2009 Grammy Winners

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)

As a bit of a running joke, show-opening presenter and comedian Stephen Colbert repeatedly asked his daughter, sitting in the GRAMMY audience, if he was cool. The consistent answer: not so much.

When Colbert won the Best Comedy Album GRAMMY later in the show, he asked the question again during his acceptance speech. This time he got a nod of the head from his now-proud daughter. Ah, the power of a GRAMMY.

There were a lot of cool happenings at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 31, 2010. It was certainly a cool night for Beyoncé. The R&B singer picked up six GRAMMYs, a record for a female artist at the time, winning six of 10 nominations — Song Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Contemporary R&B Album.

It was pretty much an equally cool night for country sensation Taylor Swift, the evening's runner-up with an impressive four GRAMMY wins, including Album Of The Year for Fearless. More impressive, at the age of 20 Swift became the youngest artist to pick up Album Of The Year honors.

Yet there was still more cool to go around. The Black Eyed Peas and Kings Of Leon won three GRAMMYs each, the latter picking up the coveted Record Of The Year for "Use Somebody." Picking up two GRAMMYs each were Eminem, banjo maestro Béla Fleck, composer Michael Giacchino, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, Jason Mraz, and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

But perhaps most of the cool lay in a show's worth of awe-inspiring performances. The telecast kicked off in grand fashion with Lady Gaga opening the festivities solo, emerging in a green-sequined bodysuit with angel wings, accelerating from a purr to a powerful roar for her No. 1 "Poker Face," surrounded by a fleet of male dancers. Then, she faced a rhinestoned Sir Elton John from opposite ends of a pair of conjoined pianos for a pair of songs: her "Speechless" and his "Your Song." The pairing marked a kind of family tree of glitter-pop stars.

Jennifer Lopez then introduced the cast of "American Idiot," a Broadway show based on the hit Green Day album. The cast deployed big Broadway voices for a rendition of "21 Guns" before Green Day themselves thundered into the spotlight, reminding the world of the unlikely but growing crossover between Broadway and rock.

Beyoncé took total command of the stage to open her performance. After parading down the aisle with a SWAT team of dancers, she launched fiercely into "If I Were A Boy," at one point dropping to one knee in front of a crowd of fist-pumping fans before segueing into a version of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know," proving she can also rock.

Pink sauntered onto the stage solo to sing the gentle "Glitter In The Air." Despite a quiet start, her trademark guts and grace were on full display as she slipped out of a white robe and into a swing that lifted her high above the stage, an acrobatic move that saw her suspended upside down and bathed in dripping water, helping add drama to a daring performance.

It was destined to be a good night for the Black Eyed Peas, nominated for six GRAMMYs. A fashionable Fergie, will.i.am, apl.de.ap, and Taboo lit into "Imma Be," prancing and hip-shaking before bouncing in time alongside a team of dancing robots to their omnipresent smash "I Gotta Feeling."

Lady Gaga wasn't the only Lady sensation in attendance at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards. Lady Antebellum, who picked up a GRAMMY for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, sang the earnest "Need You Now," the title track from their 2010 album, with harmonic grace and country prettiness.

The multitalented Jamie Foxx threw the audience a curveball, posing as a cloaked opera singer, but in short order got the crowd feeling loose alongside collaborator T-Pain — who was disguised momentarily as a bewigged conductor — with the contagious hit "Blame It." By performance end, Foxx was strutting, T-Pain's dreads were shaking, and Slash joined the fun, adding some wailing guitar pyrotechnics.

Best New Artist winners the Zac Brown Band struck a patriotic chord by opening a country-laced medley with "America The Beautiful." Leon Russell, resplendent at the piano with his long white beard, then joined in for "Dixie Lullaby." Brown, the band's huge-voiced singer, closed the medley with a feel-good acoustic blast of their No. 1 country hit "Chicken Fried." He capped the performance with a fiery solo on his nylon-string guitar, adding fuel to the band's selection as best newcomers.

