The Grammy Awards Span Generations, From Newcomer Sheryl Crow to Tony Bennett
LOS ANGELES — Sheryl Crow had some fun as ''All I Wanna Do'' won record of the year. And Tony Bennett championed American classics when his ''MTV Unplugged'' was named best album as the 37th annual Grammy Awards spread top honors across musical generations.
Bracketed by the newcomer and the veteran, rocker Bruce Springsteen won the top songwriting honor -- song of the year -- for ''Streets of Philadelphia.''
Bennett's victory Wednesday capped a career revival that began two years ago, and Crow's was a rocket to the top of the music world -- a rare and risky ride.
Crow, who also won best new artist and best female pop vocal performance, was put in a position not seen at the Grammys in more than a decade. The last time the record-of-the-year award was the winner's first Grammy was in 1983, when Toto claimed the prize for ''Rosanna.'' The group never won again.
Bennett, who also repeated in the traditional pop vocal performance category he dominated the last two years, said he wished his success would lead to a broader revival of classic American music.
Springsteen's victory carried the night's strongest emotional weight. ''Streets of Philadelphia,'' from the 1993 movie ''Philadelphia'' about a lawyer struggling with AIDS, won awards for song of the year, rock song, male rock vocal performance, and song written for a movie or television. It also won an Oscar last year.
The film ''The Lion King'' produced four winners, including Elton John's male pop vocal performance award for ''Can You Feel the Love Tonight.'' The movie's soundtrack also won for best musical album for children, while a ''read-along'' recording won for spoken-word album for children. ''The Circle of Life'' track claimed an instrumental-arrangement Grammy.
Other top winners included Babyface, who won Grammys in rhythm-and-blues categories for male vocal performance for ''When Can I See You?'' and for writing ''I'll Make Love to You,'' the hit recorded by Boyz II Men.
Boyz II Men claimed the R&B album trophy for ''II'' and received the award for best R&B duo or group vocal performance for ''I'll Make Love to You.'' Toni Braxton won the female R&B vocal performance for ''Breathe Again.''
The best country album was ''Stones in the Road'' by Mary Chapin Carpenter, who also won the country female vocal performance Grammy for ''Shut Up and Kiss Me.'' Vince Gill took the country male vocal award for ''When Love Finds You.''
Crossing categories, ''I Swear'' brought All-4-One the Grammy for best pop vocal performance by a group or duo and was named best country song for the version recorded by John Michael Montgomery. Bonnie Raitt won the best pop album award for ''Longing in Their Hearts.''
Salt-N-Pepa was awarded the Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group for the trio's song ''None of Your Business.'' Queen Latifah's ''U.N.I.T.Y'' topped the rap solo performance competition.
In rock, the Rolling Stones' ''Voodoo Lounge'' was best album; Aerosmith's ''Crazy'' won best performance by a group with vocal. Melissa Etheridge's ''Come to My Window'' was the best female performance. Green Day grabbed the Grammy for best alternative music for the album ''Dookie.''