- VH1.com: Grammy Award Wrap-up — big news is O Brother Where Art Thou wins 6 awards, most of any album!!!
- NY Times: Big Winners at the Grammys: Alicia Keys, U2 and ‘O Brother’
- . . . again and again, the winner’s circle was dominated by bluegrass and roots music. What does this mean?
In the press room backstage, musicians shared their answers. “I think it means good music,” said Earl Scruggs, the 78-year-old banjo player whose latest version of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” won for best country instrumental. (His only other Grammy was in 1968 for this same song.) Jerry Douglas of Alison Krauss and Union Station (which won two Grammys, apart from the “O Brother” soundtrack) said that he believed the events of Sept. 11 caused Americans to search for the roots of their culture and yearn for earlier times.
Emmylou Harris, who sings on the “O Brother” soundtrack, said backstage that she was surprised that the album was even nominated. “To win it,” she said of the album of the year award, “something’s going on but I don’t know what it is.”
Ralph Stanley won his first Grammy ever by beating younger stars like Tim McGraw and fellow legends like Johnny Cash in best male country vocal performance (for “O Death.”). Still glowing from the award, Mr. Stanley said that, as a result of the awards, this type of music “is going to take over for a while and do great, and replace some of the music that they’ve had for the past couple of years. . .