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"Thank you."
——Andre 3000, accepting OutKast's Best Rap Album award.

BEYONCE HAS
CRAZY GRAMMY NIGHT

Ties Record With Five Awards; Prince Opens, Timberlake Apologizes
OutKast may have taken home the Grammy for Best Album, Rap Album, and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Hey Ya,” but it was Beyonce’s night as she opened the show performing a medley with Prince, performed solo, and, more importantly, took home a record-tying five Grammys.

Beyonce took home trophies for “Crazy in Love,” which won Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Female R&B Performance for “Dangerously in Love 2,” Best Contemporary R&B album for Dangerously in Love won, and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the song she did with Luther Vandross, “The Closer I Get.” The five trophies put her in the same league as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and Norah Jones, who all also won five Grammys, the most for solo female arists.

The night's other big winner was Vandross, who won four trophies.  “Dance with My Father,” written by Vandross and Richard Marx, won for Song of the Year, he also won Best Male R&B Performance for “Dance With My Father” and best R&B Album for the disc. Following a tribute featuring Alicia Keys, Celine Dion, and Richard Marx. He addressed the awards via videotape, making his first public appearance since his stroke last year.

50 Cent may have had last year’s biggest selling album, but he was shut out, despite his five nominations. He did take the stage with Evanescence after the group beat him out for Best New Artist. Evanescence singer Amy Lee thanked Fiddy, but took home the trophy. Security took care of 50. Record of the Year went to Coldplay for “Clocks.”

The best acceptance speech was clearly offered by Andre 3000. Accepting OutKast’s trophy for Best Rap Album, he simply said, “Thank you,” and headed back to his seat. When the duo won the Album of the Year award, they brought L.A. Reid onstage to thank him, saying they owed their career to the exec.

As we head into week two of non-stop Nipplegate coverage, Justin Timberlake, who performed and took home two awards, apologized for his part in the Super Bowl controversy that will not end, saying, “What occurred was unintentional, completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys are offended.”

Janet Jackson, who was to participate in the tribute to Vandross, chose to stay home. CBS aired the live telecast with a five-minute delay to prevent any chance of nudity, and almost needed that time to censor Christina Aguilera’s low-cut dress, which exposed a lot of cleavage when she accepted her award for Best Female Pop Performance,

And here’s a list of award winners, so you can check how you did in the office pool:

  • Record Of The Year: “Clocks,” Coldplay
  • Album Of The Year: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast
  • Song Of The Year: “Dance With My Father,” Richard Marx & Luther Vandross,
  • Best New Artist: Evanescence
  • Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: “Underneath It All,” No Doubt
  • Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: “Whenever I Say Your Name,” Sting and Mary J. Blige
  • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Beautiful,” Christina Aguilera
  • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Cry Me a River,” Justin Timberlake
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance: “Marwa Blues,” George Harrison
  • Best Pop Instrumental Album: “Mambo Sinuendo,” Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban
  • Pop Vocal Album: Justified, Justin Timberlake
  • Best Dance Recording: Come Into My World, Kylie Minogue
  • Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: A Wonderful World, Tony Bennett & k.d. lang
  • Best Rock Album: Foo Fighters, One by One
  • Best Rock Song: “Seven Nation Army,” White Stripes
  • Best Alternative Music Album: Elephant, White Stripes
  • Best Female Rock Vocal Performance: “Trouble,” Pink
  • Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: “Gravedigger,” Dave Matthews
  • Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: “Disorder in the House,” Warren Zevon and Bruce Springsteen
  • Best Hard Rock Performance: “Bring Me To Life,” Evanescence Featuring Paul McCoy
  • Best Metal Performance: “St. Anger,” Metallica
  • Best Rock Instrumental Performance: “Plan B,” Jeff Beck
  • Best R&B Song: “Crazy in Love,” Shawn Carter, Rich Harrison, Beyonce Knowles and Eugene Record  
  • Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: “Dangerously In Love 2,” Beyonce
  • Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: “Dance With My Father,” Luther Vandross
  • Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: “The Closer I Get To You,” Beyonce and Luther Vandross
  • Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Wonderful,” Aretha Franklin
  • Best Urban/Alternative Performance: “Hey Ya!,” OutKast
  • Best Female Solo Rap Performance: “Work It,” Missy Elliot
  • Best Male Solo Rap Performance: “Lose Yourself,” Eminem
  • Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee
  • Best Rap Song: “Lose Yourself,” J. Bass, M. Mathers and L. Resto (Eminem)
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Crazy in Love,” Beyonce featuring Jay-Z
  • Best Rap Album: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast
  • Best Traditional Folk Album: Wildwood Flower, June Carter Cash
  • Best Contemporary Folk Album: The Wind, Warren Zevon
  • Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Chicago, Various Artists
  • Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, Howard Shore
  • Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: “A Mighty Wind, ”Christoher Guest, Eugene Levy and Michael McKean (The Folksmen, Mitch & Mickey and the New Main Street Singers)
  • Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Hail to the Thief, Nigel Godrich and Darrell Thorp (Radiohead)
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: The Neptunes
  • Best Short Form Music Video: “Hurt,” Johnny Cash
  • Best Long Form Music Video: Legend, Sam Cooke
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