Old school Irish rockers U2 picked up five trophies at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday night, beating inspiring contenders Kanye West and Mariah Carey.
U2 walked away with two of the ceremony’s most coveted awards: album of the year (for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb) and song of the year (for “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own”). The group also won best rock album, best rock song for “City of Blinding Lights” and best group rock performance for “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own.”
Carey, who started the night a frontrunner with eight nominations, won just three Grammys: best contemporary R&B album for The Emancipation of Mimi, and best R&B song and best female R&B vocal performance for “We Belong Together.”
Rapper and producer West, also nominated eight times, won Grammys for his songs “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” (best rap song) and “Gold Digger” (best rap solo performance), as well as his album Late Registration (best rap album).
Rock group Green Day, meanwhile, beat out Carey, West, Gorillaz and Gwen Stefani for the prestigious record-of-the-year honor for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
“I just want to acknowledge that pop radio playing rock music is a very big deal to me, so thank you very much,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said.
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson won two Grammys: best female pop vocal performance for “Since U Been Gone” and best pop vocal album for Breakaway.
“Thank you to everybody that has supported me this year… I’m sorry I’m crying again on national television,” a choked-up Clarkson said.
Newcomer John Legend was recognized both for his album Get Lifted (best R&B album) and his hit “Ordinary People” (best male R&B vocal performance).
The partial list of winners is:
Record of the Year – “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day
Album of the Year – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
Song of the Year – “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” by U2
Best New artist – John Legend
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance – “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance – “From the Bottom of My Heart” by Stevie Wonder
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals – “This Love” by Maroon 5
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals – “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz
Best Pop Vocal Album – Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
Best Dance Recording – “Galvanize” by the Chemical Brothers Featuring Q-Tip
Best Electronic/Dance Album – “Push the Button” by The Chemical Brothers
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance – “Devils & Dust” by Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Performance by A Duo or Group with Vocal – “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own” by U2
Best Hard Rock Performance – “BYOB” by System of A Down
Best Metal Performance – “Before I Forget” by Slipknot
Best Rock Song – “City of Blinding Lights” by U2
Best Rock Album – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb by U2
Best Alternative Music Album –Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance – “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey
Best Male R&B Performance – “Ordinary People” by John Legend
Best R&B Performance by A Duo or Group with Vocals – “So Amazing” by Beyonce & Stevie Wonder
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance – “A House Is Not a Home” by Aretha Franklin
Best Urban/Alternative Performance – “Welcome to Jamrock” by Damian Marley
Best R&B Song – “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey
Best R&B Album – Get Lifted by John Legend
Best Contemporary R&B Album – The Emancipation of Mimi by Mariah Carey
Best Rap Solo Performance – “Gold Digger” by Kanye West
Best Rap Performance by A Duo or Group – “Don’t Phunk with My Heart” by Black Eyed Peas
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – “Numb/Encore” by Jay-Z Featuring Linkin Park
Best Rap Song – “White Diamonds” from Sierra Leone by Kanye West
Best Rap Album – Late Registration by Kanye West
Best Female Country Vocal Performance – “The Connection” by Emmylou Harris
Best Male Country Vocal Performance – “You’ll Think of Me” by Keith Urban
Best Short Form Music Video – “Lose Control” by Missy Elliott
Best Long Form Music Video – “No Direction Home” by Bob Dylan/Martin Scorsese
Recording Academy President’s Merit Award – Mo Ostin (Reprise Records Music Executive)