NEW YORK (AP) â€” ChristopherÂ Cross, a 29-year-old pop-rock singer,Â gui t a r i st and songwriter who recordedÂ his f i r st a l b um last year, domina t ed theÂ 23rd a n n u al
G r a m my A w a r ds lastÂ n i g h tâ€” w i n n i ng t he t op four prizes:Â best new a r t i s t, record, song and a l b umÂ of the year.
And Anne Mu r r a y, with her single,Â Could I Have This Dance?, won theÂ awa rd as best fema le country vocalÂ performer. She won a Juno award inÂ the same category in Toronto Feb. 5.
The chubby, goateed Cross, whoseÂ r e al n a me is C h r i s t o p h er Ge p p e r t,Â bounded repeatedly to the stage ofÂ Ma n h a t t a n ‘s Radio City Musical Ha ll toÂ accept his awards â€” and also sang hisÂ hit single, Sailing â€” as the record indus t ry honored its best at the star-studded, na t iona l ly- t e l evi s ed ceremony.
Cross, who was bom in San An t o n i o,Â Tex., where his f a t h er is a doctor andÂ his mother a nurse, recorded his debutÂ a l b u m, Chr i s topher Cross, w i th a sixman band that also bears his name.
Wrote his own song
S a i l i ng was honored as both best songÂ and best record. Cross was the onlyÂ singer nominated for record of the yearÂ who wrote his own song.
“I t h i nk it’s the one I wanted most ofÂ a l l ,” Cross said.
George Jones, w i th his single, HeÂ Stopped Loving Her Today, won theÂ award as best ma le country vocalist.Â Roy Orbison and Emmy l ou Ha r r isÂ won the award for best country performance by a duo or group w i th vocal forÂ t h e ir s ingl e, That Lovin’ You Feelin’
B i l ly Joel was best male rock vocalÂ pe r former for his a l b u m, Glass Houses.Â The award for f ema le rock vocal performer went to Pat Benatar for herÂ a lbum, Crimes of Passion.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bul l et B a ndÂ won the award as best rock group forÂ the a l b um, Against the W i n d.
Bette Midler was named best f emaleÂ pop vocal performer for The Rose,Â from the movie of the same name.
Male pop vocal honors went to KennyÂ Loggins for This is It, a track fromÂ Al ive.
Barbra Streisand and Bee Gee BarryÂ Gibb â€” who won the biggest ovation ofÂ the night when they appeared to* present an award â€” were chosen best popÂ vocal performers in a duo for their hitÂ single, Gu i l t y.
Paul Simon â€”a loser in the popÂ vocal category â€” was the show’s host.
The Na t i o n al Academy of RecordingÂ Ar t i s t s, whi ch sponsors the Grammys,Â gave special Trustees Awa rds to AaronÂ Copland, the 80-year-old composer, andÂ Count Basie, the 76-year-old jazz bandleader.Â In t he classical f i e l d, t he f i r st complete recording of Al b an Berg’s modernÂ opera, L u l u, won in three categories,Â and so did vi r tuoso viol ini st I t z h akÂ Perlman.
George Benson, the j a zz gui t a r i st andÂ singer, was also a t r iple wi n n e r, forÂ best ma le rhythm and blues performance, best i n s t r ume n t al r h y t hm andÂ blues performance and best jazz vocalÂ performance, all for his album, GiveÂ Me the Night.
John Wi l l i ams, conductor of the Boston Pops, was a double winner for hisÂ movie score for the Star Wars sequel,Â The Empi re Strikes Back.
Evita, a hit Broadway musical aboutÂ the w i fe of Argentine dictator J u anÂ Peron, was awarded the prize as bestÂ cast show a l b um.