The song won in the categories of Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song during the pre-show festivities at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Fiona was on hand to accept the trophies and thanked her partner for asking her to “collaborate on such an amazing record.” Fiona also offered one of the first of what will surely be many shout-outs to Whitney Houston.
A few minutes later, when Tony Bennett won for his “Duets II” album, Amy Winehouse’s parents accompanied him on stage, with Mitch Winehouse noting, “Long live Whitney Houston, long live Amy Winehouse, long live Etta James. There is a beautiful girl band up there in heaven.”
Atlanta hard rockers Mastodon yielded to the Foo Fighters in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category, while Macon’s Jason Aldean lost his first two nominated categories, first to a typically faux-shocked Taylor Swift for “Mean” (Best Country Solo Performance) and then to The Civil Wars for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
Aldean is up for Best Country Album – along with another Georgia-affiliated crew, Lady Antebellum – which will be presented on the live telecast starting at 8 p.m. on CBS.