UK cleans-up at the 2009 Grammys: Robert Plant,Coldplay and Radiohead amongst multi-winners

Posted: 9th February 2009
Robert Plant

...and the winner for the awards ceremony with the most award categories goes to…. [dramatic pause]… the Grammys… with 106 categories, including great ones like 'Album Notes' and both long and short video categories.. can't let the well endowed videos lord it over the stubby ones….

Anyway, before I digress into more innuendo, the news of the night was that the UK rocks, with 16 of those 106 categories coming back to the UK, which I think I'm right in saying is unprecedented.

The runaway winners of the night were the duo Robert Plant and Alison Krauss who scooped no less than five awards, including the coveted Album of the Year and Record of the Year awards. Coldplay picked-up three awards for Viva La Vida / Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, including: Song of the Year and Rock Album.

Radiohead and Adele received a pair of awards each, with Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' getting the Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package and Alternative Music Album categories and Adele's 'Chasing Pavements' winning 'Female Pop Vocal Performance' as well as being awarded the New Artist award. Completing the UK winners were Duffy for 'Rockferry' (Pop Vocal Album) and Estelle (with a little help from Kanye West) picking-up the Rap/Sung Collaboration award for 'American Boy'. Peter Gabriel won the Instrumental Arrangement award along with Californian composer Thomas Newman for the song 'Define Dancing' from the film Wall-E.

French electro was well represented both Daft Punk receiving two awards for

'Harder Better Faster Stronger' and live album 'Alive 2007' (Dance Recording and Electronic Dance Album categories) and Justice getting the Remixed Recording award for 'Electric Feel'.

Other notable mentions go to Al Green, who picked-up an award for 'Stay With Me (By the Sea)' featuring John Legend (R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals) and 'You've Got the Love I Need' featuring Anthony Hamilton (Traditional R&B Vocal Performance).

Rick Rubin was awarded the 'Best Producer' award for his work on studio albums by Weezer, Neil Diamond and Metallica.

Dweezil Zappa's band Zappa Plays Zappa received the Rock Instrumental Performance award for their cover of dad Frank's song 'Peaches En Regalia'.

Daniel O'Connell