February 27th, 2002

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Tonight

Tonight's the big night...!

I was just watching the clip from the Super Bowl...christ, they deserve the grammy for their performance alone. What other band could put on a show like that in a time like this...?
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SWEEP SENSATION

By DAN AQUILANTE


GRAMMYVILLE, brace yourself. Because tonight, an 800-pound, broom-toting gorilla named U2 is out of its cage, and it's gonna sweep all seven of the awards it's up for.

That's right. No question, no doubt - all seven:

Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song (for which the band comes up against itself with the tunes "Elevation" and "Walk On").

The path to the podium - a street with no name - should be marked by a sign that says U2 Way.

And the really strange thing about a U2 sweep is that the band isn't going to dominate because everyone else is terrible, but because it is so good. The whys of a U2 win are easy.

The Irish quartet is the last of the great rock bands.

It appeals to the Academy's geezers and kids alike. Its 2001-02 tour was the hottest ticket in music. And when lead singer Bono wasn't making music, he was trying to save the planet - or at least make it a better place by lobbying anyone who'd listen about international debt relief.

The man and band have been everywhere defining pop culture. This week, Bono's kisser is on the cover of Time. Last month, U2 headlined the Super Bowl halftime show with a whiz-bang performance. Bono even made high-profile visits to the Vatican to give the dope to the Pope on world debt. In New York, he was allowed to address the World Trade Organization on the same subject.

And if there are still any doubts about whether the boys from Dublin, who have remained musically relevant for more than 20 years, have the horses to pull a seven-Grammy load, remind yourself that last year, on the strength of just one song - "Beautiful Day" - the band won in three major categories.

Still, U2's strength doesn't undercut the artistic achievement of its challengers this year. Everything that is right about the Grammys is illustrated in the top prize, Album of the Year, where U2 faces off against great music by India.Arie, Bob Dylan, OutKast and the artists featured on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. Although there's been a heap of hoopla about Arie and her finely crafted R&B record, "Acoustic Soul," she has zero chance of snagging the award here. Still, just being included with the big boys pushes her into a spotlight that is usually reserved for veterans.

"O Brother" is a collection of country and sweet bluegrass that ignited an unexpected revival of old-time music. The disc is wonderful - it introduced a lot of kids and adults to bluegrass and stands a man-of-constant-sorrow's chance.

Dylan is U2's stiffest competition. His new album, "Love and Theft," is better than his last disc, "Time Out of Mind," which won Best Album in '97. Still, despite its strength, "Love and Theft" has fought a losing battle to get airplay and wide audience recognition because it was released on Sept. 11. U2's "All That You Can't Leave Behind," on the other hand, has gotten nonstop radio and video play for more than 18 months, and after 9/11 was embraced by Americans as a spiritual stepping stone. And inclusion of OutKast's "Stankonia" says the Academy doesn't want the Grammys to be perceived as a geriatric event. OutKast is how the Academy is planning to keep young 'uns tuned in to the end of the broadcast. But you might recall that was the same position U2 was in way back in 1987, when it startled the Grammys by snagging the trophy for Album of the Year for "The Joshua Tree."

That win was obviously pivotal for the band, but even more so for the awards telecast, which had become stodgy and almost unwatchable.

True to form, while accepting that Grammy that year, Bono joked about his political activism. "It's really hard to carry the weight of the world on
your shoulders," he said, later making a more serious statement about apartheid in then-segregated South Africa. Bono took his rebel-with-a-cause a step further at the '93 ceremony. When the band won Best Alternative Music Album or "Zooropa" - as opposed to winning in a rock category - Bono gave an acceptance speech that was simple and shocking.

At the podium, he lit a cigarette and faced down the cameras, saying, "We should all continue to abuse our position and f- - - up the mainstream." Later, he admitted to reporters backstage that he was drunk. Drink often loosens truths. Tonight Bono will probably save his toasting for the after-show sweep celebration, but expect the man and his bandmates to use their position and turns at the podium to make their political and musical points - and maybe even f-- - up the mainstream just a little.

speaking of Zooropa......

I was watching the video for Numb recently and I found myself wondering, just how many takes did Edge have to do there ;-)? I can't quite imagine keeping a straight face in the first take, especially when the feet come into play ;-p. Maybe this is a question for the answer guy on atu2. *ponders*
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U2 Wins Best Album!!

R&B Singer Alicia Keys Wins Early Grammys
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.
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You know what would suck? If Drops of Jupiter won Best Record of the Year over Walk On and Ms. Jackson. Fallin's a good song if a bit overrated. But if Train wins the award....shudder

Didn't mean to jinx anyone!)
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its an atrocity...

how the hell could a crab band like Train win over 2 u2 songs,,,,

i can only assume that the u2 votes were split between their 2 songs...

did they win best rock song?

rock?
rock?

it doesnt rock....
rock

sorry guys, i really really dont like train...

something to look at while you wait for U2 to collect all those Grammys

Hi. I'm taking a digital art course at my college, and my professor wanted us to make a webpage of our art so far. He hasn't told us what art he wanted us to do, just to play around with Paint Shop Pro and to post it on the web. I made some U2 art, and thought you guys might be interested.

LINK

Any feedback is happily welcomed, even if you tell me my stuff sucks.

Cheers (and yay U2),
Jen
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