Springsteen’s ‘Streets of Philadelphia’ Wins Four Grammys
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bruce Springsteen’s brooding ``Streets of Philadelphia″ won song of the year and three other honors at Wednesday night’s 37th annual Grammy ceremony.
The song, from the 1993 movie ``Philadelphia″ about a lawyer with AIDS, also won for best rock song, best song written specifically for a movie or television and best male rock vocal performance.
``I’m not sure this is a rock vocal. You stick around long enough and they give these things to ya,″ he said, drawing laughs.
Springsteen, who earned an Academy Award for the song last year, expressed appreciation in an acceptance speech earlier in the night 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.″
Sheryl Crow was named best new artist and also won a Grammy for her hit song ``All I Wanna Do.″
Tony Bennett collected his third consecutive pop performance Grammy for his album ``MTV Unplugged.″ The album follows ``Steppin’ Out″ and ``Perfectly Frank,″ which rocketed the 68-year-old singer back into wide popularity after last being honored with Grammys in the 1960s.
Transcending award categories, the song ``I Swear″ brought All-4-One the Grammy for best pop vocal performance by a group or 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.″ Toni Braxton won the female R&B vocal performance for ``Breathe Again.″
Bonnie 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 noted 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 soared back into 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 album and the Stones’ ``Voodoo Lounge.″
In the country categories, the male and female vocal performance Grammys went to Vince Gill for ``When Love Finds You″ and Mary Chapin Carpenter for ``Shut Up and Kiss Me.″
``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 the 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.