Bruce Springsteen’s brooding “Streets of Philadelphia” won song of the year and three other honors at Wednesday night’s 37th annual Grammy ceremony.
The song, from the 1993 movie “Philadelphia” about a lawyer with AIDS, also won for best rock song, best song written specifically for a movie or television and best male rock vocal performance.
Springsteen, who earned an Academy Award for the song last year, expressed his appreciation for “the folks who have come up to me in restaurants or on the street who’ve lost their sons or their lovers or their friends to AIDS and said this song meant something to them.”
Sheryl Crow was named best new artist and also won a Grammy for her hit song “All I Wanna Do.”
Tony Bennett collected his third consecutive pop performance Grammy for his album “MTV Unplugged.” The album followed “Steppin’ Out” and “Perfectly Frank,” which rocketed the 68-year-old singer back into wide popularity after last being honored with a Grammy in the 1960s.
The awards were presented at the Shrine Auditorium in a three-hour CBS telecast hosted by Paul Reiser.
Transcending award categories, the song “I Swear” brought All-4-One the Grammy for best pop vocal performance by a group or duo and was named best country song for the version recorded by John Michael Montgomery.
In rhythm and blues, jack-of-all-trades Babyface won Grammys for best male vocal performance for “When Can I See You?” and for writing “I’ll Make Love to You,” the popular hit recorded by Boyz II Men.
Boyz II Men claimed the R&B; album trophy for “II.” Toni Braxton won the female R&B; vocal performance for “Breathe Again.”
Bonnie Raitt, whose flagging career was revived in 1989 with her multi-Grammy-winning album “Nick of Time,” won the best pop album award for “Longing in Their Hearts.”
The Rolling Stones’ “Voodoo Lounge” won the rock album trophy and Aerosmith’s “Crazy” received a Grammy for rock performance by a group with vocal.
Melissa Etheridge captured the female rock performance Grammy for “Come to My Window.” Green Day grabbed the Grammy for best alternative music performance for its album “Dookie.”
“Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden earned the hard rock performance Grammy.
Eric Clapton, who soared back into the Grammy limelight two years ago with his “Unplugged” album, captured the traditional blues album award for “From the Cradle.”
Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.” topped the rap solo performance competition, which included the hugely popular “Gin & Juice” by Snoop Doggy Dogg.
The producer of the year Grammy went to Don Was, whose work this past year ranged from Raitt’s album to the Stones’ “Voodoo Lounge.”
In the country categories, the male and female vocal performance Grammys went to Vince Gill for “When Love Finds You” and Mary Chapin Carpenter for “Shut Up and Kiss Me.”
“Blues for Dixie,” recorded by Asleep at the Wheel with Lyle Lovett, won a Grammy for country performance by a duo or group with vocal. Aaron Neville and Trisha Yearwood scored the country vocal collaboration Grammy for “I Fall to Pieces.” The instrumental performance award was won by Chet Atkins for “Young Thing.”
In the classical music categories, Andrew Cornall was producer of the year and the best album Grammy went to “Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; Four Orchestral Pieces, Op. 12,” recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The film “The Lion King” produced four Grammy winners, including Elton John’s male pop vocal performance award for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” The movie’s soundtrack also won for best musical album for children, while a “read-along” recording won for spoken-word album for children. “The Circle of Life” track, meanwhile, claimed an instrumental arrangement Grammy.