The 47th Annual Grammy Awards

Minute by minute from the Grammys
What’s happening minute by minute at the Grammys? USA TODAY’s William Keck reports from the red carpet, Whitney Matheson checks in from backstage and Alison Maxwell and Jayme Deerwester are glued to the tube.
Man of the evening: Ray Charles won a leading eight Grammys for his final album, Genius Loves Company. A musical eulogy of sorts.óA.M. Posted 11:47 p.m.
Album of the year: Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company won the night’s biggest award. “If he’s looking upon us he’s just made his career about another 50 years longer,” said a producer accepting on Charles’ behalf. Gary Sinise and nine-time Grammy Award winner Bonnie Raitt presented the award. “I have a band called the Lt. Dan Band and we’re 100% Grammy-free,” Sinise joked. óA.M. Posted 11:32 p.m.
Happy Valentine’s Day: Does John Mayer have a Valentine to share his pair o’ Grammys with? “I don’t ó I’ve been too busy,” he told a reporter. “How about you?” In keeping with the family theme of his winning song (Daughters), Mayer said his father was especially thrilled when he realized Mayer was part of the same record label Frank Sinatra used to be on. óW.M. Posted 11:25 p.m.
Bargain single: Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland, who participated in the benefit performance of Across the Universe (and won a Grammy tonight), said he hoped “we inspired some people and put some good blessings in people’s hearts.” He also applauded Melissa Etheridge’s performance and wig-less appearance: “She’s very brave. A lot more brave than I would be.” Slash kept his comments brief: “It’s only 99 cents,” he said of the benefit single. The band heads to Australia tomorrow to continue its worldwide tour. óW.M. Posted 11:20 p.m.
In memoriam: Grammy attendees took a moment out of the ceremony to remember those that died in the last year. Among those remembered: Johnny Ramone, Artie Shaw, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Laura Branigan, Ray Charles and Rick James. óA.M. Posted 11:19 p.m.
‘Here We Go Again’: Norah Jones accepted the record of the year for her collaboration with the late Ray Charles. “Listen to that. I’m gonna cry,” said Jones. “How many people has he made smile?” But the play-off music guy wasn’t smiling ó he played off the producer before he could finish the speech. óJ.D. Posted 11:01 p.m.
So that’s where the dress came from: Sheryl Crow, on hand to present record of the year, joked that she used some of Lance Armstrong’s old yellow jerseys to make her gown. óJ.D. Posted 10:59 p.m.
A Town down!: Usher took to the stage to perform Caught Up, the latest tune from Confessions, which has already won three Grammys. Then he got christened the “new godson of Soul” by a guy who would know : James Brown. óJ.D. Posted 10:58 p.m.
Singers, be good to your songwriters: Stevie Wonder and Norah Jones remained on stage after the sing-along to present John Mayer with Song of the Year for Daughters. Normally, this trophy goes to the writer rather than the artist. This time, they were one and the same. “I’d like to thank my grandmother, who had a really awesome daughter ó my mom,” Mayer told the crowd. Does that mean he’s off the hook if he forgets to call on Mother’s Day? óJ.D. Posted 10:47 p.m.
Something’s gotta change our world: Bono, no stranger to charity singles, lead an all-star rendition of the Beatles’ Across the Universe that will soon be made available on iTunes, with proceeds going to tsunami relief. Joining him: Norah Jones, Brian Wilson, Alison Krauss, Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, and somewhat surprisingly, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and the members of Velvet Revolver. óJ.D. Posted 10:42 p.m.
Is the stage high enough to induce ‘Vertigo’?: U2 returns to the stage for the second time to accept the Grammy for rock duo/group vocal. Bono noted the competition in the field, which included the Killers and Franz Ferdinand. “I actually think this is the best Grammys I’ve ever seen,” proclaimed Bono. Doing a bit of crisis management, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. wisely took a moment to apologize for their recent ticket sales snafu. óJ.D. Posted 10:33 p.m.
That guy’s name sounds familiar: Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas explained that special award recipient and record industry veteran Ahmet Urtegun was one of the reasons his band signed with Atlantic Records. If the name sounds familiar, it could because he was recently portrayed in the Oscar-nominated biopic Ray. He was played by Curtis “Booger” Armstrong. óJ.D. Posted 10:28 p.m.
