Arie• Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: “U Don’t Have to Call,” Usher • Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: “He Think I Don’t Know,” Mary J.Blige • Alternative Album: “A Rush of Blood to the Head,” Coldplay p.m.: Norah Jones, Nelly Heat Up the Grammys Nelly came out on top — or rather, out of the top — as he descended from the ceiling of Madison Square Garden to deliver “Hot in Herre,” before being joined by Kelly Rowland of Destiny’s Child for a duet of “Dilemma.” As a visual effect during “Hot in Herre,” flames appeared on video screens and smoke accented the stage — a display of questionable taste following Thursday night’s fire at a Rhode Island nightclub, where 96 people were killed during a performance by the band Great White.As had been rumored for days, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for their first public performance in a decade.Introduced by Dustin Hoffman (whose film “The Graduate” featured their music as its soundtrack), the legends delivered “The Sounds of Silence” to an appreciative audience that rose to its collective feet as the duo finished its song.(All told, Springsteen is up for five Grammys.) The night’s early performances included Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, who delivered a medley of “Underneath It All” and “Hella Good,” just in time for presenters Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground and former Nirvana member Dave Grohl (now of the Foo Fighters) to hand them the first Grammy on the broadcast, for best pop vocal performance by a duo or group, for “Hey Baby.” “I’m going to cry,” said Stefani.The first half-hour wrapped with a smooth performance by Norah Jones, singing her “Don’t Know Why,” a contender for the night’s biggest awards: record of the year and song of the year.Earlier, “60 Minutes” newsman Ed Bradley introduced the tribute to the Bee Gees, during which ‘N Sync sang a cappella versions of their hits “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Stayin’ Alive.” Barry and Robin Gibb stepped onto the Madison Square Garden stage and accepted the 2003 Legend of Music Award, remembering their brother Maurice, who died of a genetic heart defect in January. “I think this is just a little bit harder than Robin and I could ever have imagined it could be,” said Barry, who then told the audience, “They say that the measure of a man is his family, so I’d like you to meet Maurice’s family — Yvonne, Adam and Sammy.” The Bee Gees tribute was followed by Eminem, who performed his Oscar-nominated hit “Lose Yourself,” from the “8 Mile” soundtrack, with hip-hop group The Roots as his backing band.
p.m.: Eminem, John Mayer in Grammy Wonderland The first hour of the Grammys wrapped up with a multi-generational medley of singer-songwriters — and a brief thank-you from winner Eminem. The award for best pop male vocal went to Mayer for “Your Body Is a Wonderland.” “I’m just a 16-year-old in this moment, and this moment is kicking my ass,” he said.“I can’t believe this — Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt. ” from the Madison Square Garden crowd, Springsteen settled for three awards, including best rock album for “The Rising,” and best rock song and best male rock vocal performance for its rousing title track.The Dixie Chicks also took home three Grammys, for country album of the year (“Home”), best country instrumental (“Lil’ Jack Slade”) and country performance by a duo or group with vocal (“Long Time Gone”).The Chicks’ victory for “Home” — their third victory of the night — also left these artists and their albums in the dust: Alan Jackson (“Drive”); Willie Nelson (“The Great Divide”); Joe Nichols (“Man with a Memory”); and Dolly Parton (“Halos & Horns”).As the show progressed, John Leguizamo stepped out to introduce the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, which played a selection from “West Side Story,” whose composer, the late Leonard Bernstein, was honored with a posthumous lifetime achievement award.