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52nd Annual Grammy Awards

52nd Annual Grammy Awards

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards took place on January 31, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles honoring the best in music for the recording year beginning October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009. Neil Young was honored as the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year on January 29, two days prior to the Grammy telecast. Nominations announced on December 2, 2009. The show was moved to January to avoid competing against the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Only ten of the 109 awards were received during the broadcast. The remaining awards were given during the un-televised portion of the ceremony which preceded the broadcast.

Beyoncé, who also received the most nominations, with ten, won a total of six awards breaking the record for most wins by a female artist in one night. Taylor Swift won four while The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z and Kings of Leon won three. Artists who won two awards include A. R. Rahman, Colbie Caillat, Eminem, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, Jason Mraz and Rihanna. Judas Priest, AC/DC, and Imogen Heap each won a Grammy for the first time in their careers.

Taylor Swift's Fearless was awarded the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, at the time the youngest to win the award at age 20. "Use Somebody" by rock band Kings of Leon won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, while "Single Ladies" by songwriters Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart, was honored with Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Zac Brown Band was presented with the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, becoming the fourth country music act to ever win the award. They follow behind LeAnn Rimes in 1997, Shelby Lynne in 2001 and Carrie Underwood in 2007.


The following performed:



The following presented:



Album of the Year
  • Fearless – Taylor Swift
    • Colbie Caillat, featured artist; Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers; Hank Williams, mastering engineer
  • I Am... Sasha Fierce – Beyoncé
    • Bangladesh, Ian Dench, D-Town, Toby Gad, Sean Garrett, Amanda Ghost, Jim Jonsin, Beyoncé Knowles, Rico Love, Dave McCracken, Terius Nash, Radio Killa, Stargate, Christopher Stewart, Ryan Tedder & Wayne Wilkins, producers; Jim Caruana, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Toby Gad, Kuk Harrell, Jim Jonsin, Jaycen Joshua, Dave Pensado, Radio Killa, Mark "Spike" Stent, Ryan Tedder, Brian Thomas, Marcos Továr, Miles Walker & Wayne Wilkins, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
  • The E.N.D. – The Black Eyed Peas
    •, Jean Baptiste, Printz Board, DJ Replay, Funkagenda, David Guetta, Keith Harris, &, producers; Dylan Dresdow, Padraic Kerin &, engineers/mixers; Chris Bellman, mastering engineer
  • The Fame – Lady Gaga
    • Flo Rida, Colby O'Donis & Space Cowboy, featured artists; Brian & Josh, Rob Fusari, Martin Kierszenbaum, RedOne & Space Cowboy, producers; 4Mil, Robert Orton, RedOne, Dave Russell & Tony Ugval, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
  • Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King – Dave Matthews Band
    • Jeff Coffin, Tim Reynolds & Rashawn Ross, featured artists; Rob Cavallo, producer; Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, engineers/mixers; Ted Jensen, mastering engineer
Record of the Year
  • "Use Somebody" – Kings of Leon
    • Jacquire King & Angelo Petraglia, producers; Jacquire King, engineer/mixer
  • "You Belong With Me" – Taylor Swift
    • Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers
  • "Halo" – Beyoncé
    • Beyoncé Knowles & Ryan Tedder, producers; Jim Caruana, Mark "Spike" Stent & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers
  • "I Gotta Feeling" – The Black Eyed Peas
    • David Guetta & Frederick Riesterer, producers;, Dylan "3-D" Dresdow & Padraic "Padlock" Kerin, engineers/mixers
  • "Poker Face" – Lady Gaga
    • Lady Gaga, RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, engineers/mixers
Song of the Year
  • "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
    • Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • "Poker Face"
    • Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
  • "Pretty Wings"
    • Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
  • "Use Somebody"
    • Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings of Leon)
  • "You Belong with Me"
    • Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Best New Artist
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Keri Hilson
  • MGMT
  • Silversun Pickups
  • The Ting Tings


Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
  • "Halo" - Beyoncé
  • "Hometown Glory" - Adele
  • "Hot n Cold" - Katy Perry
  • "Sober" - Pink
  • "You Belong with Me" - Taylor Swift
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
  • "Make It Mine" - Jason Mraz
  • "This Time" - John Legend
  • "Love You" - Maxwell
  • "If You Don't Know Me by Now" - Seal
  • "All About the Love Again" - Stevie Wonder
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
  • "I Gotta Feeling" - The Black Eyed Peas
  • "We Weren't Born to Follow" - Bon Jovi
  • "Never Say Never" - The Fray
  • "Sara Smile" - Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • "Kids" - MGMT
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
  • "Lucky" - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat
  • "Breathe" - Taylor Swift & Colbie Caillat
  • "Sea of Heartbreak" - Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen
  • "Love Sex Magic" - Ciara & Justin Timberlake
  • "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Norah Jones & Willie Nelson
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
  • "Throw Down Your Heart" - Béla Fleck
  • "Bésame Mucho" - Herb Alpert
  • "The Fire" - Imogen Heap
  • "Phoenix Rise" - Maxwell
  • "Funk Joint" - Marcus Miller
Best Pop Instrumental Album
  • Potato Hole - Booker T. Jones
  • In Boston - Chris Botti
  • Legacy - Hiroshima
  • Modern Art - The Rippingtons & Russ Freeman
  • Down the Wire - Spyro Gyra
Best Pop Vocal Album
  • The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
  • Breakthrough - Colbie Caillat
  • All I Ever Wanted - Kelly Clarkson
  • The Fray - The Fray
  • Funhouse - Pink


Best Dance Recording
  • "Poker Face" - Lady Gaga
    • RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, RedOne & Dave Russell, mixers
  • "Boom Boom Pow" - The Black Eyed Peas
    •, Jean Baptiste & Poet Name Life, producers ; Dylan Dresdow, mixer
  • "When Love Takes Over" - David Guetta & Kelly Rowland
    • David Guetta & Frédéric Riesterer, producers; Veronica Ferraro, mixer
  • "Celebration" - Madonna
    • Madonna & Paul Oakenfold, producers; Demacio Castellon, mixer
  • "Womanizer" - Britney Spears
    • K. Briscoe, producer; Serban Ghenea, mixer
Best Electronic/Dance Album
  • The Fame - Lady Gaga
  • Divided By Night - The Crystal Method
  • One Love - David Guetta
  • Party Rock - LMFAO

