Simon and Garfunkel Open Grammy Show
NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
Feb. 24, 2003
NEW YORK (AP) _ Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited on stage to open the Grammys Sunday night. Dustin Hoffman introduced the duo, who performed ``The Sound of Silence'' from ``The Graduate'' soundtrack.
The awards were back in New York for the first time in five years, with Bruce Springsteen winning three Grammys for his Sept. 11-inspired ``The Rising'' in the pre-televised portion of the ceremony.
Springsteen was three-for-three in the early going Sunday, winning for best rock album, male rock vocal and rock song for his song of heroism at the World Trade Center.
He was also nominated for song of the year for the disc's title track and album of the year, a category he's never won.
Among the double winners were the Dixie Chicks, India.Arie and Nelly. Norah Jones won one award, and her album, ``Come Away with Me,'' garnered two more, including producer of the year honors for music veteran Arif Mardin.
Jones was virtually unknown this time last year, but became one of the year's biggest sensations with her sultry underground hit, ``Don't Know Why.'' It was up for record of the year and song of the year; she's also nominated for best new artist.
``I can't believe I'm here,'' said an excited Jones, after winning best female pop vocal performance.
Eminem, Jones, Springsteen and Nelly were all nominated for a leading five Grammys apiece, along with perennial Grammy favorite Sheryl Crow, neosoul singer-songwriter Raphael Saadiq, teen rocker Avril Lavigne and R&B newcomer Ashanti. Saadiq, Crow and Ashanti all won one award in the early ceremony.
India.Arie, who was nominated for seven Grammys last year but lost them all, finally got her first two, winning for best urban-alternative performance for ``Little Things'' and best R&B album for ``Voyage to India.''
``It's so funny, I have one and now it doesn't mean so much,'' said the singer, who shaved her signature dreadlocks for a near-bald look.
Among the other winners in the pre-telecast ceremony were the previously unheralded Funk Brothers. The groundbreaking house band for Motown Records, the focus of the recent documentary ``Standing in the Shadows of Motown,'' won two trophies.
Some other 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.
Eminem's ``The Eminem Show,'' which was last year's top-selling disc, and Springsteen's ``The Rising'' were considered the favorites to win in the best album category. Other nominees were the Dixie Chicks' ``Home,'' Norah Jones' ``Come Away with Me,'' and Nelly's ``Nellyville.''
Besides Jones, other nominees for best new artist were Ashanti, Lavigne, Michelle Branch and John Mayer, all young singer-songwriters.
Among the performers scheduled for the telecast were Eminem, Springsteen, Jones, No Doubt and Ashanti. Tributes were planned to the Bee Gees, whose brother, Maurice Gibb, died earlier this year, and to The Clash's Joe Strummer, who died in December.
The 45th annual awards at Madison Square Garden marked the Grammys return to New York City after a four-year absence. To celebrate, New York celebrities such as Marc Anthony, Whoopi Goldberg and others were selected to introduce special segments.
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