Plant, Krauss sweep Grammys with folk tribute

Mon Feb 9, 2009 4:47am EST
 
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant received a "whole lotta love" at the Grammy Awards Sunday, winning five prizes including album of the year for an acclaimed collaboration with bluegrass queen Alison Krauss.

The 60-year-old musician, enshrined in rock annals as the golden-haired, bare-chested singer for one of the biggest bands of the 1970s, was one of several British artists to take center stage at the music industry's top honors.

Other compatriots included rock band Coldplay, who won three awards, including song of the year; 20-year-old rookie Adele, who won a pair including best new artist; and Welsh newcomer Duffy, who was honored for pop vocal album.

Rapper Lil Wayne, who led the field with eight nominations, ended up with four prizes, including best rap album for "Tha Carter III," the biggest-selling U.S. release of 2008.

R&B star Chris Brown, 19, inadvertently supplied some last-minute fireworks. The two-time nominee and scheduled performer was arrested Sunday evening and charged with making criminal threats in connection with an attack on an unidentified woman widely thought to be his girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.

Grammy organizers were forced to substitute a performance by R&B icon Al Green.

Brown's girlfriend, three-time nominee Rihanna, 20, whose involvement in the incident has not been confirmed or denied by Los Angeles police, also scrapped her planned performance.

Plant and Krauss, 37, swept all five categories in which they were also nominated. They also won record of the year for "Please Read The Letter," a reworking of a tune Plant wrote with former Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page, and prizes in the pop, folk/Americana, and country categories.   Continued...

 
<p>Robert Plant (L) and Alison Krauss accept their Grammy for Record of the Year for "Please Read The Letter", as producer T-Bone Burnett (R) watches on, at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>