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U2 wins three Grammys

U2 has won three Grammys including record of the year and song of the year  

(CNN) -- U2 has swept its nominations at the 43rd Grammy Awards. The Irish band won three Grammys from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences -- song of the year, record of the year and best rock performance by duo or group with vocal, all for its hit song "Beautiful Day."

"The whole year has been quite humbling," said Bono, lead singer of the band.

Held this year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Grammy Awards honors the best in music. A total of 100 categories -- a new high for The Recording Academy -- are being honored Wednesday, though most of those are handed out before the ceremony televised on CBS. Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" is hosting the event.

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    Shortly before U2 took its third Grammy, country star Shelby Lynne won best new artist from the Recording Academy. She's been in the business for more than a dozen years, but broke from Epic Records to create her 2000 release "I Am Shelby Lynne."

    "Thirteen years and six albums to get here," said Lynne, 32. "I'd like to thank my parents for always stressing, be an individual. And I stand here tonight and represent nothing but music."

    Earlier in the night, controversial rapper Eminem won the best rap album Grammy for his 2000 release, "The Marshall Mathers LP." This, after gay and women's rights groups protested against him outside the Los Angeles event put on by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

    When Eminem took the stage to receive the award, he was humble in victory.

    "What should I say first?" he asked. "I guess first of all I want to thank everybody who looked past the controversy to see the album for what it was and what it isn't."

    Other awards have gone to Macy Gray for best female pop performance for her song "I Try," Steely Dan for best pop vocal album, and Destiny's Child for best R&B duo or group with vocal.

    "We are so excited," said Beyonce Knowles, the lead singer of Destiny's Child. "I can't believe we're winning a Grammy."

    The night started off with a performance by Madonna. Sporting a blonde bob and trim black outfit, the pop music legend entered the stage in a glitzed-out limo, climbed out and performed her hit song "Music," which is nominated for record of the year. Behind her, a video collage of her career dating to 1983 flashed on large screens.

    U2, Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, and Moby with Jill Scott are some other artists who have performed at the Staples Center ceremony.

    In the hours leading up to the ceremony, and in the opening monologue by Stewart, Eminem was the topic of discussion. Eminem, who will perform on the show Elton John and is nominated for four Grammys, has received criticism for his hardcore rants that bash gays and women. Outside the Staples Center, gay and women's rights advocates protested his appearance there.

    "There's tremendous amount of controversy here tonight," Stewart said. "I think we have to deal with it. I met Eminem backstage and he's really gay. About the gayest guy you'd ever meet."

    Before the event, artists weighed in on the rapper, and his hard-core rants that bash gays and women, before the event.

    "Just by his being here, Eminem has already contradicted himself," said singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, referring to an Eminem lyric "You think I give a damn about a Grammy?" The line is uttered by the rapper in "The Real Slim Shady," which is up for a Grammy in the category best rap solo.

    Loggins, nominated this year for best musical album for children, says the fuss surrounding Eminem is nothing new.

    "Rock 'n' roll has always been shocking people," he said. "Sometimes the job of art is to shock people. Eminem is just carrying on a tradition."

    The pre-show was also the site of a fashion free-for-all. From the conservative black ski cap and sweatshirt worn by Durst to the sporty suits and colorful 'dos worn by boy band 'N Sync, to the royal blue western suit and white stetson donned by Brad Paisley the music world showed its colors.

    Some early winners announced before the ceremony: Sheryl Crow won best female rock vocal performance for "There Goes the Neighborhood." Lenny Kravitz won best male rock vocal performance for "Again." Baha Men won best dance recording for "Who Lets the Dog Out." And Joe Jackson won for best pop instrumental album.

    B.B. King has already won two Grammys -- best pop collaboration with vocals, and best traditional blues album.

    Still to be handed out: album of the year. Competing against Eminem in the category: Beck for "Midnite Vultures," Radiohead for "Kid A," Paul Simon for "You're the One," and Steely Dan for "Two Against Nature."



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