And The GRAMMY Went To ... John Legend & The Roots
(In the coming weeks GRAMMY.com will feature information and video highlights on winners from the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles. Each installment will offer the winning or related video and some pertinent, and not so pertinent, information about the track and the artists.)
Album: Wake Up! (iTunes>)
Artist: John Legend & The Roots
Won for: Best R&B Album
Previous wins (Legend): Best New Artist, Best R&B Album for Get Lifted and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Ordinary People" in 2005; Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Heaven" and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (with Van Hunt and Joss Stone) for "Family Affair" in 2006; Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Stay With Me (By The Sea)" with Al Green in 2008
Previous wins (the Roots): Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "You Got Me" in 1999
Did you know?: Wake Up! — which teams John Legend and the Roots — is an album consisting mainly of soul covers from the '60s and '70s, including songs from Donny Hathaway, Ernie Hines, Baby Huey, and Bill Withers, among others. Peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, the album also features contributions from artists such as Black Thought, Common, Melanie Fiona, C.L. Smooth, and Malik Yusef. "Wake Up Everybody," which was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, was originally recorded by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, a group that featured the late R&B/soul icon Teddy Pendergrass. "Hang On In There," which won for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, was written by Mike James Kirkland and originally released in 1972. Wake Up!'s lone original composition, "Shine," was penned by Legend and netted him a GRAMMY for Best R&B Song. Before his debut album was released in 2004, Legend collaborated with fellow GRAMMY winners Alicia Keys, Kanye West and Jay-Z. Formed in the late '80s in Philadelphia, in 1995 the Roots released their major label debut, Do You Want More?!!!??!
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