As usual, if you're dead - the sentimental Grammy tearducts just can't help but award you. The late, great Ray Charles was this year's big winner - capturing the top two awards: Record of the Year and Album of the Year.
Grammy sentiment couldn't help award the cheeze that is John Mayer's Daughters as Song of the Year, and as Best Male Pop Vocal. Personally, the song is terrible - but it pulls (or yanks violently) at the heartstrings, or something, so poof!, here comes the Grammy.
Grammy favorite Alicia Keys swept the female/R&B categories, proving still that Grammy voters are old fogies, and like their music to sound that way, regardless if the musician is twentysomething. Speaking of which, Grammy favorite Norah Jones took home her share of awards as well.
In the end - a predictable, adult contemporary night at the awards.
Record Of The Year: Here We Go Again, Ray Charles & Norah Jones
Album Of The Year: Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles & Various Artists
Song Of The Year: Daughters, John Mayer, songwriter (John Mayer)
Best New Artist: Maroon5
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Sunrise, Norah Jones
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Daughters, John Mayer
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: Heaven, Los Lonely Boys
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Here We Go Again, Ray Charles & Norah Jones
Best Pop Instrumental Performance: 11th Commandment, Ben Harper
Best Pop Instrumental Album: Henry Mancini: Pink Guitar, Various Artists
Best Pop Vocal Album: Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles & Various Artists
Best Dance Recording: Toxic, Britney Spears
Best Electronic/Dance Album: Kish Kash, Basement Jaxx
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Stardust...The Great American Songbook Volume III, Rod Stewart
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Code Of Silence, Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal: Vertigo, U2
Best Hard Rock Performance: Slither, Velvet Revolver
Best Metal Performance: Whiplash, Motrhead
Best Rock Instrumental Performance: Mrs. O'Leary's Cow, Brian Wilson
Best Rock Song: Vertigo, Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge & Larry Mullen, songwriters (U2)
Best Rock Album: American Idiot, Green Day
Best Alternative Music Album: A Ghost Is Born, Wilco
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: If I Ain't Got You, Alicia Keys
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Call My Name, Prince
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: My Boo, Usher & Alicia Keys