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Plant and Krauss Favorites For Grammy

Plant and Krauss bound for Grammy glory

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and bluegrass 
queen Alison Krauss are the favorites to take home the coveted Grammy for album 
of the year when the music industry's top honors are handed out on Sunday.

The odd couple scored five nominations for their collaboration, "Raising Sand," 
on which they reworked old folk ballads and R&B chestnuts under the watchful 
eye of producer T-Bone Burnett, the man behind the "Oh Brother, Where Art 
Thou?" soundtrack, the 2002 album of the year winner.

"Raising Sand" was an instant critical and commercial hit, and Plant scuttled a 
much-rumored Led Zeppelin reunion by opting to tour Europe and America with 
Krauss instead.

Grammy voters will surely warm to the 60-year-old's "amazing transformation" 
from the frontman with one of the most debauched and successful rock bands of 
all time to an earnest purveyor of white mountain blues, said Doug Brod, editor 
at Spin magazine.

"There's a quality to him that really appeals to people now," Brod said. 
"People see him as a survivor, as a guy who's not afraid to take chances."

Krauss is already the Grammys' darling. At just 37, she has won 21 Grammys, 
ranking at No. 7 on the list of all-time winners. If she and Plant sweep their 
categories, she would tie at No. 3 with French conductor Pierre Boulez. The 
only people with more are late classical conductor Sir Georg Solti with 31 
Grammys and prolific producer/composer Quincy Jones with 27.