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Ludacris wins best rap album, song
Both Ludacris and T.I. took home two Grammy Awards, but Luda grabbed the big two at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night: Best Rap Album for Release Therapy and Best Rap Song for "Money Maker" featuring Pharrell. "So y'all telling me all I had to do was cut my hair to win a Best Rap Album?" Ludacris asked before rattling off a list of thank-yous that included Jay-Z, numerous radio stations, Bill O'Reilly, Oprah Winfrey and his father, "who is in critical condition right now. I appreciate your prayers. Mr. Wayne Bridges I love you to death." Common and Kanye West presented the Best Rap Album award live on the telecast and the two Chicago MCs took the opportunity to give each other a hard time. First, Kanye confessed to Common that he actually voted for himself for last year's album award "like everybody else." Common responded with a line that only he could get away with: "I was happy and I think everybody else was happy, too, because we're tired of you crying about not winning." T.I.'s "What You Know" won Best Rap Solo Performance and his contribution to Justin Timberlake's "My Love" was enough to earn Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (as well as a brief cameo onstage to perform it). In the only other hip-hop category, Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone's "Ridin'" claimed the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. On the R&B side, Mary J. Blige's The Breakthrough was named that genre's Album of the Year. "For so many years I've been talked about negatively and this time I am being talked about positively by so many people," Blige said as she accepted the award, one of three she took home midway through the night. Blige, who led all nominations with eight, performed on her own and also with Ludacris and special guests Earth, Wind & Fire on his hit single, "Runaway Love." Beyonce, Wyclef Jean (with Shakira, of course) and Cee-Lo's Gnarls Barkley were among the other performers.

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