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Robert Plant, Alison Krauss win four Grammys

FORMER Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss won four Grammy awards yesterday for their acclaimed folk collaboration, while British pop singer Adele was named best new artist.

Yet another British act, the rock band Coldplay, received three prizes, as did rapper Lil Wayne.

Plant and Krauss, the favorites to win the coveted album of the year award for "Raising Sand," won record of the year for "Please Read The Letter," a reworking of a tune he wrote with former Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page. He and Krauss also won prizes in the pop, folk/Americana, and country categories.

"Forty years after landing in this town, it's all different. It's fantastic," Plant, 60, said after receiving the award for pop collaboration with vocals.

"Raising Sand," on which the British rock legend and Krauss, 37, reworked old folk ballads and R&B chestnuts, was an instant critical and commercial hit. Plant scuttled a much-rumored Led Zeppelin reunion by opting to tour Europe and America with Krauss instead.

Coldplay won the key song of the year award for their hit single "Viva La Vida." The award goes to the song's writers, in this case all four members of the band.

The tune earlier won a Grammy in the pop category, and the band won best rock album for "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends." Coldplay will also compete for album of the year.

"We feel so grateful to be here," singer Chris Martin said as the band took the stage for the rock album award. "I'm gonna tear up."

Lil Wayne, who heads the field with eight nominations, won his awards in the rap field, including best rap song for the hit tune "Lollipop." The 26-year-old hip-hop star, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, will also compete for album of the year and rap album at the end of the ceremony.

The other contenders for album of the year are R&B singer Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman" and British rock band Radiohead's "In Rainbows."


Adele, a 20-year-old London native who earlier won a Grammy for her tune "Chasing Pavements," took the best new artist award over compatriot Duffy, teen idols the Jonas Brothers, country act Lady Antebellum and R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan.

The first winner during the telecast, which kicked off at 5 p.m. PST (0100 GMT Monday), was Jennifer Hudson, the Oscar-winning "Dreamgirls" actress who was honored in the best R&B album category for her self-titled album.

The victory came almost four months after her mother and brother were murdered in their Chicago home, and Hudson was quickly overcome by emotion after her name was called.

She dedicated the Grammy to "my family in heaven and those who are here today."

The ceremony also got off to an awkward start as word spread that scheduled performer and double nominee Chris Brown was under investigation for attacking an unidentified woman after an argument early yesterday morning.

The R&B star canceled his scheduled performance as did his girlfriend, R&B singer Rihanna. Rihanna's slot was filled at the last moment by R&B legend Al Green, who earlier won two awards. He played with pop singer Justin Timberlake and country star Keith Urban.

Other early performers included U2, who unveiled their new single "Get On Your Boots," and teen stars Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, who sang the Swift-written song "Fifteen."


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