Ray Charles Dominates Grammys, Viewers Tuned Out
This brings Charles total Grammy count to 20. His previous big win was in 1960 when he took home the best vocal performance award for "Georgia on My Mind".
"Genius Loves Company" is Charles most successful album to date, having sold over 2 millions copies since its release shortly after his death last year. Charles is likely to be a big winner this year at the Academy Awards where the bio-pic about his life, "Ray" is a favorite for Oscar glory.
During the Grammy ceremony actor Jamie Foxx, who portrayed Charles in "Ray" took to the stage for a duet of "Georgia On My Mind" and "If I Ain't Got You" with Alicia Keys as a tribute to the late singer.
The Grammy Awards was a star-studded affair this year with U2, Usher, James Brown, Velvet Revolver and more but the star power didn't translate to ratings. This year's telecast dropped 28 percent from last year's, with an estimated 18.8 million viewers; the lowest ratings for the telecast since 1995.
Other big winners this year include U2 who took Rock Song, Rock Performance (duo or group) and short form video honors for "Vertigo," Green Day who won the rock album of the year for "American Idiot", Maroon 5 who were named Best New Artist, John Mayer who took Song of the Year for "Daughters," Motorhead who won the Metal Performance Grammy for their cover of Metallica's "Whiplash," and Velvet Revolver who earned the Best Hard Rock performance for "Slither".
Here is a selected list of winners:
Album of the Year: "Genius Loves Company,"
Ray Charles and various artists
Record of the Year: "Here We Go Again," Ray Charles and Norah Jones
Song of the Year: "Daughters," John Mayer
Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: "Vertigo," U2
Country Album: "Van Lear Rose," Loretta Lynn
Rap Album: "The College Dropout," Kanye West
R&B Album: "The Diary of Alicia Keys," Alicia Keys
New Artist: Maroon 5
Rock Album: "American Idiot," Green Day
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal: "Heaven," Los Lonely Boys
Short Form Music Video: "Vertigo," U2
Long Form Music Video: "Concert for George," Various Artists
Contemporary R&B Album: "Confessions," Usher
Rap Solo Performance: "99 Problems," Jay-Z
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: "Let's Get It Started," The Black Eyed Peas
Rap/Sung Collaboration: "Yeah!" Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
Rap Song: "Jesus Walks," Miri Ben Ari, C. Smith and Kanye West (Kanye West)
Female Pop Vocal Performance: "Sunrise," Norah Jones
Male Pop Vocal Performance: "Daughters," John Mayer
Pop Collaboration With Vocals: "Here We Go Again," Ray Charles and Norah Jones
Pop Instrumental Performance: "11th Commandment," Ben Harper
Pop Instrumental Album: "Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar," Various Artists
Pop Vocal Album: "Genius Loves Company," Ray Charles and Various Artists
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "Stardust ... The Great American Songbook Volume III," Rod Stewart
Dance Recording: "Toxic," Britney Spears
Electronic/Dance Album: "Kish Kash," Basement Jaxx
Alternative Music Album: "A Ghost Is Born," Wilco
Solo Rock Vocal Performance: "Code of Silence," Bruce Springsteen
Hard Rock Performance: "Slither," Velvet Revolver
Metal Performance: "Whiplash," Motorhead
Rock Instrumental Performance: "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow," Brian Wilson
Rock Song: "Vertigo," Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen (U2).