Traditional Pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
  • Michael Bublé Meets Madison Square Garden - Michael Bublé
  • A Swingin' Christmas - Tony Bennett
  • Your Songs - Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Liza's at The Palace.... - Liza Minnelli
  • American Classic - Willie Nelson


Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
  • "Working on a Dream" - Bruce Springsteen
  • "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" - Bob Dylan
  • "Change in the Weather" - John Fogerty
  • "Dreamer" - Prince
  • "Fork in the Road" - Neil Young
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
  • "Use Somebody" - Kings of Leon
  • "Can't Find My Way Home" - Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
  • "Life in Technicolor II" - Coldplay
  • "21 Guns" - Green Day
  • "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" - U2
Best Hard Rock Performance
  • "War Machine" - AC/DC
  • "What I've Done [Live]" - Linkin Park
  • "Check My Brain" - Alice in Chains
  • "The Unforgiven III" - Metallica
  • "Burn It to the Ground" - Nickelback
Best Metal Performance
  • "Dissident Aggressor (live)" - Judas Priest
  • "Set to Fail" - Lamb of God
  • "Head Crusher" - Megadeth
  • "Señor Peligro (live)" - Ministry
  • "Hate Worldwide" - Slayer
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
  • "A Day in the Life" - Jeff Beck
  • "Warped Sister" - Booker T. Jones
  • "Playing With Fire" - Brad Paisley
  • "Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin" - Brian Setzer Orchestra
  • "Now We Run" - Steve Vai
Best Rock Song
  • "Use Somebody" - Kings of Leon
    • Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters
  • "The Fixer" - Pearl Jam
    • Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready & Eddie Vedder, songwriters
  • "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" - U2
    • Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge & Larry Mullen, Jr., songwriters
  • "21 Guns" - Green Day
    • Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt & Tré Cool, songwriters
  • "Working on a Dream" - Bruce Springsteen
    • Bruce Springsteen, songwriter
Best Rock Album
  • 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
  • Black Ice - AC/DC
  • Live from Madison Square Garden - Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
  • Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King - Dave Matthews Band
  • No Line on the Horizon - U2


Best Alternative Music Album
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix - Phoenix
  • Everything That Happens Will Happen Today - David Byrne & Brian Eno
  • The Open Door EP - Death Cab For Cutie
  • Sounds of the Universe - Depeche Mode
  • It's Blitz! - Yeah Yeah Yeahs


Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
  • "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyoncé
  • "It Kills Me" - Melanie Fiona
  • "That Was Then" - Lalah Hathaway
  • "Goin' Thru Changes" - Ledisi
  • "Lions, Tigers & Bears" - Jazmine Sullivan
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
  • "Pretty Wings" - Maxwell
  • "The Point Of It All" - Anthony Hamilton
  • "SoBeautiful" - Musiq Soulchild
  • "Under" - Pleasure P
  • "There Goes My Baby" - Charlie Wilson
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
  • "Blame It" - Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
  • "Chocolate High" - India.Arie & Musiq Soulchild
  • "IfULeave" - Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige
  • "Higher Ground" - Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
  • "Love Has Finally Come at Last" - Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
  • "At Last" - Beyoncé
  • "Soul Music" - Anthony Hamilton
  • "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" - Boney James & Quinn
  • "Sow Love" - Ann Nesby
  • "Woman Gotta Have It" - Calvin Richardson
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
  • "Pearls" - India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore
  • "Daykeeper" - The Foreign Exchange
  • "All Matter" - Robert Glasper & Bilal
  • "A Tale Of Two" - Eric Roberson, Ben O'Neill & Michelle Thompson
  • "Blend" - Tonex
Best R&B Song
  • "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyoncé
    • Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart songwriters
  • "Blame It" - Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
    • James T. Brown, John Conte, Jr., Jamie Foxx, Christopher Henderson, Brandon R. Melanchon, Breyon Prescott, T-Pain & Nathan L. Walker songwriters
  • "Lions, Tigers & Bears" - Jazmine Sullivan
    • Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan songwriters
  • "Pretty Wings" - Maxwell
    • Hod David & Musze songwriters
  • "Under" - Pleasure P
    • D. Babbs, L. Bereal, M. Cooper, A. Dixon, J. Franklin, T. Jones, R. New & K. Stephens songwriters
Best R&B Album
  • BLACKsummers'night - Maxwell
  • The Point Of It All - Anthony Hamilton
  • Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics - India.Arie
  • Turn Me Loose - Ledisi
  • Uncle Charlie - Charlie Wilson
Best Contemporary R&B Album
  • I Am... Sasha Fierce - Beyoncé
  • Intuition - Jamie Foxx
  • The Introduction of Marcus Cooper - Pleasure P
  • Ready - Trey Songz
  • Thr33 Ringz - T-Pain


Best Rap Solo Performance
  • "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" – Jay-Z
  • "Best I Ever Had" – Drake
  • "Beautiful" – Eminem
  • "Day 'n' Nite" – Kid Cudi
  • "Casa Bey" – Mos Def
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
  • "Crack a Bottle" – Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
  • "Too Many Rappers" – Beastie Boys & Nas
  • "Money Goes, Honey Stay" – Fabolous & Jay-Z
  • "Make Her Say" – Kid Cudi, Kanye West & Common
  • "Amazing" – Kanye West & Young Jeezy
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
  • "Run This Town" – Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West
  • "Ego" – Beyoncé & Kanye West
  • "Knock You Down" – Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo
  • "I'm on a Boat" – The Lonely Island & T-Pain
  • "Dead and Gone" – T.I. & Justin Timberlake
Best Rap Song
  • "Run This Town"
    • Shawn Carter, R. Fenty, M. Riddick, Kanye West & E. Wilson, songwriters (Athanasios Alatas, songwriter) (Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West)
  • "Best I Ever Had"
    • Aubrey Drake Graham, D. Hamilton & M. Samuels, songwriters (Drake)
  • "Day 'n' Nite"
    • S. Mescudi & O. Omishore, songwriters (Kid Cudi)
  • "Dead and Gone"
    • C. Harris, R. Tadross & J. Timberlake, songwriters (T.I. & Justin Timberlake)
  • "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)"
    • Shawn Carter & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer, Paul Leka, Janko Nilovic & Dave Sucky, songwriters) (Jay-Z)
Best Rap Album
  • Relapse – Eminem
  • Universal Mind Control – Common
  • R.O.O.T.S. – Flo Rida
  • The Ecstatic – Mos Def
  • The Renaissance – Q-Tip


