Grammy Winners Include Carrington, Corea and McBride
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, pianist Chick Corea and bassist Christian McBride are among the winners of this year’s Grammy awards, which were handed out at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Feb. 12.
Carrington’s The Mosaic Project (Concord Jazz), which featured vocals from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding and others, was named best jazz vocal album.
Forever (Concord) by Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White was named best jazz instrumental album, and a track from that album, “500 Miles High,” earned Corea another Grammy in the category best improvised jazz solo.
The Christian McBride Big Band’s The Good Feeling (Mack Avenue) was named best large jazz ensemble album. (Look for an interview with McBride in the April issue of DownBeat.)
Tony Bennett and the late Amy Winehouse won a Grammy in the category best pop duo/group performance for their duet “Body And Soul,” from Bennett’s chart-topping album Duets II (Columbia).
The night’s big winner was pop singer Adele, who took home six Grammys, including wins for 21 (XL/Columbia) as album of the year and “Rolling In The Deep” as record of the year and song of the year.
Memorials were a key part of the show, and the recent death of six-time Grammy winner Whitney Houston added a somber tone to some of the proceedings. Jennifer Hudson sang a powerful version of “I Will Always Love You” as a tribute to Houston. Bonnie Raitt and Alicia Keys sang “A Sunday Kind Of Love” as a tribute to Etta James, who died on Jan. 20.
There was controversy as well. Last spring, the Recording Academy announced that the number of Grammy categories for the 2012 ceremony would be reduced from 109 to 78. A group of musicians, including Bobby Sanabria, has protested the reduction and now is asking the academy to reinstate the 31 categories. Several dozen artists and supporters protested outside the Staples Center on the afternoon of Feb. 12. They also held a concert and party at the Los Angeles venue Mama Juana’s Latin Lounge during the evening’s Grammy telecast.
The bulk of the Grammy awards were handed out in a pre-telecast ceremony, while 10 statues were presented during the TV broadcast. On Feb. 11, the Recording Academy honored jazz producer Rudy Van Gelder with a special Grammy, the Trustees Award, for his career achievements. The other honorees of the Trustees Award were New Orleans bandleader/songwriter Dave Bartholomew and Apple impresario Steve Jobs.
Among the artists to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards this year were Gil Scott-Heron, Antonio Carlos Jobim and the Memphis Horns.
For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit the Grammy website.