- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 28, 2002

From combined dispatches
LOS ANGELES Alicia Keys, a 21-year-old soul traditionalist whose single "Fallin'" dominated radio last summer, tied a Grammy record for a female artist with five awards last night.
She shared the spotlight with a collection of Depression-era bluegrass music and a veteran Irish rock group whose music struck a new chord after September 11.
Miss Keys was named best new artist and "Fallin'" won song and rhythm and blues song and female R&B; vocal performance. Her debut disc, "Songs in A Minor" was judged best R&B; album. Her performance tied Lauryn Hill's five awards in 1999. The 21-year-old Miss Keys wrote and produced all of the songs on the album she began creating at age 14.
"This year has been incredible. Thank you to the Grammys for this opportunity," said Miss Keys, clad in a black lace and red taffeta tango gown.
"You don't know how much this humbles me," she said as she accepted her record-tying fifth award, although her smash album was curiously omitted from album of the year contention.
The multiplatinum soundtrack to the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" won album of the year and garnered two other awards in the preshow ceremony, including producer of the year for the man who conceived the traditional country record, T-Bone Burnett.
The sales and awards proved there is an audience for traditional country music and bluegrass, Mr. Burnett said before the ceremony. Country radio shunned the album and most people thought it wouldn't sell, he said.
"Everybody thought I was insane," he said.
The album, which features performances by the likes of 75-year-old banjo picker Ralph Stanley, bluegrass musician Alison Krauss and Union Station and country veteran Emmylou Harris, is the first soundtrack to win the Grammy since "The Bodyguard" in 1994.
U2, which opened the Grammy telecast with a stirring rendition of "Walk On," ended the show by winning record of the year for it. The band won four awards altogether.
The Irish foursome, the overall nomination leader with eight nods, took the statuette for rock album of the year for "All That You Can't Leave Behind" and earned the first award of the main show, for best pop performance by a vocal duo or group, for "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of." Their fourth award went to "Elevation" for best rock performance by a vocal duo or group.
"Being Irish, if you get eight nominations and got no awards, they wouldn't let you back in the country," lead singer Bono joked. "So this is a public-safety issue."
The band's career haul now stands at 14 Grammys, including the 2001 record of the year Grammy for "Beautiful Day."
But U2 lost the best rock song race to Train's "Drops of Jupiter," which the San Francisco band performed.
The biggest disappointment was suffered by rising R&B; diva India.Arie, who was snubbed by the jury when it came to handing out the trophies.
India.Arie was nominated seven times including in such top categories as best album, best record, best song and best new artist but failed to pull off a single golden gramophone. The 26-year-old was hurt by several head-to-head contests with Miss Keys, who won five out of the six Grammys for which she was nominated.
Miss Krauss and her group Union Station were among the early winners during the untelevised preshow ceremony, winning two awards best country performance by a group and best bluegrass album for "New Favorite."
Other early winners were Eve and Gwen Stefani, who won the inaugural best rap/sung collaboration award for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"; Sade, who won best pop vocal album for "Lovers Rock"; and Linkin Park, who won best hard-rock performance for "Crawling."

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