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Old School Rockers U2 Hijack the Grammys

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.”

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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).

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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

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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)

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