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Winners in selected categories at the 56th annual Grammy Awards announced Sunday during ceremonies at the Nokia Theatre and Staples Center were as follows:

Album: Paul Carracka, Different Hat (Absolute/Carrack-UK)

A Different Hat is that rarity, an album featuring the singer live in the studio with a full orchestra, in the manner once commonplace for an earlier era of crooners.

Album: Kings Go Forth, The Outsiders Are Back (Luaka Bop)

Kings Go Forth are a Milwaukee retro-soul band with similarities to The Dap-Kings', but boasting a much more explosive, brash production style, with plenty of punchy Santana-like percussion, horn stabs and crisp drumming à la The Meters' Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste.

Album: Plan B, The Defamation of Strickland Banks (679)

Tell me you saw this coming.

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Jerry Wallace's warm and engaging vocal style gained him the sobriquet "Mr Smooth". He modelled himself on his hero, Nat King Cole, and his delivery proved ideal for the trend in the late 1960s and early 1970s towards country-pop; in 1972, he was nominated as Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association.

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