Norah Jones comes away with most Grammy Awards

Monday, February 24, 2003

— The music of pop-jazz chanteuse Norah Jones garnered eight Grammy awards Sunday night, including album and record of the year, capping a year where the sultry singer catapulted to international acclaim.

"I feel really blessed and really lucky," Jones said after winning the album of the year at the end of the 45th annual awards show.

Jones, who won in every category where she was nominated, tied Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys for most wins by a female artist in a single night.

As unknown as triple-winner Bruce Springsteen was acclaimed before the last year, Jones won five individual Grammys.

"I never ever thought that the music I made would become popular music, so this is amazing," Jones said as she picked up an award for best pop vocal album.

She also won for best female pop vocal, best new artist and for record of the year for "Don't Know Why," written by Jesse Harris, who won the song of the year Grammy.

Her album, "Come Away With Me," earned best engineered album and producer of the year honors for Arif Mardin.

The 23-year-old New Yorker, who emerged last year after signing with the tiny Blue Note label and sold more than 6 million copies of her debut worldwide, is the daughter of Indian sitar guru Ravi Shankar and New York concert producer Sue Jones.

Springsteen was clearly a favorite of the crowd inside Madison Square Garden as the Grammys returned to New York for the first time in five years. His Sept. 11-inspired "The Rising" was honored for male rock vocal, rock album and rock song, although the Boss lost out for album and song of the year.

Springsteen joined Elvis Costello, Little Steven Van Zandt, Dave Grohl and Tony Kanal for a rousing tribute to the late Joe Strummer -- a version of the Clash's "London Calling."

The Dixie Chicks took best country album among their three Grammys. The trio's multiplatinum "Home," a return to their country roots, was co-produced by member Natalie Maines' father, Lloyd.

Among the double winners were Eminem, Coldplay, India.Arie and Nelly. Eminem's second Grammy came for best rap album, the third time he's won in the category.

Eight artists were nominated for five Grammys apiece, with all but teen rocker Avril Lavigne going home winners. Perennial Grammy favorite Sheryl Crow, neosoul singer-songwriter Raphael Saadiq and R&B newcomer Ashanti were single winners.

Country singer Alan Jackson, who wrote "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" in the weeks after the terrorist attacks, won best country song for the mournful tune.

Some veteran artists added to bulging trophy cases: bluesman B.B. King won two, for 13 in his career, while Johnny Cash won his 11th and Tony Bennett his 10th -- while soul legend Solomon Burke won his first.

The show opened with Dustin Hoffman -- one in a revolving series of New York-based hosts -- introducing a reunion performance by lifetime achievement award winners Simon and Garfunkel. The pair, who sang "The Sound of Silence," have shared a tumultuous relationship; this was their first performance together in a decade.

Short list of 45th Annual Grammy Award winners, announced during Sunday night's live telecast on CBS:

Album of the Year: "Come Away With Me," Norah Jones.New Artist: Norah Jones.Record of the Year: "Don't Know Why," Norah Jones.Song of the Year: "Don't Know Why," Jesse Harris (Norah Jones)Hard Rock Performance: "All My Life," Foo Fighters.Spoken Comedy Album: "Robin Williams -- Live 2002," Robin Williams.Country Album: "Home," Dixie Chicks.Rap Album: "The Eminem Show," Eminem.Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Your Body Is a Wonderland," John Mayer.Pop Vocal Album: "Come Away With Me," Norah Jones.Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group: "Hey Baby," No Doubt.