NEW YORK — The recording industry paid homage to a legend Wednesday, honoring Bob Dylan with three Grammys including album of the year, while Shawn Colvin's "Sunny Came Home" was named for both record and song of the year.
Paula Cole, with seven nominations including every major category, was named best new artist at the 40th annual awards. Veteran rocker Bob Dylan won all three Grammys, for which he was nominated: album of the year, best male rock vocal performance, and best contemporary folk album.
Dylan's son Jakob also won a pair of Grammys, one as part of his band The Wallflowers for best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal for "One Headlight," and another for writing "The Difference," which was named best rock song. Dylan, wearing a silver tuxedo jacket, paid homage to Buddy Holly, saying he heard Holly play when he was 16. "He looked at me, and I just have some kind of feeling that he was ... with us all the time we were making this record in some kind of way."
Bob Dylan had only won two previous solo Grammys, the recording industry's highest honors presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, and "Time Out of Mind" was his first Top 10 album in nearly 20 years.
Colvin, accepting the night's top award, record of the year for "Sunny Came Home," quipped, "You like me, you really like me," echoing Sally Field's 1980s Oscar speech. The awards were judiciously distributed, with multiple nominees Colvin, Cole, Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachlan, Babyface, Puff Daddy, Erykah Badu, and R. Kelly, who won three, all taking home Grammys.
The three-hour, nationally televised gala hosted by "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer at Radio City Music Hall was interrupted by a pair of bizarre, unscripted appearances, one by a shirtless man during Dylan's performance of "Love Sick." Earlier, as Colvin accepted her song of the year Grammy with co-writer and producer John Leventhal, a rapper from the group Wu-Tang Clan appeared and, apparently distraught over his group's lack of onstage attention, commandeered the microphone.
Elton John's tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Candle in the Wind 1997, won a Grammy for best male pop vocal performance. The song is the bestselling single ever.
Grammys also went to producer and artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds for producer of the year, and McLachlan, for best female pop vocal performance for "Building a Mystery" and best pop instrumental for "Last Dance." Cole, named best new artist, thanked her parents and music teachers in high school and college and paid tribute to inspirations Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Bob Marley.