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Grammys 2009: Robert Plant and Coldplay lead Brit triumphs


Story by Jack Foley

CHRIS Martin’s Coldplay and Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant have led the winners at the 2009 Grammys, with the latter in particular taking home a bucket-load of prizes from the awards ceremony.

Plant collected five awards for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, including the coveted album of the year prize for Raising Sand along with record of the year for their single Please Read The Letter.

Coldplay, meanwhile, won the prestigious song of the year for their track Viva La Vida, the title song from their latest album, as well as a performance award for the same song and best rock album at the Los Angeles ceremony.

Commenting after receiving his prize, Martin said: “We’ve never had so many Grammys in our life. We feel so grateful to be here. I’m going to tear up.”

Plant, meanwhile, told the audience: “I’d like to say I’m bewildered. In the old days we would have called this selling out. But it’s a good way to spend a Sunday.”

Further British success

Plant and Coldplay led a great night for the Brits at America’s most prestigious music awards ceremony, with Adele, Radiohead and Peter Gabriel also recognised with prizes.

Adele was named best new artist and scooped best pop vocal performance for her acclaimed single, Chasing Pavements.

In an emotional speech, she announced: “Thank you so much. I’m going to cry.”

The 20-year-old Londoner beat fellow Brit Duffy to the best new artist prize, but made reference to her rival in the speech, as well as to her family and US sensations The Jonas Brothers.

“I want to thank my manager, my mum, she’s in London. And Duffy, I love you. I think you’re amazing. Jonas Brothers, I love you as well!”

Radiohead, who performed at the ceremony with a marching band, took two prizes, for best alternative album (for In Rainbows) and best boxed or special edition album, an award which goes to its designers.

And Peter Gabriel was honoured for his work on the soundtrack to Pixar’s animated hit Wall-E.

US success

The favourite going into the awards ceremony, rapper Lil Wayne, led the American winners with four prizes from eight nominations for his album Tha Carter III.

The artist took awards for best rap solo performance and best rap album but lost best rap/sung collaboration to Estelle and Kanye West’s American Boy.

Among the most emotional of the prizes handed out was that to US singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, who bravely returned to the spotlight after the murders of her mother, brother and nephew last year.

Hudson won her first Grammy in the best R&B album category and fought back her emotions as she said: ““I don’t really know what to say. I’m just in awe right now.

“I would like to thank my family in heaven and those that are here today. I just don’t know where to start. Everybody, thank you all.”

She later performed You Pulled Me Through, a song about overcoming deep despair, and dissolved into tears as she sang the song’s final note.

Best rock song went to Bruce Springsteen for Girls In Their Summer Clothes, best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals went to Kings of Leon for Sex on Fire and best dance recording went to Daft Punk for Harder Better Faster Stronger.

View a selection of the main winners