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Best world music album Grammy for Ravi Shankar

February 11
03:29 2013

anoushka-grammyLOS ANGELES: Sitar legend Ravi Shankar was today posthumously awarded the best world music album trophy at the 55th Grammys, pipping his own daughter Anoushka, a day after being honored with a Lifetime Achievement award by The Recording Academy.

Shankar’s album ‘The Living Room Sessions Part 1’ saw off competition from Anoushka’s ‘Traveller’, Amadou & Mariam’s ‘Folila’, Daneil Ho’s ‘On A Gentle Island Breeze’ and Hugh Masekela’s ‘Jabulani’.

Anoushka accepted the award on the sitar maestro’s behalf at music’s biggest night at the Staples Center here, saying, “Its OK to lose to your father.”

Shankar passed away on December 11 at the age of 92 following a heart-valve replacement surgery in San Diego.

Anoushka was also on hand Saturday to receive the Lifetime Achievement award alongwith Shankar’s other daughter Norah Jones at the Academy’s Special Merit Awards celebration.

Beatles icon Paul McCartney won the Best traditional pop vocal album for his ‘Kisses On The Bottom’.

British soul singing sensation Adele, who swept last year’s awards with six wins, was presented with the Best Pop Solo Performance Grammy by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull for a live rendition of her hit song ‘Set Fire To The Rain’.

Australian musician Gotye emerged a big winner at the Grammys this year, taking home three trophies – Record of the Year and Pop/duo group performance for his song ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ and Alternative music album for ‘Making Mirrors’.

Album of the Year award went to ‘Babel’ by Mumford & Sons, whose performance at the big night of music was introduced by superstar Johnny Depp.

American band Black Keys also won three awards – best rock performance and best rock song for ‘Lonely Boy’, while their ‘El Camino’ was named the best rock album. . Indie pop band Fun won two major awards – Song of the Year for ‘We Are Young’ and Best New Artist.

Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger’ was named the Best Pop vocal Album, while Chris Botti’s ‘Impressions’ was given the Best pop instrumental album trophy.

The Best dance recording Grammy went to ‘Bangarang’ by Skrillex.

In the R&B section, superstar Beyonce was awarded with the best traditional R&B performance Grammy, while her husband Jay-Z emerged winner in three categories – best rap performance and best rap song with Kanye West in ‘N****s In Paris’ and best rap/sung collaboration ‘No Church In The Wild’ (Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream).

Drake won the best rap album Grammy for his ‘Take Care’, while Usher clinched the best R&B performance trophy for ‘Climax’. Miguel’s ‘Adorn’ was named the best R&B song.

Chris Brown lost out to rival Frank Ocean in the best contemporary album category, who won the Grammy for ‘Channel Orange’.

Rihanna’s sole win in the night came in the form of best short form music video for her ‘We Found Love’, featuring Calvin Harris.

Two Hollywood films, ‘Midnight In Paris’ and ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’, were awarded the best compilation soundtrack and best score soundtrack respectively in the visual media category.

Singer Carrie Underwood enjoyed two wins – country song and country solo performance for ‘Blown Away’.

Bonnie Raitt was named the best Americana album winner – her first Grammy after 16 years – for ‘Slipstream’.

The best country album Grammy went to Zac Brown Band for ‘Uncaged’.

Esperanza Spalding was named the best Jazz vocal album winner for her ‘Radio Music Society’. –PTI

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