Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Plant Leads the Way as Brits Rule the Planet at Grammys; Viva la Gwynnie: Paltrow, Aka Mrs Chris Martin, Was One of the Presenters at the Los Angeles Awards. Her Husband Accepted Coldplay's Grammys with from Left, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Plant Leads the Way as Brits Rule the Planet at Grammys; Viva la Gwynnie: Paltrow, Aka Mrs Chris Martin, Was One of the Presenters at the Los Angeles Awards. Her Husband Accepted Coldplay's Grammys with from Left, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

IN ALMOST a lifetime with Led Zeppelin, the Grammys pretty much passed Robert Plant by. Now at 60 u an age many observers must have feared he would never reach u the rocker has swept all before him, winning five Grammys.

On an evening of triumph for British stars, Plant finally won due recognition from the music industry for his unorthodox collaboration with Alison Krauss, the "queen of bluegrass" on their album Raising Sand.

Their five Grammys included two of the most prestigious on offer at last night's Los Angeles ceremony u best album of the year and best record for Please Read the Letter.

Other big British winners included Coldplay, who won three awards, including song of the year for Viva La Vida and Adele, 20, from Enfield, who picked up two awards for best new artist and best female pop vocal.

Welsh singer Duffy, whom Adele pipped for best newcomer, won one for best pop vocal album. Radiohead picked up two Grammys for their album In Rainbows.

But it was Plant who stole the headlines.

"I'm bewildered," he said, before rattling off a long list of thank yous.

"In the old days we'd have called this selling out, but it's a good way to spend a Sunday." Although Led Zeppelin picked up a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 2005, the band failed to win a single

Grammy in their heyday. Plant had previously won a Grammy with Page in 1999 for a post-Zeppelin collaboration.

Critics have described the pairing of Plant and Krauss, now the most decorated female artist in Grammy history with 26, as "downright weird on paper" but Raising Sand has proved an artistic triumph.

Plant even paid tribute to his old partner.

Plant described Please Read The Letter as "an old song that me and Jimmy Page wrote together post-Led Zeppelin, and it's been given that Nashville touch, and it feels pretty good".

Plant and Krauss had already won a Grammy last year for the previously released single Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) from the same album, bringing their total Raising Sand haul to six. …

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