Ray Charles Big Winner at 2005 Grammys

Published: 2005-02-14
Opening with what can only be described as an all-star hoopla, the 47th Grammy Awards handed out trophies to 2004's top acts in Lost Angeles last night. Things kicked off with performances by The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani & Eve, Los Lonely Boys, Maroon 5, and Franz Ferdinand; then all five acts launched into one big mash-up (hoopla indeed).

The legendary Ray Charles, who passed away last June, was remembered at the ceremonies, coming out the biggest winner of the night with eight trophies. "Genius Loves Company" took Best Pop Vocal Album and the biggest one of them all: Album of the Year. Pianist Alicia Keys didn't make too poor a showing either, picking up four awards, including Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album.

With Kanye West taking 2004 by storm, it was a bit of shock when AC favourites Maroon 5 swept the Best New Artist award out from under him. However, West didn't go home completely empty-handed, winning Best Rap Album "The College Dropout", and Best Rap Song for "Jesus Walks", which he also performed.

2004 was punk trio Green Day's comeback year, and they've got the Grammy to prove it; the Californians picked up Best Rock Album for "American Idiot". Wilco beat out Franz Ferdinand, Bjork, and Modest Mouse for Best Alternative Music Album. Still the biggest band in the world, U2 took home trophies for Best Rock Song and Best Short Form Music Video. Loretta Lynn's collaboration with Jack White proved fruitful; "Van Lear Rose" took Best Country Album. Third Day nabbed Best Rock Gospel Album for "Wire" and Steven Curtis Chapman took home the Grammy for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for his album "All Things New".

Some of the 2005 Grammy Award winners are:

Album of the Year: "Genius Loves Company" - Ray Charles
Record of the Year: "Here We Go Again" - Ray Charles & Norah Jones
Song of the Year: "Daughters" - John Mayer
Best New Artist: Maroon 5
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Sunrise" - Norah Jones
Best Pop Vocal Album: "Genius Loves Company" - Ray Charles
Best Dance Recording: "Toxic" - Britney Spears
Best Electronic/Dance Album: "Kish Kash" - Basement Jaxx
Best Hard Rock Performance: "Slither" - Velvet Revolver
Best Rock Song: "Vertigo" - U2
Best Rock Album: "American Idiot" - Green Day
Best Alternative Music Album: "A Ghost Is Born" - Wilco
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: "Call My Name" - Prince
Best R&B Performance By A Duo: "My Boo" - Usher & Alicia Keys
Best R&B Album: "The Diary Of Alicia Keys" - Alicia Keys
Best Rap Solo Performance: "99 Problems" - Jay-Z
Best Rap Song: "Jesus Walks" - Kanye West
Best Rap Album: "The College Dropout" - Kanye West
Best Female Country Vocal Performance: "Redneck Woman" - Gretchen Wilson
Best Country Collaboration: "Portland Oregon" - Loretta Lynn & Jack White
Best Country Album: "Van Lear Rose" - Loretta Lynn
Best Rock Gospel Album: "Wire" - Third Day
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: "All Things New" - Steven Curtis Chapman
Best Latin Pop Album: "Amar Sin Mentiras" - Marc Anthony
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album: "Garden State"
Best Score Soundtrack: "The Lord of the Rings" - Howard Shore

For a full list of winners, go to www.grammy.com.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

    Photo:Kanye West

 

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I think that Green Day should have won more awards. It was their comeback year, and they're still making albums! They have great talent and all the rappers and stuff out there don't have any talent, they just talk really fast. And Britney Spears only sings, and gets tons of credit, and she is not a role model. Green Day plays really good songs and have amusing yet awesome lyrics, and they aren't getting the credit they deserve. By the way, Feb. 17th is Billie Joe's 33rd birthday.Green Day rox. peace out.
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