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51st Annual Grammy Awards

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Most nominations  Lil Wayne (8)
Date  8 February 2009
Network  CBS
Other ceremonies  2008, 2010

Most awards  Alison Krauss, Robert Plant (5)
Location  Los Angeles, California, United States

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 8, 2009. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss were the biggest winners of the night, winning five awards including Album of the Year for their critically acclaimed Raising Sand. Krauss became the sixth female solo artist to have won 5 awards in one night joining Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Beyoncé Knowles, and Amy Winehouse. Lil Wayne received the most nominations with eight.

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The awards broadcast won a 2009 Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special.

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Presenters

  • LL Cool J
  • Duffy
  • Whitney Houston
  • T-Pain
  • Al Green
  • Natalie Cole
  • Kanye West
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Green Day
  • Blink-182
  • Sean Combs
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Charlie Haden
  • Estelle
  • Jack Black
  • Zooey Deschanel
  • will.i.am
  • Queen Latifah
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Craig Ferguson
  • Simon Baker
  • Special merit awards

    MusiCares Person of the Year
  • Neil Diamond
  • Lifetime Achievement Award winners
  • Gene Autry
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • The Four Tops
  • Hank Jones
  • Brenda Lee
  • Dean Martin
  • Tom Paxton
  • Trustees Award winners
  • George Avakian
  • Elliott Carter
  • Allen Toussaint
  • Technical Grammy Award winners
  • Clarence "Leo" Fender
  • Universal Audio
  • President's Merit Award
  • Clive Davis
  • General

    For all of these there are both nominees and winners, the winners are in bold.

    Record of the Year

  • "Please Read the Letter" - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/Mixer
  • "Chasing Pavements" - Adele
  • Eg White, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Steve Price, engineer/mixers
  • "Viva la Vida" - Coldplay
  • Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael Brauer & Rik Simpson, engineers/mixers
  • "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis
  • Simon Cowell, Clive Davis & Ryan "Alias" Tedder, producers; Craig Durrance, Phil Tan & Ryan "Alias" Tedder, engineers/mixers
  • "Paper Planes" - M.I.A.
  • Diplo, producer; Switch, engineer/mixer
  • Album of the Year

  • Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends - Coldplay
  • Year of the Gentleman - Ne-Yo
  • Tha Carter III - Lil' Wayne
  • In Rainbows - Radiohead
  • Song of the Year

  • "Viva la Vida" - Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin (Coldplay)
  • "American Boy" - will.i.am, Estelle, John Legend, Kanye West, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir & Keith Harris (Estelle & Kanye West)
  • "Chasing Pavements" - Adele & Eg White (Adele)
  • "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz (Jason Mraz)
  • "Love Song" - Sara Bareilles (Sara Bareilles)
  • Best New Artist
  • Adele
  • Duffy
  • The Jonas Brothers
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • Pop

    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
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  • "Chasing Pavements" – Adele
  • "Love Song" - Sara Bareilles
  • "Mercy" - Duffy
  • "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis
  • "I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry
  • "So What" - Pink
  • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
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  • "All Summer Long" - Kid Rock
  • "Say" – John Mayer
  • "That Was Me" - Paul McCartney
  • "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz
  • "Closer" - Ne-Yo
  • "Wichita Lineman" - James Taylor
  • Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

  • "Viva la Vida" – Coldplay
  • "Waiting in the Weeds" - Eagles
  • "Going On" - Gnarls Barkley
  • "Won't Go Home Without You" - Maroon 5
  • "Apologize" - OneRepublic
  • Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
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  • "Lesson Learned" - Alicia Keys & John Mayer
  • "4 Minutes" - Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
  • "Rich Woman" – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • "If I Never See Your Face Again" - Maroon 5 & Rihanna
  • "No Air" - Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
  • Best Pop Instrumental Performance
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  • "Love Appetite" - Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere
  • "I Dreamed There Was No War" – Eagles
  • "Fortune Teller"- Fourplay
  • "Steppin' Out" - Stanley Jordan
  • "Blast!" - Marcus Miller
  • Best Pop Instrumental Album
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  • Sax for Stax - Gerald Albright
  • Greatest Hits Rerecorded Volume One - Larry Carlton
  • Jingle All the Way – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
  • The Spice of Life - Earl Klugh
  • A Night Before Christmas" - Spyro Gyra
  • Best Pop Vocal Album
  • Detours - Sheryl Crow
  • Rockferry – Duffy
  • Long Road Out of Eden - Eagles
  • Spirit - Leona Lewis
  • Covers - James Taylor
  • Dance

