Monday, February 1, 2010

Maxwell scores well-deserved first Grammy

It took 14 years, but Maxwell can finally say he is a Grammy Award-winning artist.

The 36-year-old singer picked up two trophies last night in what was long-overdue recognition for the Brooklyn-bred artist.

"Oh my goodness. I'm trying to keep it together," he said, excepting his award for best male vocal performance for "Pretty Wings."

"I'm a little bit choked up right now so please excuse my emotional craziness right now. This is my first Grammy and it means a lot to me," he said at the ceremony held prior to the nationally televised show.

The soulful singer had some pretty stiff competition for his first Grammy. He beat out veteran Charlie Wilson, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton and former Pretty Ricky front man, Pleasure P.

Maxwell would later win for best R&B album for BLACKsummers' Night, topping heavyweights Wilson, Hamilton, India.Arie and newcomer Ledisi.

BLACKsummers' Night, released after an eight year hiatus from music, was without question a masterful album and a reminder of how talented Maxwell truly is.

He has had a successful career since bursting on the scene in 1996 with his album Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite. He had hits like "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" and "Sumthin' Sumthin.'"

And who could forget songs like "This Woman's Work," "Lifetime" or his most popular recording, "Fortunate."

While Maxwell didn't accept any awards during the national televised portion of the Grammy's, but he did take the stage.

The Grammy Award-winning singing performed his latest hit "Pretty Wings."

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