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Late Ray sweeps 8 Grammys with posthumous best-seller
Updated: 2005-02-15 10:05

The late Ray Charles was an eight-time winner Sunday night at the 47th annual Grammy Awards, including winning for album of the year for "Genius Loves Company," and record of the year for "Here We Go Again".

Ray Charles may be gone, but he's unlikely to be forgotten at the Grammy Awards on February 13, 2005 when he competes for seven of the music industry's most coveted prizes. Charles is seen during April 9, 2003 performance. [Reuters]
Charles' other Grammys were for best gospel performance with Gladys Knight for "Heaven Help Us All", best pop collaboration with vocals with Norah Jones for "Here We Go Again", best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalists for "Over the Rainbow," while the album "Genius Loves Company" was named best pop vocal album, best engineered album, nonclassical and best surround sound album.

Charles died June 10 last year of liver disease at age 73.

He won 12 Grammys during his lifetime. His latest album is his biggest seller ever.

Kanye West, the rapper-producer who had a leading 10 nominations this year, was the winner in the best rap album category for "The College Dropout", after being beaten out by Maroon5 for best new artist. Four of the five members of the groupare alumni of the exclusive Brentwood School.

West also won as a songwriter for "You Don't Know My Name", thewinner as best R&B song, and "Jesus Walks," the winner for best rap song.

Other winners during the televised portion of the awards from Staples Center here included Los Lonely Boys for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocals for "Heaven", Prince forbest male R&B vocal performance for "Call My Name" and Green Day for best rock album for "American Idiot".

Additionally, Irish rock group U2 won for best rock performanceby a duo with vocals for "Vertigo", John Mayer for song of the year for his recording of "Daughters", Alicia Keys for best R&B album for "The Diary of Alicia Keys" while Maroon5 was named best new artist, beating out West, considered the category's favorite.

"It was very shocking," said Maroon5 frontman Adam Levine. "I think everyone in the room expected him to win."

West said, "I love Maroon5."

Norah Jones (R) and Ray Charles' manager Joe Adams accept the award for record of the year during the 47th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 13, 2005. Charles and Jones won for the duet 'Here We Go Again.' [Reuters]
"With awards, they try to make it like there's one winner, whenwe're all winners to the effect that we're here," West said. "We' re winning in life, we're winning with our music because it's reaching so many people. Maroon5, they're just too good."

Other winners during the nontelevised portion included former President Bill Clinton, who won for the best spoken word album forthe audio version of his autobiography "My Life" and Britney Spears, the winner for best dance recording for "Toxic".

Bono of U2 led a group of artists including Stevie Wonder, Jones, Keys, Velvet Revolver, Tim McGraw and Brian Wilson to perform the Beatles' hit "Across the Universe", which was available to be downloaded for 99 US cents from the iTunes Web site, with all donations and proceeds benefiting victims of the tsunami in South Asia.

Scott Weiland, lead singer of Velvet Revolver taking the best rock performance Grammy, called the tsunami benefit "truly monumental".

"It was one of those moments when the hair stands up on the back of your neck," Weiland said. "I think John Lennon was probably smiling down on us."

"Unfortunately, it takes these sorts of things for the world to get together to stand up for nations in need. But the artistic community, when it comes down to it, really does stand up when it needs to, and when we need to, and it's a really good thing because we are really a blessed people."

``We have really blessed lives and those that we're helping really don't this really was a way through this song, through the spirit of this song, to touch a lot of lives through the broadcast,'' Weiland said.

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