Best Female Country Vocal Performance
  • "White Horse" - Taylor Swift
  • "Dead Flowers" - Miranda Lambert
  • "I Just Call You Mine" - Martina McBride
  • "Just a Dream" - Carrie Underwood
  • "Solitary Thinkin'" - Lee Ann Womack
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
  • "Sweet Thing" - Keith Urban
  • "All I Ask For Anymore" - Trace Adkins
  • "People Are Crazy" - Billy Currington
  • "High Cost of Living" - Jamey Johnson
  • "Living for the Night" - George Strait
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
  • "I Run to You" - Lady Antebellum
  • "Cowgirls Don't Cry" - Brooks & Dunn
  • "Chicken Fried" - Zac Brown Band
  • "Here Comes Goodbye" - Rascal Flatts
  • "It Happens" - Sugarland
Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
  • "I Told You So" - Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis
  • "Beautiful World" - Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin
  • "Down the Road" - Kenny Chesney & Mac McAnally
  • "Start a Band" - Brad Paisley & Keith Urban
  • "Everything But Quits" - Lee Ann Womack & George Strait
Best Country Instrumental Performance
  • "Producer's Medley" - Steve Wariner
  • "Under The (Five) Wire" - Alison Brown
  • "The Crystal Merchant" - The Greencards
  • "Mansinneedof" - Sarah Jarosz
Best Country Song
  • "White Horse" - Taylor Swift
    • Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters
  • "All I Ask For Anymore" - Trace Adkins
    • Casey Beathard & Tim James, songwriters
  • "High Cost of Living" - Jamey Johnson
    • Jamey Johnson & James T. Slater, songwriters
  • "I Run to You" - Lady Antebellum
    • Tom Douglas, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters
  • "People Are Crazy" - Billy Currington
    • Bobby Braddock & Troy Jones, songwriters
Best Country Album
  • Fearless - Taylor Swift
  • The Foundation - Zac Brown Band
  • Twang - George Strait
  • Defying Gravity - Keith Urban
  • Call Me Crazy - Lee Ann Womack

New Age

Best New Age Album
  • Prayer for Compassion - David Darling
  • Faith - Jim Brickman
  • Laserium for the Soul - Henta
  • In A Dream - Peter Kater, Dominic Miller, Kenny Loggins & Jaques Morelenbaum
  • Impressions of the West Lake - Kitarō


Best Contemporary Jazz Instrumental Album
  • 75 - Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
  • Urbanus - Stefon Harris & Blackout
  • Sounding Point - Julian Lage
  • At World's Edge - Philippe Saisse
  • Big Neighborhood - Mike Stern
Best Jazz Vocal Album
  • Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman - Kurt Elling
  • No Regrets - Randy Crawford (& Joe Sample)
  • So in Love - Roberta Gambarini
  • Tide - Luciana Souza
  • Desire - Tierney Sutton (Band)
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance
  • "Dancin' 4 Chicken" - Terence Blanchard soloist
  • "All Of You" - Gerald Clayton soloist
  • "Ms. Garvey, Ms. Garvey" - Roy Hargrove soloist
  • "On Green Dolphin Street" - Martial Solal soloist
  • "Villa Palmeras" - Miguel Zenón soloist
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
  • Five Peace Band Live - Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band
  • Quartet Live - Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow & Antonio Sánchez
  • Brother To Brother - The Clayton Brothers
  • Remembrance - John Patitucci Trio
  • The Bright Mississippi - Allen Toussaint
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
  • Book One - New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
  • Legendary - Bob Florence Limited Edition
  • Eternal Interlude - John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
  • Fun Time - Sammy Nestico And The SWR Big Band
  • Lab 2009 - University of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band
Best Latin Jazz Album
  • Juntos Para Siempre - Bebo Valdés And Chucho Valdés
  • Things I Wanted To Do - Chembo Corniel
  • Áurea - Geoffrey Keezer
  • Brazilliance X 4 - Claudio Roditi
  • Esta Plena - Miguel Zenón


Best Gospel Performance
  • "Wait on the Lord" - Donnie McClurkin & Karen Clark Sheard
  • "Free to Be Me" - Francesca Battistelli
  • "Jesus Is Love" - Heather Headley & Smokie Norful
  • "I Believe" - Jonny Lang With Fisk Jubilee Singers
  • "Born Again" - Third Day featuring Lacey Mosley
Best Gospel Song
  • "God in Me" - Mary Mary Featuring Kierra Sheard
  • "Born Again" - Third Day
  • "City on Our Knees" - TobyMac
  • "Every Prayer" - Israel Houghton & Mary Mary
  • "The Motions" - Matthew West
Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
  • Live Revelations - Third Day
  • The Big Picture - Da' T.R.U.T.H.
  • Crash - Decyfer Down
  • Innocence & Instinct - Red
  • The Dash - John Wells – The Tonic
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
  • The Power Of One - Israel Houghton
  • Speaking Louder Than Before - Jeremy Camp
  • The Long Fall Back to Earth - Jars of Clay
  • Love Is on the Move - Leeland
  • Freedom - Mandisa
Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album
  • Jason Crabb - Jason Crabb
  • Dream On - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  • The Rock - Tracy Lawrence
  • In God's Time - Barry Scott & Second Wind
  • Everyday - Triumphant Quartet
Best Traditional Gospel Album
  • Oh Happy Day - Various Artists
  • God Don't Never Change - Ashley Cleveland
  • The Law Of Confession, Part I - Donald Lawrence & Co.
    • Bill Hearn, Ken Levitan, Ken Pennell, Jack Rovner & Cedric Thompson, producers
  • The Journey Continues - The Williams Brothers
  • How I Got Over - Vickie Winans
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
  • Audience Of One - Heather Headley
  • Renewed - Sheri Jones-Moffett
  • Just James - J Moss
  • Smokie Norful Live - Smokie Norful
  • Bold Right Life - Kierra Sheard


