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Last Updated: Thursday February 09 2006 13:17 GMT

Five Grammy wins for rockers U2

Bono from U2 and Mary J Blige.
Irish rockers U2 swept the board at the US Grammy awards, winning all five prizes for which they were nominated.

But Franz Ferdinand and Coldplay went home empty-handed from the star-studded ceremony after being nominated but winning nothing.

Dance duo the Chemical Brothers won two trophies and cartoon band Gorillaz carried off one for Feel Good Inc.

Pop diva Mariah Carey, rap star Kanye West and R&B newcomer John Legend picked up three awards each.

Green Day won the record of the year award with Boulevard of Broken Dreams.

U2 scooped the album of the year for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, which also won the band the best rock album title.

They won song of the year and best rock performance for Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own.

Their track City Of Blinding Lights also won the best rock song category.

U2's big win takes their Grammy total to 21 awards - including eight in the last two years alone.

Speaking afterwards singer Bono said that they were prepared to go home empty-handed.

He compared the band to Ireland's football team and said the Grammy success was like winning the soccer World Cup.

"You would expect people in Ireland to be getting sick of us but we are the football team and tonight we have won the World Cup," he said.

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