Good luck charm: “My record people tell me they want to rub me for good luck,” John Legend said backstage after his Grammy performance. “They feel things are really happening for me right now.” Legend, often described as a “neo-soul” artist, made his debut last year with Get Lifted. He also praised legendary singer Mavis Staples: “As soon as I met her, the energy from her I felt was so good.”óW.M. Posted 10:24 p.m.
Get back here, Jack: Loretta Lynn had to force collaborator Jack White to take his share of the credit for their win for best country album, Van Lear Rose. The White Stripes frontman recalled a conversation he had with Lynn while they were recording the disc. “Loretta told me ‘Fourteen of my songs got banned by country radio, and every time they did that, the song went to No. 1.’ Well they didn’t play this record either, but it’s No. 1.” Lynn complimented the other acts in the category, singling out country hunk McGraw while apologizing to his wife, Faith Hill. “I love Tim McGraw. Faith, I can’t help it!”óJ.D. Posted 10:22 p.m.
It’s only fitting that Lance Armstrong was here: Between Etheridge’s bald, bold performance and Tim McGraw’s live rendition of the Grammy-winning Live Like You Were Dying, we felt the urge to go run laps around the USA TODAY building ó just because we could.óJ.D. Posted 10:14 p.m.
Melissa, Joss and Janis: Best new artist nominee Joss Stone and Grammy vet Melissa Etheridge honored one of their shared inspirations and another of the night’s lifetime achievement award recipients, Janis Joplin. Stone belted out Cry, Baby and Etheridge totally channeled the late singer during Piece of My Heart.óJ.D. Posted 10:04 p.m.
No hard feelings, right, Kanye? Not only are members of Maroon 5 fans of Kanye West ó whom they thanked after winning the Grammy for best new artist ó they worked with him on a remix of This Love. Backstage, lead singer Adam Levine said the award “will definitely not hurt our love lives.” Another post-show perk, according to Levine: “We know a lot of places to go to right now and drink massive amounts of alcohol.”óW.M. Posted 10:01 p.m.
‘Jesus’ wins: “Y’all might as well get the music ready, ’cause this is gonna take a while. When I had my accident [West broke his jaw in a car accident], I found out that nothing in life is promised except death. If you have the opportunity to live this life, you have to take every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate their opportunity until it’s passed and they have to tell Al Bundy stories,” Kanye West said as he accepted the best rap album Grammy for The College Dropout. “Everybody wanted to know what I’d do if I didn’t win. I guess we’ll never know.” óJ.D. Posted 9:53 p.m.
Raise your lighters: The members of Lynyrd Skynyrd are still reeling from their performance as part of the Southern rock tribute. “That was pretty cool when they stood up, man,” Johnny VanZant said backstage. Added Ricky Medlocke: “I actually saw P. Diddy get into it!” óW.M. Posted 9:48 p.m.
Forget going to Disneyland: Now that they’ve won a Grammy, what’s next for the three brothers in Los Lonely Boys? “A lot of people say they’re going to Disneyland,” bassist JoJo Garza said backstage. “I’m thinking about buying it, to be honest with you.” óW.M. Posted 9:50 p.m.
Their Sunday best: Lifetime achievement award recipients the Staples Singers and up-and-comer John Legend performed a rousing I’ll Take You There before backing up Kanye West for a theatrical rendition of Jesus Walks. Jesus took a brief respite as The Blind Boys of Alabama continued the churchifying with an a capella version of I’ll Fly Away. But Kanye brought it home ó and brought the house to its feet.óJ.D. Posted 9:44 p.m.
Make it six for Alicia: Keys claimed a sixth Grammy in the R&B album category, and dedicated her speech to the folks who helped her get on the stage ó her songwriting collaborator (“the other half of Crucial Keys”), her longtime manager and the first radio stations to play her debut CD. óJ.D. Posted 9:36 p.m.
Can you hear the sound of hysteria?: Director Quentin Tarentino introduced Green Day, noting “They made an album with a real novel concept: All the songs are good.” Tarentino stayed on the censors’ good side, but Green Day opted not to censor the title track from American Idiot. óJ.D. Posted 9:30 p.m.
