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Newcomer Jones stuns Grammys
Norah Jones
Eight Grammys for Norah Jones
Rising star Norah Jones dominated the 45th Grammy Awards in New York, taking eight prizes at the US music industry's most prestigious ceremony.

Come Away With Me took the album of the year award, as well as pop vocal album and female pop performance prizes.

She also took the best new artist prize, while her track Don't Know Why was named record of the year.

In addition to the five awards Jones won under her own name, Don't Know Why was also named song of the year for its writer Jesse Harris, and Come Away With Me also won awards for its production and engineering.

"I never ever thought the music I made would be considered popular music," said Jones, 23, whose jazz-influenced debut was one of US music's biggest sensations of 2003.

Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen was another favourite
"I just want to say in a time when this world is really weird, I feel really blessed and really lucky to have had the year I've had," the daughter of Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar added.

Also in the Grammy spotlight was Bruce Springsteen, whose album The Rising, inspired by the 11 September attacks in the US, took three awards.

He took best rock album, male rock vocal and rock song for The Rising, about heroism at the World Trade Center.

Country comeback

Country act the Dixie Chicks took four Grammys, including best country album for Home and best country vocal performance by a duo or group - capping a triumphant comeback after a legal battle with their label Sony.

Dixie Chicks
Comeback stars: Dixie Chicks
Home, was co-produced by member Natalie Maines' father, Lloyd.

"I want to check the record books and see how many fathers and daughters have won Grammys together," she said, grabbing her father.

British rock band Coldplay scooped two prizes - best rock performance by a group for In My Place and best alternative album for A Rush Of Blood To The Head.

Other leading winners included Eminem, who won best rap album for The Eminem Show, and while singer John Mayer won best male pop vocal for Your Body Is A Wonderland.

R&B star India Arie took two prizes, best R&B album for Voyage To India and best urban/alternative performance for the song Little Things.

No Doubt took best pop performace by a group for their album Hey Baby, while Foo Fighters took best hard rock performance for All My Life.

Lifetime achievement award winners Simon and Garfunkel started the show by performing The Sound of Silence.

The Flaming Lips
Plaster protest: The Flaming Lips
War protest

Asked whether they chose the song as an anti-war protest, Art Garfunkel said: "We're aware that it has a resonance for the time, yes.

"We chose it because it's the first hit we had and sort of bookends on our career."

Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne, who won best rock instrumental performance for Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia) wore a blue plaster under his right eye.

He said it was "to draw attention to the fact that we are not supposed to talk about the war and peace. Stop the war. Let's find other ways. Hey, no black eyes".

Award presenters Fred Durst - singer with rock act Limp Bizkit - and Bonnie Raitt also criticised war plans from the stage, while best female rock vocalist winner Sheryl Crow performed with "No War" written on her guitar strap.

However, unlike the Brit Awards in London last week, anti-war protests were kept low key.

Bruce Springsteen teamed up with Elvis Costello to perform a tribute to The Clash, while US boy band N'Sync paid tribute to the Bee Gees with their appearance.

It was the first time the Grammys, which have 104 categories, had been held in New York in five years.



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