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2009 51st Grammy Awards logo

The winners in each category announced at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held on the 8th of February, 2009, are highlighted in yellow. See also www.grammy.com.

Record Of The YearEdit

(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)

Eg White, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Steve Price, engineers/mixers
Track from: 19 (2008)
Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael Brauer & Rik Simpson, engineers/mixers
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008)
Simon Cowell, Clive Davis & Ryan "Alias" Tedder, producers; Craig Durrance, Phil Tan & Ryan "Alias" Tedder, engineers/mixers
Track from: Spirit (2007)
Diplo, producer; Switch, engineer/mixer
Track from: Kala (2007)
T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer
Track from: Raising Sand (2007)

Album Of The YearEdit

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Rising Sand
Raising Sand

(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael H. Brauer, Markus Dravs, John O'Mahoney, Rik Simpson & Andy Wallace, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
Babyface, Brisco, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Kidd Kidd, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, D. Smith, Static Major, T-Pain & Bobby Valentino, featured artists; Alchemist, David Banner, Vaushaun "Maestro" Brooks, Cool & Dre, Andrews "Drew" Correa, Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford, Darius "Deezle" Harrison, Jim Jonsin, Mousa, Pro Jay, Rodnae, Skillz & Play, D. Smith, Swizz Beatz, Robin Thicke, T-Pain & Kanye West, producers; Angel Aponte, Joshua Berkman, Andrew Dawson, Joe G, Darius "Deezle" Harrison, Fabian Marasciullo, Miguel Scott, Robin Thicke, Julian Vasquez & Gina Victoria, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
Chuck Harmony, Ne-Yo, Polow Da Don, StarGate, Stereotypes, Syience, Shea Taylor & Shomari "Sho" Wilson, producers; Kirven Arrington, Jeff Chestek, Kevin "KD" Davis, Mikkel Eriksen, Jaymz Hardy Martin, III, Geno Regist, Phil Tan & Tony Terrebonne, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, Jr., mastering engineer
T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
Nigel Godrich, producer; Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Hugo Nicolson & Richard Woodcraft, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Song Of The YearEdit

(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray & Kanye West, songwriters
Track from: Shine (2008)
Adele Adkins & Eg White, songwriters
Track from: 19 (2008)
Jason Mraz, songwriter
Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008)
Sara Bareilles, songwriter
Track from: Little Voice (2007)
Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008)

Best New ArtistEdit

(For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.)

Field 1 — PopEdit

Best Female Pop Vocal PerformanceEdit

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: 19 (2008)
Track from: Little Voice (2007)
Track from: Rockferry (2008)
Track from: Spirit (2007)
Track from: One Of The Boys (2008)
Track from: Funhouse (2008)

Best Male Pop Vocal PerformanceEdit

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Rock N Roll Jesus (2007)
Track from: Continuum (2006)
Track from: Amoeba's Secret (2007)
Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (2008)
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman (2008)
Track from: Covers (2008)

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With VocalsEdit

(For established duos or groups, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008)
Track from: Long Road Out Of Eden (2007)
Track from: The Odd Couple (2008)
Track from: It Won't Be Soon Before Long (2007)
Track from: Dreaming Out Loud (2007)

Best Pop Collaboration With VocalsEdit

(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: As I Am (2007)
Track from: Hard Candy (2008)
Track from: Raising Sand (2007)
Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008)
Track from: Jordin Sparks (2007)

Best Pop Instrumental PerformanceEdit

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Nudge It Up A Notch (2008)
Track from: Long Road Out Of Eden (2007)
Track from: Energy (2008)
Track from: State Of Nature (2008)
Track from: Marcus (2008)

