded the Best Instrumental Soloist With an Orchestra trophy for their recording of works by Prokofiev and Bartok.
Chris Perez, the husband of slain Tejano star Selena, scored the Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance Grammy for Resurrection, from the Chris Perez Band, and the directors of rap-rockers Korn's "Freak on a Leash" clip scooped up the Best Music Video/Short Form.