They are loved: Maroon 5 claimed best new artist honors for Songs About Jane. “These are my best friends, and this is the trippiest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life,” said frontman Adam Levine. But don’t feel too bad for Kanye West ó he already has one award and he’s nominated for eight more. óJ.D. Posted 9:23 p.m.
Doing double duty: Hey, where’d Queen Latifah go? Over to the performance stage to perform some standards from her Dana Owens disc. óJ.D. Posted 9:19 p.m.
Let’s get the next record started: Pressed for time, the Black Eyed Peas could only stop backstage for a couple minutes (if that), but it was long enough for to let out a string of excited, yet odd, yelps. “Hopefully we can get the record of the year,” Will.I.Am said. ‘If we don’t, we had a really, really great year.” óW.M. Posted 9:19 p.m.
Play some Skynyrd, man: Matthew McConaughey introduced the southern-fried portion of tonight’ s live entertainment. After Gretchen Wilson joined surviving Lynyrd Skynyrd members for the band’s classic Free Bird, they called in reinforcements like Tim McGraw and Keith Urban for Sweet Home Alabama and Ramblin’ Man. óJ.D. Posted 9:10 p.m.
You sang to me (en EspaÒol): Mr. and Mrs. J.Lo invited us into the bedroom for the ballad Escapemonos from Marc Anthony’s CD Amar Sin Mentiras (Love Without Lies), which just won a Grammy a few hours back. óJ.D. Posted 8:59 p.m.
Boulevard of big honors: The members of Green Day accepted the best rock album Grammy for American Idiot. A touched Billie Joe Armstrong climbed over several people to bear-hug producer Rob Cavallo, who helped them earn their first Grammy for 1994’s Dookie. “Rock and roll can be dangerous and fun at time same time,” Armstrong said of their politically charged rock opera. óJ.D. Posted 8:51 p.m.
So that’s where he got that voice: Bono paid tribute to his dad, a postal clerk who liked to sing opera around the house, as U2 began Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own. “He had a beautiful tenor voice and I’d like to think that when he died, he passed it on to me.”óJ.D. Posted 8:41 p.m.
Making a statement: Ben Harper just came backstage wearing a white, rhinestone-studded suit, custom-made by a disciple of legendary country designer Nudie Cohen. How does the two-time Grammy winner feel about award shows? “I think they’re completely self-indulgent Ö and I couldn’t be more excited about winning,” he said. After winning, Harper said he called his four children (two of which are with longtime love Laura Dern). “I don’t know if this is the first of many (awards) or one of the last, so I figured I’d make it count,” he said. óW.M., Posted 8:40 p.m.
We called your name, dude: Adam Sandler and Nelly, castmates in the upcoming remake of The Longest Yard, accepted an absent Prince’s Grammy for R&B male vocal performance for Call My Name. óJ.D. Posted 8:34 p.m.
Now, that’s saying something: Backstage, those who saw Jamie Foxx and Alicia Keys pay tribute to Ray Charles on a TV screen were just as blown away as those in the auditorium. After the performance, applause could be heard across the Staples Center’s media area ó and that’s saying a lot for this group, which has remained quiet for most of the day. óW.M., Posted 8:36 p.m.
Yeah, he really can play: A recently shorn Jamie Foxx joined in the fun, sitting down a second piano to help Keys pay tribute to Brother Ray. The tune? An elegant version of Georgia On My Mind. At the end, Charles’ longtime pal Quincy Jones silently opened his jacket to reveal a T-shirt bearing his friend’s likeness.óJ.D. Posted 8:30 p.m.
Ebony and ivory: Alicia Keys, decked out in white, sat at a matching baby grand to play If I Ain’t Got You. óJ.D. Posted 8:25 p.m.
Meanwhile, backstage…: How come it took more than three decades for Brian Wilson’s Smile to hit record stores? “We were taking a lot of interesting drugs ó so we had to shelve it for quite a few years,” he said backstage. On the worldwide tour he did to support the album: “Every minute of it was heaven for me.” Wilson said a Christmas album is possible later this year. On a sad note, Wilson said band member Scott Bennett, who worked on Smile and has been missing since the tsunami, still has not been found. óW.M., Posted 8:25 p.m.
Work of Art: Latifah paid tribute to jazz legend Art Blakey, who also received a lifetime achievement award. Also being honored: blues pianist Pinetop Perkins.óJ.D. Posted 8:24 p.m.
