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Grammys 2006 - U2 dominate

U2

Story by Jack Foley

U2 EMERGED as the surprise winners at this year’s Grammys (2006), winning five awards to beat the ceremony favourites, Kanye West and Mariah Carey.

The Irish rockers won every category they were nominated for, including song of the year (for Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own) and album of the year for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

City of Blinding Lights was named best rock song, while the band also took the prize for best vocal rock performance by a duo or group.

The awards haul means that U2 have now amassed a total of 21 Grammy 21 awards during their illustrious career.

Delighted lead singer, Bono, who has been at the forefront of campaigns to end world poverty while also headlining a massive tour, commented: “If you think this is going to go to our head, it’s too late.”

He went on to pay tribute to his late father, who was the inspiration for the song Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, but spared a thought for his main rivals, predicting that Kanye West would be next and that Mariah Carey had a lovely voice.

Not that either Carey or West left empty-handed, for they went home with three awards apiece – as did R’n’B newcomer, John Legend.

West won best rap song for Diamonds from Sierra Leone, while his album Late Registration took best rap album, beating fellow rappers Eminem and 50 Cent. He also picked up best solo rap performance for the hit Gold Digger, to match the number of Grammys he won last year.

Carey, meanwhile, scooped the prize for best contemporary R’n’B album for the multi-million selling The Emancipation of Mimi, as well as best R’n’B song for We Belong Together and best female R’n’B vocal performance. She last won a Grammy in 1990.

John Legend’s three awards came for best new artist, best R’n’B album (for Get Lifted) and best male R’n’B vocal performance for Ordinary People.

US rockers Green Day, who enjoyed a phenomenally successful year in 2005, triumphed in the prestigious record of the year category for their hugely successful Boulevard of Broken Dreams. While The White Stripes won best alternative album for Get Behind Me Satan.

Alison Krauss and Union Station took home three awards, including best country album.

British success

Sadly, there were no awards for British hopefuls Coldplay, Sir Paul McCartney or Franz Ferdinand despite high hopes for each.

The British did triumph in other categories, however, with dance pioneers, the Chemical Brothers, emerging with two trophies – best dance recording for Galvanize and best electronic/dance album for Push The Button.

Damon Albarn’s cartoon band Gorillaz, who opened the LA-based ceremony by ‘performing’ with Madonna, also won best vocal pop collaboration for their single Feel Good Inc, which featured De La Soul.

The star-studded evening produced many highlights inn terms of live performances, the most notable of which was a rare public appearance by reclusive funk pioneer Sly Stone.

The artist had not performed live for almost 20 years and many feared that he would not turn up at the ceremony. But he appeared with his band The Family Stone to widespread cheers.

Winners in full