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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: John Grant, Queen of Denmark (Bella Union)

It's the year of leaving the band behind.

Amy Macdonald, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

She's a funny one, Amy Macdonald. On the one hand, she'll happily put the likes of The Libertines forward as being major influences, and then, in practically the same breath, she'll gush about how much she loves Travis.

Who's so vain? Carly's target is unmasked

So, it wasn't Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger or Cat Stevens. Apparently. The target of Carly Simon's 1972 global smash hit "You're So Vain" was none of these former lovers. Maybe.

Album: Turin Brakes, Outbursts (Cooking Vinyl)

Give them credit: with each new album, Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian attempt something different. It doesn't always work – the "dark" sound of Ether Songs (2003) sounded forced, and since then the band seemed to forget what it was people loved about them in the first.

Album: Lightspeed Champion, Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You (Domino)

Lightspeed Champion's 2008 debut, Falling off the Lavender Bridge, perhaps presented Devonté Hynes in too folksy a light; judging by the much broader palette of Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You, he's clearly one of those musicians whose restless muse can lead him anywhere: in this case, into an eclectic mélange of country, classical, pop, prog and chunky new-wave stylings whose closest comparison is the Todd Rundgren of A Wizard, a True Star.

Todd Rundgren, Hammersmith Apollo, London

To a certain generation of former furry freaks, now bald retro-rockers, Todd Rundgren inspires fierce devotion. The American eccentric's success as a producer, supervising sessions for the Ramones, Meat Loaf, etc, gave him financial independence. Hence, if he wanted to make something as off-kilter as A Wizard, A True Star, a concept album with no concept, he could. Now he's touring the LP for the first time – 37 years late. Rundgren may be an oddball, but there are 3,500 elders here who see him as a True Star. And they have a point.

Album: Midlake, The Courage of Others (Bella Union)

A bonfire of the vanities of the digital revolution

Robbie Williams and Take That teaming up for Haiti single

Former Take That star Robbie Williams is reuniting with the band for a charity single in aid of the Haiti earthquake vicitms.

Robbie Williams' on air proposal 'was a joke'

Singer Robbie Williams' live radio proposal to his girlfriend was a joke, his spokesman said today.

Album: John Mayer, Battle Studies, (Columbia)

Though only moderately appreciated in the UK, in America John Mayer is a kind of all-purpose one-man media industry, combining a highly successful music career with sidelines in design, journalism and clothing, whilst becoming a gossip-column fixture through his relationships with such as Jessica Simpson and, most recently, Jennifer Aniston.

Album: Robbie Williams, Reality Killed the Video Star (EMI)

"It ticks all the boxes,"says Williams of hiseighth solo album. And itdoes – at times joyously(the first three tracks), atother times mechanically(pretty much the rest ofthe album). Trevor Horn'sproduction is blessingand curse: when thematerial's strong enough,Horn is more than up toit; when it's not, thewhole thing sounds a bit1980s (and not in a good,retro way). Essentially, aswith Russell Brand, it all comes downtowhatyou think of Robbiealready. A comeback ofsorts, then. But is theaudience still there?

Robbie Williams, Roundhouse, London<br/>Spandau Ballet, O2, London

Robbie Williams puts on his first gig in three years, but that's nothing compared with the lucrative rebirth of Spandau Ballet &ndash; minus the kilts

Robbie Williams, Roundhouse, London

Securing Robbie Williams's first concert in three years for the opening night of the Electric Proms season undoubtedly represents a coup for the BBC, and also a feather in the cap of the Roundhouse – particularly since his performance, the opening salvo of the promotional campaign for his Reality Killed the Video Star album, was on such a huge scale.

Robbie Williams to play his first UK show for three years at Electric Prom

Robbie Williams is to play his first UK show for three years with an intimate BBC gig.

Robbie Williams unveils comeback single

Robbie Williams unveiled his long-awaited comeback single to fans today, warning them to prepare for "something cosmic".

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