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Published Oct. 6, 2005

Awards voters will always love Whitney Houston _ at least this year. And the magic carpet for the music to Aladdin was riding high again at Tuesday night's 36th annual Grammys.

For her single I Will Always Love You, Miss Houston took the awards for best pop female vocalist and record of the year, which she shared with producer David Foster. The album of the year Grammy went to the soundtrack to the movie, The Bodyguard.

Just three weeks ago, she collected eight trophies at the American Music Awards for the single and the soundtrack.

"I think everyone can dig and understand I Will Always Love You," she said backstage.

Dolly Parton, who wrote the torch song two decades ago, presented the Grammy to Miss Houston. The single has been one of the fastest-selling in music history, and the movie soundtrack has sold more than 10 million copies.

The Aladdin soundtrack received four Grammys before the telecast began. During the CBS-TV special, A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) won for song of the year, a prize that went to the composers, Alan Menken and Tim Rice. Last year, the movie's music won two Academy Awards (for original score and song).

"I would like to thank the Everly Brothers who got me going on American music," said Rice, an Englishman.

Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle won the award for best pop performance by a duo or group for singing A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme).

The other awards for "Aladdin": best musical album for children, and best instrumental composition written for a motion picture or for television. The theme song also won as best song written for a movie or television.

Besides sharing the record of the year prize with Miss Houston, Foster won the Grammy as producer of the year for I Will Always Love You and for best instrumental arrangement of When I Fall In Love from the soundtrack of Sleepless in Seattle.

"I just can't even believe that I'm up here at this point in my career," Foster said. "This is the greatest night of my life."

Tony Bennett and country star Mary-Chapin Carpenter also won Grammys as the recording industry honored its top performers. Other winners were Aerosmith for best rock group, and U2 for alternative music.

Bono of U2 was greeted with cheers and gasps during his acceptance speech when he used a four-letter word in delivering "a message to the young people of America."

He returned a short while later to present a lifetime achievement award to Frank Sinatra and apparently didn't stray from his prepared introduction.

After a standing ovation, a tearful Sinatra said: "That's the best welcome I ever had."

He took a couple of deep breaths trying to regain his composure, then said: "This is like being in baseball, the bases are loaded and you're at bat _ you don't know what you're going to do."

"Frank never did like rock 'n' roll and he's not crazy about guys wearing earrings, either," the Irish singer said, assuring everyone Sinatra "doesn't hold it against me."