51st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2008)

If there was an underlying theme to the 51st GRAMMY Awards, it might have been a night of triumphs: Robert Plant's enthusiastic reception of GRAMMY gold some 40 years after helping lay a hard rock cornerstone with Led Zeppelin; Jennifer Hudson's tearful but steadfast performance only months after suffering a personal family tragedy; the triumph of both youth (Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift) and experience (B.B. King, Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint); and even the audacious victory of performing pregnant, on your due date (M.I.A.).

And, of course, the triumph of music itself with the GRAMMYs' ability to shine a light on the power of music and the magnificence of a musician's creativity. As John Mayer said in accepting his Best Male Pop Vocal Performance GRAMMY for his song "Say": "It's always an honor to be a musician…I love being a songwriter…I love making music. It's the best thing in the world."

The formidable duo of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the evening's top winners, sweeping all their nominations and picking up five total GRAMMYs for Album Of The Year and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for Raising Sand, Record Of The Year for "Please Read The Letter," Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for "Rich Woman," and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "Killing The Blues."

Rapper Lil Wayne took home an impressive four awards of his own: Best Rap Album for Tha Carter III, Best Rap Solo Performance for "A Milli," Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Swagga Like Us" (featuring Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West), and Best Rap Song for "Lollipop." Coldplay won the Song Of The Year and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals honors for "Viva La Vida," in addition to Best Rock Album.

A host of other diverse artists picked up two GRAMMY wins each including Adele (including Best New Artist), R&B artists Al Green and Ne-Yo, John Mayer, Brad Paisley, and Sugarland, among others.

Music's Biggest Night also featured the most performances in GRAMMY Awards history, kicking off with a thundering performance by U2. Bono and company stormed the stage with their latest single "Get On Your Boots" amid a swirling psychedelic backdrop that electrified Staples Center.

Justin Timberlake ran down his childhood love of Al Green before joining the reverend himself alongside Boyz II Men and Keith Urban for an impassioned take on Green's soul classic "Let's Stay Together." Green's uplifting vocals — paired with Timberlake's silky voice, Boyz II Men's able harmonies and a superbly improvised guitar solo from Urban — resulted in the type of knockout performance only seen on the GRAMMY Awards.

Coldplay's performance got off to an introspective start with singer Chris Martin poised at a piano to deliver a brilliantly poignant version of "Lost." Midway through, Jay-Z joined for a surprise cameo, name-checking everyone from the Notorious B.I.G. to Jesus, Caesar and Brutus and rapping with his patented cool ferocity. Then, leaping from the piano, Martin joined his bandmates for their GRAMMY-winning song "Viva La Vida."

Carrie Underwood kept the fire burning, blowing through her girl-gone-bad song "Last Name" with the power-packed vocals she's brought to previous GRAMMY shows.

Kid Rock mixed a potent cocktail of Southern rock and soul for a fist-pumping rendition of his "Amen" before segueing into his hit "All Summer Long," an anthem that samples classics such as Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama." Rock then marched into "Rock N Roll Jesus" triumphantly loud and proud.

The precocious talent of youth was on full display when 19-year-old Taylor Swift welcomed 16-year-old Miley Cyrus for an intimate performance of Swift's "Fifteen." With Swift providing quiet accompaniment on acoustic guitar, the two starlets poignantly took the audience through the milestones of youth while singing with a sweetness and maturity beyond their combined years.

Fresh off her GRAMMY win for Best R&B Album, Jennifer Hudson performed an especially meaningful "You Pulled Me Through" with her trademark bravura. The song showed off her magnetic vocals and her ability to surmount personal tragedies. As she finished singing, she waved off a few authentic tears.

In an inspired if unexpected collaboration, GRAMMY-winning legend Stevie Wonder joined Best New Artist nominees the Jonas Brothers for a medley that included the Jonases' pop barnstormer "Burnin' Up" and Wonder's classic "Superstition." Wonder, who also got his start in his early teens, matched the JoBros' enthusiasm throughout the performance.

Katy Perry commandeered the stage from her perch in a giant golden banana to deliver her infectious "I Kissed A Girl." In a sparkling fruit-themed outfit and accompanied by a cadre of white-suited ladies eager to be the recipients of her curious affection, Perry shimmied with the kind of lustful emotion the song demands.

