BMI’s Norah Jones Dominates The 45th Annual Grammy Awards

Posted in News on February 23, 2003
Come Away With Me, the debut album and single by 23-year old Norah Jones, was the big winner in February 23’s Grammy Awards Presentations at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Jones’s sultry vocals and piano styling led her first CD to grab the coveted Recording Academy Gramophones in the top categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album. She also received the Best New Artist award. New York BMI songwriter Jesse Harris received the Song of the Year award for his “Don’t Know Why”, also recorded by Jones, and her legendary producer Arif Mardin was named Producer of the Year, non-classical, and joined Norah in receiving the Album of the Year and Record of the Year awards.

Norah Jones

Dixie Chicks

Arif Mardin

Country crossover trio Dixie Chicks scored three awards for Best Country Album (Home), Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Country Instrumental. BMI represented songwriters receiving two awards each that evening included: Eminem, The Funk Brothers, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, and Thomas Newman. Madukwu Chinwah and Rashid Lonnie Lynn shared the award for Best R&B Song (“Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop”)).


Herbie Hancock

B.B. King

A number of BMI songwriters were honored with special Recording Academy Awards. Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel and seminal R&B artist Etta James received Lifetime Achievement Awards, while the late music historian Alan Lomax received the Trustees Award. In an emotional presentation, The Bee Gees were given the Legends Award that they dedicated to their recently deceased brother Maurice.

Jesse Harris

Thomas Newman

BMI's 2003 Grammy Award Winners


Norah Jones
Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Best New Artist
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Pop Vocal Album


Dixie Chicks
Best Country Album
Best Country Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal
Best Country Instrumental Performance

Arif Mardin
Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical


Best Rap Album
Best Short Form Music Video

The Funk Brothers
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Herbie Hancock
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

B.B. King
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Best Traditional Blues Album

Thomas Newman
Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement


Jesse Harris
“ Don’t Know Why”
Song of the Year


Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

Michelle Branch
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

Norman Brown
Best Pop Instrumental Album

Dirty Vegas (PRS)
Best Dance Recording

Sheryl Crow
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance

Foo Fighters
Best Hard Rock Performance

Best Metal Performance

The Flaming Lips
Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Take 6
Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal

Madukwu Chinwah
Best R&B Song

Rashid Lonnie Lynn
Best R&B Song

Faith Hill
Best Female Country Vocal Performance

Willie Nelson
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

Jim Lauderdale
Best Bluegrass Album

Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boy
Best Bluegrass Album

Eric Tingstad
Best New Age Album

Nancy Rumbel
Best New Age Album

Pat Metheny Group
Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Diana Krall
Best Jazz Vocal Album

Michael Brecker
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

Roy Hargrove
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

Dave Holland Big Band
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Caribbean Jazz Project
Best Latin Jazz Album

Jars Of Clay
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

The Jordanaires
Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Album

The Light Crust Doughboys
Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Album

The Blind Boys of Alabama
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album

Best Latin Pop Album

Bebo Valdés Trio with Israel “Cachao” López & Carlos “Patato” Valdés
Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album

Solomon Burke
Best Contemporary Blues Album

Doc Watson & David Holt
Best Traditional Folk Album

Lee “Scratch” Perry (PRS)
Best Reggae Album

Jimmy Sturr
Best Polka Album

Riders In The Sky
Best Musical Album for Children

Robin Willliams
Best Spoken Comedy Album

Allan Slutsky
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Dave Grusin
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist

Dave Evans
Best Album Notes

Don Letts (PRS)
Best Long Form Music Video

David Glasser
Best Historical Album


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