    Best Dance Recording
  • "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)" – Daft Punk
  • "Ready for the Floor" - Hot Chip
  • "Just Dance" - Lady Gaga & Colby O' Donis
  • "Give It 2 Me" - Madonna
  • "Disturbia" - Rihanna
  • "Black & Gold" - Sam Sparro
  • Best Electronic/Dance Album
  • New York City - Brazilian Girls
  • Alive 2007 – Daft Punk
  • Bring Ya to the Brink - Cyndi Lauper
  • X - Kylie Minogue
  • Last Night - Moby
  • Robyn - Robyn
  • Traditional Pop

    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
  • Still Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
  • The Sinatra Project - Michael Feinstein
  • Noël - Josh Groban
  • In the Swing of Christmas - Barry Manilow
  • Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall - Rufus Wainwright
  • Rock

    Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
  • "Gravity" – John Mayer
  • "I Saw Her Standing There" - Paul McCartney
  • "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" Bruce Springsteen
  • "Rise" - Eddie Vedder
  • "No Hidden Path" - Neil Young
  • Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
  • "Sex on Fire" – Kings of Leon
  • "Rock N' Roll Train" - AC/DC
  • "Violet Hill" - Coldplay
  • "Long Road Out of Eden" - Eagles
  • "House of Cards" - Radiohead
  • Best Hard Rock Performance
  • "Inside the Fire" - Disturbed
  • "Visions" - Judas Priest
  • "Wax Simulacra" – The Mars Volta"
  • "Saints of Los Angeles" - Mötley Crüe
  • "Lords of Salem" - Rob Zombie
  • Best Metal Performance
  • "Heroes of Our Time" - DragonForce
  • "Nostradamus" - Judas Priest
  • "My Apocalypse" – Metallica
  • "Under My Thumb" - Ministry
  • "Psychosocial" - Slipknot
  • Best Rock Instrumental Performance
  • "Castellorizon" - David Gilmour
  • "Suicide & Redemption" - Metallica
  • "34 Ghosts I-IV" - Nine Inch Nails
  • "Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)" - Rush
  • "Peaches En Regalia" – Zappa Plays Zappa featuring Steve Vai & Napoleon Murphy Brock
  • Best Rock Song
  • "Girls in Their Summer Clothes" – Bruce Springsteen
  • "House of Cards - Radiohead
  • "I Will Possess Your Heart" - Death Cab for Cutie
  • "Sex on Fire" - Kings of Leon
  • "Violet Hill" - Coldplay
  • Best Rock Album
  • Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay
  • Rock N Roll Jesus - Kid Rock
  • Only By The Night - Kings of Leon
  • Death Magnetic - Metallica
  • Consolers of the Lonely - The Raconteurs
  • Alternative

    Best Alternative Music Album
  • Modern Guilt - Beck
  • Narrow Stairs - Death Cab for Cutie
  • The Odd Couple - Gnarls Barkley
  • Evil Urges - My Morning Jacket
  • In Rainbows - Radiohead
  • R&B

    Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
  • "Me, Myself and I "- Beyoncé
  • "Heaven Sent" - Keyshia Cole
  • "Spotlight" - Jennifer Hudson
  • "Superwoman" – Alicia Keys
  • "Need U Bad" - Jazmine Sullivan
  • Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
  • "You're the Only One" - Eric Benét
  • "Take You Down" - Chris Brown
  • "Miss Independent" – Ne-Yo
  • "Can't Help But Wait" - Trey Songz
  • "Here I Stand" - Usher
  • Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
  • "Ribbon in the Sky" - Boyz II Men
  • "Words" - Anthony David & India.Arie
  • "Stay with Me (By the Sea)" – Al Green & John Legend
  • "I'm His Only Woman" - Jennifer Hudson & Fantasia
  • "Never Give You Up" - Raphael Saadiq feat. Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton
  • Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
  • "A Change is Gonna Come" - Wayne Brady
  • "You've Got the Love I Need" – Al Green & Anthony Hamilton
  • "Baby I Know" - Linda Jones with Helen Bruner & Terry Jones
  • "Love That Girl" - Raphael Saadiq
  • "In Love With Another Man" - Jazmine Sullivan
  • Best Urban/Alternative Performance
  • "Say Goodbye to Love" - Kenna
  • "Wanna Be" - Maiysha
  • "Be OK" – Chrisette Michele & will.i.am
  • "Many Moons" - Janelle Monáe
  • "Lovin You (Music)" - Wayna & Kokayi
  • Best R&B Song
  • "Bust Your Windows" - Jazmine Sullivan
  • "Customer" - Raheem DeVaughn
  • "Heaven Sent" - Keyshia Cole
  • "Miss Independent" – Ne-Yo
  • "Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson
  • Best R&B Album
  • Love & Life - Eric Benét
  • Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA - Boyz II Men
  • Lay It Down - Al Green
  • Jennifer Hudson – Jennifer Hudson
  • The Way I See It - Raphael Saadiq
  • Best Contemporary R&B Album
  • Growing Pains – Mary J. Blige
  • Back of My Lac' - J. Holiday
  • First Love - Karina
  • Year of the Gentleman - Ne-Yo
  • Fearless - Jazmine Sullivan
  • Rap

