Story: Jack Foley
COLDPLAY surprised many by winning the record of the year title,
for their song Clocks, at this years Grammys.
The track, which is taken from the bands hugely successful
Rush of Blood to the Head
album, confirms their growing reputation in America, which they
have conquered with relative ease.
Lead singer, Chris Martin, who is expecting his first child with
actress, Gwyneth Paltrow, dedicated the award to the late country
star, Johnny Cash, as well as to Democratic presidential contender,
Senator John Kerry, who, he said, would hopefully be the US President,
The award had been expected to go to Beyonce, who nevertheless
dominated the awards ceremony, which was held in Los Angeles,
on Sunday, February 8, 2004.
The R&B singer won five awards in total, including best female
R&B vocal performance and best contemporary R&B album,
for Dangerously in Love, as well as best R&B single,
for Crazy in Love, which features Jay-Z, and best rap/sung
She also shared best vocal R&B performance by a duo or group
with Luther Vandross for their collaboration on, The Closer
I Get To You.
In what proved a memorable night for the singer, she also appeared
live with Prince, to sing Purple Rain, to mark the 20th
anniversary of the song and the film.
Vandross, who suffered a stroke last April and was still too
ill to attend the ceremony, was the next best recipient on the
night, receiving four accolades, including, most notably, song
of the year, for Dance With My Father, as well as best
male R&B vocal performance and best R&B album.
A video message from the soul singer was shown - during which
he sang a line of a tribute as it was performed by Alicia Keys,
Celine Dion and Richard Marx.
In what proved a night for reflection, as well as rewarding current
success, another tribute marked the 40th anniversary of The Beatles'
invasion of America, and was performed by Sting, Dave Matthews
and Vince Gill.
The Beatles were subsequently given the President's Award, which
was accepted by John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and George Harrison's
widow, Olivia, while surviving band members, Sir Paul McCartney
and Ringo Starr, joined the celebrations via a satellite link
Of the other notable winners on the night, US rappers, OutKast,
who have dominated the US charts for the last two months with
Speakerboxx/The Love Below,
won best album, best rap album and best urban/alternative performance.
And Detroit-based rock group, The White Stripes, won two awards
- best rock song, for Seven Nation Army, and best alternative
album, for Elephant.
Another rapper, Eminem, won best rap song, for Lose Yourself,
taken from his movie, 8 Mile,
as well as best male rap solo performance accolades, although
fellow rapper, 50 Cent, missed out on the best newcomer prize,
which went to goth-rockers, Evanescence, who also took the crown
for best hard rock performance.
Johnny Cash and wife, June Carter Cash, who both died during
the last nine months, were honoured with posthumous awards - Cash
taking the prize for best short-form video, for his single, Hurt,
and his wife claiming two prizes for her final album.
George Harrison and modern folk star, Warren Zevon, also received
posthumous honours, while former US President, Bill Clinton, shared
the award for best spoken word album for children with former
Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, and actress, Sophia Loren,
after they all read on Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf/Beintus:
Another of Americas current music favourites, Justin Timberlake,
was named best male pop vocal and best pop vocal album and used
his acceptance speech to apologise for last week's Superbowl performance,
with Janet Jackson, which scandalised America.
The Grammys are presented by the National Academy of Recording
Arts and Sciences and, in total, there were 105 categories, in
what are widely regarded as the music world's top accolades.