Springsteen, Crow, Bennett Big Grammy Winners
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Boss hoped it was matter of Grammy voters using ballots instead of red ribbons.
``You always like it when you do your best work and it communicates on top of it,″ Bruce Springsteen said backstage after his ``Streets of Philadelphia″ won the song of the year and three other honors at the 37th annual Grammys.
``The idea is you get the audience to walk a mile in somebody else’s shoes,″ said Springsteen, who wrote the theme song for the 1993 film ``Philadelphia″ about a lawyer struggling with AIDS. He won an Oscar for the song at last year’s Academy Awards.
``Streets of Philadelphia″ also won best male rock vocal performance, best rock song and best song written specifically for a movie or television, as voting members of the recording academy did something other than wear the AIDS-awareness ribbons that have become de rigueur at various awards shows.
Springsteen expressed his appreciation to ``the folks who have come up to me in restaurants or on the street who’ve lost their sons or their lovers or their friends to AIDS and said this song meant something to them.″
The top awards cut across generations and musical styles with newcomer Sheryl Crow winning record of the year for the catchy ``All I Wanna Do″ and 68-year-old Tony Bennett crowning his revived career with the album of the year Grammy for ``MTV Unplugged.″
``It’s such a victorious feeling to sing good American music and have this happen,″ said Bennett, who also won a Grammy for best traditional pop vocal performance for ``MTV Unplugged.″
Besides record of the year, Crow also won Grammys for best new artist and female pop vocal performance.
She sang shortly before winning the second award, and joked during her acceptance speech: ``I want to thank my family for doing the wave during my performance. Kinda took the pressure off me of having to perform in front of Bonnie Raitt ... and all these (famous) people here in the front row.″
Backstage, Crow said she relied on poet Wyn Cooper’s work to complete the song. ``I wrote five different sets of lyrics for that song and ... I called Wyn and said, `Can I use your poem?′ and he said, `Great.‴
``Stones in the Road″ by Mary Chapin Carpenter won the country album honor.
``I’m happy to be a musician,″ the emotional winner said, ``especially in this time when the arts are being attacked in so many ways.″
Carpenter also received a Grammy for best country female vocal performance for her hit ``Shut Up and Kiss Me.″ The best male vocal performance went to Vince Gill for ``When Love Finds You.″
Salt-N-Pepa were awarded the Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group for the trio’s song ``None of Your Business.″
Transcending categories, the song ``I Swear″ brought All-4-One the Grammy for best pop vocal performance by a group of duo and was named best country song for the version recorded by John Michael Montgomery.
In rhythm and blues, jack-of-all-trades Babyface won Grammys for best male vocal performance for ``When Can I See You?″ and for writing ``I’ll Make Love to You,″ the popular hit recorded by Boyz II Men.
Boyz II Men claimed the R&B album trophy for ``II″ and received the award for best R&B duo or group vocal performance for ``I’ll Make Love to You.″ Toni Braxton won the female R&B vocal performance for ``Breathe Again.″
In a victory over the duet on ``Moonglow″ by Bennett and k.d. lang, the pop vocal collaboration Grammy went to Al Green and Lyle Lovett for ``Funny How Time Slips Away.″ It was the first Grammy of the ’90s for Green who was a regular winner during the 1980s.
Raitt, whose flagging career was revived in 1989 with her multi-Grammy-winning album ``Nick of Time,″ won the best pop album award for ``Longing in Their Hearts.″
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presented its annual Grammy awards in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium. The top awards were presented during a three-hour CBS telecast with comedian Paul Reiser as host.
He opened the telecast by noting how the Grammys seemingly have ``400,000 categories″ and joked: ``Record stores have basically three categories _ `new releases,′ `always in demand,′ and `a dollar-ninty-nine, how bad could it be’?″
The Rolling Stones’ ``Voodoo Lounge″ won the rock album trophy and Aerosmith’s ``Crazy″ received a Grammy for rock performance by a group with vocal.
Melissa Etheridge captured the female rock performance Grammy for ``Come to My Window.″ Green Day grabbed the award for best alternative music performance for their album ``Dookie.″
``Black Hole Sun″ by Soundgarden earned the hard-rock performance Grammy.
Eric Clapton, who returned to the Grammy limelight two years ago with his ``Unplugged″ album, captured the traditional blues album award for ``From the Cradle.″
Queen Latifah’s ``U.N.I.T.Y″ topped the rap solo performance competition, which included the hugely popular ``Gin & Juice″ by Snoop Doggy Dogg.
The producer of the year Grammy went to Don Was, whose work this past year included Raitt’s and the Stones’ albums.
``Blues For Dixie,″ recorded by Asleep at the Wheel with Lyle Lovett, won a Grammy for country performance by a duo or group with vocal. Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood scored the country vocal collaboration Grammy for ``I Fall to Pieces.″ The instrumental performance award was won by Chet Atkins for ``Young Thing.″
In the classical music categories, Andrew Cornall was producer of the year and the best album went to ``Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; Four Orchestral Pieces, Op. 12,″ recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The film ``The Lion King″ produced four Grammy winners, including Elton John’s male pop vocal performance award for ``Can You Feel the Love Tonight.″ The movie’s soundtrack also won for best musical album for children, while a ``read-along″ recording won for spoken-word album for children. ``The Circle of Life″ track, meanwhile, claimed an instrumental arrangement Grammy.
Nominations in 87 categories were announced in January. The winners were chosen by secret balloting of 7,000 academy members including singers, musicians, producers, composers, engineers and others.
Most of the Grammys were presented in a ceremony before the televised part of the program.
It was the 25th time the Grammy Awards show was telecast. A dozen Grammy presentations passed before it became a TV show, on March 16, 1971, broadcast from the Hollywood Palladium. This year’s show aired in 166 countries.