U2 steals Mariah Carey’s spotlight at Grammys

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The rock gods snatched Grammy history from the comeback queen Wednesday, as perennial favorites U2 took home five trophies while Mariah Carey had to settle for three.

U2 won the 20th Grammy of its career, including album of the year for “How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” — the same disc that earned them three awards last year.

Carey, one of the best-selling artists of all time, was nominated for a leading eight awards for “The Emancipation of Mimi.” She won three in the pre-telecast ceremony; no woman had ever won more than five in one night.

But she was shut out through the televised portion. Besides losing album of the year to U2, she lost best female pop vocal performance to Kelly Clarkson’s triumphant “Since U Been Gone,” song of the year to U2 and record of the year to Green Day.

“If you think this is going to go to our head, it’s too late,” U2 frontman Bono said after the group won song of the year for “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own.” After winning the night’s big award, album of the year, Bono told Carey, “You sing like an angel.”

John Legend won three awards: best new artist, best R&B album for his debut, “Get Lifted,” and best male R&B vocal for the piano ballad “Ordinary People.” His mentor, Kanye West, also won three.

Clarkson won two, including best pop album. “I’m sorry I’m crying again on national television,” said the former “American Idol,” tearful and shaking as she held her first Grammy. “Thank you so much, you have no idea what this means to me.”

Carey was the sentimental favorite, overcoming personal difficulties and a career slump to emerge with the top-selling album and the most popular song, “We Belong Together.”

But her comeback was upstaged in every way. Not only did she lose in most of the major categories, even her performance was an afterthought — along with everyone else’s — after the appearance of Sly Stone, the mercurial, psychedelic pioneer who disappeared from the music scene decades ago and hadn’t performed in public since 1993.

Winners at Wednesday’s 48th Annual Grammy Awards:

Album of the Year: “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” U2.

Record of the Year: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” Green Day.

New Artist: John Legend

Male R&B Vocal Performance: “Ordinary People,” John Legend.

Pop Vocal Album: “Breakaway,” Kelly Clarkson.

Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Numb/Encore,” Jay-Z featuring Linkin Park.

Song of the Year: “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own,” U2.

Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson.

Country Album: “Lonely Runs Both Ways,” Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Rap Album: “Late Registration,” Kanye West.

Rock Album: “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb,” U2.

Rap Solo Performance: “Gold Digger,” Kanye West.

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: “Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” The Black Eyed Peas.

Rap Song: “Diamonds From Sierra Leone,” D. Harris and Kanye West.

Solo Rock Vocal Performance: “Devils & Dust,” Bruce Springsteen.

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own,” U2.

Hard Rock Performance: “B.Y.O.B.,” System of a Down.

Metal Performance: “Before I Forget,” Slipknot.

Rock Instrumental Performance: “69 Freedom Special,” Les Paul and Friends.

Rock Song: “City of Blinding Lights, U2, (U2).

Alternative Music Album: “Get Behind Me Satan,” The White Stripes.

Female R&B Vocal Performance: “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey.

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: “So Amazing,” Beyonce and Stevie Wonder.

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “A House Is Not a Home,” Aretha Franklin.

Urban/Alternative Performance: “Welcome to Jamrock,” Damian Marley.

R&B Song: “We Belong Together,” J. Austin, M. Carey, J. Dupri & M. Seal, (D. Bristol, K. Edmonds, S. Johnson, P. Moten, S. Sully & B. Womack, (Mariah Carey).

R&B Album: “Get Lifted,” John Legend.

Contemporary R&B Album: “The Emancipation of Mimi,” Mariah Carey.

Male Pop Vocal Performance: “From the Bottom of My Heart,” Stevie Wonder.

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: “This Love,” Maroon 5.

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Feel Good Inc.,” Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul.

Pop Instrumental Performance: “Caravan,” Les Paul.

Pop Instrumental Album: “At This Time,” Burt Bacharach.

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “The Art of Romance,” Tony Bennett.

Female Country Vocal Performance: “The Connection,” Emmylou Harris.

Male Country Vocal Performance: “You’ll Think of Me,” Keith Urban.

Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: “Restless,” Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Country Collaboration With Vocals: “Like We Never Loved at All,” Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Country Instrumental Performance: “Unionhouse Branch,” Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Country Song: “Bless the Broken Road,” Bobby Boyd, Jeff Hanna and Marcus Hummon, (Rascal Flatts).

Latin Pop Album: “Escucha,” Laura Pausini.

Latin Rock/Alternative Album: “Fijacion Oral Vol. 1,” Shakira.
Traditional Tropical Latin Album: “Bebo De Cuba,” Bebo Valdes.

Salsa/Merengue Album: “Son Del Alma,” Willy Chirino.

Mexican/Mexican-American Album: “Mexico En La Piel,” Luis Miguel.

Tejano Album: “Chicanisimo,” Little Joe Y La Familia.

Engineered Album, Classical: “Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets,” Da-Hong Seetoo, engineer (Emerson String Quartet).

Producer of the Year, Classical: Tim Handley.

Classical Album: “Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience,” Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Christine Brewer and Joan Morris, University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra).

Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13,” Mariss Jansons, conductor (Sergei Aleksashkin, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus).

