- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2004

From combined dispatches

Beyonce Knowles captured five Grammys last night for her solo debut album “Dangerously in Love,” while Justin Timberlake received two and apologized for his role in Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl flash.

CBS and Miss Jackson offered conflicting reports about why she was not at the Grammy telecast. CBS, which also televised the Super Bowl where a dance with Mr. Timberlake ended with one of Miss Jackson’s breasts exposed, instituted a five-minute delay on the “live” Grammy broadcast to avoid any more scandal.

“I know it’s been a rough week on everybody,” said Mr. Timberlake, formerly of the boy band N’Sync, as he accepted the award for best male pop vocal performance for “Cry Me A River.”

“What occurred was unintentional, completely regrettable, and I apologize if anyone was offended,” said Mr. Timberlake, who brought his mother as his date. “This is officially the greatest moment of my life.”

Miss Knowles, formerly star of the group Destiny’s Child, sang her hit single “Crazy in Love,” which won two trophies — best R&B; song and best rap/sung collaboration. Her boyfriend, Jay-Z, also won two awards for collaborating on the hit.

She also won best female R&B; performance and best contemporary R&B; album for “Dangerously in Love” as well as best R&B; performance by a duo or group with vocals for “The Closer I Get To You,” a remake she did with Luther Vandross.

“This is unbelievable. Performing was enough for me,” Miss Knowles said.

British band Coldplay won the record of the year trophy for “Clocks,” and rock band Evanescence picked up the best new artist trophy, while song of the year honors went to Mr. Vandross and co-writer Richard Marx for “Dance With My Father.”

On a night where top awards were dominated by young stars, the 46th annual Grammy Awards also paid tribute to artists who died in the past year, including singer-songwriter Warren Zevon and ex-Beatle George Harrison.

Country music legend Johnny Cash and his wife won posthumous Grammy Awards last night.

Mr. Cash’s video for “Hurt,” filmed at his home north of Nashville less than a year before he died last September, won the Grammy for best short-form video, the first prize announced during the nontelevised portion of the ceremony.

Written in 1994 by Trent Reznor of hard rock band Nine Inch Nails, “Hurt” was covered by Mr. Cash on his last album, “The Man Comes Around.”

June Carter Cash, who died just a few months before her husband last year, won a Grammy in the traditional folk album category for her third solo album, “Wildwood Flower.”

Johnny Cash already had 11 Grammys, including two he shared with his wife, who won a Grammy in her own name for her 1999 album, “Press On.”

Southern rap duo Outkast, Miss Knowles, Jay-Z and producer Pharrell Williams were the urban stars who led this year’s Grammy nominations with six each.

Outkast were nominated for album of the year for their pop and R&B; infused double-disc “Speakerboxx/The Love Below,” and for record of the year for their energetic song “Hey Ya!”

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