Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant received a whole lotta love at the Grammy Awards on Sunday,winning five prizes including album of the year for an acclaimed collaboration with bluegrass queen Alison Krauss.
Other compatriots included rock band Coldplay,who won three awards,including song of the year; 20-year-old rookie Adele,who won a pair including best new artiste; and Welsh newcomer Duffy,who was honoured for pop vocal album.
Plant and Krauss,37,swept all five categories in which they were also nominated. They also won record of the year for Please Read The Letter,a reworking of a tune Plant wrote with former Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page,and prizes in the pop,folk/Americana,and country categories.
Im bewildered, Plant said upon winning album of the year,the events final prize. In the old days,we would have called this selling out,but I think its a good way to spend a Sunday.
Raising Sand,on which the duo reworked old folk ballads and R&B chestnuts,was an instant critical and commercial hit. Plant scuttled a much-rumored Led Zeppelin reunion by opting to tour Europe and America with Krauss instead.
Rapper Lil Wayne,who led the field with eight nominations,ended up with four prizes,including best rap album for Tha Carter III,the biggest-selling US release of 2008.
R&B star Chris Brown,19,supplied some last-minute fireworks. The two-time nominee and scheduled performer was arrested Sunday evening and charged with making criminal threats in connection with an attack on an unidentified woman widely thought to be his girlfriend Rihanna.