Robert Plant's 2007 album with pop-bluegrass songbird Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, did something 25 years of solo records never quite managed. It fully transformed him from former Led Zeppelin golden god into a roots singer. Plant had never sung so tenderly or collaboratively, commanding a crack modern string band that defined power in terms other than "Physical Graffiti".
The unlikely alchemy of a hard-rock legend and a bluegrass superstar created Grammy gold Sunday night, as Robert Plant and Alison Krauss picked up five awards -- including album and record of the year -- for their work, "Raising Sand."
As a concert, the Grammy Awards are often well worth watching. Witness Sly Stone coming out of retirement, or the raucous tribute to the Clash's Joe Strummer a few years back, or even the hushed opening by a reunited Simon & Garfunkel in 2003.
Grammy-winner Mariah Carey – whose new No. 1 album, E = MC2, sold 463,000 copies in its first week – is hitting another high: This weekend the Empire State Building in New York City will be lit in lavendar, pink and white in her honor. One of the most successful female recording artists of all time, Carey, 39, recently surpassed Elvis PresleyÃ¢€™s record of 17 No. 1 hits with her 18th, "Touch My Body."
The blues are sometimes said to have spread from a single crossroads in Clarksdale, Miss. This month, fans celebrate the uniquely American art form at the city's annual Juke Joint Festival, which opens on Saturday.
With Led Zeppelin taking the stage Monday, December 10, for a reunion concert in London's O2 Arena, CNN.com readers wrote in to share their thoughts on whether one of the most influential bands of all time can rock a sea of fans like they used to.
They have been described by critics as the definitive heavy metal band, they released eight studio albums in just 10 years and have sold more than 300 million records worldwide. And now, one of the best rock acts of all time is back.
Jessica Simpson, who has been talking about recording a country album, got to chat with a legend of rock 'n' roll – former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant – at a taping of CMT's Crossroads near Nashville on Thursday night.
In 1958, Columbia Records -- the inventor of the LP -- hit upon something new. One of its artists, Johnny Mathis, was in the middle of a string of hit singles. Columbia decided to package the hits into an album and called it, simply, "Johnny's Greatest Hits."