Norah Comes Away with Grammy Sweep
The 45th annual Grammy Awards went out with a mellow mix of jazz, blues and country — and a sweet-voiced powerhouse named Norah Jones.
The 23-year-old newcomer upset music heavyweights Bruce Springsteen, Eminem and the Dixie Chicks to sweep the Grammy ceremony Sunday night, taking home five trophies including album of the year for her debut disc “Come Away with Me,” and record of the year and song of the year (to songwriter Jesse Harris) for “Don’t Know Why.” (Check out PEOPLE.com’s complete 2003 Grammy coverage.)
Jones, the daughter of Indian music master Ravi Shankar, also picked up honors for best new artist, pop vocal album and best female pop vocal performance. All told, “Come Away with Me” won eight Grammys on Sunday, including wins for producer of the year and engineering.
Earlier in the proceedings, Aretha Franklin (dolled up to look like Glinda the Good Witch from “The Wizard of Oz”) and Bonnie Raitt presented the record of the year award to an awestruck Jones.
“I can’t believe this — Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt. I’m freakin’ out,” she said. “This song was recorded as a demo … and look what happened to it.”
Despite the chants of “Bruuuuce!” from the Madison Square Garden crowd, Springsteen settled for three awards, including best rock album for “The Rising,” and best rock song and best male rock vocal performance for its rousing title track.
The Dixie Chicks also took home three Grammys, for country album of the year (“Home”), best country instrumental (“Lil’ Jack Slade”) and country performance by a duo or group with vocal (“Long Time Gone”).
Besides Jones’s multiple wins, other highlights of the nearly three-and-a-half-hour (and occasionally dragging) CBS telecast included a performance by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, who reunited for their first public performance in a decade, and received a standing ovation for “The Sounds of Silence.”
The show — hosted in New York for the first time in five years — also featured a moving tribute to the Bee Gees and a hard-rocking salute to the Clash, led by Springsteen, with Elvis Costello, Dave Grohl, Steven Van Zandt and Tony Kanal of No Doubt on bass.
The Clash tribute followed an in-memoriam portion of the evening that included a remembrance for late Clash frontman Joe Strummer.
Earlier, “60 Minutes” newsman Ed Bradley introduced the tribute to the Bee Gees, during which ‘N Sync sang a cappella versions of their hits “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Stayin’ Alive.”
Barry and Robin Gibb stepped onto the Madison Square Garden stage and accepted the 2003 Legend of Music Award, remembering their brother Maurice, who died of a genetic heart defect in January. He was 53.
“I think this is just a little bit harder than Robin and I could ever have imagined it could be,” said Barry, who then told the audience, “They say that the measure of a man is his family, so I’d like you to meet Maurice’s family — Yvonne, Adam and Sammy.”
The Bee Gees tribute was followed by Eminem, who performed his Oscar-nominated hit “Lose Yourself,” from the “8 Mile” soundtrack, with hip-hop group The Roots as his backing band. The rapper ended up with one Grammy win, for best rap album for “The Eminem Show.”
Here’s a rundown of some of the night’s big winners:
• Album of the Year: “Come Away with Me,” Norah Jones
• Record of the Year: “Don’t Know Why,” Norah Jones
• Song of the Year: “Don’t Know Why,” Jesse Harris (Norah Jones)
• Best New Artist: Norah Jones
• Pop Album: “Come Away with Me,” Norah Jones
• Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” John Mayer
• Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: “Don’t Know Why,” Norah Jones
• Rap Album: “The Eminem Show,” Eminem
• Rock Album: “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen
• Best Male Rock Vocal Performance: “The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen
• Best Female Rock Vocal Performance: “Steve McQueen,” Sheryl Crow
• Country Album: “Home,” Dixie Chicks
• Best Male Country Vocal Performance: “Give My Love to Rose,” Johnny Cash
• Best Female Country Vocal Performance: “Cry,” Faith Hill
• Contemporary R&B Album: “Ashanti,” Ashanti
• R&B Album: “Voyage to India,” India.Arie
• Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: “U Don’t Have to Call,” Usher
• Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: “He Think I Don’t Know,” Mary J. Blige
• Alternative Album: “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” Coldplay
10:45 p.m.: Norah Jones, Nelly Heat Up the Grammys
Nelly came out on top — or rather, out of the top — as he descended from the ceiling of Madison Square Garden to deliver “Hot in Herre,” before being joined by Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child for a duet of “Dilemma.”