Kanye West then paced his way around the stage before slamming into his GRAMMY-winning "American Boy" with English songstress Estelle. Dipping into the chemistry that suffuses the song, they bounced their lyrics off each other like a gentle breeze blowing off the stage. (The pair won the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for the song.)

Bathed in a smoky blue light, the usually fun-loving country star Kenny Chesney delivered his heartfelt, introspective breakup song "Better As A Memory." It was one of the night's quieter stunners, plainly delivered on acoustic guitar and every note sung with a touch of aching melancholy.

A very pregnant M.I.A. joined a hip-hop all-star team of T.I., Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West onstage for the aptly titled "Swagga Like Us." Stomping, head-bobbing and yes, swaggering to M.I.A.'s infectious opening beat, West called himself "Christopher Columbus" before handing over the mic for authoritative raps from Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. T.I. tackled spotlight duties last, leaning into his verses with a worked-up fervor.

Seconds later, Sir Paul McCartney rocked it old school with a rendition of the Beatles classic "I Saw Her Standing There" with Foo Fighter Dave Grohl — hair loose and sticks flying — joining on drums. The electric performance highlighted why deference to McCartney became an almost running commentary throughout the night's acceptance speeches.

Led by singer Jennifer Nettles, two-time GRAMMY winners Sugarland crept up on the emotionally vulnerable with "Stay," a lilting number made all the more memorable by Nettles' remarkably perfect delivery. Almost immediately after, Best New Artist winner Adele segued into her contemplative "Chasing Pavements." Her understated but intense vocal — combined with surprise harmonies from Nettles — ended the classic soul-flavored song on an emotional note.

A GRAMMY nominee in her own right, actress Gwyneth Paltrow then introduced Radiohead — a band that hadn't performed on live U.S. television since 2000. Thom Yorke and friends launched into "15 Step" from their Best Alternative Music Album-winning In Rainbows. Backed by the USC Trojan Marching Band, the group revealed themselves to be an almost unclassifiable act, underscoring their mysterious genius.

Timberlake came back to the stage with T.I. for "Dead And Gone," a song on which they collaborated. Timberlake opened with a vulnerable vocal as he played piano before T.I. tore off a rapid-flow rhyme.

A fitting tribute was paid to Lifetime Achievement Award recipients the Four Tops (one of 12 Special Merit Award recipients acknowledged during the evening), represented by Abdul "Duke" Fakir, with a medley of "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." Fellow Motown favorite Smokey Robinson assumed vocal duties alongside Fakir and relative R&B newcomers Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo. Fakir, tall and dashing, was as sure of voice as he was in his heyday.

MusiCares Person of the Year Neil Diamond, looking like a man who knows sincerity when he sings it, sailed into his chestnut "Sweet Caroline." In crowd-pleasing Diamond fashion, he swayed, smiled and gestured to the audience. Following Diamond's performance and a montage acknowledging music giants who passed away this past year, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, and Urban — each with six-strings in tow — plucked out a flawless, organic tribute to the late Bo Diddley, who died in June.

Melding the distinct genres of hip-hop, R&B and jazz in a tribute to the recuperating post-Hurricane Katrina city of New Orleans, native sons Lil Wayne, Allen Toussaint and Terence Blanchard, along with singer Robin Thicke, took the stage for a medley of "Tie My Hands," "Big Chief" and "Feet Don't Fail Me Now," backed by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. While Hurricane Katrina footage flashed behind Lil Wayne and Thicke on "Tie My Hands," the two exchanged raps and R&B verses amid Blanchard's trumpet stylings and a brilliant piano solo from Toussaint.

In the night's final performance, angel-voiced Alison Krauss and classic rock hero Robert Plant took the stage with producer T Bone Burnett and eased into "Rich Woman." Standing just inches apart at their microphones, Krauss and Plant sang quietly together. Then, when the band kicked up for "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)," the duo broke out the hip-shaking moves reminiscent of Plant's Led Zeppelin glory days.

In accepting the Album Of The Year award, Plant spoke of a music world vastly changed since his youth. "I'm bewildered," he said. "In the old days they would have called this selling out, but I think it's a good way to spend a Sunday." Plant then noted that his and Krauss' success had come via an independent record label and paid quick tribute to the adventurous independent faction of the industry, perhaps a final triumph worth mentioning.

Record Of The Year
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner, T Bone Burnett
Please Read The Letter

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists. Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer. T Bone Burnett, producer.

