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Grammy Wrap-Up: Chicago Edition

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 11, 2008 6:08PM

At the risk of feeding the hype machine, we still have to offer a congratulations to Mr. Kanye West for pulling in some Grammy gold last night. While we still don't buy the Grammys as an accurate barometer of the music industry and what's actually, you know, good in music these days, it's still the industry's main award show so there's something to be said for coming away with multiple trophies. While the night's big winner was Amy Winehouse, Kanye still managed to pull in four awards, as well as one of the night's most memorable acceptance speeches (surprise!) when he gave producers the verbal smack-down for trying to run him off in the middle of a tribute to his mother.

2008_02_herbie_hancock.gifOf course, Mr. West wasn't the only Chicagoan to collect a Grammy last night. The night's "marquee" award of "Album of the Year" went to Chicago-born jazz musician Herbie Hancock for his Joni Mitchell tribute, River: The Joni Letters. Common shared "Best Rap Performance By A Duo or Group" for his track "Southside," with Kanye. And Lupe Fiasco also pulled in a win for his "Daydreamin'", (featuring Jill Scott) in the category of "Best Urban/Alternative Performance," whatever that means.

Senator Barack Obama added another Grammy to his mantle, winning for "Best Spoken Word Album" (the audio version of his memoir The Audacity of Hope) to go along with his weekend primary/caucus sweep. This probably seems like rubbing salt in the wound, but we'd be remiss if we failed to point out that Obama beat out Bill Clinton in this category.

And remember Jennifer Hudson, the Academy Award-winning actress from the Southside? Of course you do. Even though her movie Dreamgirls was released way back on Christmas 2006, the weird calendar for the Grammys meant that songs from the film were eligible for this year's awards. While she didn't technically win the award for "Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media" (it's a writer's award), she sang on the winning track, "Love You I Do."

The Chicago-based (and universally-adored) band Wilco lost out on "Best Rock Album." No doubt, Tweedy will channel his anger and bitterness at being scorned by the voters for the Foo Fighters by performing a blistering, 30-minute version of "Spiders (Kidsmoke)" at the Riv this weekend that ends with him setting fire to his guitar and destroying Glenn's drums. Don't say we didn't warn you...

Herbie Hancock looks pretty happy in this photo from his MySpace page.

Thanks, Marcus!