Thursday, February 28, 2002

Old-timey music a hit at Grammys

'O Brother Where Art Thou?' soundtrack wins Album of the Year

By Larry Nager
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        It was a great night for veteran Irish rock bands, young R&B stars and old-time country music, as U2, Alicia Keys and the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack were the big winners at the 44th Grammy Awards,. held Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

        U2 won the top honor, Record of the Year, for “Walk On,” in addition to winning Pop and Rock Group honors and Rock Album of the Year for All That You Can't Leave Behind.

    • Song of the Year: “Fallin',” Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys).
    • Record of the Year: “Walk On,” U2.
    • Album of the Year: O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
    • New Artist: Alicia Keys.
    • Pop Collaboration with Vocals: “Lady Marmalade,” Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink.
    • Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: “Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of,” U2.
    • Female Pop Vocal Performance: “I'm Like a Bird,” Nelly Furtado.
    • Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” James Taylor.
    • Pop Vocal Album: Lovers Rock, Sade.
    • Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Songs I Heard, Harry Connick Jr.
    • Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: “Elevation,” U2.
    • Rock Song: “Drops of Jupiter,” Charlie Colin, Rob Hotchkiss, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood (Train).
    • Rock Album: All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2.
    • Female Rock Vocal Performance: “Get Right With God,” Lucinda Williams.
    • Male Rock Vocal Performance: “Dig In,” Lenny Kravitz.
    • R&B Album: Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keys.
    • Female R&B Vocal Performance: “Fallin',” Alicia Keys.
    • Male R&B Vocal Performance: “U Remind Me,” Usher.
    • R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: “Survivor,” Destiny's Child.
    • R&B Song: “Fallin',” Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys).
    • Female Country Vocal Performance: “Shine,” Dolly Parton.
    • Male Country Vocal Performance: “O Death,” Ralph Stanley, from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
    • Country Collaboration with Vocals: “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright (The Soggy Bottom Boys), from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
    • Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: “The Lucky One,” Alison Krauss and Union Station.
    • Country Song: “The Lucky One,” Robert Lee Castleman (Alison Krauss and Union Station).
        U2 held Ms. Keys' sweep at five awards out of six nominations, including wins for Best New Artist, Song of the Year, R&B Female, Song and Album. She beat the sentimental R&B favorite, the late Aaliyah.

        Rosemary Clooney's Grammy curse continued. On the night she received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, the 73-year-old, Maysville-born singer once again lost the Traditional Pop Grammy, this time to Harry Connick Jr.

        While Ms. Clooney had a mixed night, another Kentucky export — bluegrass — won big.

        The O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack beat a field that included U2, Bob Dylan and Alicia Keys in a surprise win for Album of the Year.

        Veteran bluegrass singer Ralph Stanley, who recorded with his brother Carter at Cincinnati's King Records in the 1950s and '60s, won another stunning upset, taking Country Male honors for “O Death,” from O Brother.

        He beat such mainstream stars as Tim McGraw, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Americana rocker Ryan Adams.

        U2's Grammy sweep was derailed by Train, which won Best Rock Song for “Drops of Jupiter.”

        Cincinnati funk hero Bootsy Collins went one for two. The flamboyant bassist won Best Short Form Music Video for “Weapon of Choice,” his collaboration with Fatboy Slim featuring actor Christopher Walken.

        The album that song came from, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, lost the Alternative Music Grammy to Coldplay's Parachutes.

        Dan Tyminski, who provided the singing voice for George Clooney in O Brother, shared Best Country Collaboration honors with former Dayton, Ohio, bluegrass singer Harley Allen and the Nashville Bluegrass Band's Pat Enright. Their song, “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” was recorded by the Stanley Brothers for King more than 40 years ago.

        The O Brother phenomenon continued, as T-Bone Burnett, producer of the soundtrack and its live follow-up, Down From the Mountain, won Non-Classical Producer of the Year. Down From the Mountain took traditional folk honors, while O Brother won Best Compilation Soundtrack.

        Dolly Parton won the Country Female award for “Shine” from her latest bluegrass album, Little Sparrow.

        And bluegrass band Alison Krauss & Union Station won the Country Group award for “The Lucky One,” which also won the Country Song award for writer Robert Lee Castleman. Ms. Krauss' latest CD, New Favorite, won Bluegrass Album honors.

        Bluegrass also powered the Country Instrumental winner, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” by an all-star group headed by composer/banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs. The original 1949 version was recorded in Cincinnati.

        Local soul institution the Isley Brothers lost the sole nomination for its top-selling Eternal album, as Destiny's Child won R&B Group honors.


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