India.Arie snubbed by Grammys

2002-02-28 08:06

Los Angeles - The rising superstar of this year's Grammy Awards nominations, Rhythm and Blues diva India.Arie, was snubbed by the jury when it came to handing out the gongs.

Arie, nominated seven times - second only to U2s eight nods - including in the all powerful best album, best record, best song and best new artist categories failed to pull off a single golden gramophone.

The 26-year-old went head-to-head with rival young R&B star Alicia Keys who stormed music's highest awards by winning five out of the six Grammys for which she was nominated.

While Keys took best new artist and best song in the top four categories, a surprise major player, the O Brother Where Art Thou film soundtrack took best album while Irish rockers U2 got best record for Walk On.

Difficult to pigeonhole, her charismatic and emotional Motown debut Acoustic Soul has been acclaimed as a breath of fresh air placing India at the eye of an R&B storm.

Influenced by Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Donny Hathaway, Arie's breakthrough came last August, when she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey talk show, crooning her signature song Video for millions of US television viewers.

The virtually unknown singer and songwriter, who revels in her individuality, found she had picked up seven Grammy nominations when she was invited to announce the hopefuls last month.

"I'm so happy. Things just keep dropping out of the sky on me," Arie said. She may not be so happy after Wednesday's events.

But music industry experts say that even if she failed to capitalise on her nominations, her fresh style is likely to ensure that she remains a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. - Sapa-AFP