Amy Winehouse Dominates 50th Grammy Awards
By Mike O'Sullivan
11 February 2008
British pop star Amy Winehouse led the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday, winning five of the music industry's top honors. As Mike O'Sullivan reports, the singer was absent from the ceremony, but took part by satellite from London.
Winehouse won Grammys for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance for "Rehab," a track from Back to Black, which was named best pop vocal album.
怀恩豪斯夺得格莱美年度最佳唱片奖和年度最佳歌曲奖，还因为歌曲“新生”(Rehab)获得最佳通俗声乐表扬奖，又以“回到黑暗”(Back to Black)原声带获得最佳通俗声乐专辑奖。
She was also named Best New Artist.
The 24-year-old singer recently entered a drug rehabilitation program and did not come to Los Angeles. American officials initially refused her a work visa. They reversed the decision, but by then it was too late for her to make the long trek from England, so she appeared on the Grammy broadcast by satellite from a London studio. She seemed shocked as her Grammy wins were announced and dedicated one to her mother, father, and her incarcerated husband, who is in prison following a pub brawl.
Carrie Underwood, a Grammy winner for Best Female Vocal Country Performance for "Before He Cheats," said backstage in Los Angeles the British singer deserves the honors.
凯莉.安德伍德以“Before He Cheats”单曲赢得格莱美最佳乡村女声表演奖。她在洛杉矶颁奖典礼后台说，怀恩豪斯获奖当之无愧：
"Tonight's about music, you know, and I think she's very talented, very creative and definitely deserves accolades," Underwood said.
Winehouse lost the nomination for album of the year to Herbie Hancock, which surprised the audience and the veteran jazz pianist. He was honored for the album River: The Joni Letters, his all-star tribute to the singer Joni Mitchell.
怀恩豪斯未能获得年度最佳专辑奖，而是由何比.汉考克获得。汉考克获奖让观众感到吃惊，也让这位年长爵士钢琴家吃惊不小。汉考克的获奖专辑叫“River: The Joni Letters”，是专门献给歌星琼妮.蜜雪儿的作品。
Hancock noted it has been 43 years since a jazz musician won the Grammy for Best Album.
"This is a new day that proves the impossible can be made possible," Hancock said.
Backstage, country musician Vince Gill said the win did not surprise him.
"Herbie Hancock is by far the best musician out of all of us, put together," Gill said.
Gill won the Grammy for Best Country Album for These Days, but lost to Hancock for Best Album. The country star said the nominees in that key category included a mix of genres, with recordings by Kanye West, Amy Winehouse and the Foo Fighters.
"There was a jazz guy, there was a hillbilly guy, there was a rapper, there was a pop singer and a rock and roll band," said Gill. "It doesn't get any more diverse than that. I'm just thrilled to death to be a part of it."
Kanye West earned Grammys for Best Rap Album for Graduation and Best Rap Vocal Performance for the track "Stronger." He also won Best Rap Song for ''Good Life'' and Best Rap Performance by a duo or group for his collaboration with Common on ''Southside.''
The rapper offered an emotional tribute to his mother, who died unexpectedly last year at the age of 58.
The Foo Fighters won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for "The Pretender," and Best Rock Album for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.
喷火战机乐队以“伪装者”(Pretender)获得最佳硬摇滚表演奖，并以“回声、沉默、耐心和优雅”(Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace)专辑获得最佳摇滚专辑奖。
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama earned a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio version of his book The Audacity of Hope.
Fifteen young musicians got the chance to perform in the broadcast with the rock band Foo Fighters, and 28-year-old Anne Marie Calhoun, a violinist, was the featured performer.
"They're just the perfect rock bank," she said. "They're fun, they're goofy, they're kind. They're everything that you would want them to be."
This 50th Grammy presentation featured performances by rising stars and veterans, often paired in duets. They included Tina Turner, who performed a medley of her hits with Beyonce.