Monday, February 9, 2009
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 -- Lil Wayne, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were among the early winners Sunday night as the Recording Academy doled out the bulk of its 110 trophies during a pre-telecast ceremony.
Lil Wayne was the nominations leader with eight, and won best rap solo performance for "A Milli," rap song for "Lollipop" and rap/sung collaboration for "Swagga Like Us," an all-star song featuring Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West.
But the prolific rapper couldn't go home with eight trophies; he was competing against himself in two categories that he won, and he lost another. He still had a chance to win the evening's top prize, album of the year, for his best-selling disc "Tha Carter III."
Plant and Krauss, also nominated for album of the year for their collaboration "Raising Sand," took home an award for country collaborations with vocals and one for contemporary folk/Americana album.
Unlike most top names nominated in the pre-telecast, Carrie Underwood showed up to accept her Grammy for female country performance.
"There's no way this could ever, on this planet, get old," said Underwood as she accepted her trophy.
Coldplay, up for seven Grammys, won best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for "Viva La Vida," while Radiohead won best alternative music album for "In Rainbows."
It is a category the latter group is familiar with. Though it has sold millions by making some of the most daring and genre-defying music of the last two decades, the band has seemingly been stuck in an alternative world. Nonetheless, "In Rainbows" was among this year's nominees for best album, along with "Viva la Vida" and Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman."
Drama unfolded behind the scenes just 90 minutes before the prime-time portion of the show when police said they were investigating nominee Chris Brown for allegedly attacking an unidentified woman. Then, minutes before U2 opened the telecast, the Recording Academy said Rihanna, Brown's longtime girlfriend, had scratched her performance.
It wasn't immediately clear whether the two developments were related.
The awards ceremony ended too late for full coverage in this edition. For complete results, go to http://washingtonpost.com/style.