Boss' 'Streets' Paved with Trophies

Atlanta Constitution, 1995-03-01, by: Miriam Longino, Wendell Brock
"Maybe Elton John had a premonition. Until he cancelled because of the flue, the singer was scheduled to open the 37th annual Grammy Awards with the sweet "Lion King" tune "Can You Feel the Love Tonight". Instead, the curtain rose on a backlit Bruce Springsteen, who delivered a searing live version of "The Streets of Philadelphia", then walked away with four top awards for his song about AIDS. The Boss blew away his "Lion King" competition, winning awards for song of the year, male rock vocal, rock song and song for a motion picture. The song already had won an Academy Award.

Besides Springsteen's unexpected sweep and Bennett's weird win in the album category, the Grammy show brought few surprises. Springsteen was uncharacteristically buoyant when accepting his trophies, even dropping his acceptance speech. He thanked his mom, who was in the audience with his wife, Patty. This is the New Jersey artist's first win outside the male rock category. He took home Grammys for male rock vocal in l985 for "Dancing in the Dark" and in l987 for "Tunnel of Love"."