Best Pop Instrumental AlbumEdit

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Best Pop Vocal AlbumEdit

Duffy - Rockferry
Rockferry

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Field 2 — DanceEdit

Best Dance RecordingEdit

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, producers; Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, mixers
Track from: Alive 2007 (2007)
Hot Chip, producers; Dan Carey, mixer
Track from: Made In The Dark (2008)
RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, mixer
Track from: The Fame (2008)
Madonna & The Neptunes, producers; Andrew Coleman & Spike Stent, mixers
Track from: Hard Candy (2008)
Brian Kennedy, producer; Phil Tan, mixer
Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008)
Jesse Rogg & Sam Sparro, producers; Jeremy Wheatley, mixer
Track from: Sam Sparro (2008)

Best Electronic/Dance AlbumEdit

Daft Punk - Alive 2007
Alive 2007

(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

Field 3 — Traditional PopEdit

Best Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumEdit

Natalie Cole - Still Unforgettable
Still Unforgettable

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Field 4 — RockEdit

Best Solo Rock Vocal PerformanceEdit

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Where The Light Is (2008)
Track from: Amoeba's Secret (2007)
Track from: Magic (2007)
Track from Into The Wild (2007)
Track from: Chrome Dreams II (2007)

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With VocalsEdit

(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Black Ice (2008)
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008)
Track from: Long Road Out Of Eden (2007)
Track from: Only By The Night (2008)
Track from: In Rainbows (2007)

Best Hard Rock PerformanceEdit

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Indestructible (2008)
Track from: Nostradamus (2008)
Track from: The Bedlam In Goliath (2008)
Track from: Saints Of Los Angeles (2008)
Track from: Zombie Live (2007)

Best Metal PerformanceEdit

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Ultra Beatdown (2008)
Track from: Nostradamus (2008)
Track from: Death Magnetic (2008)
Track from: Cover Up (2008)
Track from: All Hope Is Gone (2008)

Best Rock Instrumental PerformanceEdit

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Live In Gdańsk (2008)
Track from: Death Magnetic (2008)
Track from: Ghosts I-IV (2008)
Track from: Songs For Tibet: The Art Of Peace (2008)
Track from: Zappa Plays Zappa (2008)

Best Rock SongEdit

(A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock & Metal songs. Singles or Tracks only.)

Bruce Springsteen, songwriter
Track from: Magic (2007)
Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway & Thom Yorke, songwriters
Track from: In Rainbows (2007)
Benjamin Gibbard, Nicholas Harmer, Jason McGerr & Christopher Walla, songwriters
Track from: Narrow Stairs (2008)

Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters

Track from: Only By The Night (2008)

Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters

Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends (2008)

Best Rock AlbumEdit

Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

(Vocal or Instrumental. Includes Hard Rock and Metal.)

Field 5 — AlternativeEdit

Best Alternative Music AlbumEdit

Radiohead - In Rainbows
In Rainbows

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 6 — R&BEdit

Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceEdit

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: The Beyoncé Experience Live (2007)
Track from: Just Like You (2007)
Track from: Jennifer Hudson (2008)
Track from: As I Am (2007)
Track from: Fearless (2008)

Best Male R&B Vocal PerformanceEdit

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Love & Life (2008)
Track from: Exclusive (2007)
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman (2008)
Track from: Trey Day (2007)
Track from: Here I Stand (2008)

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With VocalsEdit

(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA (2007)
Track from: Acey Duecy (2008)
Track from: Lay It Down (2008)
Track from: Jennifer Hudson (2008)
Track from: The Way I See It (2008)

Best Traditional R&B Vocal PerformanceEdit

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: A Long Time Coming (2008)
Track from: Lay It Down (2008)
Track from: Soul Talkin (2008)
Track from: The Way I See It (2008)
Track from: Fearless (2008)

Best Urban/Alternative PerformanceEdit

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Make Sure They See My Face (2007)
Track from: This Much Is True: (2008)
Track from: I Am (2007)
Track from: Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition) (2008)
Track from: Higher Ground (2008)

Best R&B SongEdit

(A Songwriter(s) Award. Singles or Tracks only.)

Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Deandre Way, songwriter)
Track from: Fearless (2008)
I. Barias, Raheem DeVaughn, C. Haggins, K. Oliver & J. Smith, songwriters
Track from: Love Behind The Melody (2008)
Keyshia Cole, Jason Farmer & Alex Francis, songwriters
Track from: Just Like You (2007)
M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen & S. Smith, songwriters
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman (2008)
Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Shaffer Smith, songwriters
Track from: Jennifer Hudson (2008)

Best R&B AlbumEdit

Jennifer Hudson - Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Best Contemporary R&B AlbumEdit

Mary J. Blige - Growing Pains
Growing Pains

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Field 7 — RapEdit

Best Rap Solo PerformanceEdit

(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: American Gangster (2007)
Track from: Tha Carter III (2008)
Track from: The Cool (2007)
Track from: Untitled (2008)
Track from: Ego Trippin' (2008)

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or GroupEdit

(For duo, group or collaborative performances of Rap only. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2009) (Single was released, main album will be released in February 2009)
Track from: Paper Trail (2008)
Track from: Tha Carter III (2008)
Track from: Theater Of The Mind (2008)
Track from: The Recession (2008)

Best Rap/Sung CollaborationEdit

(For a Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Shine (2008)
Track from: Mail On Sunday (2008)
Track from: Evolver (2008)
Track from: Tha Carter III (2008)
Track from: The Cool (2007)

Best Rap SongEdit

(A Songwriter(s) Award. Singles or Tracks only.)

D. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Harrison, J. Scheffer & R. Zamor, songwriters
Track from: Tha Carter III (2008)
T. Dillard, M. Humphrey & T-Pain, songwriters
Track from: Mail On Sunday (2008)
Calvin Broadus, S. Lovejoy & D. Stewart, songwriters
Track from: Ego Trippin' (2008)
Lupe Fiasco & Soundtrakk, songwriters
Track from: The Cool (2007)
D. Carter, S. Carter, Clifford Harris & Kanye West, songwriters (M. Arulpragasam, N. Headon, M. Jones, J. Mellor, T. Pentz & P. Simonon, songwriters)
Track from: Paper Trail (2008)

Best Rap AlbumEdit

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
Tha Carter III

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Field 8 — CountryEdit

Best Female Country Vocal PerformanceEdit

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Waking Up Laughing (2007)
Track from: Family (2007)
Track from: Carnival Ride (2007)
Track from: Call Me Crazy (2008)
Track from: Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love (2007)

Best Male Country Vocal PerformanceEdit

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: American Man - Greatest Hits Volume II (2007)
Track from: That Lonesome Song (2008)
Track from: Sunset Man (2008)
Track from: 5th Gear (2007)
Track from: Troubadour (2008)

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With VocalsEdit

(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Cowboy Town (2007)
Track from: Lady Antebellum (2008)
Track from: Still Feels Good (2007)
Track from: The SteelDrivers (2008)
Track from: Enjoy The Ride (2006)

Best Country Collaboration With VocalsEdit

(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates (2007)
Track from: Raising Sand (2007)
Track from: Troubadour (2008)
Track from: Love On The Inside (2008) (Deluxe Fan Edition)
Track from: Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love (2007)

Best Country Instrumental PerformanceEdit

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Track from: Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe (2008)
Track from: Glide (2008)
Track from: Jingle All The Way (2008)
Track from: Family & Friends — Rambling Boy (2008)
Track from: 5th Gear (2007)

Best Country SongEdit

(A Songwriter(s) Award. Singles or Tracks only.)

Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters
Track from: Around The Bend (2008)
Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters
Track from: Troubadour (2008)
Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters
Track from: That Lonesome Song (2008)
Jennifer Nettles, songwriter
Track from: Enjoy The Ride (2008)
Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters
Track from: American Man, Greatest Hits Volume II (2007)

Best Country AlbumEdit

George Strait - Troubadour
Troubadour

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Bluegrass AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 9 — New AgeEdit

Best New Age AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 10 — JazzEdit

Best Contemporary Jazz AlbumEdit

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Gregg Field & Tom Scott, producers
Bob Belden, producer

Best Jazz Vocal AlbumEdit

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Best Jazz Instrumental SoloEdit

(For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.)

