The 42nd annual Grammy Awards fell under the spell of BMI songwriter Carlos Santana, who collected a record-tying eight trophies for his album Supernatural. Enjoying a career-highlight night, the 30-year music veteran was honored for Record of the Year and Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Smooth," a single with Rob Thomas; Album and Rock Album of the Year (Supernatural), Pop Duo/Group with Vocal ("Maria, Maria"); Pop Instrumental ("El Farol"); Rock Performance by a Duo or Group ("Put Your Lights On"); and Rock Instrumental Performance ("The Calling"). "Smooth" was also named Song of the Year for BMI writers Rob Thomas and Itaal Shur.
Double BMI Grammy winners included Barry White, Sting, Shania Twain, the Dixie Chicks and Eminem. Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith -- together known as the Red Hot Chili Peppers -- claimed Best Rock Song honors for "Scar Tissue"; Shania Twain's "Come On Over" captured the Best Country Song award.
The Recording Academy presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to BMI affiliates Woody Guthrie, John Lee Hooker and Willie Nelson, and Trustees Awards to BMI's Phil Spector and Clive Davis (who also picked up an Album of the Year Grammy as a Supernatural producer). Elton John (PRS), previously honored during Grammy Week as MusiCares Person of the Year, was given a Legends Award.