Late Genius Ray Charles Dominates Grammys

Late Genius Ray Charles Dominates Grammys
Jamie Foxx and Alicia Keys
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updated 02/13/2005 AT 11:30 PM EST

originally published 02/13/2005 AT 08:00 PM EST

When the Grammy dust settled Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the late Ray Charles and his best-selling, posthumous, final album, Genius Loves Company, emerged as the top winner, with a total of eight Grammys.

These included trophies for album of the year, best pop album and best pop collaboration for "Here We Go Again," with Norah Jones – a collaboration that was also named record of the year. A tearful Jones accepted the award on behalf of Charles.

Alicia Keys went home with four Grammys – including the one she and Usher each received for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals for their No. 1 duet, "My Boo." Keys also won for her best R&B album, The Diary of Alicia Keys.

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Usher and Kanye West were both triple winners. Accepting the rap album Grammy for his The College Dropout, West acknowledged that he went into the evening with a year's best of 10 nominations, saying during his lengthy speech: "Everybody wanted to know what I would do if I didn't win. I guess we'll never know."

John Mayer won two Grammys, for song of the year, "Daughters," and for best male pop performance. At the podium he thanked his Grammy – that is, his grandmother – "for having an awesome daughter, my mom."

Maroon 5 was named best new artist, over Kanye West, Gretchen Wilson, Joss Stone and Los Lonely Boys, prompting frontman Adam Levine to clutch his award and declare: "This is the trippiest thing" he ever experienced.

Best rock album was American Idiot, the critically hailed rock opera by multiple nominee Green Day. Los Lonely Boys won for best pop group with vocals, for their song "Heaven." Prince nabbed best R&B male performance for "Call My Name" – only the artist formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince was a no-show.

The country album Grammy went to Loretta Lynn, for her Van Lear Rose. Receiving a standing ovation (and taking the stage with the White Stripes' Jack White, who produced the album) the 69-year-old star announced: "I love Tim McGraw." Then, addressing his wife, Faith Hill, Lynn added: "Faith, I can't help it."

U2 took the rock song Grammy for their single "Vertigo." Instead of performing the song on the show, however, the band chose instead to do "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own," dedicating it to lead singer Bono's father, who died in 2001.

Quincy Jones, acting as conductor, and Jamie Foxx, who in two weeks is expected to win the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the film bio Ray, joined Alicia Keys for one of two of the evening's tributes to the music great, who died last June.

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