GRAMMY Rewind: 47th 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, the GRAMMY Awards celebrates the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards with Ray Charles and his genius company.
47th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 13, 2005
Album Of The Year
Winner: Ray Charles & Various Artists, Genius Loves Company
Green Day, American Idiot
Alicia Keys, The Diary Of Alicia Keys
Kanye West, The College Dropout
Everyone loves geniuses, and 17-time GRAMMY-winning legend Charles certainly falls into that category. In 2004 he recruited a cast of superstar duet partners — Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Elton John, and B.B. King, among others — and came up with a splendid effort, timed perfectly to coincide with the release of the Oscar-nominated biography Ray, which captured full mainstream attention. Genius Loves Company earned Charles four additional GRAMMYs: Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Gospel Performance for "Heaven Help Us All" with Gladys Knight, and two with Norah Jones for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals and the coveted Record Of The Year for "Here We Go Again." Unfortunately, Charles would not be on hand to celebrate as he died on June 10, 2004.
Punk rockers Green Day may have missed the Album Of The Year cut, but American Idiot won Best Rock Album and in 2008 was transformed into a hit Broadway musical. The Diary Of Alicia Keys also marked a stellar year for the Big Apple-based songstress, spawning four R&B GRAMMYs: Best R&B Album; Best R&B Song for "You Don't Know My Name," which she shared with co-writer West; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "If I Ain't Got You"; and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for her duet with Usher on "My Boo." West's The College Dropout made the grade for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for "Jesus Walks."
Record Of The Year
Winner: Ray Charles & Norah Jones, "Here We Go Again"
Black Eyed Peas, "Let's Get It Started"
Green Day, "American Idiot"
Los Lonely Boys, "Heaven"
Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris, "Yeah!"
Record Of The Year duet partners Charles and Jones have won a combined 26 GRAMMYs between them. Charles' first GRAMMY victories arrived in 1960. Jones has earned slightly more than half of Charles' total, but scattered among her nine trophies are two Album Of The Year GRAMMYs (2002's Come Away With Me and 2007's River: The Joni Letters with Herbie Hancock), two Record Of The Year wins, including 2002's "Don't Know Why," and the prestigious Best New Artist honor in 2002. The pair was a musical match made in heaven to say the least.
Black Eyed Peas struck their first GRAMMY gold in 2004 for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Let's Get It Started," as did Los Lonely Boys in the Pop Field equivalent for "Heaven." Although Green Day missed the Record Of The Year mark for "American Idiot," it was harbinger of things to come: The band won the category in 2005 for "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams." Usher and partners Lil Jon and Ludacris didn't strike out either, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration honors for "Yeah!"
Song Of The Year
Winner: John Mayer, "Daughters"
Hoobastank, "The Reason"
Alicia Keys, "If I Ain't Got You"
Tim McGraw, "Live Like You Were Dying"
Kanye West, "Jesus Walks"
Singer/songwriter Mayer's self-penned "Daughters" won two awards, both Song Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance honors, a category he's won a total of four times. Country superstar McGraw cashed in on "Live Like You Were Dying," written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, taking home Best Country Male Vocal Performance honors, his lone solo GRAMMY win to date (he's had two victories with his country songstress wife Faith Hill). Keys' self-penned "If I Ain't Go You" cracked the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and West's "Jesus Walks," co-penned with Miri Ben-Ari and Che Smith, peaked at No. 11. Hoobastank are still looking for "The Reason" to claim their first GRAMMY win. Co-written by bandmates Daniel Estrin and Douglas Robb, the song climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Best New Artist
Winner: Maroon 5
Los Lonely Boys
Since winning the Best New Artist GRAMMY, Maroon 5 have captured two more awards for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals in 2005 and 2007 for "This Love" and "Makes Me Wonder," respectively. Los Lonely Boys earned their aforementioned GRAMMY for "Heaven," and Stone would go on to win her first GRAMMY in 2006 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Family Affair." West was the only Best New Artist nominee to pick up multiple GRAMMY wins. Country singer Wilson added her single GRAMMY win to date with Best Female Country Vocal Performance honors for her anthem "Redneck Woman."
Come back to GRAMMY.com tomorrow as we revisit the 48th 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.