Back in the 1960's, Bob Dylan sang, ''My name it is nothing.'' yet at the 40th annual Grammy Awards ceremony, the Dylan name was a guarantee winner. Mr. Dylan's album ''Time out of Mind'' brought him 3 Grammys, consisting of album that the year. The rock group was overcame by Jakob Dylan and also his own band, the Wallflowers, who won awards for ideal rock performance by a duo or group and best rock song for their hit ''One Headlight.''

''Time the end of Mind'' has actually been commonly hailed together Bob Dylan's best album in two decades. Mr. Dylan's pioneering albums in the 1960's to be not well-known by the nationwide Academy of record Arts and also Sciences, which choose the Grammy Awards. He has actually shared part awards and also won in 1980 for best male rock vocalist and in 1995 for timeless folk album with ''World unable to do Wrong.'' In 1991, the record academy offered him a Lifetime success prize, a noncompetitive award.

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But the album-of-the-year award for 1998 is Mr. Dylan's very first major Grammy award on his own. ''We obtained a particular form of sound ~ above this document which you don't acquire every day,'' said a smiling Mr. Dylan. ''We didn't recognize what we had actually when us did it, yet we did the anyway.''

Mr. Dylan reminisced about seeing buddy Holly perform, adding: ''I understand he was through us all the moment we were making this document in some kind of way. In the indigenous of the immortal Robert Johnson, the stuff we got'll bust your brains out. Us tried to gain that across.''

Shawn Colvin's ''Sunny come Home,'' a ballad around a woman that leaves home with she children and also burns under her house, was named record the the year (an award because that a single) and song that the year (a songwriter's award).

The show, transfer by CBS indigenous Radio City Music Hall v Kelsey Grammer as host, suffered several of the pitfalls of live television, consisting of stage crashers. As Mr. Dylan sang ''Love Sick,'' a downtown power artist named Michael Portnoy, who stated he to be hired by the producers as one of 60 gibbs to carry out a ''good vibe'' onstage through Mr. Dylan, do his way to facility stage. He had actually the native ''Soy Bomb'' painted ~ above his ceiling chest and danced next to Mr. Dylan with flailing arms until he was removed. And before Shawn Colvin might accept she song-of-the-year award, Ol' Dirty Bastard that the Wu-Tang Clan seized a microphone to say the the Wu-Tang Clan was better than Puff Daddy, that won in the laboratory album category.

''Maybe following year we'll collection up a mosh pit or something,'' claimed Michael Greene, the president of the recording academy.

''Time out of Mind'' was also named best contemporary folk album, and also Mr. Dylan to be named best male absent vocalist for ''Cold Irons Bound.'' john Fogerty, who led Creedence Clearwater rebirth in the 1960's, winner his very first Grammy; his ''Blue Moon Swamp'' was named ideal rock album. ''Sooner or later, you get old sufficient to victory a Grammy,'' Mr. Fogerty stated backstage.

Two rap awards were winner by Sean (Puffy) Combs, a k a Puff Daddy, who conquered the popular music charts in 1997 as a producer, rapper, songwriter and mixer. Puff Daddy's ''I'll Be absent You,'' with belief Evans, to be named best rap power by a duo or group; the album that includes it, ''No method Out,'' to be named ideal rap album. Mr. Combs, well-known for building songs on samples of enlarge songs, thanked ''everybody that let me use their samples.''

Will Smith, who had actually previously won rap Grammys as half of D. J. Jazzy Jeff and the new Prince, winner the award for best rap solo performance. He stated that rap had come out of that is ''dark ages.'' Now, that said, the music company is acknowledging the ''we do have actually a obligation for the ears, for what goes right into the impressionable ears that hear to the music us make.''

Paula Cole was called best new artist, although her debut album, ''Harbinger,'' was released in 1994.

Accepting his compensation for ideal country masculine performer, Vince Gill joked about the rancor between Mr. Greene and also Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, that was incensed by what that considered poor treatment of among his employee members by Mr. Greene. The mayor has said that does not treatment if the Grammy Awards, which carry in an estimated $40 million, return to new York City. Mr. Gill stated this visit had actually been his daughter's first time in brand-new York City, ''and according to the Mayor, possibly her last.''

Before the program, Barbra Streisand dropped the end of singing a duet v Celine Dion, saying she had actually the flu. Luciano Pavarotti canceled his power while the broadcast remained in progress. His last-minute replacement to be Aretha Franklin, who sang the Puccini aria ''Nessun dorma'' with churchy fervor.

Tie-ins in between the music and movie businesses to be clear throughout the program. Its opened number to be Mr. Smith's ''Men in Black,'' from the movie, which Mr. Smith explained backstage as ''a documentary''; a segment featuring Aretha Franklin was tied to the movie ''Blues brothers 2000.'' Celine Dion sang ''My Heart will certainly Go On'' indigenous the soundtrack to ''Titanic,'' which to be released as well late to be eligible because that this year's awards. R. Kelly performed ''I think I deserve to Fly'' (from the movie ''Space Jam''), i m sorry won 3 awards.

LeAnn Rimes perform an Oscar-nominated song, ''How do I Live,'' from the movie ''Con Air,'' just to check out the best female nation vocalist award go to Trisha Yearwood because that Ms. Yearwood's version of the same song. Ms. Yearwood also won a country award because that a duet with Garth Brooks.

Erykah Badu, who songs space by turns mystical and earthy, jazz-tinged and grounded in hip-hop, winner awards for best rhythm-and-blues album and best mrs rhythm-and-blues vocalist. Alison Krauss and also Union station won 3 awards in country and bluegrass categories; buy it McLachlan winner awards for female pop vocal performance and also best popular music instrumental.

This year's Grammy awards known albums released from Oct. 1, 1996, to Sept. 30, 1997. They were preferred by a voting body of more than 9,000 academy members -- musicians, producers, engineers and other music-business experts -- who end up being eligible to vote by amassing an ext than 6 credits top top albums and by payment dues to the recording academy.

Categories in ~ the Grammy Awards have proliferated, through 92 awards now given. The new categories this year space Latin rock, run music (which hasn't to be recognized due to the fact that a disco classification disappeared) and also remixer that the year. Frankie Knuckles, who won the remixer award, stated backstage, ''In 1981 when they claimed disco dead, people didn't protect against dancing.''

Collaborations through musicians indigenous Cuba won awards for Roy Hargrove in the Latin jazz category and also Ry Cooder in the tropic Latin category.

Sir Georg Solti, who passed away last year, preserved his difference as the musician through the most Grammy awards by to win his 31st, for best opera recording, conducting ''Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg'' by Wagner.

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Posthumously, john Denver was given his first Grammy award, because that a children's album, and Charles Kuralt won 2 awards in spoken-word categories. ''The Anthology the American people Music,'' which was named ideal historical album, also brought awards for a team of liner-note writers including two folk-based musicians through careers dating back to the 1960's, the guitarist john Fahey and Peter Stampfel the the holy Modal Rounders. Backstage, Mr. Stampfel stated he had actually plans for his award. ''I'm walking to put honey ~ above mine and lick it off,'' he declared.