Terence Blanchard, soloist
Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
Till Brönner, soloist
Track from: The Standard (2008)
Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
Track from: The New Crystal Silence (2008)
Pat Metheny, soloist
Track from: Day Trip (2008)
James Moody, soloist
Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or GroupEdit

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Best Large Jazz Ensemble AlbumEdit

(For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must contain 51% or more INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Best Latin Jazz AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 11 — GospelEdit

Best Gospel PerformanceEdit

(For solo, duo, group as collaborative performances. Singles or tracks with vocal containing Gospel lyrics. All genres of Gospel music are eligible.)

Track from: Randy Jackson's Music Club, Volume One (2008)
Track from: The Altar And The Door Live (2008)
Track from: The Sound (2008)
Track from: The Standard (2008)
Track from: Thy Kingdom Come (2008)

Best Gospel SongEdit

(A Songwriter(s) Award. Singles or Tracks only.)

James L. Moss, songwriter
Track from: ??? (2008)
Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell & Eric Dawkins, songwriters (Mary Mary)
Track from: The Sound (2008)
Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters
Track from: What If We (2008)
Kirk Franklin, songwriter
Track from: The Fight Of My Life (2008)
Jim Bryson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Mike Scheuchzer & Robby Shaffer, songwriters
Track from: All That Is Within Me (2008)

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel AlbumEdit

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel AlbumEdit

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel AlbumEdit

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Best Traditional Gospel AlbumEdit

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel AlbumEdit

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Field 12 — LatinEdit

Best Latin Pop AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Latin Rock Or Alternative AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Latin Urban AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Tropical Latin AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Regional Mexican AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.) This category had co-winners.

Best Tejano AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Norteño AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Banda AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 13 — BluesEdit

Best Traditional Blues AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Contemporary Blues AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 14 — FolkEdit

Best Traditional Folk AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Native American Music AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Hawaiian Music AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 15 — ReggaeEdit

Best Reggae AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 16 — World MusicEdit

Best Traditional World Music AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Best Contemporary World Music AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 17 — PolkaEdit

Best Polka AlbumEdit

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Field 18 — Children'sEdit

Best Musical Album For ChildrenEdit

(For albums consisting of predominantly music or song vs. spoken word.)

Best Spoken Word Album For ChildrenEdit

(For albums consisting of predominantly spoken word vs. music or song.)

  • Around The Campfire by Buck Howdy With BB
  • The Big One-Oh by Dean Pitchford
  • Brown Bear And Friends by Gwyneth Paltrow
  • The Cricket In Times Square by Tony Shalhoub
  • Yes To Running! Bill Harley Live by Bill Harley

Field 19 — Spoken WordEdit

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)Edit

  • An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore, author) by Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon & Blair Underwood
  • Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
  • I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert (& Various Artists)
  • Life Beyond Measure by Sidney Poitier
  • When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris

Field 20 — ComedyEdit

Best Comedy AlbumEdit

(For comedy recordings, spoken or musical)

  • Anticipation by Lewis Black
  • For Your Consideration by Kathy Griffin
  • It's Bad For Ya by George Carlin
  • Songs Of The Bushmen by Harry Shearer

Field 21 — Musical ShowEdit

Best Musical Show AlbumEdit

(Award to the Album Producer(s), and to the Lyricist(s) & Composer(s) of 51% or more of a new score. (Artist, Lyricist & Composer names appear in parentheses.))

Robert Sher, producer (Jule Styne, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (2008 Broadway Cast With Patti LuPone & Others)
Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andrés Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss & Bill Sherman, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Lin-Manuel Miranda And Others)
Bruce Botnick, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken & Chris Montan, producers; Alan Menken, composer; Glenn Slater, lyricist (Howard Ashman, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Sierra Boggess, Tituss Burgess & Others)
David Caddick, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast With Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot & Others)
Doug Besterman, producer; Mel Brooks, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster & Others)

Field 22 — Film/TV/Visual MediaEdit

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

(Award to the Artist(s) and/or Producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album, or to the individual(s) actively responsible for the concept and musical direction and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable.)

