Carolina Chocolate Drops put an exclamation point on a triumphant year Sunday night, winning a Grammy Award.
The Triangle-based old-time group won the best traditional folk album category for last year's "Genuine Negro Jig," over a formidable field of nominees that included 14-time winner Ricky Skaggs.
"American Idol" star Fantasia also scored a breakthrough, winning best female R&B vocal performance. The High Point native had been nominated six times in years past, but this was her first win.
UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus Lewis Black won his second Grammy for best comedy album, beating out a field that included Robin Williams and the musical-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords.
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One Grammy that Fantasia didn't win was best R&B album, which went to John Legend and the Roots. That pairing also beat Monroe native Calvin Richardson for best traditional R&B vocal performance.
Shirley Caesar of Durham came up short for best traditional gospel album, losing out to country singer Patty Griffin.