Swift and everyone's favorite singing gypsy, Stevie Nicks, would at first glance seem to have little in common. Swift sings as if reading from her own diary, as she did on "Today Was A Fairytale," and Nicks — with flowing sleeves and allusive lyrics — made her name on mystery. But when Nicks joined Swift for Fleetwood Mac's classic "Rhiannon," the two voices blended to reveal something at once sweet yet knowing. Nicks stuck around to lend a hand on Swift's "You Belong With Me," adding vocal depth and shaking her signature tambourine.

Lionel Richie introduced the evening's Michael Jackson tribute. Celine Dion led an all-star, 3-D rendition of "Earth Song," harmonizing with Usher before Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson joined in. As the song built to its dramatic crescendo, each superstar took turns asking, on behalf of Mother Earth, the song's rousing gospel refrain, "What about us?" while cameras panned to a mesmerized audience in red-and-blue glasses.

Directly after the performance, Jackson's children Prince and Paris took the stage to accept their father's Lifetime Achievement Award. Eyes around the audience filled with tears as the children delivered touching speeches in honor of their father.

While Bon Jovi would take the stage to perform two predetermined songs, the audience — which had placed votes up until the band's performance at CBS.com — picked the group's No. 1 classic "Livin' On A Prayer" as the third part of the medley. (Or, as Ke$ha said of the voting earlier in the evening: "It's your chance to boss around a big rock band.") The ageless Jon Bon Jovi led his Jersey-bred bandmates on the group's anthem of hope, "We Weren't Born To Follow." Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles joined Bon Jovi for their GRAMMY-winning duet "Who Says You Can't Go Home," and Nettles stayed onstage for "…Prayer," helping the band close out the medley with characteristic high energy.

Wyclef Jean, a native of Haiti, thanked the United States for its generosity in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the island. He introduced Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli, who teamed for a graceful duet of Simon And Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water" — which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its GRAMMY win for Record Of The Year. The performance was made available at iTunes.com/Target to raise funds for earthquake relief.

Comedian Adam Sandler congratulated the Dave Matthews Band on their 20th anniversary before the group launched into "You And Me" from the Album Of The Year-nominated Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King. A string section and members of the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles backed the upbeat performance that reinforced the reasons for the band's longevity: a sense of musical adventure, limitless imagination and, possibly, freewheeling dancing that owes more to in-the-moment emotion than classic training.

Maxwell, who was nominated for six GRAMMYs, may have disappeared from music for a few years, but he — like Roberta Flack, with whom he shared a tender duet on the classic "Where Is The Love" — was not easily forgotten. Flack's rich vocals fit like a glove around Maxwell's sexy neo-soul vocal tone. And though Flack's voice can't help but invoke '70s nostalgia, Maxwell's modern touches imbued the song with retro-hip stylishness. The effortless charm of his opener "Pretty Wings," from his GRAMMY-winning album Blacksummers' Night, instantly got to the heart of why Maxwell was sorely missed during his long hiatus.

Les Paul, the incomparable musician and guitar innovator who died in 2009, was honored with a high-spirited and clearly heartfelt performance by GRAMMY-winning guitar legend Jeff Beck — who appropriately brandished a Gibson Les Paul — and vocalist Imelda May on the chestnut "How High The Moon."

Combine rappers Drake, Eminem and Lil Wayne and what you get is a whole lot of swagger and personality in one GRAMMY performance. On the "Drop The World"/"Forever" medley, Lil Wayne prowled the stage and Eminem spat mightily before Drake fell in to offer up proof of his mic prowess. The hip-hop superstar trio added up to one of the night's most pumped-up performances, providing a punctuating finale to the evening's musical lineup.

The night's final statue was presented to Swift for Album Of The Year, which the young singer/songwriter accepted with youthful exuberance and a surprising long-term point of view:

"This is the story," Swift said, capping the night, "when we are 80 years old, and we are telling the same stories over and over to our grandkids, and they are so annoyed with us, this is the story we are going to be telling … in 2010 we got to win Album Of The Year at the GRAMMYs!"

Now, that's just cool.

Record Of The Year
Use Somebody

Jacquire King & Angelo Petraglia, producers; Jacquire King, engineer/mixer

Album Of The Year
GRAMMYs, Colbie Caillat, Hank Williams

Colbie Caillat, featured artist; Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers; Hank Williams, mastering engineer

Song Of The Year
GRAMMYs, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius "The Dream" Nash
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance


Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Jason Mraz
Make It Mine
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Béla Fleck
Throw Down Your Heart
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Booker T Jones
Potato Hole

Booker T. Jones & Rob Schnapf, producers; Doug Boehm & Rob Schnapf, engineers/mixers

Best Pop Vocal Album
Black Eyed Peas
The E.N.D.

Dylan Dresdow & Padraic Kerin, engineers/mixers

Best Dance Recording
Lady Gaga, RedOne
Poker Face

RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, mixers

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Lady Gaga
The Fame

Robert Orton, engineer/mixer

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden

Humberto Gatica, producer; Humberto Gatica, engineer/mixer

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Bruce Springsteen
Working On A Dream
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Kings Of Leon
Use Somebody
Best Hard Rock Performance
War Machine


Best Metal Performance
Judas Priest
Dissident Aggressor
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Jeff Beck
A Day In The Life
Best Rock Song
Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill
Use Somebody
Best Rock Album
Green Day, Butch Vig, Chris Lord-Alge
21st Century Breakdown

Green Day & Butch Vig, producers; Chris Dugan & Chris Lord-Alge, engineers/mixers

Best Alternative Music Album
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Philippe Zdar Cerboneschi & Phoenix, producers; Philippe Zdar Cerboneschi, engineer/mixer

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)


Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Pretty Wings
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
At Last


Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Best R&B Song
Kuk Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius "The Dream" Nash
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Best R&B Album
Blacksummers' Night

Hod David & Maxwell, producers; Hod David, Jesse Gladstone, Glen Marchese, Maxwell & Mike Pela, engineers/mixers

Best Contemporary R&B Album
Beyoncé Knowles, Mark Stent
I Am... Sasha Fierce


Beyoncé Knowles, producer; Jim Caruana & Mark Stent, engineers/mixers

Best Rap Solo Performance
Jay Z
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent
Crack A Bottle
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
Run This Town
Best Rap Song
Jay Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, No. I.D.
Run This Town

Jeff Bhasker, Shawn Carter, Robyn Fenty, Kanye West & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West)

Best Rap Album
Eminem, Dr. Dre

Andre Young, producer; Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri, Michael Strange & Andre Young, engineers/mixers

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Keith Urban
Sweet Thing
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Steve Wariner
Producer's Medley
Best Country Song
Taylor Swift
White Horse

Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Best Country Album
Taylor Swift

Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers

Best New Age Album
Prayer For Compassion

David Darling & Mickey Houlihan, producers; David Darling & Mickey Houlihan, engineers/mixers

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Kurt Elling, Dave O'Donnell
Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman

Kurt Elling & Laurence Hobgood, producers; Rob Macomber & Dave O'Donnell, engineers/mixers

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Terence Blanchard
Dancin' 4 Chicken
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album
Bebo Valdés, Chucho Valdés, Javier Limón, José Loeches
Juntos Para Siempre

Nat Chediak & Fernando Trueba, producers; Javier Limón & José Loeches, engineers/mixers

Best Gospel Performance
Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark-Sheard
Wait On The Lord
Best Gospel Song
Erica Campbell, Warryn Campbell
God In Me

Erica Campbell, Trecina Campbell & Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary Featuring Kierra "KiKi" Sheard)

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
Third Day
Live Revelations

Third Day, producers; Chris Biggs, David Jacques & Don McCollister, engineers/mixers

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
The Power Of One

Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsey & Tommy Sims, producers; Danny Duncan & Tommy Sims, engineers/mixers

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Jason Crabb, Paul Corley, Ben Fowler
Jason Crabb

Paul Corley & Ben Fowler, engineers/mixers

Best Traditional Gospel Album
Oh Happy Day

(Various Artists)

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Heather Headley
Audience Of One

Keith Thomas, producer; Jonathan Crone & Bill Whittington, engineers/mixers

Best Latin Pop Album
La Quinta Estación
Sin Frenos

Armando Avila, producer; Armando Avila, Juan Carlos Moguel & Pepe Ortega, engineers/mixers

Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album
Calle 13, Iván Gutiérrez, Ramon Martinez, Carlos Velázquez
Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo

Rafael Arcante & Calle 13, producers; Iván Gutiérrez, Ramon Martinez, Edgardo Matta & Carlos Velázquez, engineers/mixers

Best Regional Mexican Album
Best Tejano Album
Los Texmaniacs, Joe Treviño
Borders Y Bailes

Daniel Sheehy, producer; Pete Reiniger & Joe Treviño, engineers/mixers

Best Norteño Album
Los Tigres Del Norte
Tu Noche Con...Los Tigres Del Norte

Los Tigres Del Norte, producers; Joseph Pope & Alfonso Rodenas, engineers/mixers

Best Banda Album
Lupillo Rivera
Tu Esclavo Y Amo
Best Americana Album
Levon Helm, Larry Campbell
Electric Dirt

Larry Campbell, producer; Justin Guip, engineer/mixer

Best Bluegrass Album
Steve Martin, John McEuen
The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo

John McEuen, producer; Dae Bennett & Nick Sevilla, engineers/mixers

Best Traditional Blues Album
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joe Henry
A Stranger Here

Joe Henry, producer; Ryan Freeland, engineer/mixer

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Traditional Folk Album
High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project

Dick Connette, producer; Scott Lehrer & Alex Venguer, engineers/mixers

Best Contemporary Folk Album
Steve Earle, Ray Kennedy

Steve Earle, producer; Steve Christensen & Ray Kennedy, engineers/mixers

Best Hawaiian Music Album
Peter DeAquino
Masters Of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2

(Various Artists)

Best Native American Music Album
Bill Miller
Spirit Wind North

Bill Miller & Mike von Muchow, producers

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
Buckwheat Zydeco
Lay Your Burden Down

Steven Maxwell Berlin, producer; David Farrell, engineer/mixer

Best Reggae Album
Stephen Marley, James "Bonzai" Caruso, Marc Lee, Greg Morris
Mind Control - Acoustic
Best Traditional World Music Album
Mamadou Diabate
Douga Mansa

Mamadou Diabate, producer; Will Russell, engineer/mixer

Best Contemporary World Music Album
Béla Fleck
Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From The Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 - Africa Sessions

Béla Fleck, producer; Robert Battaglia, Wellington Bowler & Dave Sinko, engineers/mixers

Best Musical Album For Children
Ziggy Marley, Don Was
Family Time

Ziggy Marley & Don Was, producers; Ziggy Marley

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
Aaaaah! Spooky, Scary Stories & Songs

Buck Howdy, producer; Steve Wetherbee, engineer/mixer

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
Always Looking Up

Paul Ruben, producer; Zane Birdwell & Lance Neal, engineers/mixers

Best Comedy Album
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!
Best Musical Show Album
West Side Story

David Caddick & David Lai, producers; Todd Whitelock, engineer/mixer (New Broadway Cast with Matt Cavenaugh, Josefina Scaglione & Others)

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
A.R. Rahman
Slumdog Millionaire

(Various Artists)

A.R. Rahman, producer; Vivianne Chaix, P A Deepak & H Sridhar, engineers/mixers

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

Michael Giacchino, composer; Dan Wallin, engineer/mixer (Various Artists)

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
A.R. Rahman, Tanvi Shah
Jai Ho (From Slumdog Millionaire)

Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters (A.R. Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Vijay Prakash)

Best Instrumental Composition
Married Life

Michael Giacchino, composer (Michael Giacchino)

Best Instrumental Arrangement
West Side Story Medley

Bill Cunliffe, arranger (Resonance Big Band)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Quiet Nights

Claus Ogerman, arranger (Diana Krall)

Best Recording Package
Stefan Sagmeister
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Stefan Sagmeister, art director (David Byrne & Brian Eno)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
Neil Young
Neil Young Archives Vol. I (1963-1972)

Gary Burden, Jenice Heo & Neil Young, art directors (Neil Young)

Best Album Notes
The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935-1946)

Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer (Louis Armstrong)

Best Historical Album
The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967)

Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer (Little Walter)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap, engineer (Imogen Heap)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Brendan O'Brien
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
David Guetta
When Love Takes Over (Electro Extended Remix)

David Guetta, remixer (David Guetta Featuring Kelly Rowland)

Best Surround Sound Album

Michael J. Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael J. Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Elaine L. Martone, surround producer (Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses)

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10

Peter Laenger, engineer (Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Steven Epstein
Best Classical Album
Michael Tilson Thomas
Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10
Best Orchestral Performance
Jesse Lewis, John Newton
Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé

James Levine, conductor; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer; Jesse Lewis, John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers; Mark Donahue, engineer (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
Ian Bostridge, Nathan Gunn
Britten: Billy Budd

Daniel Harding, conductor; John Fraser, producer; Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Nathan Gunn, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose & Gidon Saks, soloists; Neil Hutchinson & Jonathan Stokes, engineers/mixers (Gentlemen Of The London Symphony Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra)

Best Choral Performance
Michael Tilson Thomas
Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Peter Laenger & Andreas Neubronner, engineers/mixers (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef, Elza Van den Heever & Erin Wall; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus & San Francisco Symphony Chorus; San Francisco Symphony)

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
Evgeny Kissin
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

Evgeny Kissin; Jay David Saks, producer; Arne Akselberg, Neil Hutchinson, Tim Martyn & Jonathan Stokes, engineers/mixers (Philharmonia Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
Sharon Isbin, GRAMMYs
Journey To The New World

Sharon Isbin, soloist; David Frost, producer; Tom Lazarus & Tim Martyn, engineers/mixers

Best Chamber Music Performance
Emerson String Quartet
Intimate Letters

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel & Philip Setzer), ensembles; Da-Hong Seetoo, producer; Da-Hong Seetoo, engineer/mixer

Best Small Ensemble Performance
Ars Nova Copenhagen, Theatre Of Voices
Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion

Robina G. Young, producer; Paul Hillier, conductor; Ars Nova Copenhagen (Thomas Kiorbye) & Theatre Of Voices (Thomas Kiorbye), ensembles; Brad Michel, engineer/mixer

Best Classical Vocal Performance
Renee Fleming, GRAMMYs, GRAMMYs
Verismo Arias

Renée Fleming, soloist; David Frost, producer; Mike Hatch & Richard King, engineers/mixers (Marco Armiliato; Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi)

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Jennifer Higdon
Higdon, Jennifer: Percussion Concerto

Jennifer Higdon, composer

Best Classical Crossover Album
Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace

Yo-Yo Ma & Various Artists

Steven Epstein, producer; Richard King, engineer/mixer

Best Short Form Music Video
Black Eyed Peas, Javier Jimenez
Boom Boom Pow

Mathew Cullen & Mark Kudsi, video directors; Javier Jimenez, Anna Joseph & Patrick Nugent, video producers

Best Long Form Music Video
The Beatles Love - All Together Now

(Various Artists)

Adrian Wills, video director; Martin Bolduc & Jonathan Clyde, video producers