Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hootie, Blowfish Win Big at Grammys Tlc, Stevie Wonder Each Get 2 Awards; Ol' Blue Eyes Take a Prize Home, Too

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hootie, Blowfish Win Big at Grammys Tlc, Stevie Wonder Each Get 2 Awards; Ol' Blue Eyes Take a Prize Home, Too

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Hootie and the Blowfish, the easy-listening rock band whose album "Cracked Rear View" is one of the biggest selling major-label debut releases in history, won the Grammy for Best New Artist on Wednesday night.

The South Carolina quartet, whose uncontroversial melodies appealed to music fans spanning generations, received the award over Alanis Morissette, Joan Osborne, Brandy and Shania Twain.

Morissette and her producer received Grammys Wednesday, with her hit "You Oughta Know" winning best rock song and "Jagged Little Pill" taking the rock album trophy.

"She's a brilliant and uncompromising artist," said Morissette's producer and co-writer Glen Ballard, who worked closely with the Canadian artist on her U.S. debut album.

The trio TLC and Stevie Wonder also won two Grammys apiece; Frank Sinatra scored his first win in decades, and Nirvana was saluted for its last effort before Kurt Cobain's death.

Most of the awards in the 88 categories were presented in a program before the CBS-TV telecast with Ellen DeGeneres as host.

The other top nominees included Joan Osborne, Babyface and Ballard with five each.

Sinatra captured his first competitive Grammy in 29 years. His "Duets II" was named best traditional pop vocal performance.

"It was a dream," said producer Phil Ramone, who picked up the Grammy for Sinatra.

Seal's sensuous "Kiss From a Rose," popularized in the film "Batman Forever," was the year's best male pop vocal performance.

Recording industry mentor Babyface, who worked with artists ranging from TLC to Vanessa Williams and Madonna, was honored as producer of the year.

Twain, Country's hot new star, topped a competitive field to capture best country album for "The Woman in Me." Vince Gill's "Go Rest High on That Mountain," written about his late brother Bob, was the heartfelt winner of best country song.

"It's the first thing I've ever done that was really personal," Gill said backstage. …

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