Kanye West and Bruce Sprigsteen also win big at the US music ceremony
Amy Winehouse swept the board, picking up five prestigious awards at the 50th Grammy Awards last night (February 10).
The singer, whose application for a US visa was approved too late for her to attend the glittering ceremony in Los Angeles, performed for the show via a satellite link from a London studio.
The singer picked up five awards, out of the six she was nominated for, including Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Pop Vocal Album and Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Winehouse is the first British artist to pick up a Best New Artist award since Sade won in 1986.
Winehouse performed two tracks in London, ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and ‘Rehab’ for which she won several awards including Record Of The Year after which she thanked her record label and her boyfriend Blake Fielder Civil.
She said: “Thank you to everyone at Island, my mum and dad. This is for my Blake, my Blake incarcerated, and for London because Camden Town ain’t burning down,” referring to the Camden fire that occured on Saturday night(February 9) damaging her local pub the Hawley Arms as well as the world-famous market area.
Kanye West was also a big winner last night, taking home four Grammy Awards, for best rap song, best rap album, best rap solo performance and best rap performance by a duo or group.
Hip-hop star West paid tribute to his mother Donde, who died late last year, saying in his acceptance speech: “I know you’re really proud of me right now and I know you want me to be the number one artist in the world. And mama, all I’m going to do is keep making you proud. We run this.”
Bruce Springsteen also won three awards for Best Rock Song and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for ‘Radio Nowhere’, and Best Rock Instrumental Performance for ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’, a track on We All Love Ennio Morricone.
The White Stripes, Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and Mary J Blige were among the acts who picked up two awards.
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock won the Grammy for Album Of The Year for ‘River: The Joni Letters’ beating off competition from Winehouse, West and Foo Fighters. This was only the second time in it’s 50 year history, that the Grammy has been awarded for a jazz album.
Hancock said: “I’d like to thank the academy for courageously breaking the mould this time.”
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