Exploring The Pop Winners

A closer look at the winners in the pop categories for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
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    Tony Bennett
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    Booker T. Jones
February 13, 2012 -- 2:50 pm PST

You've seen the list of winners, now take a closer look at the artists winning in the Pop Field categories for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

The 54th GRAMMY Awards proved to be a big night for Adele, who won a record-tying total of six awards, two of them in the Pop Field. Also picking up wins were Tony Bennett and the late Amy Winehouse, and Booker T. Jones.

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, "Someone Like You"

In accepting the award for "Someone Like You" during the GRAMMY telecast, Adele noted that since this was a vocal performance award, she wanted to thank her doctors who brought her voice back. Adele performed on the GRAMMY telecast, her first performance since undergoing vocal-cord surgery last November. Adele won for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance in 2008 for "Chasing Pavements." That same year she won Best New Artist.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse, "Body And Soul"

Bennett and Winehouse's remake of the 1930 standard "Body And Soul" emerged victorious. The track is from Bennett's album Duets II, which was voted Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. These two awards bring Bennett's career GRAMMY total to 16. Winehouse's posthumous award brings her career total to six. This marks the second time in eight years that one of the artists on a winning collaboration had died before the recording was released. Ray Charles, whose teaming with Norah Jones on "Here We Go Again" was voted Best Collaboration With Vocals in 2004, died less than three months before the release of his album Genius Loves Company. Bennett was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Booker T. Jones, The Road From Memphis

This is the second time in three years that Jones has won in this category, following Potato Hole in 2009. Jones' band Booker T. & The MG's won a GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Cruisin'" in 1994. They also received a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Best Pop Vocal Album
Adele, 21

Adele's 21 marks the third time in the past five years that a female UK artist has won the award. Winehouse won for 2007's Back To Black. Duffy won the following year for Rockferry. (Adele and Winehouse were both born in England. Duffy is Welsh.) 21 was also voted Album Of The Year. It was the fifth album to win in both categories. It follows Celine Dion's Falling Into You (1996), Steely Dan's Two Against Nature (2000), Norah Jones' Come Away With Me (2002), and Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company (2004). Adele' six GRAMMY wins bring her career total to eight.

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