Grammys 2009: What’s New Is Old

Plant, Krauss’ collaboration takes top Grammys: Aidin Vaziri | At Sunday’s 51st Grammy Awards, broadcast live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, there was less room for error. The show was packed with more than 30 live performers from tantalizing young pop stars like the Jonas Brothers and Katy Perry to industry warhorses Paul McCartney and Neil Diamond, along with wild cards M.I.A. and Radiohead. Better yet, just about everyone in the running for the big prizes more or less deserved to be there. That didn’t mean conservative tastes didn’t win out. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won the album of the year award for “Raising Sand,” a record of sepia-toned country and rockabilly standards released two years ago. They beat out Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” and Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends,” the top-two selling albums last year. “I’d like to say, I’m bewildered,” Plant said. “In the old days, we would have called this selling out.” Continue reading.

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