Grammys Lowdown continued…
Christina Aguilera claimed the trophy for Best Female Pop Performance and performed her hit song ?Beautiful?. The Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group award went to ?No Doubt? for Underneath It All, a song Gwen Stefani wrote about her husband, the very spunky Gavin Rossdale, guitarist for ?Bush?. Song Of The Year was presented to R&B crooner Luther Vandross and Richard Marx for their collaboration, “Dance With My Father”. Vandross, who suffered a stroke last April, and was unable to attend the ceremony, appeared on videotape earlier in the program. His business manager read a prepared statement when accepting the Grammy on Luther’s behalf.
Amy LeesAlternative band Evanescense was named Best New Artist. The rock band were embroiled in controversy last year when they were reported to have left their Christian music community behind them. But on the green carpet (not red as the event was sponsored by Heineken) singer Amy Lees declared it was all a media beat-up and that they were never a Christian music group! Upon receiving the award Amy Lees said she expected 50 Cent to win. “We’ve been nominated for a few different things, and I’m kind of used to seeing us up there and never getting anything,” she admitted. “When they actually said our name, I was truly stunned.” Referring to 50 Cent’s brief appearance onstage after Evanescence was announced, Lee said, “I expected him to win, as I guess he did. I guess he felt he should have won.”
OutKast proved the growing popularity of rap and hip-hop when the duo won three Grammys, including Best Urban/Alternative Performance for Hey Ya!, plus Best Rap Album and Album Of The Year for Speakerboxx/The Love Below. OutKast’s Andre “3000” Benjamin’s acceptance speech for Best Rap Album was the shortest of the night, when he just said “Thank you.” His partner, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, was more expressive when accepting the Album Of The Year Grammy. ?Yo! Yo! All things due to the Most High for this one all day long,” he said. “Man, music is rocking like never before.” Well said boys!