The 50th annual Grammy Awards is officially in the books. Boasting
performances by Kanye West , his favorite guitar player John Mayer and
Amy Winehouse , the show may go down as one of the biggest in Grammy
Winehouse , who performed live via satellite from a London recording
studio, took home several awards, including Best New Artist , Best
Female Pop Vocal Performance , Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year
for her breakout hit, Rehab .
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama picked up a Grammy for
Best Spoken Word Album for The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming
the American Dream . One of Hip Hop's earliest acts, The Beastie Boys
claimed the Best Pop Instrumental Album for The Mix Up .
Kanye West's GOOD Music label fared well tonight, living up to
their moniker of Grammy Family , picking up several awards. Despite
multiple awards, West came up short in his quest for Album Of The Year
, which belonged to Herbie Hancock for River: The Jonie Letters.
Here are the Hip Hop and R&B winners:
Best Rap Solo Performance : Kanye West – Stronger
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group : Common featuring Kanye West –
Best Rap / Sung Collaboration : Rihanna featuring Jay-Z – Umbrella
Best Rap Song : Kanye West featuring T. Pain – Good Life
Best Rap Album: Kanye West- Graduation
Best Urban/Alternative Performance : Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott –
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance : Alicia Keys – No One
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance : Prince – Future Baby Mama
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals : Chaka Kahn
featuring Mary J. Blige – Disrespectful
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance : Gerald Levert – In My Songs
Best R&B Song: Alicia Keys – No One
Best R&B Album : Chaka Kahn – Funk This
Best Contemporary R&B Album : NeYo – Because Of You
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