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Georgia artists, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, snag Grammys
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Ludacris poses with the award for best rap album for "Release Therapy" and best rap song for "Money Maker" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2007, in Los Angeles. - photo by Associated Press
ATLANTA — Artists Gnarls Barkley and rappers T.I. and Ludacris were among the Georgia artists who won Grammys in Sunday night’s awards show by the Recording Academy in Los Angeles.
    Gnarls Barkley, which features Atlanta singer-rapper Cee-Lo Green, won best alternative music album for ‘‘St. Elsewhere’’ and best urban/alternative performance with the song ‘‘Crazy.’’
    Meanwhile, T.I. received a Grammy for best rap solo for ‘‘What You Know.’’ He also teamed up with Justin Timberlake to win best rap song/sung collaboration for the song ‘‘My Love.’’
    Ludacris won a Grammy for best rap album with ‘‘Release Therapy’’ and won another award for best rap song with his collaboration with Pharrell Williams in ‘‘Money Maker.’’
    Atlanta songwriters Johnta Austin, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jason Perry won a Grammy for best R&B song with Mary J. Blige for ‘‘Be Without You.’’
    Former President Jimmy Carter and the late Ossie Davis both won Grammys in the spoken word category — Carter for ‘‘Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis’’ and Davis for his work with Ruby Dee, ‘‘With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together.’’ Davis was born in tiny Cogdell, Ga., in 1917 and grew up in nearby Waycross and Valdosta. He died in February 2005.
    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Robert Spano won a Grammy for best opera recording for ‘‘Golijov: Ainadamar: Fountain Of Tears.’’ Spano won a Grammy for best classical contemporary composition for ‘‘Golijov: Ainadamar: Fountain Of Tears.’’
    In addition, one of the orchestra’s recordings was listed in Elaine Martone’s Grammy for best classical producer of the year.
    John Sparrow, vice president and general manager for the orchestra, said the orchestra’s best opera Grammy is a first for his organization. With the new awards, the orchestra has won a total of 26 Grammys.
    ‘‘It’s a tremendous milestone ... if you look at the awards this year, they all support works that were conceived and written in the last five years — that’s really part of our core mission,’’ Sparrow said. ‘‘To be able to have the Grammys accompany what is core to our mission is really exciting.’’
    Associated Press Writer Errin Haines in Atlanta contributed to this article.
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