Brit artists clean up at Grammys

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  • Brits dominate at Grammys with Coldplay, Duffy and Adele honoured

    The British music industry was alive and kicking last night as UK artists, from Coldplay to Adele, dominated the winners’ list at the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.


    Coldplay scored a hattrick, winning Best Pop Performance, Song Of The Year and Best Rock Album for their 2008 hit album, Viva La Vida.

    Frontman Chris Martin – whose band duetted with rapster Jay-Z – joked: ‘We’re not the heaviest of rock bands, as you may have noticed… we’re more of a limestone rock band. A little softer but just as charming.’

    Meanwhile, blast from the past Led Zeppelin frontman, Robert Plant, had a huge resurgence bagging five awards for his work collaborating with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss on their album Raising Sand.

    The album won the prestigious Album of the Year award and Please Read The Letter took home Single of the Year.

    Plant led the British stampede and was followed by relative newcomer singer/songwriter, Adele, who won the coveted Best New Artist gong and Best Pop Vocal performance for Chasing Pavements.

    The audience was treated to a standout performance from heavyweights Radiohead, who were accompanied by a marching band. The band won Best Alternative Album for In Rainbows as well as Best Boxed or Special Edition Album.

    The GB gongs just kept on coming as Welsh warbler Duffy, clad in Alberta Ferretti, proved she’s cracked it Stateside winning Best Pop Vocal Album for Rockferry. Meanwhile Estelle was beaming after collecting the Best Rap Collaboration for her duet American Boy with Kanye West.

    The crowd bowed down to Sir Paul McCartney, whose performance of Beatles’ hit I Saw Her Standing There received a standing ovation. McCartney thanked the 20,000-strong crowd saying: ‘We have never had so many Grammys in our lives. I feel so grateful to be here, I’m going to tear up. Thank you so much.’

    R&B singer Rihanna
    was set to open the star-studded evening but was forced to pull out of her performance after her singer boyfriend, Chris Brown, was arrested in connection with an alleged domestic violence incident over the weekend.


    Grammy Awards 2009 Winners’ List:

    Album of the Year

    Raising Sand – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

    Rap Album

    Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne

    Male Pop Vocal Performance

    Say – John Mayer

    Record of the Year

    Please Read The Letter – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

    New Artist


    Rock Album

    Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends – Coldplay

    Pop Collaboration With Vocals

    Rich Woman – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

    Song of the Year

    Viva La Vida – Coldplay

    Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

    Stay – Sugarland

    R&B Album

    Jennifer Hudson – Jennifer Hudson

    Female Pop Vocal Performance

    Chasing Pavements – Adele

    Pop Vocal Album

    Rockferry – Duffy

    Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

    Viva La Vida – Coldplay

    Alternative Music Album

    In Rainbows – Radiohead

    Solo Rock Vocal Performance

    Gravity – John Mayer

    Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

    Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon

    Rock Song

    Girls in Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen

    Rap Solo Performance

    A Milli – Lil Wayne

    Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

    Swagga Like Us – Jay-Z and T.I. featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne

    Rap/Sung Collaboration

    American Boy – Estelle featuring Kanye West

    Rap Song

    Lollipop – Dwayne Carter, Darius Harrison, James Scheffer, Stephen Garrett and Rex Zamor,

    Country Song

    Stay – Sugarland

    Female Country Vocal Performance

    Last Name – Carrie Underwood

    Male Country Vocal Performance

    Letter to Me – Brad Paisley

    R&B Song

    Miss Independent – Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Shaffer Smith

    Contemporary R&B Album

    Growing Pains – Mary J. Blige

    Female R&B Vocal Solo

    Superwoman – Alicia Keys

    Male R&B Vocal Solo

    Miss Independent – Ne-Yo

    R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

    Stay With Me (By the Sea), Al Green featuring John Legend

    Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

    You’ve Got the Love I Need – Al Green featuring Anthony Hamilton

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