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Eminem and U2 Dominate 43rd Grammy Awards
22 February 2001 | 0:00:00 GMT/UTC

Eminem won three awards at last nights 43rd annual Grammy Awards. He won Best Rap Solo Performance for The Real Slim Shady, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for Forgot About Dre and Best Rap Album for The Marshall Mathers LP. He said, "I want to thank everybody who could look past the controversy to see the album for what it was...and what it isn't."

He also performed Stan with Elton John - a controversial partner to duet with because Eminem's lyrics have been criticized for being homophobic.

Surprisingly, Steely Dan won Album of the Year for their Two Against Nature.

U2 were awarded Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Beautiful Day.

British winners included Radiohead (Best Alternative Music Album; Kid A) and Sting (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance; She Walks This Earth).

Another surprise winner was Baha Men who beat Moby's Natural Blues for Best Dance Recording with Who Let The Dogs Out. Moby said, "I'd rather lose to a novelty act than a serious act, 'cause it feels like less of a slight."

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