As a visual effect during “Hot in Herre,” flames appeared on video screens and smoke accented the stage — a display of questionable taste following Thursday night’s fire at a Rhode Island nightclub, where 96 people were killed during a performance by the band Great White.
No mention of the tragedy was made at the Grammys, at least not during the first two hours.
One message that did come across was from Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, who was applauded by co-presenter Eve when he said that the consensus in the room was that “this war should go away as soon as possible.”
Interestingly, applause for his statement was strong, but not overwhelming.
Meanwhile, best hard rock performance honors went to the Foo Fighters for “All My Life,” winning over Godsmack (“I Stand Alone”); P.O.D. (“Youth of the Nation”); Queens of the Stone Age (“No One Knows”); and System of a Down (“Aerials”).
“You never actually think you’re going to win one of these,” said Foo frontman Dave Grohl during his acceptance. “At least we didn’t.”
Grohl introduced his girlfriend Jordan in the audience, and said she inspired all the songs.
The third Grammy hour kicked off with a performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who performed “The Rising” — but did not go on to collect a Grammy for it as best song, despite the shouts of “Bruuuce! Bruuuce!” from the crowd as the envelope was being opened.
The song of the year Grammy went instead to Jesse Harris, for Norah Jones’s “Don’t Know Why.”
Check out PEOPLE.com’s complete 2003 Grammy coverage.
10:15 p.m.: Chicks in Charge at the Grammys
The women kicked off the Grammys’ second hour — and it proved a Chick’s delight.
Queen Latifah, in a shocking pink leather top, introduced the Dixie Chicks, who performed “Landslide” from their album “Home,” which was then named best country album.
In their acceptance, Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines (who produced the album with her father, Lloyd Maines) and sisters Emily Robison (on banjo) and Martie Maguire (on fiddle) thanked Sony Records and said they were happy they kissed and made up with the label after last year’s legal battle over royalties.
The Chicks’ victory for “Home” — their third victory of the night — also left these artists and their albums in the dust: Alan Jackson (“Drive”); Willie Nelson (“The Great Divide”); Joe Nichols (“Man with a Memory”); and Dolly Parton (“Halos & Horns”).
As the show progressed, John Leguizamo stepped out to introduce the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, which played a selection from “West Side Story,” whose composer, the late Leonard Bernstein, was honored with a posthumous lifetime achievement award.
Leguizamo then turned the stage over to Chris Martin and Coldplay, to perform “Politik,” from their Grammy-winning best alternative music album, “A Rush of Blood to the Head.”
Continuing with the hour’s women’s movement, Harvey Fierstein, of the Broadway show “Hairspray,” came out in full drag, escorted by Rod Stewart, who was holding a puppy, who licked Fierstein’s face.
“He kisses just like you,” Fierstein told Stewart.
The two presented the best comedy album to Robin Williams, for his “Robin Williams Live 2002.”
Williams hopped to the stage and delivered his usual schtick, which missed more often than it hit. Sample: “It’s an honor to get this award in Michael Jackson’s living room.” Similarly, the Yiddishisms in his acceptance speech fell on mostly deaf ears.
Busta Rhymes and Jamie-Lynn Sigler then introduced Avril Lavigne, as the five-time nominee ditched her usual long necktie for a bowtie as she performed “Sk8ter Boi.”
It was a good hour for the women.
9:45 p.m.: Eminem, John Mayer in Grammy Wonderland The first hour of the Grammys wrapped up with a multi-generational medley of singer-songwriters — and a brief thank-you from winner Eminem.
Taking the Grammy stage 40 minutes into the ceremony, “Late Show” musical conductor Paul Shaffer nervously introduced the first of three singer-songwriters: Vanessa Carlton, who took to the piano to deliver her Grammy-nominated hit, “A Thousand Miles.”
She then introduced heartthrob singer John Mayer, who did his “Your Body is a Wonderland” before turning the stage over to James Taylor who, accompanied by Yo Yo Ma on cello, did his “Sweet Baby James.”
It was Taylor who got the standing ovation, led by Tony Bennett and — sitting in the same row — actress Faye Dunaway.
P. Diddy, wearing diamond earrings, and “Sex and the City” star Kim Cattrall, wearing a low-cut ’20s-style flapper dress, handled male performance. The Grammy for it, that is. They traded a lot of innuendoes about that too.
The award for best pop male vocal went to Mayer for “Your Body Is a Wonderland.”
“I’m just a 16-year-old in this moment, and this moment is kicking my ass,” he said. “I just want to tell the people at home, this is very, very fast — and I promise to catch up.”