Album Of The Year
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner, T Bone Burnett
Raising Sand

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists. Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer. Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer. T Bone Burnett, producer.

Song Of The Year
Viva La Vida

Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland & Will Champion, songwriters (Coldplay)

Coldplay (Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland & Will Champion), songwriters.

Best New Artist
Adele, GRAMMY winner

Adele, artist.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Adele, GRAMMY winner
Chasing Pavements

Adele, artist.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Viva La Vida

Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin), artist.

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner
Rich Woman

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
I Dreamed There Was No War

Eagles (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Timothy B Schmit, Joe Walsh), artist.

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Béla Fleck
Jingle All The Way

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones (Jeff Coffin, Béla Fleck, Future Man, Victor Lemont Wooten), artist. Richard Battaglia & Robert Battaglia, engineers.

Best Pop Vocal Album


Duffy, artist.

Best Dance Recording
Daft Punk
Harder Better Faster Stronger

Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo), artist. Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo & Thomas Bangalter, mixers. Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo & Thomas Bangalter, producers.

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Daft Punk
Alive 2007

Daft Punk (Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo), artist. Peter Franco, engineer.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Al Schmitt
Still Unforgettable

Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole, artist. Al Schmitt, engineer. Gail Deadrick & Natalie Cole, producers.

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
John Mayer

John Mayer, artist.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Kings Of Leon
Sex On Fire

Kings Of Leon (Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill), artist.

Best Hard Rock Performance
Wax Simulacra

The Mars Volta

Mars Volta (Juan Alderete De La Pena, Cedric Bixler Zavala, John Frusciante, Pablo Hinojos-Gonzales, Isaiah Ikey Owens, Thomas Pridgen, Marcel Rodriguez Lopez, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Adrian Terrazas-Gonzáles), artist.

Best Metal Performance
My Apocalypse

Metallica (Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Peaches En Regalia

Zappa Plays Zappa Featuring Steve Vai & Napoleon Murphy Brock

Napoleon Brock, Steve Vai & Zappa Plays Zappa (Aaron Arntz, Scheila Gonzalez, Pete Griffin, Billy Hulting, Jamie Kime, Joe Travers, Dweezil Zappa), artists.

Best Rock Song
Bruce Springsteen
Girls In Their Summer Clothes

Bruce Springsteen, songwriter.

Best Rock Album
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends

Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin), artist. Michael H. Brauer & Rik Simpson, engineers. Brian Eno, Markus Dravs & Rik Simpson, producers.

Best Alternative Music Album
In Rainbows

Radiohead (Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway, Thom Yorke), artist. Dan Grech-Marguerat, Hugo Nicolson, Nigel Godrich & Richard Woodcraft, engineers. Nigel Godrich, producer.

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Alicia Keys, GRAMMY winner

Alicia Keys, artist.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Miss Independent

Ne-Yo, artist.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
John Legend
Stay With Me (By The Sea)

Al Green Featuring John Legend

Al Green & John Legend, artists.

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Anthony Hamilton
You've Got The Love I Need

Al Green Featuring Anthony Hamilton

Al Green & Anthony Hamilton, artists.

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

Chrisette Michele Featuring

Chrisette Michele &, artists.

Best R&B Song
Miss Independent

Mikkel Eriksen, Ne-Yo & Tor Hermansen, songwriters (Ne-Yo)

Mikkel Eriksen, Ne-Yo & Tor Hermansen, songwriters.

Best R&B Album
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson, artist. Clive Davis & Larry Jackson, producers.

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Mary J. Blige
Growing Pains

Mary J. Blige, artist. Dave Pensado, Jaycen Joshua & Kuk Harrell, engineers.

Best Rap Solo Performance
Lil Wayne
A Milli

Lil Wayne, artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne
Swagga Like Us

Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne

Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne & T.I., artists.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Kanye West
American Boy

Estelle Featuring Kanye West

Estelle & Kanye West, artists.

Best Rap Song
Lil Wayne

Darius "Deezle" Harrison, James Scheffer, Lil Wayne, Rex Zamor & Static Major, songwriters (Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major)

Darius "Deezle" Harrison, James Scheffer, Lil Wayne, Rex Zamor & Static Major, songwriters.

Best Rap Album
Lil Wayne
Tha Carter III

Lil Wayne, artist. Darius "Deezle" Harrison & Fabian Marasciullo, engineers.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Brad Paisley
Letter To Me

Brad Paisley, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

Sugarland (Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles), artist.