Weren’t we just here?: Los Lonely Boys made a quick trip back to the stage to claim the first prime-time award, pop duo/group vocal for Heaven. óJ.D.. Posted 8:18 p.m.
All hail the Queen: Host Queen Latifah kicked off her monologue with a toast to the birthday of rock n’ roll, which turns 50 this year. “I’d have to say it’s looking pretty fit,” observed Queen.óJ.D. Posted 8:14 p.m.
Faking it: Every winner who makes the rounds backstage is holding a Grammy ó but it’s not their own. As several performers have noted, a non-personalized, all-purpose trophy is handed to them before facing the press. After all, it’s not like awards can be engraved ahead of time ó and it’s not like photographers want to take pictures of winners without Grammys in hand. óW.M., Posted 8:10 p.m.
Yeah, what she said: The Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie got the ball rolling with her call to rock: “Let’s get it started.” Next came Gwen Stefani and Eve, who teamed for Let Me Blow Ya Mind a few years back, followed, doing their best Fiddler on the Roof impression for Stefani’s Rich Girl. Then it was the boys’ turn ó Los Lonely Boys, to be specific. The XY chromosomes kept control of the mic as a nicely attired Maroon 5 dug intoThis Love. And finally, Grammy offered a musical tribute to the guy whose murder started World War I: Franz Ferdinand. óJ.D. Posted 8:09 p.m.
No longer living ‘La Vida Loca’? Ricky Martin, during arrivals, said he’d just heard about Christina Aguilera’s engagement to music executive Jordan Bratman. He said, “I am so exicited. I am going to call her tonight.” óW.K. Posted 8 p.m.
Saying goodbye to friends: Bonnie Raitt, on the carpet, said she was going to be doing a tribute for people who have died. “I can’t believe how many greats we lost this year. When I was growning up, Howard Keel was what we played in our house. He became a great family friend, and I can’t believe he’s gone.” óW.K. Posted 8 p.m.
Get ready, folks: With just seconds to go before the show, the crowd in the Staples Center is being told to “be loud tonight.” Said a Grammy organizer onstage: “I hope you take this the right way, but tonight there are no boy bands, no pop teen divas, but some amazing performers. It’s really about the music.” óW.M., 7:54 p.m.
Another dream to check off the list: “I’ve been dreaming about this my whole life, ever since I sang in private into a brush,” Grammy winner Jill Scott said backstage. She credits her mother as a major inspiration: “She really facilitated my dreams,” she said. “We lived in a ghetto … but I was so filled up with love that I didn’t really know that we were broke until I was in high school.” What performance is she looking forward to tonight? J. Lo and Marc Anthony, of course. óW.M., 7:54 p.m.
Bald is Beautiful: Melissa Etheridge looks stunning, despite a recent bout of chemotherapy, sporting large diamond studs. “My hair’s growing back,” she told Reynolds Jones. óJ.D. Posted 7:44 p.m.
A new record for Lance Armstrong?: Sheryl Crow says her bicycling beau is “the annoying kind of person who can do almost anything” including sing. So don’t rule out the possiblity of him singing a little back-up on her next disc. óJ.D. Posted 7:43 p.m.
Not a Fan: Kanye West didn’t know how to respond when Kathy Griffin asked him if he thought Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up was written about the same higher power as Jesus Walks. Said West after a pause, “I haven’t heard the song.” óJ.D. Posted 7:42 p.m.
Deja vu all over again?: Perhaps some of the pre-telecast’s final winners signal good things to come for the televised ceremony. Among them: U2, for best rock song; Brian Wilson, for best rock instrumental performance; Ray Charles, for best pop vocal album; Kanye West for best rap song; and John Mayer, for best male pop vocal performance. Britney Spears has even won a Grammy tonight for best dance recording (the song: Toxic). W.M. Posted 7:42 p.m.
Snack attack: How many Grammy-winning musicians can you cram on a small backstage platform? So far Ozomatli holds the record with nine members taking the mike. After talking about how gratifying it was to win after 10 years performing together, they had one question for the press: “Where are the snacks at?” óW.M. Posted 7:40 p.m.
