Monday, February 09, 2009

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Get Five Grammys for "Raising Sand"

It seemed an odd pairing a couple of years back when Robert Plant teamed up with Alison Krauss to make the record, "Raising Sand." The grizzled Led Zeppelin singer teamed with the bluegrass singer and fiddle player?

But the collaboration has gone better, and longer, than anyone could have predicted, and "Raising Sand" tonight received the ultimate accolade, album of the year, and four other awards at tonight's 2009 Grammy Awards.

Not only has the album garnered a lot of critical acclaim, it has sold well, and Plant and Krauss's original tour to support "Raising Sand" was extended due to popular demand. (This is to the disappointment of many Led Zeppelin fans: Plant was to reunite with his old mates for a tour after playing dates with Krauss, but then more gigs were added to his tour with her, and then Plant seemed to lose interest in a Led Zep reunion.)

"Gone Gone Gone," an Everly Brothers cover, won a Grammy last year, only the second Grammy win for Plant. Krauss, on the other hand, has been a favorite of the Grammy voters since she was a teen fiddler and bluegrass singer: she already had 21 Grammy trophies coming into this year's awards. She now has 26 to become the third most-honored Grammy winner of all time.

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