Best Latin Pop Album
  • Sin Frenos - La Quinta Estación
  • 5to Piso - Ricardo Arjona
  • Te Acuerdas... - Francisco Céspedes
  • Hu Hu Hu - Natalia Lafourcade
  • Gran City Pop - Paulina Rubio
Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album
  • Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo - Calle 13
  • Río - Aterciopelados
  • Y. - Bebe
  • La Luz del Ritmo - Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
  • La Revolución - Wisin & Yandel
Best Tropical Latin Album
  • Ciclos - Luis Enrique
  • Asi Soy - Isaac Delgado
  • Guasábara - José Lugo Orchestra
  • Gracias - Omara Portuondo
  • Bach in Havana - Tiempo Libre
Best Regional Mexican Album
  • Necesito de Ti - Vicente Fernández
  • Corazón Ranchero - Shaila Dúrcal
  • Compañeras - Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
  • 10 Aniversario - Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea
  • Pegadito Al Corazón - Joan Sebastian
Best Tejano Album
  • Borders y Bailes - Los Texmaniacs
  • Divina - Stefani Montiel
  • All the Way Live - Jay Perez
  • Point of View - Joe Posada
  • Radiación Musical - Sunny Sauceda y Todo Eso
Best Norteño Album
  • Tu Noche con... Los Tigres del Norte - Los Tigres del Norte
  • Dejame Soñar - Cumbre Norteña
  • El Niño de Oro - El Compa Chuy
  • Pese a Quien le Pese - Los Rieleros del Norte
  • Soy Todo Tuyo - Los Tucánes de Tijuana
Best Banda Album
  • Tu Esclavo y Amo - Lupillo Rivera
  • Se Nos Murio el Amor - El Guero Y Su Banda Centenario
  • Mas Adelante - La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de Rene Camacho
  • Derecho de Antiguedad - La Original Banda el Limón de Salvador Lizárraga

American roots

Best Americana Album
  • Electric Dirt - Levon Helm
  • Together Through Life - Bob Dylan
  • Willie and the Wheel - Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel
  • Wilco - Wilco
  • Little Honey - Lucinda Williams
Best Bluegrass Album
  • The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo - Steve Martin
  • Could We Get Any Closer? - Jim Lauderdale
  • Buckaroo Blue Grass - Michael Martin Murphey
  • Almost Live - Bryan Sutton And Friends
  • Destination Life - Rhonda Vincent
Best Traditional Blues Album
  • A Stranger Here - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
  • Blue Again - The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Featuring Rick Vito
  • Rough & Tough - John Hammond
  • Stomp! The Blues Tonight - Duke Robillard
  • Chicago Blues: A Living History - Various Artists
    • Larry Skoller, producer
Best Contemporary Blues Album
  • Already Free - The Derek Trucks Band
  • This Time - The Robert Cray Band
  • The Truth According to Ruthie Foster - Ruthie Foster
  • Live: Hope at the Hideout - Mavis Staples
  • Back to the River - Susan Tedeschi
Best Traditional Folk Album
  • High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project - Loudon Wainwright III
  • Cutting Loose - David Holt And Josh Goforth
  • Naked With Friends - Maura O'Connell
  • Polka Cola: Music That Refreshes - Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra
  • Singing Through The Hard Times: A Tribute to Utah Phillips - Various Artists
    • Jacqui Morse, Kendall Morse & Dan Schatz, producers
Best Contemporary Folk Album
  • Townes - Steve Earle
  • Middle Cyclone - Neko Case
  • Our Bright Future - Tracy Chapman
  • Live - Shawn Colvin
  • Secret, Profane & Sugarcane - Elvis Costello
Best Hawaiian Music Album
  • Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 - Various Artists
  • Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers
  • He Nani - Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho
  • Friends & Family Of Hawaiʻi - Amy Hanaialiʻi
  • Nani Mau Loa: Everlasting Beauty- Ho'okena
Best Native American Music Album
  • Spirit Wind North - Bill Miller
  • Siyotanka - Michael Brant DeMaria
  • True Blue - Northern Cree
  • Wind Songs - Native American Flute Solos - John Two-Hawks
  • Riders of the Healing Road - Johnny Whitehorse
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album
  • Lay Your Burden Down - Buckwheat Zydeco
  • Alligator Purse - Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet
  • Stripped Down - The Magnolia Sisters
  • Live at 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Pine Leaf Boys
  • L'Ésprit Créole - Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole


Best Reggae Album
  • Mind Control - Acoustic - Stephen Marley
  • Rasta Got Soul - Buju Banton
  • Brand New Me - Gregory Isaacs
  • Awake - Julian Marley
  • Imperial Blaze - Sean Paul

World music

Best Traditional World Music Album
  • Douga Mansa - Mamadou Diabate
  • Ancient Sounds - Rahim Alhaj And Amjad Ali Khan
  • Double Play - Liz Carroll & John Doyle
  • La Guerra No - John Santos Y El Coro Folklórico Kindembo
  • Drum Music Land - Ten Drum Art Percussion Group
Best Contemporary World Music Album
  • Throw Down Your Heart: Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3 - Africa Sessions - Béla Fleck
  • Welcome To Mali - Amadou & Mariam
  • Day By Day - Femi Kuti
  • Seya - Oumou Sangare
  • Across the Divide: A Tale of Rhythm & Ancestry - Omar Sosa