More from Garcia: Actor Andy Garcia just strolled backstage to talk about his other passion ó Latin music. He produced Israel Lopez’s Cachao, which won the Grammy for best traditional tropical Latin album. “It started as a fan,” Garcia said of the relationship. “And then it became Ö he considers me his son, you know? I think I’m a good producer for him because I know his music so well.” Garcia said he’s also working on a documentary about the recording of the album, which was done in a speedy three days. óW.M. Posted 7:29 p.m.
Aging with grace: James Brown came up to Kris Kristofferson, and they congratulated each other on how young they look. When asked what the secret to looking young was Brown said, “Don’t fight with your wife.” Brown also recently saw the movie Ray and is not sure the time is right to his own story yet. “I listen to the young people now, and they are telling my story every day ó Michael (Jackson) and Usher. If they do do my story, there is only one person I want to play me, and that is my son, James Joseph Brown II.” óW.K. Posted 7:27 p.m.
Grammy legend: Kris Kristofferson stopped during arrivals to say, “I started coming to the Grammys in the ’70s. Things have changed a lot. I went to the rehearsal today and it looks like they have a really tight show.” óW.K. Posted 7:18 p.m.
Dog-gone it!: Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, during arrivals, said that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were “trying to dispell the rumors that they suck” by performing during the show. On what he was wearing: “an animal death coat, the hides of cats with their heads still on.” óW.K. Posted 7:17 p.m.
A home run: Bronson Arroyo, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, during arrivals said that he has an album of covers coming out July 11 called Covering the Bases. He sings and plays the guitar, which he did not start playing until 1999. Among the band covers on the album are Pearl Jam and Incubus. óW.K. Posted 7:15p.m.
More from Zach: Zach Braff just whisked through the backstage area to chat about his unexpected Grammy win. At his side: Cary Brothers, one of the artists on the Garden State soundtrack. “My Grandma is driving around Boca Raton cranking Coldplay, so you know the album has crossed over,” Braff said. He added he hopes to direct his second feature in 2006, and will soon appear in the animated flick Chicken Little and Last Kiss, “a modern-day Diner.” When asked what music first moved him, Braff admitted loving Sheena Easton’s Morning Train as a kid. óW.M. Posted 7:09 p.m.
Fresh and beautiful: New Grammy winner Jill Scott just accepted her Grammy for best urban/alternative performance. “This is fresh,” she said, clutching her award for Cross My Mind, a track on her Beautifully Human album. óW.M. Posted 6:55 p.m.
Gift of music: Ricky Skaggs just picked up a Grammy for best bluegrass album ó even though the presenter at the pre-telecast called him “Ricky Shaggs” by mistake. “I want to thank the Lord for the gift of music,” said the singer, who won for his album with Kentucky Thunder, Brand New Strings. óW.M. Posted 6:49 p.m.
Hip-hop who?: Andy Garcia, who won for hispanic album Ahora Si, arrived with his 21-year-old daughter, Domenique. “I have no knowledge of the hip-hop world whatsoever, but my kids and I listen to classic rock and reggae. I think the first concert I took Domenique to was the Rolling Stones. I have kids ranging in age from 13 to 21.” Domenique was wearing a heavy coat, and when asked why, Garcia responded “always keep ’em guessing.” óW.K. Posted 6:45 p.m.
Grammy gold: A few of tonight’s country winners during the pre-telecast: Gretchen Wilson, for best female country vocal performance; Tim McGraw, for best male country vocal performance; the Dixie Chicks, for best country performance by a duo or group with vocal; and Loretta Lynn and Jack White, for best country collaboration with vocals. Unfortunately, none of the winners was around to give an acceptance speech. óW.M. Posted 6:43 p.m.
Give me credit: Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine on the best part of being famous: “When I go somewhere I’m not fearful my credit card is going to be declined.” óA.M. Posted 6:41 p.m.
His ‘n hers: Did Jimmy Jam pick out a lavender tie to match wife Lisa Harris’s low-cut Monique Lhuillier gown? óA.M. Posted 6:39 p.m.
Bluegrass beauty: Alison Krauss, decked out in a red dress, is whisked back down the green carpet, apparently for more photo and press ops. óW.M. Posted 6:30 p.m.
Laugh lines: E!’s red carpet comedian Kathy Griffin got off a good one right before Star Jones Reynolds interviewed former Attorney General Janet Reno. “I can hardly wait to hear when her CD drops.” Reno, sporting a classic white wrap top and pearls, was there with her nephew David Macias, producer of Beautiful Dreamer:The Songs of Stephen Foster. óA.M. Posted 6:25 p.m.
