Beyoncé tied the record for most Grammys ever by a female artist with five last night (Feb. 8) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Columbia artist won honors for best R&B song and best rap/sung collaboration for “Crazy in Love” (shared with Jay-Z); best female R&B performance for “Dangerously in Love”; best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals for “The Closer I Get To You” (a duet with Luther Vandross); and best contemporary R&B album for “Dangerously in Love.”
OutKast, which was nominated for a leading six Grammys, took home the award for album of the year for “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.” The Arista set also won best rap album, and the single “Hey Ya!” won for best urban/alternative performance.
Beyond the aforementioned Grammy for his duet with Beyoncé, Vandross won best song, R&B album and male R&B performance for “Dance With My Father” (J). In a videotaped message, Vandross, who is recovering from a massive stroke, said, “Remember, when I say goodbye it’s never for long,” before singing, “I believe in the power of love.”
Justin Timberlake won best male pop vocal performance for “Cry Me a River” and best pop vocal album for “Justified” (Jive). While accepting, he addressed last week’s uproar over his participation in Janet Jackson’s breast-baring Super Bowl appearance. “What occurred was unintentional, completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys were offended,” he said.
Jackson herself was a no-show. According to CBS News, she and Timberlake were told they could appear on the telecast only if they apologized on air.
Warren Zevon, whose Artemis album “The Wind” was released just prior to his death of cancer in September, won the best rock duo or group with vocal Grammy for “Disorder in the House,” which features Bruce Springsteen. “The Wind” also won best contemporary folk album.
Other multiple winners included Alison Krauss, with three, and the White Stripes’ Jack White and Eminem, with two each.
In a surprise, Capitol act Coldplay took record of the year for “Clocks.”
Rapper 50 Cent, whose Shady/Interscope album “Get Rich or Die Tryin’ ” was the top-selling release of 2003, went home empty-handed despite five nominations. However, he did walk across the stage as Evanescence accepted the award for best new artist, a category many felt he was a lock to win.