Best Children's Music Album
  • Family Time - Ziggy Marley
  • American Heroes #3 - Jonathan Sprout
  • Banjo to Beatbox - Cathy & Marcy & Christylez Bacon
  • Great Day - Milkshake
  • Jumpin' & Jammin' - Greg & Steve
  • Pete Seeger Tribute - Ageless Kids' Songs - Buck Howdy
Best Children's Spoken Word Album
  • Aaaaah! Spooky, Scary Stories & Songs - Buck Howdy
  • Captain Nobody - Dean Pitchford
  • Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales - Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker & Various Artists
    • Sharon Gelman, Michele McGonigle & Alfre Woodard, producers
  • The Phantom Tollbooth - David Hyde Pierce
  • Scat - Ed Asner
  • Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There - Harlan Ellison

Spoken word

Best Spoken Word Album
  • Always Looking Up - Michael J. Fox
  • Jonathan Winters - A Very Special Time - Jonathan Winters
  • The Lincoln-Douglas Debates - Richard Dreyfuss & David Strathairn
  • The Maltese Falcon - Various Artists Including Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward Herrmann and OthersYuri Rasovsky
    • Josh Stanton, producers
  • We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land - Jimmy Carter
  • Wishful Drinking - Carrie Fisher


Best Comedy Album
  • A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! – Stephen Colbert
  • Back from the Dead – Spinal Tap
  • Internet Leaks – "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • My Weakness Is Strong – Patton Oswalt
  • Suckin' It for the Holidays – Kathy Griffin
  • Tall, Dark & Chicano – George Lopez

Musical show

Best Musical Show Album
  • West Side Story
    • David Caddick & David Lai producers (Leonard Bernstein composer; Stephen Sondheim lyricist) (New Broadway Cast with Matt Cavenaugh Josefina Scaglione & others)
  • Ain't Misbehavin'
    • Robert Sher, producer (Various, composers; Various, lyricist) (30th Anniversary Cast Recording With Ruben Studdard, Frenchie Davis & Others)
  • Hair
  • 9 to 5: The Musical
  • Shrek the Musical

Film, TV and other visual media

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album
  • Slumdog Millionaire - Various Artists, A. R. Rahman (producer), P. A. Deepak (mix engineer)
  • Cadillac Records - Various Artists
  • Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds
  • True Blood
  • Twilight
Best Score Soundtrack Album
  • Up - Michael Giacchino
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Alexandre Desplat
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Nicholas Hooper
  • Milk - Danny Elfman
  • Star Trek - Michael Giacchino, Varèse Sarabande
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
  • "Jai Ho" (From Slumdog Millionaire)
    • A. R. Rahman, Sukhwinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Vijay Prakash, songwriters (A. R. Rahman, Gulzar & Sukhwinder Singh)
  • "All Is Love" (From Where the Wild Things Are)
    • Karen O & Nick Zinner, songwriters (Karen O & The Kids)
  • "Decode" (From Twilight)
    • Josh Farro, Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters (Paramore)
  • "Once in a Lifetime" (From Cadillac Records)
    • Ian Dench, James Dring, Amanda Ghost, Beyoncé Knowles, Scott McFarnon & Jody Street, songwriters (Beyoncé)
  • "The Wrestler" (From The Wrestler)
    • Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
  • "The Climb" (From Hannah Montana: The Movie)[I]
    • Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe, songwriter (Miley Cyrus)

Composing and arranging

Best Instrumental Composition
  • "Married Life" (From Up)
    • Michael Giacchino, composer (Michael Giacchino)
  • "Borat in Syracuse"
    • Paquito D'Rivera, composer (Paquito D'Rivera Quintet)
  • "Counting To Infinity"
    • Tim Davies, composer (Tim Davies Big Band)
  • "Fluffy"
    • Bob Florence, composer (Bob Florence Limited Edition)
  • "Ice-Nine"
    • Steve Wiest, composer (University Of North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band)
Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • "West Side Story Medley"
    • Bill Cunliffe, arranger (Resonance Big Band)
  • "Emmanuel"
    • Jeremy Lubbock, arranger (Chris Botti & Lucia Micarelli)
  • "Hope"
    • Vince Mendoza, arranger (Jim Beard With Vince Mendoza & The Metropole Orchestra)
  • "Slings And Arrows"
    • Vince Mendoza, arranger (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)
  • "Up With End Credits" (From Up)
    • Michael Giacchino & Tim Simonec, arrangers (Michael Giacchino)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
  • "Quiet Nights"
    • Claus Ogerman, arranger (Diana Krall)
  • "A Change Is Gonna Come"
    • David Foster & Jerry Hey, arrangers (Seal)
  • "Dedicated To You"
    • Laurence Hobgood, arranger (Kurt Elling)
  • "In The Still of the Night"
    • Thomas Zink, arranger (Anne Walsh)
  • "My One And Only Thrill"
    • Vince Mendoza, arranger (Melody Gardot)


Best Recording Package
  • Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
    • Stefan Sagmeister, art director (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
  • Back from the Dead
    • Brian Porizek, art director (Spinal Tap)
  • Middle Cyclone
    • Neko Case & Kathleen Judge, art directors (Neko Case)
  • Splitting Adam
    • Jeff Harrison, art director (Splitting Adam)
  • Tathagata
    • Szu Wei Cheng & Hui Chen Huang, art directors (Various Artists)
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
  • Neil Young The Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972
    • Gary Burden, Jenice Heo & Neil Young, art directors (Neil Young)
  • A Cabinet of Curiosities
    • Mathieu Bitton & Scott Webber, art directors (Jane's Addiction)
  • The Clifford Ball
    • Masaki Koike, art director (Phish)
  • Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
    • Stefan Sagmeister, art director (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
  • Lost in the Sound of Separation (Deluxe Edition)
    • Jordan Butcher, art director (Underoath)

Album notes

Best Album Notes
  • The Complete Louis Armstrong Decca Sessions (1935–1946)
    • Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer (Louis Armstrong)
  • Dance-O-Mania: Harry Yerkes And The Dawn of the Jazz Age, 1919–1923
    • Mark Berresford, album notes writer (The Happy Six)
  • Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson - Music From The Film
    • Douglas Brinkley & Johnny Depp, album notes writers (Various Artists)
  • My Dusty Road
    • Ed Cray & Bill Nowlin, album notes writers (Woody Guthrie)
  • Origins of the Red Hot Mama, 1910–1922
    • Lloyd Ecker & Susan Ecker, album notes writers (Sophie Tucker)


