Kanye, BEP, Jay-Z, De La Soul, Others Win At Grammy Awards

Multi-platinum selling

rapper Kanye West scored three Grammys last night (Feb. 8), including the coveted

Best Rap Album award at the 48th annual ceremony at the Staples Center in Los

Angeles.

Fueled by the success

of his sophomore album, Late Registration, the Chicago MC took home honors

in three categories, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance for

"Gold Digger" and Best Rap Song for "Diamonds From Sierra Leone."

The super-producer’s

three Grammy’s matched his total for last year.

West’s label, G.O.O.D.

Music, also enjoyed a successful night as his protégé John Legend

won three awards: Best New Artist, Best R&B album for his debut, Get

Lifted, and Best Male R&B Vocal for the piano ballad "Ordinary

People."

In the Best Rap/Sung

Collaboration category, Jay-Z and Lincoln Park won for "Numb/Encore,"

while the Black Eyed Peas won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Don’t

Phunk With My Heart."

Best Short Form

Music Video

(For an individual track or single promotional clip. Award to the Artist and

to the Video Director/Producer.)

The Dave Meyers

directed "Lose Control" by Missy Elliott Featuring Ciara & Fat Man

Scoop, won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video

Performances rather

than awards monopolized the majority of the more than three-hour televised ceremony,

which opened with the cartoon band Gorillaz, featuring the real-life De La Soul,

as they performed their Grammy Award winning hit "Feel Good Inc."

West, joined by

Jaime Foxx, performed a medley of "Gold Digger" and "Touch the

Sky" that was dubbed the "Grammy halftime show."

The performance

featured West and Foxx dressed as bandleaders while leading their respective

bands "KW State" and "JFU" in a step-show like routine.

Jay-Z and Lincoln

Park performed "Numb/Encore" and were later joined onstage by Paul

McCartney for a rendition of The Beatles’ "Yesterday." McCartney’s

performance was his first ever Grammy stage performance.

Aretha Franklin,

Maroon 5, Damien Marley and others also won awards.

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