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Grammy broadcast offers music, fashion surprises

Feb. 23, 2001

By KAREN KALB

Entertainment Editor

Though Eminem and the prepubescent music movement made all the noise earlier in the week, industry veterans made the victory cry at Wednesday night's Grammys.

Irish favorite U2 took home three trophies, including song of the year for their album All That You Can't Leave Behind, the bands first effort since 1997's Pop.

Steely Dan's album Two Against Nature, which has received little air time to make room for more profound tunes like Who Let the Dogs Out, beat Beck, Eminem, Radiohead and Paul Simon for the coveted album of the year slot.

Despite bad press, Eminem did win three Grammys for rap.

Master of ceremonies Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, provided small relief from the slow pace of the three hour ceremony.

The evening's oddest performance was Eminem's Stan -- with piano and vocal accompaniment by Elton John. The musical combo that was loudly protested throughout the week by gay rights' and women's activists.

Other performances included those by barely clad Destiny's Child, ever- busty Dolly Parton and recently cornrowed Christina Aguilera.

Protests outside the ceremony couldn't have been nearly as loud as the fashion within. John's hot pink suit seemed to be an inspiration to a younger generation of effeminate performers -- namely 'N Sync.

Men's fashions were pretty standard, with the exception of Beck and the Foo Fighters who seemed nostalgic for the 1980s.

Traci Bingham has apparently kept her Bedazzler around. The ex-Baywatch star appeared wearing glued on jewels and not much else.

In the end, the show's controversy was skimpier than Toni Braxton's dress, but the couture should keep fashion vulture Joan Rivers smug.

Musical winners of the evening included:

Record of the Year- Beautiful Day, U2

Album of the Year- Two Against Nature, Steely Dan

Song of the Year- Beautiful Day, U2

New Artist- Shelby Lynne

Rock Album- There is Nothing Left to Lose, Foo Fighters

R & B Album- Voodoo, D'Angelo

Alternative Music Album- Kid A, Radiohead

Rap Album- The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem

Country Album- Breathe, Faith Hill

Pop Vocal Album- Two Against Nature, Steely Dan

Traditional Pop Vocal Album- Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell