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Hancock nabs Album of the Year Grammy

Feb. 11, 2008 at 12:15 AM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Herbie Hancock pulled an upset in Los Angeles Sunday night when he nabbed the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for "River: The Joni Letters."

Hancock's cover album of Joni Mitchell songs was up against CDs by Foo Fighters, Vince Gill, Kanye West and Amy Winehouse for the honor.

"Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell. Joni Mitchell. Thank you so much," Hancock said as he accepted the trophy. "It's been 43 years since the first and only time that a jazz artist got the Album of the Year award. I'd like to thank the academy for courageously breaking the mold this time and in doing so honoring the giants upon whose shoulders I stand."

Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz won the honor in 1964 for "Getz/Gilberto."

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