Compared to last year, the Hip-Hop offerings at the Grammys were sparse at the
47th annual event. But Sunday evening (Feb. 13), the night saw rapper/producer
Kanye West and Usher take away three awards, and Alicia Keys three.
wanted to know what I would do if I didn’t win," West shouted after
claiming his third Grammy of the night for Best Rap Album. Holding the golden
statuette high above his head, West replied, "I guess we’ll never know."
West also gave
a hair-raising performance of "Jesus Walks," complete with a gospel
choir, a congregation and legendary support in The Staple Sisters and the Blind
Boys of Alabama.
like y’all just seen a ghost," West joked after "resurrecting"
to finish his routine.
followed an emotional speech in which he praised Roc-A-Fella founders Jay-Z
(who was seen in the audience) and Damon Dash for signing him to a deal.
West also thanked
his tragic car accident, which inspired the song "Through the Wire"
from his debut album College Dropout.
the producer proclaimed, "I’m going to celebrate and scream and pop champagne,
because I’m at the Grammys, baby."
won three awards — best rap album for The College Dropout, best rap
song for "Jesus Walks" and a songwriter Grammy for co-writing Alicia
Keys’ "You Don’t Know My Name," which won best R&B song.
Wests’ 10 nominations
were the most the Recording Academy has ever delivered to one artist since Carlos
Santana in 2000.
West has already
returned to the studio to work on his sophomore album titled Late Registration.
Black Eyed Peas
opened the Grammy’s, performing their hit "Let’s Get It Started’ and Eve
performed the collaboration "Rich Girl" with rock diva Gwen Stefani.
Most of the evening
leaned to odes to Southern Rock and a number of dedication to the late Ray Charles.
Charles won eight
awards, including Record of the Year and Album of the Year for his double platinum
opus Genius Loves Company.