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Beyonce shines, Timberlake apologises at Grammy awards

Soul siren Beyonce Knowles dominated the early stages of Sunday's 46th annual Grammy Awards, picking up five awards, but she had to share the spotlight with contrite "breast-barer" Justin Timberlake.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2004 14:30 IST

Soul siren Beyonce Knowles dominated the early stages of Sunday's 46th annual Grammy Awards, picking up five awards, but she had to share the spotlight with contrite "breast-barer" Justin Timberlake.

Picking up his second Grammy of the night, Timberlake issued a heartfelt apology for the now infamous incident at last week's Super Bowl when he ripped off Janet Jackson's bodice, exposing her right breast to 100 million prime-time television viewers.

"Listen, I know its been a rough week on everybody," said Timberlake, who had pointedly brought his mother to the star-studded awards show.

"What occurred was unintentional, completely regrettable and I apologise if you guys were offended," he said as he accepted an award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

The notorious Super Bowl flash shadowed Sunday's ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with Jackson forced to pull out of the evening at which she had been slated to appear as a presenter.

Beyonce, who opened the show performing a medley of hits with superstar Prince, began the night with six nominations and was running at five-for-five with the Record of the Year category still to come.

"Wow. This is unbelievable," the 22-year soul queen said as she accepted her record-tying fifth award of the night for Best Contemporary R and B Album for her debut solo album "Dangerously In Love."

"Performing was enough for me. I'm just so honoured," she said thanking her rapper boyfriend and collaborator Jay-Z.

Beyonce's other wins included Best Rhythm and Blues Song for "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z, as well as Best Female R and B Vocal Performance.

The musical force and Destiny's Child frontwoman got further boosts to her solo career by taking the Grammy for best R and B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals along with R and B crooner Luther Vandross.

Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys and Norah Jones are the only other artists to have won five Grammys in one night.

The ailing Vandross, who is recovering from a stroke and was unable to attend the ceremony, got a get-well boost by winning three awards, including Best R and B Album and Best Male R and B Vocal Performance for "Dance with My Father."

Jay-Z, also one of only six artists nominated for six awards, won two early statuettes for his work with Beyonce, including Best R and B Song and Best Rap/Sung collaboration for "Crazy in Love" and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.

Eclectic rap outfit Outkast, other leaders of the nominees pack, took two early awards, including Best Rap Album for "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."

Outkast's Andre 3000 won the unofficial shortest acceptance speech award with a curt "Thank you."

The Janet Jackson incident was a recurring theme throughout the evening, with references cropping up in several acceptance speeches.

"I don't want to have the same thing happen that Janet had done," teen idol Christina Aguilera, glancing down at her plunging neckline, said as she received her Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocalist.

Among the other early winners, Eminem took two statuettes out of his five nominations, including Best Rap Song and also Best Male Rap Solo Performance for his single "Lose Yourself."

Foo Fighters won best rock album for "One By One," while The White Stripes took the award for Best Rock Performance by a duo or group for "Seven Nation Army."

Dave Matthews won for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Gravedigger," and Evanescense took the Grammy for best hard rock performance for "Bring Me To Life."

Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett won the best country song award for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," while "Livin' Lovin' Losin': Songs of the Lovin Brothers" by various artists won best country album.

Forming probably the most unlikely trio of award winners in Grammy history were former US president Bill Clinton, ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and actress Sophia Loren.

All three shared the award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, having lent their voices to the Russian folk tale of "Peter and the Wolf."

It was nearly a Clinton husband-and-wife double, with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton also nominated for a Best Spoken Word Grammy for the reading of her autobiography "Living History."

But the former first lady lost out to liberal social commentator Al Franken who stole the award for "Lies And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair And Balanced Look At The Right."

First Published: Feb 09, 2004 14:30 IST