Feeling green: Rob Thomas from Matchbox 20 was on the carpet with his wife, Marisol. Asked what he thinks of the arrivals carpet being green this year, “It reminds me of how I was feeling this morning. I partied hard at Clive’s (Davis) party last night. I ate the whole bottle of wine. We must have gotten home around 2 in the a.m. and then walked our dog, Tyler.” The couple brought Tyler with them when they flew from the East Coast. “We had to give him doggie Valium, but today I am the one who needs the Valium. The green carpet is a travesty; I like Heineken (which sponsored arrivals), but they have got to get over themselves.” óW.K. Posted 6:15 p.m.
Hammer time: Three-time Grammy award winner M.C. Hammer tells Star Jones “anytime you’re nominated by your peers it feels good.” He says he’s pulling for Kanye West. óA.M. Posted 6:14 p.m.
A beautiful day: U2 has won best short-form music video for Vertigo. As for best long-form music video, that Grammy went to the team behind Concert for George, a show honoring George Harrison.óW.M. Posted 6:09 p.m.
A win for Marc: Marc Anthony takes home the award for best Latin pop album. Even though Anthony is scheduled to perform later in the evening with wife Jennifer Lopez, he wasn’t around to accept the award. (Anthony didn’t win the other category he was up for tonight, best salsa/merengue album.)óW.M. Posted 6:01 p.m.
Going solo: Matchbox 20 lead singer Rob Thomas tells E! the band has not broken up. “We’re just taking a break,” he said. On his new solo CD: “I turn 33 tomorrow. It’s a new chapter in my life.” óA.M. Posted 5:58 p.m.
More from Earle: Steve Earle spoke backstage about his “pretty political records” and upcoming tour. Though he has played several overseas dates since the release of The Revolution Starts Ö Now, he said, “I didn’t write these songs to sing in Europe.” He’ll perform in Santa Cruz, Calif., tomorrow; the tour winds up April 10 in Nashville. Also on Earle’s plate: producing the next Allison Moorer record and staging a play he wrote about death-row inmate Karla Faye Tucker. óW.M. Posted 5:56 p.m.
Halloween or the Grammy Awards? Members of Slipknot just hit the red carpet wearing very scary masks. óA.M. Posted 5:45 p.m.
Best artwork: Wilco’s A Ghost is Born just nabbed an award ó for its egg-themed album artwork. Art directors Peter Buchanan-Smith and Dan Nadel accepted the Grammy for best recording package. Its competition: Pretty packages from The Shins, Ani DiFranco, Beastie Boys and a compilation called The Wandering Accordion. óW.M. Posted 5:44 p.m.
State of elation: Zach Braff just picked up his first Grammy for the Garden State soundtrack. “I never thought I’d win a Grammy,” he said. “This is not for me, this is for all the amazing musicians Ö I can’t thank them as fellow artists enough.” Before leaving the stage, he read the names of each musician on the soundtrack, including Coldplay, Colin Hay and The Shins. óW.M. Posted 5:31 p.m.
Another early winner: Jon Stewart and The Daily Show gang won for best comedy album. Stewart wasn’t present to grab his award, which was for the audio recording of his best seller, America (The Book). óW.M. Posted 5:30 p.m.
Hail to the chief: Former President Bill Clinton just won a Grammy for the audio recording of his autobiography, My Life. Clinton was not in attendance, so members of Jars of Clay accepted on his behalf.óW.M. Posted 5:27 p.m.
For Danny: Steve Earle just accepted his award for the best contemporary folk album with a brief, to-the-point acceptance speech: “This one is for Danny Goldberg.” Goldberg is chairman of Earle’s label, Artemis Records, which released Earle’s latest release, The Revolution Starts Ö Now, which criticized the Bush administration. óW.M. Posted 5:20 p.m.
Early birds: We’re about 45 minutes into the Grammy pre-telecast, where 95 of the 107 awards are being handed out inside the Staples Center. Jars of Clay just took the stage to present the award for best traditional folk album. The winner: Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster. Awards for world music, soundtracks and the best comedy album will follow shortly.óW.M. Posted 5:17 p.m.