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner
Killing The Blues

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
Brad Paisley, Vince Gill
Cluster Pluck

Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner

Albert Lee, Brad Paisley, Brent Mason, James Burton, John Jorgenson, Redd Volkaert, Steve Wariner & Vince Gill, artists.

Best Country Song

Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)

Jennifer Nettles, songwriter.

Best Country Album

George Strait

George Strait, artist. Chuck Ainlay, engineer. George Strait & Tony Brown, producers.

Best Bluegrass Album
Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder (Paul Brewster, Mark Fain, Cody Kilby, Andy Leftwich, Jim Mills, Ricky Skaggs), artist. Brent King, engineer.

Best New Age Album
Peace Time

Jack DeJohnette

Jack DeJohnette, artist. Jack DeJohnette & Pablo Ben Surman, producers.

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Randy In Brasil

Randy Brecker

Randy Brecker, artist. Eduardo Santos, engineer. Ruriá Duprat, producer.

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson, artist. Jason Wormer & John Fischbach, engineers. Cassandra Wilson, producer.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Chick Corea
The New Crystal Silence

Chick Corea & Gary Burton

Chick Corea & Gary Burton, artists. Bernie Kirsh, Brian Vibberts, Buck Snow, Tim Garland & Tony David Cray, engineers. Chick Corea & Gary Burton, producers.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (Thomas Bellino, Jim McNeely, John M. Mosca, Dick Oatts, Douglas Purviance), artist. Ed Reed & Gary Chester, engineers.

Best Latin Jazz Album
Song For Chico

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (Arturo O'Farrill, Jr.), artist. Rob Macomber & Troy Halderson, engineers.

Best Gospel Performance
Mary Mary
Get Up

Mary Mary (Erica Campbell, Trecina Campbell), artist.

Best Gospel Song
Kirk Franklin
Help Me Believe

Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)

Kirk Franklin, songwriter.

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
Alive And Transported


Tobymac, artist. Bryan Lenox & Steve Lamm, engineers. Dave Wyatt & Tobymac, producers.

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
CeCe Winans
Thy Kingdom Come

CeCe Winans, artist.

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Lovin' Life

Gaither Vocal Band

The Gaither Vocal Band (Bill Gaither, Marshall Hall, Wes Hampton, Guy Penrod), artist. Chad Evans & Pete Greene, engineers. The Gaither Vocal Band (Bill Gaither, Marshall Hall, Wes Hampton, Guy Penrod), producer.

Best Traditional Gospel Album
Down In New Orleans

The Blind Boys Of Alabama

Blind Boys of Alabama (Billy Bowers, Bobby Butler, Jimmy Carter, Ricky McKinnie, Ben Moore, Tracy Pierce, Joey Williams), artist. Jimmy Hoyson, engineer. Chris Goldsmith, producer.

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Kirk Franklin
The Fight Of My Life

Kirk Franklin, artist. Chris Godbey, John Jaszcz, Ryan Moys & Tre Nagella, engineers. Harold Martin & Kirk Franklin, producers.

Best Latin Pop Album
La Vida...Es Un Ratico

Juanes, artist. Gustavo Santaolalla & Juanes, producers.

Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album


Jaguares (Alfonso André, Saúl Hernández, César López, Marco Renteria), artist. David Thoener, Eduardo del Aguila & Howard Willing, engineers. Howard Willing, producer.

Best Latin Urban Album
Los Extraterrestres

Wisin y Yandel

Wisin y Yandel (Juan Morera, Llandel Veguilla), artist. Mario So, engineer. Ernesto Padilla & Victor Martinez, producers.

Best Tropical Latin Album
Señor Bachata

José Feliciano

Jose Feliciano, artist. Carlos Alvarez, Dichens Salcedo, Javier Valverde, Marc Lee & Nelson Reyneri, Jr., engineers. Marco Hernández, producer.

Best Regional Mexican Album
Amor, Dolor Y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano

Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos (Nati Cano, Jesús "Chuy" Guzmán), artist. Salvador Sandoval, engineer. Daniel Sheehy, producer. (TIE)

Canciones De Amor

Mariachi Divas

Mariachi Divas (Cynthia Shea), artist. Alberto Jimenez Maeda & Gilberto Morales, engineers. Alberto Jimenez Maeda, producer. (TIE)

Best Tejano Album
Viva La Revolucion

Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution

Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution (Fabian Hernandez, AJ Flores, Ricardo "Rick" Fuentes, Duane Hargis, William Perkins, Joe Ramos, Ruben Ramos, Christopher Rivera, Mario Vigil), artist. Gilbert Velasquez & Randy Caballero, engineers.

