Brit artists clean up at Grammys

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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