U2 and Enya scoop Grammy awards
U2 won four accolades at the Grammy awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Enya won best new age album for A Day Without Rain and Eric Clapton’s Reptile won best pop instrumental performance.
Coldplay were among the other British and Irish winners, taking the alternative music album award for Parachutes.
U2 scooped the best rock album title for All That You Can’t Leave Behind, best group rock performance for Elevation, best group pop performance for Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of and record of the year for their Walk On.
“Being Irish, if you get eight nominations and got no awards they wouldn’t let you back in the country,” U2’s lead singer Bono joked. “So this is a public safety issue.”
Radiohead took the best recording package award with Amnesiac (Special Limited Edition) and Dido won the remixed of the year, non-classical title, with Deep Dish, Thank You (Deep Dish Vocal Remix).
Sade won the pop vocal album award with Lovers Rock.
However, old-time country and neosoul were the big winners at today’s, with the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and R&B newcomer Alicia Keys each winning five awards.
The O Brother soundtrack scored a surprise victory by beating Keys and U2 for album of the year. The album that country music radio shunned also earned producer of the year for the man who conceived it, T Bone Burnett.
Keys, whose debut disc Songs In A Minor dazzled critics and fans with its sassy soul and classical influences, was named best new artist. Her other awards included song of the year, best R&B performance by a female and best R&B song for her No 1 smash, Fallin’, and best R&B album.