Copyright 2002 www.tombraiderchronicles.com Source: Variety Magazine

[ February 28th 2002 ]

Alicia Keys, U2 and the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? dominated the pop music world in 2001, and Grammy voters managed to split the ballot, rewarding Keys with five awards, U2 with four and, depending on how you count it, O Brother with as many as six, Variety Magazine reports today.

Keys, the 21-year-old pianist and singer who put Clive Davis' J Records on the map with her album Songs in A Minor, was named best new artist and nabbed the coveted song of the year for Fallin' at the 44th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at Staples Center. While a handful of best new artists have won a pair of the four top awards, Keys is the only one besides Christopher Cross to nab song and new artist.

Three songs from U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind won awards: record of the year for Walk On, pop performance for Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of and rock perf for Elevation. The album was named tops in the rock category. Last year, U2's Beautiful Day took home record of the year, making the Irish band the first back-to-back winner in the category since Roberta Flack in 1972 and 1973. This is the first time, however, that the winning songs came from the same album.

Bono used an elevation analogy after the track won the rock group award. "It's still a great thing to behold a rock 'n' roll band in full flight. Not just the sound of it, the deal that you make on the ground (when you start). Maybe 20 years later you might find yourself at an awards ceremony with the same people you started out with. Wow."

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