Updated 7:26 PM ET February 27, 2002
By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amid tight security at the music industry's biggest night of the year, feisty R&B singer Alicia Keys won two Grammy Awards during an early ceremony at the Staples Center on Wednesday.
Keys, a 21-year-old New York native who landed six nominations overall, won the awards for her piano ballad ''Fallin''' -- female R&B vocal performance and best R&B song. Her debut album, ``Songs In A Minor,'' was one of the biggest selling releases of last year.
The main ceremony, when such coveted awards as song, record and album of the year will be handed out is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT, Thursday).
Irish rock group U2, which leads the field of nominees with eight nods, won the rock album Grammy for ``All That You Can't Leave Behind.'' The other categories the band is competing in will be announced during the main ceremony.
Other multiple winners at the early ceremony included producer T-Bone Burnett, who took home three awards, the first of his career.
Burnett, who was named producer of the year, was the man behind the hit movie soundtrack to ``O Brother, Where Art Thou?'' which is competing for album of the year. ``O Brother'' also won the Grammy for a movie soundtrack. A related project produced by Burnett, ``Down From the Mountain,'' was named traditional folk album.
Another first-time winner, 75-year-old banjo picker Ralph Stanley won the male country vocal for ``O Death,'' a song from the ``O Brother'' soundtrack.
``I just thought I was an old-time traditional country mountain singer,'' a laconic Stanley told reporters, adding that he was honored to beat out Johnny Cash in the category.
Veteran comic Mel Brooks won two Grammys for his hit Broadway stage musical ``The Producers.'' Jazz/bluegrass banjoist
Bela Fleck also won two Grammys, as did bluegrass artist Alison Krauss.
Rocker Lenny Kravitz won his fourth consecutive Grammy for male rock vocal, beating a distinguished field that included veterans Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. But Dylan won a folk Grammy and Clapton won for pop instrumental.
The main ceremony will begin with U2 performing its song ''Walk On,'' featuring gospel star Kirk Franklin.
Other scheduled performers include Tony Bennett and Billy Joel with ``New York State of Mind,'' Bob Dylan with ``Cry Awhile'' and country star Alan Jackson with the Sept. 11-themed ``Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning.''
Security was tighter at the venue than in past years, with the shadow of Sept. 11 hanging over the event. Guests were required to walk through metal detectors and have their bags searched. A security guard carrying a concealed weapon dropped it accidentally on the stairs as he walked past a Reuters reporter. It did not go off.