    Best Rap Solo Performance
  • "Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..." - Jay-Z
  • "A Milli" – Lil Wayne
  • "Paris, Tokyo" - Lupe Fiasco
  • "N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave and the Master)" - Nas
  • "Sexual Eruption" - Snoop Dogg
  • Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
  • "Royal Flush (song) - Big Boi feat. Raekwon & Andre 3000
  • "Swagga Like Us" – Jay-Z & T.I. with Kanye West & Lil Wayne
  • "Mr. Carter - Lil Wayne & Jay-Z
  • "Wish You Would" - Ludacris & T.I.
  • "Put On" - Young Jeezy & Kanye West
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
  • "American Boy" – Estelle & Kanye West
  • "Low" - Flo Rida & T-Pain
  • "Green Light" - John Legend & Andre 3000
  • "Got Money" - Lil Wayne & T-Pain
  • "Superstar" - Lupe Fiasco & Matthew Santos
  • Best Rap Song
  • "Lollipop" – Lil Wayne & Static Major
  • "Low - Flo Rida & T-Pain
  • "Sexual Eruption" - Snoop Dogg
  • "Superstar" - Lupe Fiasco & Matthew Santos
  • "Swagga Like Us" - Jay-Z & T.I. with Kanye West & Lil Wayne
  • Best Rap Album
  • American Gangster - Jay-Z
  • Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne
  • The Cool - Lupe Fiasco
  • Nas - Nas
  • Paper Trail - T.I.
  • Country

    Best Female Country Vocal Performance
  • "For These Times" - Martina McBride
  • "What I Cannot Change" - LeAnn Rimes
  • "Last Name" – Carrie Underwood
  • "Last Call" - Lee Ann Womack
  • "This Is Me You're Talking To" - Trisha Yearwood
  • Best Male Country Vocal Performance
  • "You're Gonna Miss This" - Trace Adkins
  • "In Color" - Jamey Johnson
  • "Just Got Started Lovin' You" - James Otto
  • "Letter to Me" – Brad Paisley
  • "Troubadour" - George Strait
  • Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
  • "God Must Be Busy" - Brooks & Dunn
  • "Love Don't Live Here" - Lady Antebellum
  • "Every Day" - Rascal Flatts
  • "Blue Side of the Mountain" - The Steel Drivers
  • "Stay" – Sugarland
  • Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
  • "Shiftwork" - Kenny Chesney & George Strait
  • "Killing the Blues" – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • "House of Cash" - George Strait & Patty Loveless
  • "Life in a Northern Town" - Sugarland, featuring Jake Owen & Little Big Town
  • "Let the Wind Chase You" - Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban
  • Best Country Instrumental Performance
  • "Sumatra" - Cherryholmes
  • "Two Small Cars In Rome" - Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green
  • "Sleigh Ride" - Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
  • "Is This America? (Katrina 2005)" - Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
  • "Cluster Pluck" – Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner
  • Best Country Song
  • "Dig Two Graves" - Randy Travis
  • "I Saw God Today" - George Strait
  • "In Color" - Jamey Johnson
  • "Stay" – Sugarland
  • "You're Gonna Miss This" - Trace Adkins
  • Best Country Album
  • That Lonesome Song - Jamey Johnson
  • Sleepless Nights - Patty Loveless
  • Troubadour – George Strait
  • Around the Bend - Randy Travis
  • Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love - Trisha Yearwood
  • Best Bluegrass Album
  • Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe - Cherryholmes
  • Del McCoury Band — Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Del McCoury Band
  • The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman - Earl Scruggs
  • Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947 – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • Wheels - Dan Tyminski
  • New Age

