Winners

49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)

As the GRAMMY Awards approached the Big Five-O, Music’s Biggest Night rarely seemed more culturally relevant in a number of fascinating ways. First and foremost, the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards proved to be a politically charged moment of truth for the Dixie Chicks. Indeed, the Chicks have long been GRAMMY voter favorites, but with the popularity of the war in Iraq in steep decline, the three prominent, on-air GRAMMY wins by the Dixie Chicks were also seen as a statement beyond merely saluting the musical excellence of Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison. As Jeff Leeds and Lorne Manly reported in The New York Times the next day under the headline “Defiant Dixie Chicks Are Big Winners at the GRAMMYs”: “After death threats, boycotts and a cold shoulder from the country music establishment, the Dixie Chicks gained sweet vindication Sunday night at the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards, capturing honors in all five of the categories in which they were nominated.”

In the wake of Maines’ spontaneous 2003 antiwar remark to a London audience (“Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.”), the Dixie Chicks found themselves at the center of a tremendous firestorm—one that would seemingly end up burning many bridges between the group and their relationship with country music radio, their longtime musical base. By the end of this GRAMMY night, the Dixie Chicks would surprise many observers—and by the looks on their faces, themselves as well—by taking home GRAMMY Awards for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year, as well as Best Country Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Meanwhile, in another nod to the currency of the times, the 49th awards, acknowledging the growing popularity of user-influenced media, also responded to the realities of the world around it in a far less political way with the first-ever inclusion of the “My GRAMMY Moment” segment in which viewers voted to decide which of three unsigned artists would get the chance to sing live during the GRAMMY telecast with Justin Timberlake. Ultimately, Robyn Troup, 18, from Houston, Texas, would prevail and perform an impressive medley of Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Timberlake’s “My Love” for which she and Timberlake were joined by rap sensation T.I. Interestingly, Troup’s victory was announced by Dreamgirls Academy Award-nominee (and, within weeks, winner) Jennifer Hudson, a former “American Idol” contestant, who declared, “I know what it’s like to compete to win the chance of a lifetime.”

There were, of course, many other big winners on this hot GRAMMY night. The Red Hot Chili Peppers won four awards, and gave the final performance of the night with “Snow” from their Stadium Arcadium album surrounded by the biggest faux indoor snowstorm in GRAMMY history. Mary J. Blige won three awards, for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and gave one of the longest and most emotional GRAMMY acceptance speeches in memory.

Other notable winners included both Timberlake and T.I., who won for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “My Love.” Timberlake also won for Best Dance Recording for “Sexy Back,” while T.I. won for Best Rap Solo Performance for “What You Know.” A more senior GRAMMY victory was enjoyed by the great Tony Bennett—loudly saluted on air by his enthusiastic co-presenter Quentin Tarantino—who won Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for his duet with Stevie Wonder on “For Once in My Life.” Not bad at all for a legendary artist who at age 80 was old enough to have also performed on the GRAMMY’s very first “The Best on Record” telecast back in 1963. That was 20 years before the birth of country sensation Carrie Underwood, who took home the Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best New Artist GRAMMYs, the latter presented to her by Natalie Cole and new Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Ornette Coleman.

This GRAMMY show also helped launch one of the highest profile comebacks in pop music history when the reunited Police opened the night with “Roxanne,” the very hit that launched their career some 30 years earlier. The performance by Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland marked the first live appearance of what would become one of the biggest reunion tours of all-time.

Exciting in a different way was Colombian superstar Shakira, who made her first-ever GRAMMY appearance despite running a high fever. Her electrifying performance with Wyclef Jean proved the enduring truth behind the title of their smash duet, “Hips Don’t Lie.”

And, in a segment that looked back on the rich history of seductive R&B and featured Smokey Robinson, Lionel Richie and Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera brought down the house with an otherworldly version of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” in tribute to the recently deceased James Brown.

More restrained but exceedingly powerful was a soulful and musically collaborative medley in which Corinne Bailey Rae, John Legend and John Mayer came together to sing and play on each other’s compositions—vivid proof, as Stevie Wonder suggested in his introduction, that anyone who thinks “they don’t make singer/songwriters like they used to” ought to think again.

