Plant, Krauss team up for a 5-Grammy night
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ unorthodox musical partnership yielded rich rewards on Grammy night, as the pair won a leading five Grammys, including record of the year for the haunting “Please Read The Letter” and album of the year.
Jennifer Hudson provided the night’s most emotional moments onstage. The Oscar winner took her first Grammy award — for best R&B album — for her self-titled debut.
Hudson, 27, made no direct reference to the October killings of her mother, brother and nephew that kept her in seclusion until just this month. But while fighting back tears, she made it clear that her family was foremost on her mind.
“I first would like to thank God who has brought me through. I would like to thank my family in heaven and those who are with me today.
Hudson later performed “You Pulled Me Through,” a dramatic song about overcoming deep despair, with the lyrics: “When I was drowning, when I was so confused, you, you pulled me through.” As she sang the last note, she looked directly into the camera and dissolved into tears once again.
There were no tears as Krauss and Plant accepted their awards for their emotion-rich CD, “Raising Sand.” The pairing of the former Led Zeppelin rocker and Krauss, a bluegrass queen, may have seemed downright weird on paper, but the T Bone Burnett-produced album was universally acclaimed.
Plant said “Please Read The Letter” was “an old song that me and Jimmy Page wrote together post Led Zeppelin, and it’s been given that Nashville touch, and it feels pretty good.”
The Grammy telecast was filled with eye-popping and eyebrow-raising performances, from Radiohead’s collaboration with a college marching band to a televised black-and-white throwback performance from Jay-Z, T.I., Lil Wayne, Kanye West and a very pregnant M.I.A.
Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Boyz II Men and Keith Urban all sang Green’s classic hit, “Let’s Stay Together.”
Coldplay and Lil Wayne each won three Grammys apiece — Coldplay’s win included song of the year for “Viva La Vida.”
“We’ve never had so many Grammys in our life,” said lead singer Chris Martin, perhaps so excited he got confused (they had already won four over the years). “We feel so grateful to be here. I’m going to tear up.”
British singer Adele was also teary, as she beat the Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum, Jazmine Sullivan and fellow Brit singer Duffy to nab best new artist. It was her second award of the evening.
“Thank you so much. I’m going to cry. I want to thank my manager, my mom, she’s in London. And Duffy I love you. I think you’re amazing. Jonas Brothers, I love you as well,” she said, saying the last part with a devilish look, eliciting laughter.
It was Adele’s second award; she earlier won for best female pop vocal.
Lil Wayne was the nominations leader with eight, and won best rap solo performance for “A Milli,” rap song for “Lollipop” and rap/sung collaboration for “Swagga Like Us,” an all-star song featuring Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West.