But this year's event is a hit and miss affair for soul artists...

D’ANGELO and DESTINY’S CHILD were among the winners at the 43rd GRAMMY AWARDS held in the STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES yesterday (February 21).

The Grammy Awards are one of the leading award ceremonies that acknowledge contemporary black music. But this year’s event was a hit and miss affair for soul music artists.

D’Angelo walked away with two gongs for ‘Best Male R&B Vocal Performance’ for ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’ and ‘Best R&B Album’ for ‘Voodoo’.

But despite their many nominations, Destiny’s Child came away with just two gongs, for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for ‘Say My Name’ and Best R&B Song for the same track. However, the surprise of the night was Toni Braxton winning Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for ‘He Wasn’t Man Enough’. Many expected Jill Scott, critically and commercially acclaimed, to take away the award for her highly popular debut single, ‘Getting In The Way’ from the album, ‘Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds Vol 1’ . There was also confusion when the mainstream’s R&B favourite, Macy Gray, won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for ‘I Try’.

Other artists acknowledged included The Temptations, who won Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album, and gospel duo Mary Mary, who nabbed Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album for ‘Thankful’, which contained the international smash hit, ‘Praise You’.

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