Finally, though, the GRAMMY Awards appeared to be looking energetically forward at a very healthy 49 years young, using the strength of its position as Music’s Biggest Night to continue to advocate for a healthier music future. As President Neil Portnow, arguing for stronger music education and its long-term impact on the development of young musicians, said, “The time is now to contact your elected leaders. Tell them that music is just as essential to the next generation’s development as any other subject…Together let us all ensure that music stays just as vital and alive for generations still to come.”

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Dixie Chicks
Not Ready To Make Nice

Dixie Chicks (Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison), artist. Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd, engineers/mixers. Rick Rubin, producer.

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Dixie Chicks
Taking The Long Way

Dixie Chicks (Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison), artist. Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd, engineers/mixers. Richard Dodd, mastering engineer. Rick Rubin, producer.

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Not Ready To Make Nice

Dan Wilson, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire & Natalie Maines, songwriters (Dixie Chicks)

Dan Wilson, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire & Natalie Maines, songwriters.

Best New Artist
 
winner
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Christina Aguilera
Ain't No Other Man
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
John Mayer
Waiting On The World To Change

John Mayer, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas (Will Adams, Allen Pineda, Stacy Ferguson, Jaime Gomez), artist.

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder
For Once In My Life
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Mornin'

George Benson (& Al Jarreau)

George Benson, artist.

Best Pop Instrumental Album
 
winner
Fingerprints

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton, artist. Aaron Swihart & Chuck Ainlay, engineers/mixers. Gordon Kennedy, producer.

Best Pop Vocal Album
 
winner
John Mayer
Continuum

John Mayer, artist. Chad Franscoviak, Joe Ferla & Michael H. Brauer, engineers/mixers. Steve Jordan, producer.

Best Dance Recording
 
winner
Justin Timberlake
Sexy Back

Justin Timberlake & Timbaland

Justin Timberlake & Timbaland, artists. Jimmy Douglass, mixer. Justin Timberlake, Nate (Danja) Hills & Timbaland, producers.

Best Electronic/Dance Album
 
winner
Madonna
Confessions On A Dance Floor

Madonna, artist. Mark Stent, engineer/mixer. Stuart Price, producer.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
 
winner
Tony Bennett
Duets: An American Classic

Tony Bennett, artist. Dae Bennett, engineer/mixer. Phil Ramone, producer.

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
Bob Dylan
Someday Baby

Bob Dylan, artist.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dani California

Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith), artist.

Best Hard Rock Performance
 
winner
Woman

Wolfmother

Wolfmother (Myles Heskett, Chris Ross, Andrew Stockdale), artist.

Best Metal Performance
 
winner
Eyes Of The Insane

Slayer

Slayer (Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, Dave Lombardo), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
The Wizard Turns On...

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips, artist.

Best Rock Song
 
winner
Dani California

Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Flea & John Frusciante, songwriters (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Flea & John Frusciante, songwriters.

Best Rock Album
 
winner
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stadium Arcadium

Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith), artist. Andrew Scheps, Mark Linett & Ryan Hewitt, engineers/mixers. Rick Rubin, producer.

Best Alternative Music Album
 
winner
St. Elsewhere

Gnarls Barkley

Gnarls Barkley (Cee-Lo, Danger Mouse), artist. Ben Allen & Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers.

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Mary J. Blige
Be Without You

Mary J. Blige, artist.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
 
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
 
winner
John Legend
Family Affair

(Sly & The Family Stone), John Legend, Joss Stone With Van Hunt

John Legend, Joss Stone & Van Hunt, artists.

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
God Bless The Child

George Benson & Al Jarreau Featuring Jill Scott

Al Jarreau, George Benson & Jill Scott, artists.

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
 
winner
Crazy

Gnarls Barkley

Gnarls Barkley (Cee-Lo, Danger Mouse), artist.

Best R&B Song
 
winner
Mary J. Blige
Be Without You

Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry, Johnta Austin & Mary J. Blige, songwriters (Mary J. Blige)

Bryan Michael Cox, Jason Perry, Johnta Austin & Mary J. Blige, songwriters.

Best R&B Album
 
winner
Mary J. Blige
The Breakthrough

Mary J. Blige, artist. Patrick Dillett, engineer/mixer.

