GRAMMY Rewind: 46th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Music's Biggest Night, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
In the weeks leading up to the telecast, we will take a stroll through some of the golden moments in GRAMMY history with the GRAMMY Rewind, highlighting the "big four" categories — Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist — from past awards shows. In the process, we'll discuss the winners and the nominees who just missed taking home the GRAMMY, while also shining a light on the artists' careers and the eras in which the recordings were born.
Join us as we take an abbreviated journey through the trajectory of pop music from the 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1959 to this year's 53rd telecast. Today we celebrate the 46th Annual GRAMMY Awards with OutKast and friends.
46th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 8, 2004
Album Of The Year
Winner: OutKast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Missy Elliott, Under Construction
Justin Timberlake, Justified
The White Stripes, Elephant
For innovative Atlanta rap duo OutKast's GRAMMY-winning effort, group principals André 3000 and Big Boi decided that two halves would make a better whole, each contributing their individual visions and seducing the mainstream with a pair of Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers (André Benjamin's "Hey Ya!" and Antwan Patton's "The Way You Move.") While OutKast enjoyed a triple GRAMMY haul also winning Best Rap Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Hey Ya!" the other contenders did not leave the podium empty-handed. Elliott captured Best Female Rap Solo Performance for "Work It"; Timberlake was Justified with two GRAMMYs for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Cry Me A River"; and the White Stripes claimed the Best Alternative Music Album victory for Elephant. Arkansas rockers Evanescence picked up Best New Artist honors and Best Hard Rock Performance for "Bring Me To Life," representing their only GRAMMY glories thus far in their career.
Record Of The Year
Winner: Coldplay, "Clocks"
Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z, "Crazy In Love"
The Black Eyed Peas & Justin Timberlake, "Where Is The Love"
Eminem, "Lose Yourself"
OutKast, "Hey Ya!"
Their sophomore album A Rush Of Blood To The Head yielded British rockers Coldplay their biggest GRAMMY victory with Record Of The Year for "Clocks," managing to put a small damper on the husband-wife team of Beyoncé and Jay-Z's attempt to cash in with "Crazy In Love." However, "Crazy In Love" won them Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration — and that's not including the three others the ex-Destiny Child frontwoman scored. Although the Black Eyed Peas/Timberlake collaboration on "Where Is The Love" was left out in the cold, the Peas would more than make up for lost GRAMMY gold in the future. Eminem also consoled himself with two other triumphs as "Lose Yourself" from the highly acclaimed 8 Mile soundtrack (the Detroit hip-hop artist's only starring film role to date) won Best Rap Song and Best Male Rap Solo Performance. This was the second time OutKast lost out on Record Of The Year honors as the duo was nominated in 2001 for "Ms. Jackson."
Song Of The Year
Winner: Luther Vandross, "Dance With My Father"
Christina Aguilera, "Beautiful"
Eminem, "Lose Yourself"
Avril Lavigne, "I'm With You"
Warren Zevon, "Keep Me In Your Heart"
Popular soul singer Vandross mounted a considerable comeback with "Dance With My Father," a touching evergreen classic about reconciliation with his father, co-written with Richard Marx. The New York native also picked up wins for Best R&B album for Dance With My Father, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the title track, and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "The Closer I Get To You" with Beyoncé. Aguilera continued to capitalize on her 1999 Best New Artist Award by winning Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the empowering "Beautiful," written by Linda Perry, while Canadian singer Lavigne has received eight nominations, but no wins, to date. "I'm With You" was co-written by Lavigne with the same team that collaborated to craft her previous Song Of The Year GRAMMY-nominated "Complicated," Lauren Christy, Graham Edwards and Scott Spock (aka the Matrix). Eminem garnered a nod for "Lose Yourself," which he co-wrote with Jeff Bass and Luis Resto.
There was a double touch of sadness to this category. Veteran nominee Zevon had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Although he didn't win Song Of The Year, GRAMMY voters kept the Chicagoan in their hearts by rewarding him with two statuettes: Best Contemporary Folk Album for The Wind and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for "Disorder In The House," a duet with Bruce Springsteen. Zevon passed away six months later on Sept. 7, 2003.
The other tragedy: In April 2003, Vandross suffered a debilitating stroke from which he would never recover, losing his battle on July 1, 2005.
Best New Artist
Fountains Of Wayne
The meteoric and monstrous success of Fallen rightfully earned Evanescence Best New Artist honors. Later in 2003 co-founder Ben Moody departed the lineup and the band has since released two more albums.
Queens, N.Y., gangsta rapper Curtis Armstrong, better known as 50 Cent, has perhaps generated the most dollars from the 2003 Best New Artist alumni, selling 11.5 million albums to date, according to the RIAA. Although Fountains Of Wayne didn't score Best New Artist honors, they did deliver the only universally recognized soccer mom anthem with the hit "Stacy's Mom." Tony Award winner Headley and dancehall reggae singer Paul earned GRAMMY Awards in other fields: Trinidadian Headley in 2009 for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album for Audience Of One, and Paul in 2003 for Best Reggae Album for Dutty Rock.
Come back to GRAMMY.com on Feb. 7 as we revisit the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Tune in to the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Meanwhile, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Facebook and Twitter for updates and breaking GRAMMY news.