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Cleaning Up At the Grammys

  It's been a couple weeks since this year's annual Grammy Awards were held, but February 23, 2003 was the day Norah Jones really cleaned up at the 45th annual Grammys.    Jones took home eight awards, including Album Of The Year for her "Come Away With Me" album.  The song "Don't Know Why" took home Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, and BestFemale Pop Vocal.    Born in New York City on March 30, 1979, Norah is the daughter of internationally acclaimed musician Ravi Shankar.  She grew up in Texas, attending the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.  At the school, she won a student music award for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition.  She attended the University of North Texas in Denton for two years before going to Greenwich Village with a friend in the summer of 1999.  Although intending to return to college, she was captivated by the jazz clubs and folk coffeehouses of New York, and decided to stay and write her own songs.    After recording a handful of demos for the jazz record label Blue Note Records, Jones signed with that label in 2001.  "Come Away With Me" was released in early 2002 and eventually went multi-platinum, selling 18 million copies worldwide and earning her those eight Grammys.    Enjoy the music! 

02/23/2009 3:44PM
Cleaning Up At the Grammys
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