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BetteBack March 3, 1974: Miss M Wins Her First Grammy

Wichita Falls Times
March 3, 1974

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -â–  “Killing Me Softly’ With His Song,” a ballad about the emotional impact of music, .was named record of the year Saturday night at the 16th annual Grammy Awards, giving singer Roberta Flack her second such honor in two years.

“T d like to thank the world,” said Miss Flack, spreading her arms wide. She also accepted a golden statuette for best female pop performance, also a repeat award for her. Miss Flack thanked ’ erm s expiring her record company “for having the good sense to sign me.”

The most awards of the evening — four — went to blind singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, who received a standing ovation as he was led to the stage by his mother.

Moments later, Wonder made another trip to the stage to receive the award for best pop vocal performance for that song, “You Are the Suhshine of My Ufe.” He accepted it in memory of the late singer Jim Croce, who , was killed In a plane crash last year.

Wonder also was honored In the categories of best rhythm and blues song, “Superstition,” album of the year, “Innervisions,” and best rhythm and blues vocal.

The members chose as the best new artist of the vear awards flamboyant singer Bette Midler. She rushed to the stage, her carrot red hair in frizz, and exclaimed, “Isn’t this a hoot!”

Miss Midler, who bills herself as “The Last of the ’Truly Tacky Ladies,” w a s nominated in other musical categories, but won no other Grammys.

The award for best rhythm and blues vocal group went to Gladys Knight and the Pipps for their recording “Midnight Train to Georgia.” They also won the Grammy for best pop vocal group for the song “Neither One of Us Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye.”

Charlie Rich was named best country vocal performer for his song “Behind Closed Doors,”

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