Opera Recording: “Verdi: Falstaff,” Sir Colin Davis, conductor (London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra).

Choral Performance: “Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience,” Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Christine Brewer, Measha Brueggergosman, Ilana Davidson, Nmon Ford, Linda Hohenfeld, Joan Morris, Carmen Pelton, Marietta Simpson and Thomas Young, Michigan State University Children’s Choir, University of Michigan Chamber Choir, University of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University of Michigan University Choir and University Musical Society Choral Union, University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra).

Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra): “Beethoven: Piano Cons. Nos. 2 & 3,” Claudio Abbado, conductor; Martha Argerich (Mahler Chamber Orchestra).

Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra): “Scriabin, Medtner, Stravinsky,” Evgeny Kissin.

Chamber Music Performance: “Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets,” Emerson String Quartet.

Small Ensemble Performance: “Boulez: Le Marteau Sans Maitre, Derive 1 & 2,” Pierre Boulez, conductor, Hilary Summers, Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Classical Vocal Performance: “Bach: Cantatas,” Thomas Quasthoff (Rainer Kussmaul, Members of the RIAS
Chamber Choir, Berlin Baroque Soloists).

Classical Contemporary Composition: “Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and of Experience,” William Bolcom (Leonard Slatkin).

Classical Crossover Album: “4 plus Four,” Turtle Island String Quartet and Ying Quartet.

Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: “Ray,” Ray Charles.

Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: “Ray,” Craig Armstrong, composer.

Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: “Believe,” Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, songwriters, from “The Polar Express.”

Instrumental Composition: “Into the Light,” Billy Childs, composer.

Instrumental Arrangement: “The Incredits,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Various Artists).

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): “What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life?” Billy Childs, Gil Goldstein and Heitor Pereira, arrangers (Chris Botti and Sting).

Traditional Blues Album: “80,” B.B. King and Friends.

Traditional Folk Album: “Fiddler’s Green,” Tim O’Brien.

Contemporary Folk Album: “Fair & Square,” John Prine.

Native American Music Album: “Sacred Ground — A Tribute to Mother Earth,” Various Artists.

Hawaiian Music Album: “Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar — Vol. 1,” Various Artists.

Reggae Album: “Welcome to Jamrock,” Damian Marley.
Traditional World Music Album: “In the Heart of the Moon,” Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate.

Contemporary World Music Album: “Eletracustico,” Gilberto Gil.

Polka Album: “Shake, Rattle and Polka!” Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra.

Musical Album for Children: “Songs From the Neighborhood — The Music of Mister Rogers,” Various Artists.

Spoken Word Album for Children: “Marlo Thomas & Friends: Thanks & Giving All Year Long,” Various Artists.

Spoken Word Album: “Dreams From My Father,” Sen. Barack Obama.

Comedy Album: “Never Scared,” Chris Rock.

Musical Show Album: “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

Gospel Performance: “Pray,” CeCe Winans.

Rock Gospel Song: “Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams, James Harris III, Terry Lewis and James Q. Wright, (Yolanda Adams).

Rock Gospel Album: “Until My Heart Caves In,” Audio Adrenaline.

Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: “Lifesong,” Casting Crowns.

Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Album: “Rock of Ages … Hymns & Faith,” Amy Grant.

Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: “Purified,” CeCe Winans.

Gospel Choir or Gospel Chorus: “One Voice,” Gladys Knight, choir director.

New Age Album: “Silver Solstice,” Paul Winter Consort.

Jazz Vocal Album: “Good Night, and Good Luck,” Dianne Reeves.

Jazz Instrumental Solo: “Why Was I Born?” Sonny Rollins.

Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: “Beyond the Sound Barrier,” Wayne Shorter Quartet.

Contemporary Jazz Album: “The Way Up,” Pat Metheny Group.

Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Overtime,” Dave Holland Big Band.

Latin Jazz Album: “Listen Here!” Eddie Palmieri.

Traditional Soul Gospel Album: “Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs,” Donnie McClurkin.

Dance Recording: “Galvanize,” The Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip.

Electronic/Dance Album: “Push the Button,” The Chemical Brothers.

Bluegrass Album: “The Company We Keep,” The Del McCoury Band.

Contemporary Blues Album: “Cost of Living,” Delbert McClinton.

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Steve Lillywhite.

Short Form Music Video: “Control,” Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop.

Best Long Form Music Video: “No Direction Home” (Bob Dylan).

Recording Package: “The Forgotten Arm,” Aimee Mann and Gail Marowitz, art directors (Aimee Mann).

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: “The Legend,” Ian Cuttler, art director (Johnny Cash).

Album Notes: “The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax,” John Szwed, album notes writer (Jelly Roll Morton).

Historical Album: “The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax,” Jeffrey Greenberg and Anna Lomax Wood, compilation producers (Jelly Roll Morton).

Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “Back Home,” Alan Douglas and Mick Guzauski, engineers (Eric Clapton).

Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: “Superfly (Louie Vega EOL Mix),” Louie Vega, remixer (Curtis Mayfield).

Surround Sound Album: “Brothers in Arms — 20th Anniversary Edition,” Chuck Ainlay, Bob Ludwig, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits).