Thursday, February 25, 1999 Published at 11:28 GMT
Lauryn's Grammy glory
Lauryn: The first rapper to win the major categories
Hip-hop diva and former Fugees vocalist Lauryn Hill has won a record breaking five Grammy awards including album of the year and best new artist.
Ms Hill, 23, led a female-dominated pack of winners at the ceremony, which included Madonna's first major Grammy success, as well as Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morissette.
It is the first time a rap artist has won in the top categories.
British success at the awards was muted, and restricted to long-established artists. Elvis Costello won his first Grammy, picking up best pop collaboration for his song with Burt Bacharach, I Still Have That Other Girl.
But Britain's younger acts did poorly - The Verve, Propellerheads, Radiohead, Oasis and Garbage - fronted by Scottish singer Shirley Manson - all lost out, as did Culture Club singer-turned-club DJ Boy George.
'This is crazy'
Lauryn Hill's trophy haul broke Carole King's record for the most Grammys given to a female artist, which she set in 1971 after scooping four awards for Tapestry.
She also won best rhythm and blues album and her hit Doo Wop (That Thing) won best R&B song and vocal performance.
Triple win for Madonna
Other women winners included country-pop sensation Shania Twain named best female country vocal performer.
She and her husband, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, also won the country song writing award for You're Still the One.
"If you look around you in the world today, all professions have women rising to the top. Music is no exception," she said.
The men who made it
Among the men who got a look-in was actor-rapper Will Smith who took the best rap song for his Gettin' Jiggy Wit It.
Best male R&B performance went to Stevie Wonder for St. Louis Blues.
'A new era'
The 41st Grammys, which were held at Los Angeles' Shine Auditorium, honour the best across the US music industry, with a bewildering 95 categories - everything down to Best Polka Album and Best Album Notes.
''This shows the good ol' boy club that had been dominant for so long is gone. We're in a different era," he added.
Jamie Theakston presents highlights of the Grammys in a special programme on Saturday 27 February, starting at 2345 GMT on BBC One.
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