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Carrie Underwood wins sixth Grammy
The Checotah native earned the best country solo performance for her chart-topping story song “Blown Away.”
“Country music has always been so good to me, and I think the good Lord that I’m a part of such a wonderful, talented, amazing family,” Underwood said, her voice choking with emotion as she thanked her label, family, fans and husband Mike Fisher. “And just really, glory to God, thank you so much.”
Underwood won the best country solo performance award for her chart-topping story song “Blown Away.” She beat out two other nominees with Oklahoma ties: Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton was nominated for his hit power ballad “Over” and former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn for his timely anthem “The Cost of Livin’.”
In addition, Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins earned the best country song Grammy for penning “Blown Away.”
When she took the Grammys stage to sing, Underwood changed up the tempo of the song, the title track to her platinum-selling 2012 album, and then merged it with her latest hit single, “Two Black Cadillacs.” But her soaring vocals weren’t the only show-stopping aspect of her performance: Her grand silver gown became a projection screen for roses, swirls and finally, a swarm of butterflies that soared away as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Although she was the only nominee with Oklahoma ties to win, Underwood wasn’t the only one to perform. Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert and tourmate Dierks Bentley did a duet that mingled her heartbreaking ballad “Over You” with his heartfelt anthem “Home.”
After winning the best pop vocal album for “Stronger” — and briefly getting stuck to Lambert’s dress as they hugged — Kelly Clarkson used her big voice to pay tribute to two of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners. She sang “Tennessee Waltz” in honor of the late Claremore native Patti Page and “Natural Woman” in a nod to Carole King.
It was one of many star-studded tributes: Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna and members of the Marley family paid homage to late Bob Marley, while Elton John, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons, T Bone Burnett and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes played “The Weight” in honor of the late Levon Helm.
Other “Grammy moments” paired John and Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, Maroon 5 with Alicia Keys, The Black Keys and Dr. John and Miguel and Wiz Khalifa. Taylor Swift, fun., the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean and Jack White also performed on the show.
When it came to the awards, The Recording Academy voters spread around the Grammy glory. Mumford & Sons received album of the year for “Babel,” Gotye and Kimbra earned record of the year for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” and fun. garnered new artist of the year and song of the year for “We Are Young.”
Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys was the night’s top winner with four trophies, including non-classical producer of the year and three rock category victories with bandmate Patrick Carney.
With the CBS broadcast jammed with performances, many of the actual awards were handed out during the pre-telecast ceremony. Art director Fritz Klaetke won Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package for “Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection” and paid tribute to the late Okemah native’s powerful songwriting.
Bearden singer/songwriter/musician John Fullbright brought fire and brimstone to the pre-telecast with his performance of “Gawd Above,” from his album “From the Ground Up.” His debut studio effort was nominated in the competitive best Americana album category, but veteran recording artist Bonnie Raitt won for her “Slipstream.”
Contributing: The Associated Press. See the winners in several of the categories after the break.
Select winners of the 2013 Grammy Awards:
— Record of the year: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra.
— Album of the year: “Babel,” Mumford & Sons.
— Song of the year: “We Are Young,” fun.
— New artist: fun.
— Pop solo performance: “Set Fire to the Rain (Live),” Adele.
— Pop vocal album: “Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson.
— Pop/duo group performance: “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra.
— Traditional pop vocal album: “Kisses on the Bottom,” Paul McCartney.
— Rap performance: “N****s in Paris,” Jay-Z, Kanye West.
— Rap song: “N****s in Paris,” Shawn Carter, Mike Dean, Chauncey Hollis, Kanye West.
— Rap/sung collaboration: “No Church in the Wild,” Jay-Z, Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean, The-Dream.
— Rap album: “Take Care,” Drake.
— R&B performance: “Climax,” Usher.
— Traditional R&B performance: “Love on Top,” Beyonce.
— R&B song: “Adorn,” Miguel Pimentel.
— R&B album: “Black Radio,” Robert Glasper Experiment.
— Urban contemporary album: “Channel Orange,” Frank Ocean.
— Rock performance: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys.
— Rock song: “Lonely Boy,” The Black Keys.
— Rock album: “El Camino,” The Black Keys.
— Hard rock/metal performance: “Love Bites (So Do I),” Halestorm.
— Alternative music album: “Making Mirrors,” Gotye.
— Dance recording: “Bangarang,” Skrillex featuring Sirah.
— Dance/electronica album: “Bangarang,” Skrillex.
— Latin pop album: “MTV Unplugged Deluxe Edition,” Juanes.
— Latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Imaginares,” Quetzal.
— Latin jazz album: “Ritmo!,” The Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band.
— Tropical Latin album: “Retro,” Marlow Rosado Y La Riquena.
* Country solo performance: “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
— Country duo/group performance: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town.
— Country song: “Blown Away,” Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins.
— Country album: “Uncaged,” Zac Brown Band.
— Gospel song: “Go Get It,” Mary Mary.
— Gospel album: “Gravity,” Leerae.
— Blues album: “Locked Down,” Dr. John.
— Folk album: “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile.
— Americana album: “Slipstream,” Bonnie Raitt.
— Bluegrass album: “Nobody Knows You,” Steep Canyon Rangers.
— Reggae album: “Rebirth,” Jimmy Cliff.
— World music album: “The Living Room Sessions Part 1,” Ravi Shankar.
— Children’s album: “Can You Canoe?,” The Okee Dokee Brothers.
— Spoken word album: “Society’s Child: My Autobiography,” Janis Ian.
— Comedy album: “Blow Your Pants Off,” Jimmy Fallon.
— New age album: “Echoes of Love,” Omar Akram.
— Jazz vocal album: “Radio Music Society,” Esperanza Spalding.
— Jazz instrumental album: “Unity Band,” Pat Metheny Unity Band.
— Large jazz ensemble album: “Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You),” Arturo Sandoval.
— Pop instrumental album: “Impressions,” Chris Botti.
— Compilation soundtrack album: “Midnight in Paris,” various artists.
— Score soundtrack album: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross.
— Song written for visual media: “Safe & Sound” (From “The Hunger Games”), Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams.
— Musical theater album: “Once: A New Musical,” Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti.
— Producer of the year, classical: Blanton Alspaugh.
— Producer of the year, non-classical: Dan Auerbach.
— Instrumental composition: “Mozart Goes Dancing,” Chick Corea.
— Orchestral performance: “Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride in a Fast Machine,” Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony).
— Opera recording: “Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen,” James Levine and Fabio Luisi.
— Choral performance: “Life & Breath: Choral Works by Rene Clausen,” Charles Bruffy.
— Short-form music video: “We Found Love,” Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris.
— Long-form music video: “Big Easy Express,” Mumford & Sons.
— Historical album: “The Smile Sessions” (Deluxe Box Set), Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson, Dennis Wolfe.