The 44th Annual Grammy Awards turned out to be a big night Wednesday for the neo-soul of Alicia Keys and the old-time sound of bluegrass -- as Keys and the soundtrack from the Coen brothers movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" grabbed five awards each.
"Fallin,'" the hit single from Keys' debut album "Songs in A Minor," won for record of the year and song of the year, as well as for best R&B song. The album won for best R&B album, and Keys won for best new artist and female R&B vocal performance.
Keys tied Lauryn Hill's record for most Grammys by a female artist, which was set in 1999.
Album of the year honors went to the "O Brother" soundtrack, which picked up five Grammys -- even though country stations across the country gave it the cold shoulder and largely kept it off their playlists. "O Brother" also won for best compilation soundtrack album and its producer, T Bone Burnett, was named non-classical producer of the year.
Two songs from the album were also singled out. Ralph Stanley, the 75-year-old bluegrass legend, won for male country vocal performance for "O Death," and Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright -- The Soggy Bottom Boys -- won for country collaboration with vocals for "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow."
The Recording Academy showed a lot of love for bluegrass music all around -- awarding three prizes to Alison Krauss & Union Station. The band won for best bluegrass album ("New Favorite") and best country song and Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "The Lucky One."
Veteran Irish rockers U2 picked up four Grammys -- one more than they took home last year for the same album, "All That You Can't Leave Behind." "Walk On" won for record of the year, "Elevation" won for rock performance by a duo or group with vocals, "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" won for pop performance by a duo or group with vocals and the album won for best rock album.
The single "Beautiful Day" won three Grammys last year -- for record and song of the year and rock performance by a duo or group with vocals.
The Recording Academy presented 2002 Lifetime Achievement Awards to Count Basie, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Al Green and Joni Mitchell. Producer-recording engineer Tom Dowd and pioneering rock and roll deejay Alan Freed were honored with Trustees Awards, in recognition of "outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity."
The rock/pop/R&B/rap winners:
Record of the Year: "Walk On," U2
Album of the Year: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," soundtrack, various artists; T Bone Burnett, producer
Song of the Year: "Fallin,'" Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys)
New Artist: Alicia Keys
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 Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of," U2
Pop Collaboration with Vocals: "Lady Marmalade," Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya & Pink
Pop Instrumental Performance: "Reptile," Eric Clapton
Dance Recording: "All for You," Janet Jackson
Pop Instrumental Album: "No Substitutions -- Live in Osaka," Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather
Pop Vocal Album: "Lovers Rock," Sade
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "Songs I Heard," Harry Connick Jr.
Female Rock Vocal Performance: "Get Right with God," Lucinda Williams
Male Rock Vocal Performance: "Dig In," Lenny Kravitz
Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: "Elevation," U2
Hard Rock Performance: "Crawling," Linkin Park
Metal Performance: "Schism," Tool
Rock Instrumental Performance: "Dirty Mind," Jeff Beck
Rock Song: "Drops of Jupiter," Charlie Colin, Rob Hotchkiss, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford & Scott Underwood, songwriters (Train)
Rock Album: "All That You Can't Leave Behind," U2
Alternative Music Album: "Parachutes," Coldplay
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, songwriter (Alicia Keys)
R&B Album: "Songs In A Minor," Alicia Keys
Traditional R&B Vocal Album: "At Last," Gladys Knight
Rap Solo Performance: "Get Ur Freak On," Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: "Ms. Jackson," OutKast
Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind," Eve featuring Gwen Stefani
Rap Album: "Stankonia," OutKast.
Latin Pop Album: "La Musica De Baldemar Huerta," Freddy Fender
Latin Rock/Alternative Album: "Embrace the Chaos," Ozomatli
Remixed Recording, "Thank You (Deep Dish Vocal Remix)," Deep Dish, remixer (Dido)
Short Form Music Video: "Weapon of Choice," Fatboy Slim featuring Bootsy Collins, Spike Jonze, director, Vincent Landay & Deannie O'Neil, producers
(Thanks to UPI Entertainment Reporter Pat Nason)
Korn has a new album coming out. "Untouchables," the band's fifth release, is due to hit stores May 14 -- nearly three years after the band's last offering, 1999's "Issues."
RollingStone.com reports the first single will be "Here to Stay." The band is in Los Angeles this week shooting the video with the Hughes Brothers directing.
Korn bassist Fieldly released a solo CD, "Rock N' Roll Gangster," earlier this year, and frontman Jonathan Davis composed music for the soundtrack of the new movie "Queen of the Damned."
A short tour of Central and South America is slated to begin this Saturday in Mexico City.
Pearl Jam is planning to release two albums this year, according to Undercover. The Web site reports the band has begun work in Seattle on its next studio album but is also compiling a rarities record.
A posting on Pearl Jam's official Web site, tenclub.net, said it's "still way too early in the process to speculate about a timeline" for the albums' release dates.
Former Black Sabbath lead singer Ronnie James Dio has a new axeman for his band, Dio. His publicist says Doug Aldrich has replaced guitarist Craig Goldy, who left the band due to family commitments.
Aldrich has worked with bands such as Burning Rain, Bad Moon Rising, House of Lords, Hurricane, and Lion. Most recently, he participated on the "Little Guitars -- Tribute To Van Halen" compilation album released in 2000.
Dio's new album is due out in May, to be followed by a U.S. tour starting June 1 in Las Vegas.
(Web sites: ronniejamesdio.com, dougaldrich.com)
Britney Spears is now the queen of the arcade games. American-based game-maker THQ has completed engineering its latest game in which Spears -- still waiting for the calendar to catch up with her accelerated hormonal clock -- appears in a leather cat suit and tries to succeed in a virtual world.
Additionally, "Britney's Dance Beat" will allow users to dance and sing along with their idol.
The game was developed with the singer's full cooperation and her personal touches are evident in each gyration.
(Thanks to UPI's Dennis Daily)