Best Historical Album
  • The Complete Chess Masters (1950–1967)
    • Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer (Little Walter)
  • My Dusty Road
    • Scott Billington, Michael Creamer & Bill Nowlin, compilation producers; Doug Pomeroy, mastering engineer (Woody Guthrie)
  • Origins of the Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922
    • Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Sophie Tucker)
  • Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism In Vintage Music And Photography 1890-1950
    • Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jim Linderman, compilation producers; Robert Vosgien, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm
    • Cheryl Pawelski, Mason Williams & Andy Zax, compilation producers; Dave Schultz, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Production, non-classical

Best Engineered Album, Non Classical
  • Ellipse
    • Imogen Heap, engineer (Imogen Heap)
  • Gossip in the Grain
    • Ethan Johns & Dominic Monks, engineers (Ray LaMontagne)
  • My One and Only Thrill
    • Helik Hadar & Al Schmitt, engineers (Melody Gardot)
  • Safe Trip Home
    • Jon Brion, Grippa, Greg Koller and Jim Scott, engineers (Dido)
  • Swan Feathers
    • Richard Alderson, Chris Allen, Roman Klun, Lawrence Manchester, Rob Mounsey, Jay Newland, Gene Paul, Jamie Polaski & Gordie Sampson, engineers (Leslie Mendelson)
Producer of the Year, Non Classical
  • Brendan O'Brien
    • Black Ice (AC/DC) (A)
    • Crack the Skye (Mastodon) (A)
    • "The Fixer" (Pearl Jam) (S)
    • Killswitch Engage (Killswitch Engage) (A)
    • Working on a Dream (Bruce Springsteen) (A)
  • T Bone Burnett
    • Moonalice (Moonalice)(A)
    • Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (Elvis Costello) (A)
  • Ethan Johns
    • Gossip in the Grain (Ray LaMontagne) (A)
  • Larry Klein
    • "Acadian Driftwood" (Zachary Richard) (T)
    • Bare Bones (Madeleine Peyroux) (A)
    • My One and Only Thrill (Melody Gardot) (A)
    • Our Bright Future (Tracy Chapman) (A)
    • Tide (Luciana Souza) (A)
  • Greg Kurstin
    • It's Not Me, It's You (Lily Allen) (A)
    • Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future (The Bird and the Bee) (A)
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
  • "When Love Takes Over" (Electro Extended Remix) - David Guetta, remixer (David Guetta & Kelly Rowland)
  • "Don't Believe in Love" (Dennis Ferrer Objektivity Mix) - Dennis Ferrer, remixer (Dido)
  • "The Girl and the Robot" (Jean Elan Remix) - Jean Elan, remixer (Röyksopp)
  • "I Want You" (Dave Audé Remix) - Dave Audé, remixer (Dean Coleman & DCLA)
  • "No You Girls" (Trentemøller Remix) - Anders Trentemøller, remixer (Franz Ferdinand)

Production, surround sound

Best Surround Sound Album
  • Transmigration
    • Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses)
  • Colabs
    • David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; David Miles Huber, surround mastering engineer; David Miles Huber, surround producer (David Miles Huber, Allen Hart, DJ Muad'Deep, Seren Wen, Musetta, Henta, Marcell Marias & Gail Pettis)
  • Flute Mystery
    • Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L'Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Emily Beynon, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fred Johnny Berg, Catherine Beynon & Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • Kleiberg: Treble & Bass
    • Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L'Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Daniel Reuss, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Marianne Thorsen & Göran Sjölin)
  • Genesis 1970–1975
    • Nick Davis, surround mix engineer; Tony Cousins, surround mastering engineer; Nick Davis, surround producer (Genesis)

Production, classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10 - Peter Laenger, engineer (Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony)
  • Britten: Billy Budd - Neil Hutchinson & Jonathan Stokes, engineers (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • QSF Plays Brubeck - Judy Kirschner, engineer (Quartet San Francisco)
  • Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé - Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers (James Levine, Tanglewood Festival Chorus & Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 - John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre)
Producer of the Year, Classical
  • Steven Epstein
    • Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony (David Robertson & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)
    • Bernstein: Mass (Marin Alsop, Jubilant Sykes, Asher Edward Wulfman, Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children's Chorus & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
    • Corigliano: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy (Leonard Slatkin, George Mabry, Sir Thomas Allen, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    • Fauré: Piano Quintets (Fine Arts Quartet & Cristina Ortiz)
    • Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace (Yo-Yo Ma & Various Artists)
  • Blanton Alspaugh
    • Carlson, David: Anna Karenina (Stewart Robertson, Christine Abraham, Sarah Colburn, Robert Gierlach, Christian Van Horn, Kelly Kaduce, Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)
    • Menotti: Amahl And The Night Visitors; My Christmas (Alastair Willis, Ike Hawkersmith, Kirsten Gunlogson, Dean Anthony, Todd Thomas, Kevin Short, Bart LeFan, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    • Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges (Alastair Willis, Julie Boulianne, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chattanooga Boys Choir, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    • Schubert: Death And The Maiden (JoAnn Falletta &; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
    • Sierra, Roberto: Missa Latina 'Pro Pace' (Andreas Delfs, Nathaniel Webster, Heidi Grant Murphy, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
  • John Fraser
    • Britten: Billy Budd (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Midsummer Night (Kate Royal, Edward Gardner, Crouch End Festival Chorus & Orchestra Of English National Opera)
    • Schubert: Schwanengesang (Ian Bostridge & Antonio Pappano)
    • Shadows Of Silence (Leif Ove Andsnes, Franz Welzer-Möst & Sinfonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
  • David Frost
    • An American Journey (Eroica Trio)
    • Journey to the New World (Sharon Isbin, Mark O'Connor & Joan Baez)
    • Korngold: Violin Concerto; Schauspiel Overture; Much Ado About Nothing (Philippe Quint, Carlos Miguel Prieto & Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria)
    • Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 22 (Jonathan Biss & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)
    • O'Connor, Mark: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 (Ida Kavafian, Mark O'Connor, Paul Neubauer & Matt Haimovitz)
  • James Mallinson
    • MacMillan, James: St. John Passion (Sir Colin Davis, Christopher Maltman, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Valery Gergiev, Choir Of Eltham College, Choral Arts Society of Washington, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
    • Shostakovich: The Nose (Valery Gergiev, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur, Vladislav Sulimsky, Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)


