Outkast, Beyoncé Win Big at Grammys

What’s cooler than bein’ cool? Outkast … at least according to the Recording Academy. The rap duo won the industry’s biggest award–album of the year for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below–at the 46th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night.

Besides album of the year, OutKast, who were nominated for a leading six Grammys, took home awards for best urban/alternative performance for ”Hey Ya!” and best rap album for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

R&B goddess Beyoncé won a leading five Grammys, but failed to take any of the top categories.

The singer picked up awards for her debut solo album Dangerously in Love, which was named best contemporary R&B album, while its title track won her the award for best female R&B vocal performance. Beyoncé’s collaboration with her boyfriend, rapper Jay-Z, won a Grammy for best for rap/sung collaboration and R&B song.

The only award standing between Beyoncé and a possible clean sweep–record of the year–went to English rock band Coldplay.

The ailing Luther Vandross, meanwhile, won four Grammys altogether, including Song of the Year, best R&B album for Dance With my Father and best male R&B vocal performance for its title track. His duet with Beyoncé, ”The Closer I Get to You,” won best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals.

Other multiple winners included Jack White of The White Stripes and Eminem, with two awards each.

The biggest surprise of the night, however, was the best new artist category which didn’t go to 50 Cent. Instead, the prize went to rock group Evanescence, who created a ruckus last year when they distanced themselves from their Christian rock roots.

Someone else who wasn’t so lucky in the awards department was Rod Stewart. The singer, whose As Time Goes By … The Great American Songbook: Volume II was nominated for best traditional pop vocal album, was snubbed by the Recording Academy for the 13th time.

Thanks to Janet Jackson‘s NC-17 rated Super Bowl stunt last week, CBS–the network which televised the game–imposed a five-minute delay on Sunday night’s ”live” Grammy broadcast. The controversy-less show plodded on for some three hours nonetheless.

While accepting his award for best male pop vocal performance for ”Cry Me a River,” Justin Timberlake apologized about the boob incident, again: ”What occurred was unintentional, completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys are offended.”

The 46th annual Grammy Awards were given out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here is a partial list of winners (a full list of winners is posted on Grammy.com):


Album of the Year

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast

André “3000” Benjamin, Carl Mo & Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, producers; Vincent Alexander, Chris Carmouche, Terrence Cash, Kevin “KD” Davis, Reggie Dozier, John Frye, Robert Hannon, Padraic Kernin, Moka Nagatani, Pete Novak, Brian Paturalski, Neal Pogue, Dexter Simmons, Matt Still & Darrell Thorpe, engineers/mixers; Brian Gardner & Bernie

Grundman, mastering engineers

[Arista Records]

Song of the Year

“Dance With My Father,” Richard Marx & Luther Vandross, songwriters (Luther Vandross)

Track from: Dance With My Father

[J Records; Publishers: Uncle Ronnie’s Music, EMI April Music & Chi-Boy Music]

Record of the Year

Clocks, Coldplay

Coldplay & Ken Nelson, producers; Coldplay, Ken Nelson & Mark Phythian, engineers/mixers

[Capitol Records]

Best New Artist



Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

“Beautiful,” Christina Aguilera

Track from: Stripped

[RCA Records]

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“Underneath It All,” No Doubt

Track from: Rock Steady

[Interscope Records]

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

“Whenever I Say Your Name,” Sting & Mary J. Blige

Track from: Sacred Love

[A&M Records]

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

“Marwa Blues,” George Harrison

Track from: Brainwashed

[Capitol Records]

Best Pop Vocal Album

Justified, Justin Timberlake

[Jive Records]

Best Dance Recording

“Come Into My World,” Kylie Minogue

Rob Davis & Cathy Dennis, producers; Rob Davis, Cathy Dennis, Bruce Elliott-Smith & Phil Larsen, mixers

Track from: Fever

[Capitol Records]


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

A Wonderful World, Tony Bennett & k.d. lang

[RPM/Columbia Records]

R & B

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Dangerously in Love, Beyoncé

[Columbia Records/Music World Music]

Best R&B Album

Dance With My Father, Luther Vandross

[J Records]

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

“Dangerously in Love 2,” Beyoncé

Track from: Dangerously In Love

[Columbia Records/Music World Music]

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

“Dance With My Father,” Luther Vandross

Track from: Dance With My Father

[J Records]

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals

“The Closer I Get to You,” Beyoncé & Luther Vandross

Track from: Dangerously in Love AND FROM Dance With My Father

[Columbia Records AND J Records]

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

“Wonderful,” Aretha Franklin

Track from: So Damn Happy

[Arista Records]

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

“Hey Ya!,” OutKast

Track from: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

[Arista Records]

Best R&B Song

“Crazy in Love,” Shawn Carter, Rich Harrison, Beyoncé Knowles & Eugene Record, songwriters (Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z)

Track from: Dangerously In Love

[Columbia Records/Music World Music; Publishers: Beyoncé Publishing/Hitco South, EMI Blackwood Music, Dam Rich Music, EMI April Music, Carter Boys Publishing & Unichappell Music.]


Best Rap Album

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast

[Arista Records]

Best Rap Song

“Lose Yourself,” J. Bass, M. Mathers & L. Resto, songwriters (Eminem)

Track from: 8 Mile – Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture (Various Artists)

[Shady/Interscope Records; Publisher: Eight Mile Style]

Best Female Rap Solo Performance

“Work It,” Missy Elliott

Track from: Under Construction

[Gold Mind/Elektra Entertainment Group]

Best Male Rap Solo Performance

“Lose Yourself,” Eminem

Track from: 8 Mile – Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture (Various Artists)

[Shady/Interscope Records]

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

“Shake Ya Tailfeather,” Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee

Track from: Bad Boys II Soundtrack

[Bad Boy/Universal Motown Records]

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Crazy in Love,” Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z

Track from: Dangerously in Love

[Columbia Records/Music World Music]


Best Rock Album

One by One, Foo Fighters

[RCA/Roswell Records]

Best Rock Song

“Seven Nation Army,” Jack White, songwriter (The White Stripes)

Track from: Elephant

[V2/ThirdMan Records; Publisher: Peppermint Stripe Music]

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance

“Trouble,” Pink

[Arista Records]

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
“Gravedigger,” Dave Matthews

Track from: Some Devil

[RCA Records/Bama Rags]

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“Disorder In The House,” Warren Zevon & Bruce Springsteen

Track from: The Wind

[Artemis Records]

Best Hard Rock Performance

“Bring Me to Life,” Evanescence Featuring Paul McCoy

Track from: Fallen

[Wind-up Records]

Best Metal Performance

“St. Anger,” Metallica

Track from: St. Anger

[Elektra Entertainment Group]

Best Rock Rock Instrumental Performance

“Plan B,” Jeff Beck

Track from: Jeff

[Epic Records]


Best Alternative Music Album

Elephant, The White Stripes

[V2/ThirdMan Records]