Veteran rockers U2, Steely Dan and country singer Faith Hill were among the many winners at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, stealing the spotlight from Eminem, whose angry lyrics entangled the ceremonies in controversy.
U2 won three statues, including the prestigious Song of the Year and Record of the Year awards for ''Beautiful Day.”
Elton John hugs Eminem after their duet.
''It's a very unique emotion I'm feeling right now. I think it’s called humility,'' said U2 frontman Bono during an acceptance speech. ''I'm completely not used to it.''
Eminem, who drew protesters outside the Staples Center, was nevertheless granted three awards for Best Solo Rap Performance, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for his collaboration with his mentor and producer Dr. Dre.
"First of all I want to thank everybody who could look past the controversy and see the album for what it is and what it isn't," said the 28-year-old rapper.
To the disappointment of younger fans, ‘N Sync, who gave an astounding performance of the ballad “This I Promise You,” walked away empty-handed. The boy band lost to aging rockers Steely Dan in the categories of Best Pop Vocal Album and Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
The supposed highlight of the night came when Elton John -- who is openly gay - sat down to perform a duet with Eminem. The performance of Eminem’s “Stan” was met with standing ovations.
John told Reuters: "As a gay artist, I'm asked by a lot of people, 'But what about the content of Eminem's music?' I think there is far more humor on the album than people think.”