Cattrall and Diddy then presented the best rap album honor to Eminem, for “The Eminem Show.”
The unsmiling winner appeared onstage accompanied by the requisite entourage, and he thanked a host of rappers who inspired him in hip-hop, including Run-DMC and Tupac Shakur, among many others.
8:45 p.m.: Simon & Garfunkel Kick Off the Grammys
Youth may dominate the music industry these days, but a couple old folk singers from the ’60s got the 45th annual Grammys off to a moving start inside New York’s Madison Square Garden Sunday night.
As had been rumored for days, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for their first public performance in a decade. Introduced by Dustin Hoffman (whose film “The Graduate” featured their music as its soundtrack), the legends delivered “The Sounds of Silence” to an appreciative audience that rose to its collective feet as the duo finished its song.
With that, the tone for the evening’s ceremony was set: awesome and all encompassing.
“Welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome,” Hoffman, 65, told the crowd, with the ceremony broadcast live on CBS. “I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a more fitting way to open the show than with Simon & Garfunkel, who defined a generation.”
Added Hoffman: “For the first time ever, in the history of the 45 years that the Grammy Awards have been going on, this show is being hosted by nobody — except by the people of New York City.”
This year’s Grammy marks the first time in five years that the show has been in Manhattan, and the first time since the attacks of 9/11.
As a nod to the tragic day, three Grammys went to Bruce Springsteen during a pre-show presentation, for best male rock performance, best rock song and best rock album, all for his 2002 release “The Rising” and its title track. (All told, Springsteen is up for five Grammys.)
The night’s early performances included Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, who delivered a medley of “Underneath It All” and “Hella Good,” just in time for presenters Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground and former Nirvana member Dave Grohl (now of the Foo Fighters) to hand them the first Grammy on the broadcast, for best pop vocal performance by a duo or group, for “Hey Baby.”
“I’m going to cry,” said Stefani.
The first half-hour wrapped with a smooth performance by Norah Jones, singing her “Don’t Know Why,” a contender for the night’s biggest awards: record of the year and song of the year. She also won a Grammy right off the bat with her “Come Away with Me,” which was named best pop vocal album.
Jones, 23, was presented her award by Kylie Minogue and Justin Timberlake, who asked the Aussie pop sensation on stage if he could grab her rear end again, like he had done earlier backstage.
Replied Minogue: “Nooooooooooooo.”
8 p.m.: Nelly, India.Arie Early Grammy Winners
Before CBS flicked on the cameras inside New York’s Madison Square Garden, the 45th annual Grammy Awards kicked off Sunday night with a pre-show that delivered early prizes to contenders Eminem, Bruce Springsteen and Norah Jones, as well as multiple honors to Indie.Arie, Coldplay and Nelly.
Eminem’s “Without Me” took the Grammy for best short form music video, while Jones’s “Come Away with Me” was cited as the best engineered album, non-classical. (The debut album’s producer, Arif Martin, was named producer of the year, non-classical.)
Indie.Arie — who was snubbed by Grammy voters last year — kicked off the evening with early wins for best R&B album (“Voyage to India”) and best urban/alternative performance (“Little Things”).
Other high-profile winners included Springsteen, whose “The Rising” was named best rock song and best male rock vocal performance; Sheryl Crow, whose “Steve McQueen” earned her the Grammy for best female vocal performance; Santana & Michelle Branch, whose “The Game of Love” won as best pop collaboration with vocals; and Coldplay, whose “A Rush of Blood to the Head” was named best alternative music album.
The English band — whose frontman, Chris Martin, is Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest squeeze — also won a Grammy for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal.
R&B Grammy winners included Ashanti’s self-titled debut album, named best contemporary R&B album; Mary J. Blige, winner of best female R&B vocal performance (“He Think I Don’t Know”); Usher, best male R&B vocal performance (“U Don’t Have to Call”); and Erykah Badu, best R&B song (“Love of My Life: An Ode to Hip-Hop”).
Band-Aided rapper Nelly received early Grammys for best rap/sung collaboration (“Dilemma,” featuring Kelly Rowland) and best male rap solo performance (“Hot in Herre”).
Meanwhile, as the early Grammys took place inside the Garden, outside, on the red carpet, actor Christian Slater answered the question of the year: Who is Fred Durst dating? (There had been some rumors, fueled by postings by Durst on his band’s Web site, about the Limp Bizkit frontman’s strong feelings toward Britney Spears.)
“I’m Fred’s date,” Slater told pre-show hostess Joan Rivers. “We’re old friends.”