February 8, 2006

Mariah Carey wins three early Grammy Awards

By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Grammys front-runner Mariah Carey
won three Grammy Awards during early ceremonies on Wednesday,
while Irish rockers U2 and Motown icon Stevie Wonder were among
the acts with two wins each.

Carey, along with rapper Kanye West and R&B newcomer John
Legend, leads the contenders with eight nominations each. West
and Legend each snagged an award.

Carey, who had won only two Grammys to date in her career,
was honored for female R&B vocal performance and best R&B song,
both for the tune "We Belong Together," and for contemporary
R&B album for her comeback release "The Emancipation of Mimi."

West won the best rap song category for "Diamonds from
Sierra Leone," and Legend the best R&B album award for "Get

None of the key winners attended the ceremony, which was
not televised and took place in a venue adjacent to the Staples
Center, where the main event begins at 8 p.m. EST.

The only award Carey lost was for traditional R&B vocal
performance, where Aretha Franklin won for "A House is Not a
Home." This marked the 17th award of her career. During the
main event, she will compete in such key categories as record,
song and album of the year.

U2 won Grammys for rock performance by a duo or group with
vocal ("Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own") and best rock
song ("City of Blinding Lights"). The band will vie for three
awards during the main ceremony, including album of the year.


Wonder's career haul rose to 24, thanks to wins in the male
pop vocal performance ("From the Bottom of My Heart") and R&B
performance by a duo or group with vocals ("So Amazing"). He
shared the latter award with Beyonce Knowles of R&B group
Destiny's Child.

Other double-winners included rock singer Bruce
Springsteen, bluegrass combo Alison Krauss + Union Station,
reggae star Damian Marley, electronica act the Chemical
Brothers, and gospel singer CeCe Winans.

French classical conductor Pierre Boulez won his 26th
Grammmy, and now ranks as No. 3 on the all time list of Grammy
winners, pulling ahead of late Russian pianist Vladimir
Horowitz, with whom he was tied. The only people ahead of him
are late conductor Georg Solti with 31, and producer Quincy
Jones with 27.

Bluesman B.B. King won the 14th Grammy of his career, in
the traditional blues album category for "80," an all-star
collaboration that marked his 80th birthday.

Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler won the sixth Grammy of
his career in the surround sound category for the 20th
anniversary reissue of the band's album "Brothers in Arms." The
award was accepted by mastering engineer, who accidentally
thanked his collaborators on another album where he was
nominated, the Foo Fighters' "In Your Honor."

While Martin Scorsese has famously yet to win an Academy
Award, he did pick up his first Grammy, in his capacity as a
director of the Bob Dylan documentary, "No Direction Home,"
which won the category for long form music video. Dylan himself
does not share in the award since had little involvement with
the acclaimed project.

Among the other winners not noted for their musical ability
was Sen. Barack Obama, who won the spoken word album category
for the audio version of his book "Dreams From My Father."