Best Norteño Album

Los Tigres Del Norte

Los Tigres Del Norte (Eduardo Hernandez, Hernan Hernandez, Jorge Hernandez, Luis Hernandez, Oscar Lara Angulo), artist. Alfonso Rodenas & Joseph Pope, engineers. Los Tigres Del Norte, producer.

Best Banda Album
No Es De Madera

Joan Sebástian

Joan Sebastian, artist. Dennis Parker, engineer. Joan Sebastian, producer.

Best Traditional Blues Album
B.B. King, T Bone Burnett
One Kind Favor

B.B. King, artist. Mike Piersante, engineer. T Bone Burnett, producer.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Dr. John
City That Care Forgot

Dr. John And The Lower 911

Dr. John & The Lower 911 (David Barard, Dr. John, Herman Ernest, John Fohl), artist. Chris Finney, engineer. Jeff Jones "The Jedi Master", producer.

Best Traditional Folk Album
At 89

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger, artist. David Bernz & Jonathon Dickau, engineers. David Bernz, Jim Musselman & Pete Seeger, producers.

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner, T Bone Burnett
Raising Sand

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, artists. Mike Piersante, engineer. T Bone Burnett, producer.

Best Native American Music Album
Come To Me Great Mystery - Native American Healing Songs

Various Artists

Thomas A. Wasinger, producer. Thomas A. Wasinger, engineer.

Best Hawaiian Music Album

Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho

Daniel Ho & Tia Carrere, artists. Daniel Ho, engineer. Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman & Daniel Ho, producers.

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet

Beausoleil (Tommy Alesi, Jimmy Breaux, David Doucet, Mitchell Reed, Billy Ware, Ben Williams) & Michael Doucet, artists. Eli Kelly & Woods Drinkwater, engineers.

Best Reggae Album
Jah Is Real

Burning Spear

Burning Spear, artist. Brian Thorn & Chris Daley, engineers.

Best Traditional World Music Album
Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Mpindela Abednego Mazibuko, Mdletshe Albert Mazibuko, Ndoda Russel Mthembu, Joseph Shabalala, Msizi Innocent Shabalala, Sibongiseni Lucas Shabalala, Thamsanqua Shabalala, Thulani Shabalala), artist. John Lindemann & Martin Walters, engineers.

Best Contemporary World Music Album
Global Drum Project

Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo

Giovanni Hidalgo, Mickey Hart, Sikiru Adepoju & Zakir Hussain, artists. Mickey Hart, Tom Flye & Zakir Hussain, engineers. Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain, producers.

Best Polka Album
Jimmy Sturr
Let The Whole World Sing

Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra

Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra (Jimmy Sturr), artist. Dave Kowalski, Joseph Donofrio, Kenneth R. Irwin & Tom Pick, engineers. Joseph Donofrio, Kenneth R. Irwin & Tom Pick, producers.

Best Musical Album For Children
Here Come The 123s

They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants (Marty Beller, John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Dan Miller, Daniel Weinkauf), artist. Greg Thompson & Pat Dillett, engineers. Pat Dillett & They Might Be Giants (Marty Beller, John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Dan Miller, Daniel Weinkauf), producers.

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
Yes To Running! Bill Harley Live

Bill Harley

Bill Harley, artist. Beth Anne Austein, David Correia & Michael Marsolek, engineers. Bill Harley & Daniel P. Dauterive, producers.

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore)

Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon & Blair Underwood

Beau Bridges, Blair Underwood & Cynthia Nixon, artists. Rick Bradley, engineer. Elisa Shokoff, producer.

Best Comedy Album
It's Bad For Ya

George Carlin

George Carlin, artist. Don Worsham, engineer. George Carlin, producer.

Best Musical Show Album
In The Heights

Original Broadway Cast With Lin-Manuel Miranda And Others

Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist. Alex Lacamoire, Andres Levin, Bill Sherman, Joel W. Moss, Kurt Deutsch & Lin-Manuel Miranda, producers. Joel W. Moss & Tim Latham, engineers.

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Various Artists

Jason Reitman, Margaret Yen & Peter Afterman, producers.

Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
The Dark Knight

Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard

Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, composers. Alan Meyerson & Geoff Foster, engineers. Alex Gibson, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard & Lorne Balfe, producers.

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Down To Earth (From Wall-E)

Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters (Peter Gabriel)

Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters.

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams
The Adventures Of Mutt

John Williams, composer.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Define Dancing

Thomas Newman

Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Here's That Rainy Day

Natalie Cole

Nan Schwartz, arranger.

Best Recording Package
Death Magnetic


Bruce Duckworth, David Turner & Sarah Moffat, art directors.

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
In Rainbows


Christiaan Munro, Mel Maxwell & Stanley Donwood, art directors.

Best Album Notes
Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Miles Davis

Francis Davis, album notes writer.

Best Historical Album
Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum

Various Artists

Art Rosenbaum & Steven Ledbetter, compilation producers. Michael Graves, mastering engineer.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Jack White
Consolers Of The Lonely

The Raconteurs

Jack White, Joseph Chiccarelli & Vance Powell, engineers.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Rick Rubin
Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin, producer.

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Electric Feel (Justice Remix)


Justice (Gaspard Auge, Xavier de Rosnay), remixer.

Best Surround Sound Album
Robert Woods
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Night On Bald Mountain; Prelude To Khovanshchina

Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Michael J. Bishop, surround mix engineer. Michael J. Bishop, surround mastering engineer. Robert Woods, surround producer.

Best Engineered Album, Classical
David Frost
Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert, Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man, Yo-Yo Ma & Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Christopher Willis, David Frost & Tom Lazarus, engineers.

Producer Of The Year, Classical
David Frost
David Frost

David Frost, producer.

Best Classical Album
Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny

James Conlon, Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald

Anthony Dean Griffey, Audra McDonald & Patti LuPone, artists. James Conlon, conductor. Fred Vogler, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4

Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink, conductor. Christopher Willis, engineer. James Mallinson, producer.

Best Opera Recording
Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny

James Conlon, Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald

James Conlon, conductor. Fred Vogler, producer. Anthony Dean Griffey, Audra McDonald & Patti LuPone, soloists.

Best Choral Performance
Symphony Of Psalms

Simon Rattle & Simon Halsey

Simon Halsey, chorus master. Simon Rattle, conductor.

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos

Hilary Hahn

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor. Hilary Hahn, soloist. Stephan Flock, engineer/mixer. Arend Prohmann & Sid McLauchlan, producers.

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
Piano Music Of Salonen, Stucky, And Lutoslawski

Gloria Cheng

Gloria Cheng, soloist. Judith Sherman, engineer. Judith Sherman, producer.

Best Chamber Music Performance
Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 And 5

Pacifica Quartet

Pacifica Quartet (Sibbi Bernhardsson, Simin Ganatra, Masumi Per Rostad, Brandon Vamos), ensemble. William Mayhone, engineer/mixer. Judith Sherman, producer.

Best Small Ensemble Performance
Blanton Alspaugh
Spotless Rose: Hymns To The Virgin Mary

Charles Bruffy & Phoenix Chorale

Charles Bruffy, conductor. Phoenix Chorale, ensemble. John Newton, engineer/mixer. Blanton Alspaugh, producer.

Best Classical Vocal Performance
Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan

Hila Plitmann

Hila Plitmann, soloist. John Corigliano, Tim Handley & Tom Lazarus, engineers. John Corigliano & Tim Handley, producers.

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan

JoAnn Falletta, Hila Plitmann & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

John Corigliano, composer.

Best Classical Crossover Album
Simple Gifts

The King's Singers

The King's Singers (Stephen Connolly, Christopher Gabbitas, David Hurley, Philip Lawson, Paul Phoenix, Robin Tyson), ensemble. Gregg Jackman, engineer. The King's Singers, producer.

Best Short Form Music Video
Pork And Beans


Weezer (Brian Bell, Rivers Cuomo, Scott Shriner, Pat Wilson), artist. Mathew Cullen, video director. Bernard Rahill, video producer.

Best Long Form Music Video
Runnin' Down A Dream

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers (Ron Blair, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, Tom Petty, Benmont Tench, Scott Thurston), artist. Peter Bogdanovich, video director. George Drakoulias & Skot Bright, video producers.