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

(Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.)

  • The Dark Knight
James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer, composers
  • Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
John Williams, composer
  • Iron Man
Ramin Djawadi, composer
  • There Will Be Blood
Jonny Greenwood, composer
  • Wall-E
Thomas Newman, composer

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual MediaEdit

(A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters
Track from: Wall-E (2008)
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters
Track from: Enchanted (2007)
John Mayer, songwriter
Track from: Continuum (2006)
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters (Amy Adams)
Track from: Enchanted (2007)
Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan & John C. Reilly, songwriters (John C. Reilly)
Track from: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Field 23 — Composing/ArrangingEdit

Best Instrumental CompositionEdit

(A Composer's Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • The Adventures Of Mutt (From Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull)
John Williams, composer
Track from: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull — Soundtrack
Chick Corea, composer
Track from: The New Crystal Silence (2008)
Russell Ferrante, composer
Track from: Lifecycle (2008)
Dave Grusin, composer
Track from: Amparo (2008)
Gordon Goodwin, composer
Track from: Act Your Age (2008)

Best Instrumental ArrangementEdit

(An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers (Thomas Newman)
Track from: Wall-E (2008)
Frank Macchia, arranger
Track from: Landscapes (2008)
Michael Abene, arranger
Track from: Symphonica (2008)
Bob Brookmeyer, arranger
Track from: Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard (2008)
Gordon Goodwin, arranger
Track from: Act Your Age (2008)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)Edit

(An Arranger's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

Vince Mendoza, arranger
Track from: The Look Of Love — Burt Bacharach Songbook (2008)
Cedric Dent, arranger
Track from: The Standard (2008)
Nan Schwartz, arranger
Track from: Still Unforgettable (2008)
Don Sebesky, arranger
Track from: With A Song In My Heart (2008)
Claus Ogerman, arranger
Track from: Across The Crystal Sea (2008)

Field 24 — PackageEdit

Best Recording PackageEdit

Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffatt & David Turner, art directors
Don Clark, art director
No Age & Brian Roettinger, art directors
Neal Ashby, Matthew Curry & Patrick Donohue, art directors
Amanda Barrett, Abby DeWald, Renee Jablow & Rick Whitmore, art directors

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition PackageEdit

Trent Reznor & Rob Sheridan, art directors
Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell & Xian Munro, art directors
Qing-Yang Xiao, art director
Alex Kirzhner & Panic At The Disco, art directors
Aimee Mann & Gail Marowitz, art directors

Field 25 — Album NotesEdit

Best Album NotesEdit

  • Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum
Art Rosenbaum, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • Debate '08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph
Patrick Feaster & David Giovannoni, album notes writers (William Jennings Bryan & William Howard Taft)
  • Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Francis Davis, album notes writer (Miles Davis)
  • Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul
David Ritz & Jerry Wexler, album notes writers (Aretha Franklin)
  • The Unsung Father Of Country Music: 1925-1934
Henry "Hank" Sapoznik, album notes writer (Ernest V. Stoneman)

Field 26 — HistoricalEdit

Best Historical AlbumEdit

  • 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)
  • Classic Columbia, OKeh And Vocalion Lester Young With Count Basie (1936-1940)
Scott Wenzel, compilation producer; Malcolm Addey, Michael Brooks, Matt Cavaluzzo, Andreas Meyer & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Lester Young With Count Basie)
  • Debate '08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph
David Giovannoni, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (William Jennings Bryan & William Howard Taft)
  • Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette
Ken Flaherty, Jr., compilation producer; Marcos Sueiro Bal, Ken Flaherty, Jr., Kurt Nauck & Glenn Sage, mastering engineers (Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette)
  • To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story
Richard Seidel, compilation producer; Mark G. Wilder, mastering engineer (Nina Simone)

Field 27 — Production, Non-ClassicalEdit

Best Engineered Album, Non-ClassicalEdit

(An Engineer's Award.)

Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell & Jack White III, engineers
Al Schmitt, engineer
Jimmy Douglass, Russell "The Dragon" Elevado & John Smeltz, engineers
Al Schmitt, engineer
Dyre Gormsen & Tony Maserati, engineers

Producer Of The Year, Non-ClassicalEdit

(A Producer's Award.)

  • Danger Mouse
  • Nigel Godrich
  • Johnny Karkazis (Johnny K)
  • Rick Rubin

Best Remixed Recording, Non-ClassicalEdit

(A Remixer's Award. Singles or Tracks only.)

StoneBridge, remixer
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman (2008)
Justice, remixers
Track from: Oracular Spectacular (2007)
Junkie XL, remixer
Track from: Hard Candy (2008)
Moto Blanco, remixers
Track from: Growing Pains (207)
Deadmau5, remixer
Track from: Elevate (2008)

Field 28 — Surround SoundEdit

Best Surround Sound AlbumEdit

(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

  • Divertimenti
Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L'Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Øyvind Gimse & TrondheimSolistene)
  • Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Night On Bald Mountain; Prelude To Khovanshchina
Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Robert Woods, surround producer (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
  • Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works
John Newton, surround mix engineer; Jonathan Cooper & Mark Donahue, surround mastering engineers; Blanton Alspaugh, surround producer (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir & Kansas City Chorale)
  • Ringo 5.1 The Surround Sound Collection
Bruce Sugar, surround mix engineer; Chris Bellman, surround mastering engineer; Bill Crowley, Ringo Starr & Bruce Sugar, surround producers (Ringo Starr)
  • Sensurround + B-Sides
Toru Takayama, surround mix engineer; Ryuichi Tanaka & Yu Yamaguchi, surround mastering engineers; Keigo Oyamada, surround producer (Cornelius)

Field 29 — Production, ClassicalEdit

Best Engineered Album, ClassicalEdit

(An Engineer's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Fred Vogler, engineer (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Divertimenti
Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L'Orange, engineers (Øyvind Gimse & TrondheimSolistene)
  • Puccini: La Bohème
Michael Bishop, engineer (Robert Spano & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
  • Respighi: Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions, Rossiniana
John Newton, engineer (JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago
David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis, engineers (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert, Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man, Yo-Yo Ma & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Producer Of The Year, ClassicalEdit

(A Producer's Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

  • David Frost
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
  • Right Through The Bone — Julius Röntgen Chamber Music (ARC Ensemble)
  • Schubert: Sonata In D Maj.; 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)
  • David Groves
  • Baroque (Gabriela Montero)
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (Jonathan Biss)
  • Polish Spirit (Nigel Kennedy & Jacek Kaspszyk)
  • Respighi: Roman Trilogy, Il Tramonto (Antonio Pappano)
  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Martha Argerich)
  • Judith Sherman
  • Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 And 5 (Pacifica Quartet)
  • Piano Music Of Salonen, Stucky And Lutoslawski (Gloria Cheng)
  • Reich: Daniel Variations (Grant Gershon, Alan Pierson, Los Angeles Master Chorale & London Sinfonietta)
  • Riley, Terry: The Cusp Of Magic (Kronos Quartet & Wu Man)
  • String Poetic (Jennifer Koh & Reiko Uchida)
  • Robert Woods
  • Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Night On Bald Mountain, Prelude To Khovanshchina (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Lieutenant Kijé Suite (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
  • Puccini: La Bohème (Robert Spano & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
  • Ravel: Boléro (Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra)
  • Revolutionary (Cameron Carpenter)
  • Robina G. Young
  • Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18, Nos 1-6 (Tokyo String Quartet)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 'Eroica' (Andrew Manze & Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra)
  • Birds On Fire (Fretwork)
  • Heavenly Harmonies (Stile Antico)
  • Scattered Rhymes (Paul Hillier, Orlando Consort & The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)

Field 30 — ClassicalEdit

Best Classical AlbumEdit

(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist.)

  • Maria
Cecilia Bartoli; Christopher Raeburn, producer; Wolf-Dieter Karwatky & Philip Siney, engineers/mixers (Adam Fischer; Orchestra La Scintilla)
  • O'Regan, Tarik: Threshold Of Night
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; John Newton, engineer/mixer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Company Of Strings; Company Of Voices & Conspirare)
  • Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Hilary Hahn; Sid McLauchlan & Arend Prohmann, producers; Stephan Flock, engineer/mixer (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
  • Spotless Rose: Hymns To The Virgin Mary
Charles Bruffy, conductor; Phoenix Chorale; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; John Newton, engineer/mixer; Jonathan Cooper, mastering engineer
  • Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny
James Conlon, conductor; Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald; Fred Vogler, producer (Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich & Robert Wörle; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra)

Best Orchestral PerformanceEdit

(Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.)

  • D'Indy: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Rumon Gamba, conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra)
  • Glazunov: Symphony No. 6, La Mer, Introduction And Dance From Salome
José Serebrier, conductor (Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
  • Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Op. 20
Alan Gilbert, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Track from: Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
Bernard Haitink, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
  • Walden, Chris: Symphony No. 1, The Four Elements
Chris Walden, conductor (Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera RecordingEdit

(Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.)

  • Dun, Tan: The First Emperor
Tan Dun, conductor; Michelle DeYoung, Plácido Domingo, Elizabeth Futral, Paul Groves, Wu Hsing-Kuo & Hao Jiang Tian; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
  • Lully: Psyché
Paul O´Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Colin Balzer, Karina Gauvin, Carolyn Sampson & Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra; Boston Early Music Festival Chorus)
  • Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor; Sara Mingardo, Monica Piccinini, Anna Simboli & Furio Zanasi; Jean-Pierre Loisil, producer (Concerto Italiano)
  • Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Valery Gergiev, conductor; Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Ramón Vargas; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
  • Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonnyv
James Conlon, conductor; Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald; Fred Vogler, producer (Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich & Robert Wörle; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; Los Angeles Opera Chorus)

Best Choral PerformanceEdit

(Award to the Choral Conductor, and to the Orchestra Conductor if an Orchestra is on the recording, and to the Choral Director or Chorus Master if applicable.)

  • O'Regan, Tarik: Threshold Of Night
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Company Of Strings; Company Of Voices & Conspirare)
  • Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works
Charles Bruffy, conductor (Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Bach Choir)
  • Symphony Of Psalms
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master (Berliner Philharmoniker; Rundfunkchor Berlin)
Track from: Stravinsky: Symphonies
  • Szymanowski, Karol: Stabat Mater
Antoni Wit, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, chorus master (Jaroslaw Brek, Iwona Hossa & Ewa Marciniec; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)
  • Tippett: A Child Of Our Time
Colin Davis, conductor; Joseph Cullen, chorus master (Steve Davislim, Mihoko Fujimura, Matthew Rose & Indra Thomas; London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus)

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)Edit

(Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.)

  • Bloch/Lees:Violin Concertos
John McLaughlin Williams, conductor; Elmar Oliveira (National Symphony Orchestra Of Ukraine)
  • Harrison: Pipa Concerto
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Wu Man (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Track from: Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago
  • Mozart: Piano Concertos 17 & 20
Leif Ove Andsnes (Norwegian Chamber Orchestra)
  • Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos 2 & 5
Charles Dutoit, conductor; Jean-Yves Thibaudet (L'Orchestre De La Suisse Romande)
  • Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Hilary Hahn (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)Edit

(Award to the Instrumental Soloist.)

  • In A State Of Jazz
Marc-André Hamelin, instrumentalist
  • Piano Music Of Salonen, Stucky, And Lutoslawski
Gloria Cheng, instrumentalist
  • Red Cliff Capriccio
Wei Li, instrumentalist
  • Revolutionary
Cameron Carpenter, instrumentalist
  • Strange Toys
Joan Jeanrenaud, instrumentalist

Best Chamber Music PerformanceEdit

(Award to the Artists.)

  • Brahms: String Quartet Op. 51, No. 2, Piano Quintet Op. 34
Stephen Hough; Takács Quartet
  • Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 And 5
Pacifica Quartet
  • Folk Songs
Trio Mediaeval
  • Right Through The Bone — Julius Röntgen Chamber Music
ARC Ensemble
  • String Poetic
Jennifer Koh & Reiko Uchida

Best Small Ensemble PerformanceEdit

(Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.))

  • Divertimenti
Øyvind Gimse, conductor; TrondheimSolistene
  • Dun: Pipa Concerto; Hayashi: Viola Concerto; Takemitsu: Nostalgia
Roman Balashov, conductor; Yuri Bashmet; Moscow Soloists (Wu Man)
  • Im Wunderschoenen Monat Mai
Reinbert De Leeuw, conductor; Barbara Sukowa; Schoenberg Ensemble
  • Monk: Impermanence
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
  • Spotless Rose: Hymns To The Virgin Mary
Charles Bruffy, conductor; Phoenix Chorale

Best Classical Vocal PerformanceEdit

(Award to the Vocal Soloist(s).)

  • Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan
Hila Plitmann (JoAnn Falletta; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Fussell, Charles: Wilde
Sanford Sylvan (Gil Rose; Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
  • Gomidas Songs
Isabel Bayrakdarian (Eduard Topchjan; Serouj Kradjian; Chamber Players Of The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Maria
Cecilia Bartoli (Adam Fischer; Orchestra La Scintilla)
  • Terezín: Theresienstadt
Anne Sofie Von Otter (Christian Gerhaher & Daniel Hope; Bengt Forsberg & Gerold Huber)

Best Classical Contemporary CompositionEdit

(A Composer's Award. (For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.)

  • Dalbavie: Concerto Pour Flûte
Marc-André Dalbavie (Peter Eötvös)
Track from: Dalbavie/Jarrell/Pintscher: Flute Concertos
  • Gandolfi: The Garden Of Cosmic Speculation
Michael Gandolfi (Robert Spano)
  • Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan
John Corigliano (JoAnn Falletta)
Track from: Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan
  • Violin Concerto No. 2
George Tsontakis (Douglas Boyd)
Track from: Tsontakis: Violin Concerto No. 2, Clair De Lune
  • Walden, Chris: Symphony No. 1, The Four Elements
Chris Walden (Chris Walden)

Best Classical Crossover AlbumEdit

(Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.)

  • Baroque by Gabriela Montero
  • Indigo Road by Ronn McFarlane
  • Olde School by East Village Opera Company
  • The Othello Syndrome by Uri Caine Ensemble
  • Simple Gifts by The King's Singers

Field 31 — Music VideoEdit

Best Short Form Music VideoEdit

(For an individual track or single promotional clip. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer.)

Erykah Badu & Mr. Roboto, video directors; Megan Gutman, video producer
Christopher Milk, video director; Anne Johnson, video producer
PR Brown & MK12, video directors; Mick Ebeling, Sheira Rees-Davies & Jane Tredget, video producers
James Frost, video director; Dawn Fanning, video producer
Mathew Cullen, video director; Bernard Rahill, video producer

Best Long Form Music VideoEdit

(For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer of at least 51% of the total playing time.)

  • Where The Light Is — Live In Los Angeles by John Mayer
Danny Clinch, video director; Lindha Narvaez, video producer
Peter Bogdanovich, video director; Skot Bright, video producer
  • Good Girl Gone Bad Live by Rihanna
Paul Caslin, video director; John Paveley, Ruth Paveley & Rupert Style, video producers
  • Respect Yourself — The Stax Records Story by Various Artists
Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Mark Crosby, Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video producers
  • Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who by The Who
Paul Crowder & Murray Lerner, video directors; Murray Lerner, Robert Rosenberg & Nigel Sinclair, video producers

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