    Best New Age Album
  • Meditations - William Ackerman
  • Pathfinder - Will Clipman
  • Peace Time – Jack DeJohnette
  • Ambrosia - Peter Kater
  • The Scent of Light - Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
  • Jazz

    Best Contemporary Jazz Album
  • Randy in Brasil – Randy Brecker
  • Floating Point - John McLaughlin
  • Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley - Various Artists
  • Miles From India - Various Artists
  • Lifecycle - Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album
  • Imagina: Songs Of Brasil - Karrin Allyson
  • Breakfast On The Morning Tram - Stacey Kent
  • If Less Is More...Nothing Is Everything - Kate McGarry
  • Loverly – Cassandra Wilson
  • Distances - Norma Winstone
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
  • "Be-Bop" – Terence Blanchard
  • "Seven Steps to Heaven" - Till Brönner
  • "Waltz for Debby" - Gary Burton & Chick Corea
  • "Son of Thirteen" - Pat Metheny
  • "Be-Bop" - James Moody
  • Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
  • The New Crystal Silence – Chick Corea & Gary Burton
  • History, Mystery - Bill Frisell
  • Brad Mehldau Trio Live - Brad Mehldau Trio
  • Day Trip - Pat Metheny Featuring Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez
  • Standards - Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine
  • Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
  • Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard – The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
  • Best Latin Jazz Album
  • Song for Chico – Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Gospel

    Best Gospel Performance
  • "Get Up" – Mary Mary
  • "East to West" - Casting Crowns
  • "I Understand" - Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, BeBe Winans, Mariah Carey, & Hezekiah Walker's LFC
  • "Shall We Gather at the River" - Take 6
  • "Waging War" - CeCe Winans
  • Best Gospel Song
  • "Help Me Believe" – Kirk Franklin
  • Kirk Franklin, songwriter
  • "Cover Me" - 21:03 with Fred Hammond, Smokie Norful, & J Moss
  • James L. Moss, songwriter
  • "Get Up" - Mary Mary
  • Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell, & Eric Dawkins, songwriters
  • "Give Me Your Eyes" - Brandon Heath
  • Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters
  • "You Reign" - MercyMe
  • Jim Bryson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Mike Scheuchzer, & Robby Shaffer, songwriters
  • Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
  • Alive and Transported – tobyMac
  • Hello - After Edmund
  • Our World: Redeemed - Flame
  • We Need Each Other - Sanctus Real
  • Rock What You Got - Superchick
  • Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
  • Thy Kingdom Come – CeCe Winans
  • This Moment - Steven Curtis Chapman
  • What If We - Brandon Heath
  • Opposite Way - Leeland
  • Hello Love - Chris Tomlin
  • Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
  • Lovin' Life – Gaither Vocal Band
  • Room For More - Booth Brothers
  • Steps to Heaven - Charlie Louvin
  • Hymned Again - Bart Millard
  • Ephesians One - Karen Peck and New River
  • Best Traditional Gospel Album
  • Down in New Orleans – The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • I'll Say Yes - Carol Cymbala & The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
  • Take It Back - Dorinda Clark-Cole
  • Voices in Unity: Together In Worship - Deitrick Haddon
  • No Limit - Bishop Charles E. Blake presents the West Angeles Church of God in Christ Choir
  • Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
  • The Fight of My Life – Kirk Franklin
  • Reflections - Jason Champion
  • The Sound - Mary Mary
  • Donald Lawrence Introduces: Family Prayer - The Murrills
  • Stand Out - Tye Tribbett & G.A.
  • Latin

    Best Latin Pop Album
  • La Vida... Es Un Ratico – Juanes
  • Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
  • 45 – Jaguares
  • Best Latin Urban Album
  • Los Extraterrestres – Wisin & Yandel
  • Best Tropical Latin Album
  • Señor Bachata – José Feliciano
  • Best Regional Mexican Album
  • Amor, Dolor y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera – Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
  • Canciones de Amor – Mariachi Divas
  • Best Tejano Album
  • Viva La Revolucion – Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
  • Best Norteño Album
  • Raíces – Los Tigres del Norte
  • Best Banda Album
  • No Es De Madera – Joan Sebastian
  • Blues

