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Plant/Krauss take five Grammys

Sunday, February 8, 2009 – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, won four awards, including album of the year, while Brad Paisley and Sugarland won two Grammys at the 51st Grammys Sunday in Los Angeles.

Plant and Krauss won their awards from their work on the CD "Raising Sand." The duo took the award for album of the year, record of the year for Please Read the Letter, best pop collaboration with vocals for Rich Woman. Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: "Raising Sand," (Rounder Records) and Country Collaboration with Vocals: Killing the Blues, (Rounder).

"We are thrilled and very grateful to everybody," said Krauss in taking home the album of the year, the final award of the night. Krauss said she thanked "especially Robert, there's never a dull moment."

"I'm bewildered," said Plant. "In the old days, we would have called this selling out. but it's a good way to spend a Sunday."

Producer T Bone Burnett praised Krauss and Plant for "coming to the studio with nothing on their mind , but courage...and freedom."

Plant said in winning the record of the year award that the idea of getting together was an experiment with Krauss, figuring they'd give it three days to see if it would work. "It's been given that Nashville touch, and it's really pretty good."

Krauss and Plant also sang several of their songs near the end of the night.

Other awards were:

Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: "Stay," Sugarland, track from "Enjoy the Ride" (Mercury Records)

Country Song: "Stay," Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland), track from "Enjoy the Ride" (Mercury Records; Publisher: Jennifer Nettles Publishing)

Pop Instrumental Performance: "I Dreamed There Was No War," Eagles, track from "Long Road Out of Eden" (Eagles Recording Company)

Pop Instrumental Album: "Jingle All the Way," Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (Rounder)

Country Album: "Troubadour," George Strait (MCA Nashville)

Female Country Vocal Performance: "Last Name," Carrie Underwood, track from "Carnival Ride" (19/Arista/Arista Nashville)

Male Country Vocal Performance: "Letter to Me," Brad Paisley, track from "5th Gear" (Arista Nashville)

Country Instrumental Performance: "Cluster Pluck," Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner (Arista Nashville)

Bluegrass Album: "Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947," Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (Skaggs Family Records)

Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus performed Fifteen together.

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