Winehouse Dominates Grammys, Until...

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As the Grammy Awards wound to a close for the 50th time Sunday night, Amy Winehouse appeared poised to dominate the major prizes, having already won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album for Back to Black and its infectious neo-soul single, "Rehab."

But the Grammys have never shied away from honoring older, more venerable artists, and the awards' selectors threw in a surprise right at the end of the telecast: Album of the Year honors went to Herbie Hancock and his jazz tribute to Joni Mitchell, River: The Joni Letters.

The other Album of the Year nominees — Foo Fighters, Vince Gill, and Kanye West — had to settle for other awards. Here's a look at the nominees and winners in many key categories; for a complete list, visit the Grammys' Web site.

Album of the Year

Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Vince Gill, These Days

WINNER: Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters

Kanye West, Graduation

Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

Record Of The Year

Beyoncé, "Irreplaceable"

Foo Fighters, "The Pretender"

Rihanna featuring Jay-Z, "Umbrella"

Justin Timberlake, "What Goes Around... Comes Around"

WINNER: Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"

Best New Artist

Feist

Ledisi

Paramore

Taylor Swift

WINNER: Amy Winehouse

Song Of The Year

"Before He Cheats," John Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

"Hey There Delilah," Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T's)

"Like a Star," Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)

WINNER: "Rehab," Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)

"Umbrella," Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius "Dream" Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)

Best Pop Vocal Album

Bon Jovi, Lost Highway

Feist, The Reminder

Maroon 5, It Won't Be Soon Before Long

Paul McCartney, Memory Almost Full

WINNER: Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

Best Rock Album

Daughtry, Daughtry

John Fogerty, Revival

WINNER: Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Bruce Springsteen, Magic

Wilco, Sky Blue Sky

Best Classical Album

Cherubini: Missa Solemnis In E, Riccardo Muti, conductor

Grechaninov: Passion Week, Charles Bruffy, conductor

Homage: The Age Of The Diva, Renée Fleming

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

WINNER: Tower: Made In America, Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Akon, Konvicted

Keyshia Cole, Just Like You

Fantasia, Fantasia

Emily King, East Side Story

WINNER: Ne-Yo, Because Of You

Best Rap Album

Common, Finding Forever

Jay-Z, Kingdom Come

Nas, Hip Hop Is Dead

T.I., T.I. vs T.I.P.

WINNER: Kanye West, Graduation

Best Country Album

Dierks Bentley, Long Trip Alone

WINNER: Vince Gill, These Days

Tim McGraw, Let It Go

Brad Paisley, 5th Gear

George Strait, It Just Comes Natural

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Will Bernard, Party Hats

Brian Bromberg, Downright Upright

WINNER: Eldar, Re-Imagination

Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters

Jeff Lorber, He Had a Hat

Best Alternative Music Album

Lily Allen, Alright, Still...

Arcade Fire, Neon Bible

Bjork, Volta

The Shins, Wincing the Night Away

WINNER: The White Stripes, Icky Thump

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