Best Classical Album
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10
    • Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors; Andreas Neubronner, producer; Peter Laenger, engineer/mixer; Andreas Neubronner, mastering engineer (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef, Elza van den Heever & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus & San Francisco Symphony Chorus)
  • Bernstein: Mass
    • Marin Alsop, conductor; Jubilant Sykes; Steven Epstein, producer; Richard King, engineer/mixer (Asher Edward Wulfman; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Morgan State University Choir & Peabody Children's Chorus)
  • Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
    • James Levine, conductor; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer; Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers/mixers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
  • Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges
    • Alastair Willis, conductor; Julie Boulianne; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Mark Donahue & John Hill, engineers/mixers (Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Chattanooga Boys Choir, Chicago Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Chorus)
  • Shostakovich: The Nose
    • Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky; James Mallinson, producer; John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre)
Best Orchestra Performance
  • "Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé"
    • James Levine, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
  • "Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique"
    • Simon Rattle, conductor (Susan Graham; Berliner Philharmoniker)
  • "Bruckner: Symphony No. 5"
    • Benjamin Zander, conductor (Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • "Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15"
    • Valery Gergiev, conductor (Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre)
  • "Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4"
    • Antoni Wit, conductor (Jan Krzysztof Broja, Ewa Marczyk & Marek Marczyk; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra)
Best Opera Recording
  • "Britten: Billy Budd"
    • Daniel Harding, conductor; Ian Bostridge, Neal Davies, Nathan Gunn, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose & Gidon Saks; John Fraser, producer (London Symphony Orchestra; Gentlemen of the London Symphony Chorus)
  • "Messiaen: Saint François D'Assise"
    • Ingo Metzmacher, conductor; Armand Arapian, Hubert Delamboye, Rod Gilfry, Henk Neven, Tom Randle & Camilla Tilling; Ferenc van Damme, producer (The Hague Philharmonic; Chorus of de Nederlandse Opera)
  • "Musto, John: Volpone"
    • Sara Jobin, conductor; Lisa Hopkins, Joshua Jeremiah, Museop Kim, Jeremy Little, Rodell Rosel & Faith Sherman; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (Wolf Trap Opera Company)
  • "Shostakovich: The Nose"
    • Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky; James Mallinson, producer (Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre)
  • "Tan Dun: Marco Polo"
    • Tan Dun, conductor; Stephen Bryant, Sarah Castle, Zhang Jun, Nancy Allen Lundy, Stephen Richardson & Charles Workman; Ferenc van Damme, producer (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; Cappella Amsterdam)
Best Choral Performance
  • "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10"
    • Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Elza van den Heever, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Symphony Chorus & San Francisco Girls Chorus)
  • "Handel: Coronation Anthems"
    • Harry Christophers, conductor (Alastair Ross; The Sixteen Orchestra; The Sixteen)
  • "Penderecki: Utrenja"
    • Antoni Wit, conductor (Gennady Bezzubenkov, Iwona Hossa, Piotr Kusiewicz, Piotr Nowacki & Agnieszka Rehlis; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Boys' Choir & Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)
  • "Song of the Stars: Granados, Casals & Blancafort"
    • Dennis Keene, conductor (Erica Kiesewetter; Mark Kruczek & Douglas Riva; Voices Of Ascension)
  • "A Spotless Rose"

Paul McCreesh, conductor (The Gabrieli Consort)

