Sunday's 50th annual Grammy Awards were packed with powerful performances — including Kanye West's tribute to his mother and Beyonce's duet with Tina Turner — and musical luminaries from both the past and the present. But awards-wise, the night belonged to Amy Winehouse. Winehouse, who performed via satellite from London after being denied a visa, won five of the six awards she was nominated for, including Best New Artist and both Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Rehab."
West also had a big night, picking up four awards including Best Rap Album and performing both a stirring tribute to his mother and a glow-in-the-dark rendition of "Stronger" featuring Daft Punk's first TV appearance ever. But one of the biggest surprises came in the Album of the Year category, where both West and Winehouse were beaten by 11-time Grammy winner Herbie Hancock and his album River: The Joni Letters.
Get this: Legendary musician/composer Herbie Hancock is putting his jazzy spin on a whole bunch of songs, vocal and Instrumental, composed by or influential to Joni Mitchell. What's more, he's collaborating with various musicians on these songs, making for entirely new musical creations that still bear Mitchell's familiar sounds.
The album, titled River: The Joni Letters, will be released September 25 and features vocalists like Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner and Joni Mitchell herself.
Norah Jones joins Hancock on this rendition of "Court and Spark," and the result is smooth and sweet. The soft piano sounds, classy brass and Jones' throaty voice all make for a beautiful cover, and a lovely way to honor Mitchell's work. To have a listen to "Court and Spark" yourself, read more