Clean Sweep Likely For Adele

Paul Grein
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Clean Sweep Likely For Adele

In the pre-telecast awards, Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" has won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video, which means Adele is on track to win in all six categories in which she was nominated. That would enable her to tie Beyonce's 2010 record for most Grammys won by a female artist in one night and Eric Clapton's 1993 record for most Grammys won by a British artist in one night.

Adele, 23, is also in contention to become the youngest artist to win Album, Record and Song of the Year in one night. That record is currently shared by Paul Simon, Carole King and Christopher Cross, each of whom was 29 when they swept the "Big Three" awards.

The music video category was considered the hardest to predict of Adele's six nominations and the only one that she might conceivably lose. Now that she's won that, she's in an excellent position to make a clean sweep.

Skrillex won three Grammys: Best Dance/Electronica Album for Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Best Dance Recording for the title track of that hit EP and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for the "Skrillex Remix" of Benny Benassi's "Cinema."

Kirk Franklin won two awards in the Gospel Field: Best Gospel Album for Hello Fear and Best Gospel Song for the title song.

Tony Bennett won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for the 11th time for Duets II. In September, the album became the first #1 album of Bennett's 60-year career. Bennett, 85, isn't this year's oldest Grammy winner. Betty White, 90, won her first Grammy as If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) was voted Best Spoken Word Album.

Deluxe reissues of three classic rock albums from the 1970s won Grammys this year. Paul McCartney took Best Historical Album for producing a deluxe edition of Wings' 1973 album Band On The Run. The "Super Deluxe Edition" of Derek and the Dominos' 1970 classic Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs won as Best Surround Sound Album. The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story, about the making of Bruce Springsteen's classic 1978 album, won as Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package (an art director's award).

Pat Metheny's What's It All About won as Best New Age Album. It's Metheny's 19th Grammy.

Other pre-telecast winners include Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1 for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media; The King's Speech by Alexandre Desplat for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media; and "I See The Light" from Tangled for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Alan Menken and Glenn Slater wrote the latter song. It's Menken's 11th Grammy.

Louis C.K.'s Hilarious won as Best Comedy Album. The Book Of Mormon won as Best Musical Theater Album. Stephen Marley's Revelation Pt. 1: The Root Of Life won as Best Reggae Album. It's Marley's fourth Grammy.

Other winners included Chris Tomlin's And If Our God Is For Us… for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album; Le'Andria Johnson's "Jesus" as Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance; and Laura Story's "Blessings" as Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.

Judith Sherman won as Producer of the Year, Classical for the third time. She previously won in 1994 and 2008. Sherman is the first woman to win three times in the category.