    Best Traditional Blues Album
  • "The Blues Rolls On"-Elvin Bishop
  • "Skin Deep"-Buddy Guy
  • "All Odds Against Me"-John Lee Hooker, Jr.
  • "One Kind Favor"– B.B. King
  • "Pinetop Perkins and Friends"-Pinetop Perkins and Friends
  • Best Contemporary Blues Album
  • "Peace Love & BBQ"-Marcia Ball
  • "Like a Fire"-Solomon Burke
  • "City That Care Forgot" – Dr. John And The Lower 911
  • "Maesteo"-Taj Mahal
  • "Simply Grand"-Irma Thomas
  • Folk

    Best Traditional Folk Album
  • "Coal"-Kathy Mattea
  • "Comedians & Angels"-Tom Paxton
  • "Bring Me Home"-Peggy Seeger
  • "At 89" – Pete Seeger
  • "Strangers In Another Country"-Rosalie Sorrels
  • Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
  • "Day After Tomorrow"-Joan Baez
  • "I, Flathead"-Ry Cooder
  • "Sex & Gasoline"-Rodney Crowell
  • "All I Intend to Be"-Emmylou Harris
  • "Raising Sand"-Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
  • Best Native American Music Album
  • Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs – Various artists (Tom Wasinger, producer)
  • Best Hawaiian Music Album
  • "Ikena – Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho
  • Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album;
  • Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet
  • Reggae

    Best Reggae Album
  • "Jah Is Real"– Burning Spear
  • "Let's Get Physical"-Elephant Man
  • "Vibes"-Heavy D
  • "Repentance"-Lee "Scratch" Perry
  • "Intoxication"-Shaggy
  • "Amazing"-Sly and Robbie
  • World music

    Best Traditional World Music Album
  • Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Best Contemporary World Music Album
  • Global Drum Project – Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo
  • nominee Angels & Almas – David Maldonado
  • Polka

    Best Polka Album
  • Let the Whole World Sing – Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
  • Children's music

    Best Musical Album For Children
  • "Here Come the 123s"–They Might Be Giants
  • Best Spoken Word Album for Children
  • "Yes To Running! Bill Harley Live"–Bill Harley
  • Spoken word

    Best Spoken Word Album
  • An Inconvenient Truth – Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon & Blair Underwood
  • Comedy

    Best Comedy Album
  • It's Bad for Ya – George Carlin
  • Anticipation - Lewis Black
  • Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords
  • For Your Consideration - Kathy Griffin
  • Songs of the Bushmen - Harry Shearer
  • Musical show

    Best Musical Show Album
  • In the Heights – Original Broadway Cast with Lin-Manuel Miranda & Others
  • Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andrés Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss & Bill Sherman, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist
  • Film, television and other visual media

    Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
  • American Gangster
  • August Rush
  • Juno
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Sweeney Todd — The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
  • Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
  • The Dark Knight - James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - John Williams
  • Iron Man - Ramin Djawadi
  • There Will Be Blood - Johnny Greenwood
  • WALL-E - Thomas Newman
  • Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
  • "Down to Earth" (from WALL-E) – Peter Gabriel
  • "Ever Ever After" (from Enchanted) - Carrie Underwood
  • "Say" - (from The Bucket List) - John Mayer
  • "That's How You Know" (from Enchanted) - Amy Adams
  • "Walk Hard" (from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) - John C. Reilly
  • Composing and arranging

    Best Instrumental Composition
  • "The Adventures of Mutt" (from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) – John Williams
  • John Williams, composer
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • "Define Dancing" (from WALL-E) – Thomas Newman
  • Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers
  • Best Pop Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
  • "Captain Of Her Heart" – [Project Grand Slam & Judie Tzuke]
  • Ron Thaler, Haim Cotton, arrangers
  • Package

    Best Recording Package
  • 'Death Magnetic – Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffatt & David Turner, art directors (Metallica)
  • Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
  • 'In Rainbows – Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell & Xian Munro, art directors (Radiohead)
  • Album notes

    Best Album Notes
  • Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition – Francis Davis, album notes writer (Miles Davis)
  • Historical

    Best Historical Album
  • Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music – Documented By Art Rosenbaum Steven; Lance Ledbetter & Art Rosenbaum, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Production, non-classical

    Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
  • Consolers of the Lonely – The Raconteurs
  • Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell & Jack White III, engineers
  • Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
  • Rick Rubin
  • Death Magnetic (Metallica)
  • Home Before Dark (Neil Diamond)
  • Mercy (Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy) (Ours)
  • Seeing Things (Jakob Dylan)
  • Weezer (Red Album) (Weezer)
  • Ron Thaler
  • In The Margins (Kelly Saint Patrick) (A)
  • No One (song), As I Am - The Super Edition (Alicia Keys) (A)
  • Captain Of Her Heart (Project Grand Slam) (A)
  • Everything Changed (Greg Merritt & Heavy Road) (A)
  • Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
  • "Electric Feel" (Justice Remix)
  • (MGMT), remixers Justice
  • Production, surround sound

    Best Surround Sound Album
  • Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain; Prelude to Khovanshchina – Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Michael Bishop & Robert Woods
  • Production, classical

    Best Engineered Album, Classical
  • David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis – Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago – Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert, Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man, Yo-Yo Ma & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Producer of the Year, Classical
  • David Frost
  • Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique – Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Right Through The Bone—Julius Röntgen Chamber Music
  • Schubert: Sonata in D major; Liszt: Don Juan Fantasy – Min Kwon
  • Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago – Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert, Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Classical

    Best Classical Album
  • Kurt Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – James Conlon, conductor
  • Best Orchestral Performance
  • Bernard Haitink, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
  • Best Opera Recording
  • Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny – James Conlon, conductor; Fred Vogler, producer; Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald – Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich & Robert Wörle Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus
  • Best Choral Performance
  • Symphony of Psalms – Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master – Berlin Philharmonic; Rundfunkchor Berlin
  • Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Hilary Hahn (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra) – Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos
  • Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
  • Gloria Cheng – Piano music of Salonen, Stucky, and Lutosławski
  • Best Chamber Music Performance
  • Pacifica Quartet – Elliott Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5
  • Best Small Ensemble Performance
  • Charles Bruffy, conductor; Phoenix Chorale – Spotless Rose: Hymns To The Virgin Mary
  • Best Classical Vocal Performance
  • Hila Plitmann – Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan – JoAnn Falletta (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Best Classical Contemporary Composition
  • Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan – John Corigliano (JoAnn Falletta)
  • Classical Crossover Album
  • Simple Gifts – King's Singers
  • Music video

    Best Short Form Music Video
  • "Pork and Beans" – Weezer
  • Mathew Cullen, video director; Bernard Rahill, video producer
  • Best Long Form Music Video
  • Runnin' Down a Dream – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Peter Bogdanovich, video director; Skot Bright, video producer
  • Cancelled performances

  • Rihanna's 51st Grammy Awards performance was cancelled due to treatment caused by domestic violence by her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown.
  • Records

  • Alison Krauss became the sixth female solo artist to have won five Grammys in one evening. The artists who won five before her are Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Beyoncé Knowles, and Amy Winehouse. However, at the ceremony (2010 Grammy Awards) next year, Beyoncé surpassed the record by gaining six such awards.
  • In Memoriam

    George Carlin, Jerry Wexler, Jerry Reed, Mike Smith, Rick Wright, Eartha Kitt, Buddy Miles, Mitch Mitchell, Earl Palmer, Buddy Harman, Freddie Hubbard, David "Fathead" Newman, Johnny Griffin, Jimmy McGriff, Mike Berniker, Teo Macero, Eddy Arnold, Nick Reynolds, Miriam Makeba, Odetta, Pervis Jackson, Cachao López, Norman Smith, Neil Aspinall, William Claxton, Neal Hefti, Jo Stafford, Levi Stubbs, Jheryl Busby, Norman Whitfield, Claude Jeter, Ira Tucker, Dottie Rambo, Larry Norman, Merl Saunders, F.M. Scott III, Delaney Bramlett, Alton Ellis, Shakir Stewart, Static Major, Leonard Pennario, Norman Dello Joio, Alexander Slobodyanik, Henry Z. Steinway, Earle Hagen, Isaac Hayes, Danny Federici and Bo Diddley.

    Trivia

  • The four Grammys Lil Wayne won were the first ever Grammy Award wins in his Career.
  • After a four-year hiatus, pop-punk band Blink-182 announced their reunion before giving the award for rock album of the year to alternative rock band Coldplay.
  • References

    51st Annual Grammy Awards Wikipedia


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