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Grammy Awards of 2006

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards were held on Wednesday 8 February 2006 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Nominations were announced on December 6, 2005.
The event was dominated by U2, winning five awards. Mariah Carey, newcomer John Legend, and Legend's friend Kanye West won three each, and Kelly Clarkson won two (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album).


* Madonna and the animated group Gorillaz opened the show with a medley of "Feel Good Inc." and "Hung Up";
* Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder led a sing-along to "Higher Ground";
* Coldplay performed "Talk";
* John Legend performed "Ordinary People";
* Sugarland performed "Something More";
* U2 performed "Vertigo" and "One" with Mary J. Blige;
* Kelly Clarkson performed her hit single "Because of You";
* Paul McCartney performed "Fine Line" and "Helter Skelter" introduced by Ellen Degeneres;
* Mariah Carey performed "We Belong Together" and "Fly Like a Bird", James "Big Jim" Wright on piano and organ, the latter with Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir;;
* Keith Urban performed "You'll Think Of Me" and then joined Faith Hill in her song "The Lucky One", introduced by Jenna Elfman;
* A Sly & the Family Stone tribute, introduced by Dave Chapelle, and featuring performances of several Family Stone songs ("Family Affair", "If You Want Me to Stay", "Everyday People", "Dance to the Music", and "I Want to Take You Higher". The performers featured included Joss Stone, Van Hunt, John Legend, Fantasia, Devin Lima, Maroon 5, Ciara, of the Black Eyed Peas, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Robert Randolph. During Tyler, Perry, and Randolph's performance of "I Want to Take You Higher", Sly Stone and the original Family Stone (with Rusty Allen in place of original bassist Larry Graham) took the stage with the rest of the performers. Sly Stone, making his first public appearance onstage since 1987 and sporting a large cockatoo-style mohawk, briefly contributed vocals and keyboards to the performance before walking offstage and leaving the other performers to finish the number;
* Paul McCartney, Linkin Park and Jay-Z performed The Beatles' "Yesterday";
* Bruce Springsteen performed "Devils and Dust" introduced by Tom Hanks;
* Kanye West and Jamie Foxx performing "Gold Digger" along with two short skits (one featuring DeRay Davis as the leader of the fictional "Broke Phi Broke" fraternity) and a short rendition of "Touch the Sky";
* Christina Aguilera and Herbie Hancock performed Leon Russell's "A Song for You";
* Allen Tousant with Bonnie Raitt, The Edge, Irma Thomas and Dr. John performed "We Can Can";
* Sam Maul , Bruce Springsteen and an ensemble band performed Wilson Pickett's "Midnight Hour" with Irma Thomas joining in on vocals.

Award winners


Top Nominees Included Mariah Carey, John Legend and Kanye West with 8 each, but won only 3 awards each.
* Record Of The Year
o Green Day for Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
* Album Of The Year
o U2 for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
* Song Of The Year
o U2 for Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
* Best New Artist
o John Legend


* Best Alternative Music Album
o The White Stripes for Get Behind Me Satan


* Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
o Kelly Clarkson for Since U Been Gone
* Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
o Stevie Wonder for From the Bottom of My Heart
* Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
o Maroon 5 for This Love
* Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
o Gorillaz featuring De La Soul for Feel Good Inc.
* Best Pop Instrumental Performance
o Les Paul for Caravan
* Best Pop Instrumental Album
o Burt Bacharach for At This Time
* Best Pop Vocal Album
o Kelly Clarkson for Breakaway


* Best Dance Recording
o The Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip for Galvanize
* Best Electronic/Dance Album
o The Chemical Brothers for Push the Button

Traditional pop

* Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
o Tony Bennett for The Art of Romance


* Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
o Bruce Springsteen for Devils & Dust
* Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
o U2 for Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
* Best Hard Rock Performance
o System Of A Down for B.Y.O.B.
* Best Metal Performance
o Slipknot for Before I Forget
* Best Rock Instrumental Performance
o Les Paul & Friends for 69 Freedom Specials
* Best Rock Song
o U2 for City of Blinding Lights
* Best Rock Album
o U2 for How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb


* Best R&B Song
o Mariah Carey for We Belong Together
* Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
o John Legend for Ordinary People
* Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
o Mariah Carey for We Belong Together
* Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
o Beyonce and Stevie Wonder for So Amazing
* Best R&B Album
o John Legend for Get Lifted
* Best Contemporary R&B Album
o Mariah Carey for The Emancipation of Mimi