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UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP REAPS GRAMMY GOLD

Los Angeles, California, February 24, 2000 -- The Universal Music Group celebrated the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards with a post-Grammy Party hosted by Universal Music Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Morris. The company’s combined labels walked away with a total of 29 Grammys across a broad range of categories.

The Universal Music Group 2000 Grammy winners were: Sting, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Brand New Day" (A&M); Sting, Best Pop Album for Brand New Day (A&M); Sheryl Crow (A&M artist), Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Sweet Child O’ Mine" a track from Big Daddy--Music From the Motion Picture (C2/Sony Music Soundtrax); Beck, Best Alternative Music Performance for Mutations (DGC); Eminem, Best Rap Solo Performance for "My Name Is" (Aftermath/Interscope); The Roots featuring Erykah Badu, Best Rap Duo/Group Performance for "You Got Me" (MCA Records); Eminem, Best Rap Album for The Slim Shady LP (Aftermath/Interscope); Shania Twain, Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" (Mercury Nashville); Asleep At The Wheel, Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Bob’s Breakdowns" (Dreamworks Nashville); Shania Twain, Best Country Song for "Come On Over" (Mercury Nashville); Diana Krall, Best Jazz Vocal Performance for When I Look In Your Eyes (Verve); Wayne Shorter, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance for "In Walked Wayne" (Verve); Chris Perez Band, Best Latin/Rock Alternative Performance for Resurrection (Hollywood Records); Tito Puente, Best Traditional Tropical Latin Performance for Mambo Birdland (RMM); B.B. King, Best Traditional Blues Album for Blues On The Bayou (MCA Records); Burning Spear, Best Reggae Album for Calling Rastafari (Heartbeat); Chris Rock, Best Spoken Comedy Album for Bigger and Blacker (DreamWorks Records); Phil Collins, Best Soundtrack Album for Tarzan (Walt Disney Records); Randy Newman, Best Instrumental Composition for a Motion Picture or Television for A Bug’s Life (Walt Disney Records); Alan Broadbent, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist for "Lonely Town" performed by the Charlie Haden Quartet West featuring Shirley Horn, (Verve); Ray Benson, Sally Carns & Buddy Jackson, Best Recording Package for Asleep At The Wheel’s Ride With Bob (Dreamworks Nashville); Bob Blumenthal, Best Album Notes for John Coltrane - The Classic Quartet - Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings (Impulse!); Al Schmitt, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Diana Krall’s When I Look In Your Eyes (Verve); Best Opera Recording Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress (Deutsche Grammophon); Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87 Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano, (Decca); Best Chamber Music Performance Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas, Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin, Lambert Orkis, piano, (Deutsche Grammophon); Best Classical Vocal Performance Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Thomas Quasthoff, (baritone), Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo soprano), Claudio Abbado (conductor), Berliner Philharmonic (Deutsche Grammophon); Best Classical Contemporary Composition Boulez: Repons Pierre Boulez, composer and conductor (Deutsche Grammophon); Best Music Video, Long Form Band of Gypsys - Live At Fillmore East by Jimi Hendrix (MCA/Experience Hendrix).

Among the artists and celebrities in attendance at the reception were Sheryl Crow, Sting & Trudie Styler, Diana Krall, The Roots, Eminem, Melissa Etheridge, Brian McKnight, Vince Gill, Garbage, Lionel Richie, Dr. Dre, Al Jarreau, Rob Zombie, Jonny Lang, Billie Myers, Murder Inc., Buckcherry, Susan Tedeschi, Heather Graham, Howard Stern, Pat Boone, Lisa Marie Presley and Gene Oszajca, Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, Sons of the Desert, Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, David Spade, Kelly Price, My Town, S Club 7, Hoku and Ali Landry.

Executives in attendance at the Universal Grammy reception included Doug Morris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group; Bruce Hack, Vice Chairman, Universal Music Group; Zach Horowitz, President & Chief Operating Officer, Universal Music Group;Mel Lewinter, Chairman, Universal/Motown Records Group; Jay Boberg, President, MCA Records; Ted Field and Jimmy Iovine, Co-Chairmen, Interscope Geffen A&M; Tom Whalley, President, Interscope Geffen A&M; Jordan Schur, President, Geffen Records; Steve Stoute, President, Black Music, Interscope Records; Jim Caparro, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group; Lyor Cohen, Co-President, Island Def Jam Music Group; John Reid, Co-President, Island Def Jam Music Group; Kevin Liles, President, Def Jam; Bruce Hinton, Chairman, MCA Records Nashville; Tony Brown, President, MCA Records Nashville; Luke Lewis, President, Mercury Nashville; Tommy LiPuma, Chairman, The Verve Music Group; Ron Goldstein, President; The Verve Music Group; Jean Riggins, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Universal Records; David Renzer, President, Universal Music Publishing Group; Henry Droz, Chairman, Universal Music & Video Distribution; Jim Urie, President, Universal Music & Video Distribution; Kedar Massenburg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Motown Records; Chris Roberts, President, Universal Classics & Jazz; Larry Kenswil, President, Universal eLabs; and Bruce Resnikoff, President, Universal Music Enterprises; John Kennedy, Chairman and CEO, Universal Music (UK) Ltd.; Howard Berman, Managing Director, Mercury (UK); Hiroyuki Iwata, President, Universal Victor, Inc. (Japan).

Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 59 countries around the world. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels A&M Records, Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Jimmy and Doug’s Farmclub.com, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Records, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and UM3 (outside the U.S.).

Universal Music Group is a unit of The Seagram Company Ltd., a global entertainment and spirits and wine company.

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