'The Rising' earns The Boss 3 awards, energizes audience
NEW YORK - Bruce Springsteen captured three Grammys for his Sept. 11-inspired "The Rising," but it was the music of pop-jazz chanteuse Norah Jones that garnered seven awards Sunday, including song of the year for "Don't Know Why."
Jones won best new artist, best pop vocal album and best female pop vocal performance, and her album, "Come Away With Me," earned best engineered album and producer of the year honors for Arif Mardin. Jones' version of "Don't Know Why" earned writer Jesse Harris a song of the year Grammy.
"I never ever thought that the music I made would become popular music, so this is amazing," Jones said as she picked up an award for best pop vocal album.
Harris, who thanked Jones for "being a pal," said backstage that he "thought for certain Bruce was going to win."
Springsteen was clearly a favorite of the crowd inside Madison Square Garden as the Grammys returned to New York for the first time in five years. After Springsteen delivered a rousing performance of "The Rising" midway through the 45th annual awards ceremony, the crowd screamed, "Bruuuuce!"
Jones was virtually unknown this time last year, but became one of the year's biggest sensations with her sultry Harris-penned hit.
The Dixie Chicks, after a bitter legal battle with their label Sony, took best country album among their three Grammys. The trio's multiplatinum "Home," a return to their country roots, was co-produced by member Natalie Maines' father, Lloyd.
"I want to check the record books and see how many fathers and daughters have won Grammys together," she said, grabbing her father.
The show opened with Dustin Hoffman - one in a series of New York-based hosts - introducing lifetime achievement award winners Simon and Garfunkel.
Among the double winners were Eminem, Coldplay, India.Arie and Nelly. Eminem's second Grammy came for best rap album, the third time he's won in the category.
Instead of offering a speech, Eminem rattled off a list of rappers who had inspired him, including Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Tupac Shakur and the Notorius B.I.G.
"Thank you, because I learned from all of you," he said.
Eminem, Jones, Springsteen and Nelly were all nominated for multiple Grammys, along with perennial Grammy favorite Sheryl Crow, teen rocker Avril Lavigne and R&B newcomer Ashanti.