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
  • "Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3"
    • Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor; Evgeny Kissin (Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • "Bartók: 3 Concertos"
    • Pierre Boulez, conductor (Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Neil Percy, Tamara Stefanovich & Nigel Thomas; Berliner Philharmoniker & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • "Bermel, Derek: Voices For Solo Clarinet And Orchestra"
    • Gil Rose, conductor; Derek Bermel (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
  • "Korngold: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35"
    • Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor; Philippe Quint (Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria)
  • "Salonen, Esa-Pekka: Piano Concerto"
    • Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Yefim Bronfman (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
  • "Journey to the New World" - Sharon Isbin (Joan Baez & Mark O'Connor)
  • "Caroline Goulding" - Caroline Goulding (Christopher O'Riley & Janine Randall)
  • "Chopin" - Maria João Pires
  • "Oppens Plays Carter" - Ursula Oppens
  • "Sonatas & Etudes" - Yuja Wang
Best Chamber Music Performance
  • "Intimate Letters" - Emerson String Quartet
  • "Ginastera: String Quartets" (Complete)- Enso Quartet (Lucy Shelton)
  • "The Hungarian Album" - Guarneri Quartet
  • "Schumann/Bartók: The Berlin Recital" - Martha Argerich & Gidon Kremer
  • "Takemitsu, Toru: And Then I Knew 'Twas Wind" - Yolanda Kondonassis, Cynthia Phelps & Joshua Smith
Best Small Ensemble Performance
  • "Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion"
    • Paul Hillier, conductor; Ars Nova Copenhagen & Theatre Of Voices
  • "Bach: Orchestral Suites For A Young Prince"
    • Monica Huggett, conductor; Gonzalo X. Ruiz; Ensemble Sonnerie
  • "Josquin: Missa Malheur Me Bat"
    • Peter Phillips, conductor; Tallis Scholars
  • "Song Of Songs"
    • Stile Antico (Alison Hill & Benedict Hymas)
  • "Vivaldi: Concertos"
    • Daniel Hope & Anne Sofie von Otter; Chamber Orchestra Of Europe (Kristian Bezuidenhout)
Best Classical Vocal Performance
  • "Verismo Arias" - Renée Fleming (Marco Armiliato; Jonas Kaufmann; Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; Coro Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppe Verdi)
  • "Bach" - Anne Sofie von Otter (Lars Ulrik Mortensen; Anders J. Dahlin, Jakob Bloch Jespersen, Tomas Medici & Karin Roman; Concerto Copenhagen)
  • "Bel Canto Spectacular" - Juan Diego Flórez (Daniel Oren; Daniella Barcellona, Patrizia Ciofi, Plácido Domingo, Mariusz Kwiecien, Anna Netrebko & Fernando Piqueras; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana; Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana)
  • "Recital at Ravinia" - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Drew Minter; Peter Serkin)
  • "Un Frisson Français" - Susan Graham (Malcolm Martineau)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
  • "Higdon, Jennifer: Percussion Concerto" - Jennifer Higdon (Marin Alsop)
  • "Crumb, George: The Winds Of Destiny" - George Crumb (James Freeman)
  • "Pärt, Arvo: In Principio" - Arvo Pärt (Tõnu Kaljuste)
  • "Sierra, Roberto: Missa Latina 'Pro Pace'" - Roberto Sierra (Andreas Delfs)
  • "Wyner, Yehudi: Piano Concerto "Chiavi In Mano"" - Yehudi Wyner (Robert Spano)
Best Classical Crossover Album
  • Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy & Peace - Yo-Yo Ma (Odair Assad, Sergio Assad, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Matt Brubeck, John Clayton, Paquito d'Rivera, Renée Fleming, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Natalie McMaster, Edgar Meyer, Cristina Pato, Joshua Redman, Jake Shimabukuro, Silk Road Ensemble, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Wu Tong, Alon Yavnai and Amelia Zirin-Brown)
  • A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert
    • Craig Hella Johnson, conductor; Conspirare (Tom Burritt, Ian Davidson & Bion Tsang)
  • Jazz-Clazz - Paquito D'Rivera Quintet (Trio Clarone)
  • The Melody Of Rhythm
    • Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)
  • QSF Plays Brubeck - Quartet San Francisco
  • Twelve Songs by Charles Ives
    • Theo Bleckmann; Kneebody

Music video

Best Short Form Music Video
  • "Boom Boom Pow" – The Black Eyed Peas
    • Mat Cullen & Mark Kudsi, video directors; Anna Joseph & Patrick Nugent, video producers
  • "Mr. Hurricane" – Beast
    • Ben Steiger Levine, video director; Sach Baylin-Stern, video producer
  • "Life in Technicolor II" – Coldplay
    • Dougal Wilson, video director; Matthew Fone, video producer
  • "Wrong" – Depeche Mode
    • Patrick Daughters, video director; Jonathan Lia, video producer
  • "Her Morning Elegance" – Oren Lavie
    • Oren Lavie, Merav Nathan and Yuval Nathan, video directors; Oren Lavie, video producer
Best Long Form Music Video
  • "The Beatles Love – All Together Now" – Various Artists
    • Adrian Wills, video director; Martin Bolduc and Jonathan Clyde, video producers
  • "In Boston" – Chris Botti
    • Jim Gable, video director; Bobby Colomby, video producer
  • "Johnny Cash's America" – Johnny Cash
    • Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, video producers
  • "Anita O'Day – The Life of a Jazz Singer" – Anita O'Day
    • Robbie Cavolina & Ian McCrudden, video directors; Robbie Cavolina, Melissa Davis & Ian McCrudden, video producers
  • "Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy World Tour Live" – Keith Urban
    • Chris Hicky, video director; Blake Morrison, video producer

Special merit awards

MusiCares Person of the Year
  • Neil Young
Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Bobby Darin (posthumous)
  • David "Honeyboy" Edwards
  • Michael Jackson (posthumous)
  • Loretta Lynn
  • André Previn
  • Clark Terry
Trustees Award Winners
  • Harold Bradley
  • Florence Greenberg
  • Walter C. Miller
Technical Grammy Award Winners
  • AKG
  • Thomas Alva Edison
President's Merit Award
  • Doug Morris
  • Kenny Burrell
  • Ken Ehrlich
  • Plácido Domingo

Artists with multiple nominations and awards

The following artists received nominations more than two:

  • Ten: Beyoncé
  • Eight: Taylor Swift
  • Six: The Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell, and Kanye West
  • Five: Jay-Z
  • Four: Kings of Leon, Lady Gaga
  • Three: Colbie Caillat, Eminem

In Memoriam

A tribute to the music personalities lost in 2009: Mary Travers, Mike Seeger, Kate McGarrigle, Alan W. Livingston, Allen Klein, Pop Winans, Sami Bradley, Willie Mitchell, Snooks Eaglin, Koko Taylor, Louie Bellson, Gerry Niewood, Sam Butera, Hank Crawford, Dan Seals, Kenny Rankin, Vern Gosdin, Shelby Singleton, Larry Knechtel, Barry Beckett, Teddy Pendergrass, Hal Gaba, Skip Miller, Uriel Jones, Jim Dickinson, DJ AM, Stephen Bruton, Jay Bennett, Vic Chesnutt, Bob Bogle, Tom Wilkes, Maurice Jarre, Vic Mizzy, Ali Akbar Khan, George Russell, Arthur Ferrante, Lukas Foss, Erich Kunzel, Alicia de Larrocha, Wilma Cozart Fine, Mercedes Sosa, Orlando "Cachaíto" López, Ellie Greenwich, Greg Ladanyi, Al Martino, Pierre Cossette and Les Paul.

Note: Michael Jackson and Les Paul were given special tributes.


  • ^[I] "The Climb", written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe and featured in Hannah Montana: The Movie, was originally nominated but was withdrawn by Walt Disney Records because it had not been written specifically for a film as the category's eligibility rules require. NARAS released a statement thanking Disney for its honesty and announcing that "The Climb" had been replaced by "All Is Love", with the fifth highest initial votes.


External links

  • Complete list of nominees and winners
  • Fields and categories

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