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Herbie Hancock Wins Album of the Year Grammy—Read Below for Other Jazz Winners

Herbie Hancock, the veteran jazz keyboardist, looked shocked as his name was called last night to come to the stage and pick up the Grammy award for Album of the Year. Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, a tribute to the songs of Joni Mitchell, was in competition with neo-soul singer Amy Winehouse, country singer Vince Gill, rapper Kanye West and alt-rockers Foo Fighters, all of whom had won awards earlier in the evening. Hancock (pictured) too had won a prior award for River, for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, before taking home the Best Album prize. During his acceptance speech, Hancock noted that this was the first time in 43 years that a jazz album had nabbed the Album of the Year honors, the last one being Stan Getz and João Gilberto’s Getz/Gilberto classic.

The evening’s other jazz awards were as follows:
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Patti Austin, Avant Gershwin
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo: “Anagram,” Michael Brecker, soloist
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Michael Brecker, Pilgrimage
Best large Jazz Ensemble Album: Terence Blanchard, A Tale Of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina)
Best Latin Jazz Album: Paquito D’Rivera Quintet, Funk Tango
Best Instrumental Composition: Maria Schneider, “Cerulean Skies”

Best Instrumental Arrangement: Vince Mendoza, “In A Silent Way”
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): John Clayton, arranger (Queen Latifah), “I’m Gonna Live Till I Die”

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