Best Contemporary R&B Album
 
winner
Beyonce
B'Day

Beyoncé Knowles, artist. Jason Goldstein & Jim Caruana, engineers/mixers.

Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
What You Know

T.I.

T.I., artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
Ridin

Chamillionaire Featuring Krayzie Bone

Chamillionaire & Krayzie Bone, artists.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
 
winner
Justin Timberlake
My Love

Justin Timberlake Featuring T.I.

Justin Timberlake & T.I., artists.

Best Rap Song
 
winner
Pharrell Williams
Money Maker

Ludacris & Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Ludacris Featuring Pharrell)

Ludacris & Pharrell Williams, songwriters.

Best Rap Album
 
winner
Release Therapy

Ludacris

Ludacris, artist. Joshua Monroy & Phil Tan, engineers/mixers.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Carrie Underwood
Jesus, Take The Wheel
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Vince Gill
The Reason Why

Vince Gill, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Dixie Chicks
Not Ready To Make Nice

Dixie Chicks (Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison), artist.

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Bon Jovi
Who Says You Can't Go Home

Bon Jovi & Jennifer Nettles

Bon Jovi (Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Richie Sambora, Tico Torres) & Jennifer Nettles, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Whiskey Before Breakfast

Bryan Sutton & Doc Watson

Bryan Sutton & Doc Watson, artists.

Best Country Song
 
winner
Carrie Underwood
Jesus, Take The Wheel

Brett James, Gordie Sampson & Hillary Lindsey, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

Brett James, Gordie Sampson & Hillary Lindsey, songwriters.

Best Country Album
 
winner
Dixie Chicks
Taking The Long Way

Dixie Chicks (Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison), artist. Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd, engineers/mixers. Rick Rubin, producer.

Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
Instrumentals

Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder

Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder (Paul Brewster, Mark Fain, Cody Kilby, Andy Leftwich, Jim Mills, Ricky Skaggs, Darrin Vincent), artist. Brent King & Lee Groitzsch, engineers/mixers.

Best New Age Album
 
winner
Amarantine

Enya

Enya, artist. Nicky Ryan, engineer/mixer. Nicky Ryan, producer.

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
 
winner
Béla Fleck
The Hidden Land

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

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

Best Jazz Vocal Album
 
winner
Turned To Blue

Nancy Wilson

Nancy Wilson, artist. Jay Dudt, engineer/mixer. Jay Ashby & Martin J. Ashby, producers.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Some Skunk Funk

Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
 
winner
Chick Corea, Al Schmitt
The Ultimate Adventure

Chick Corea, artist. Al Schmitt, Bernie Kirsh & Buck Snow, engineers/mixers.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
 
winner
Some Skunk Funk

Randy Brecker With Michael Brecker, Jim Beard, Will Lee, Peter Erskine, Marcio Doctor & Vince Mendoza conducting The WDR Big Band Köln

Jim Beard, Marcio Doctor, Michael Brecker, Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, WDR Big Band & Will Lee, artists. Klaus Genuit & Peter Brandt, engineers/mixers. Joachim Becker & Lucas Schmid, producers.

Best Latin Jazz Album
 
winner
Simpático

The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project

Brian Lynch & Eddie Palmieri, Sr., artists. Dave Darlington, engineer/mixer.

Best Gospel Performance
 
Best Gospel Song
 
winner
Kirk Franklin
Imagine Me

Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)

Kirk Franklin, songwriter.

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
 
winner
Turn Around

Jonny Lang

Jonny Lang, artist. F. Reid Shippen & Matt Hyde, engineers/mixers. Drew Ramsey & Shannon Sanders, producers.

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
Wherever You Are

Third Day

Third Day (Tai Anderson, Brad Avery, David Carr, Mark Lee, Mac Powell), artist. F. Reid Shippen, Karl Egsieker & Steve Bishir, engineers/mixers. Brown Bannister, producer.

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
 
winner
Glory Train

Randy Travis

Randy Travis, artist. Casey R. Wood & Kyle Lehning, engineers/mixers. Kyle Lehning, producer.

Best Traditional Gospel Album
 
winner
Alive In South Africa

Israel & New Breed

Israel & New Breed (Israel Houghton), artist. Danny Duncan & Salvo, engineers/mixers. Aaron Lindsey, producer.

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
 
winner
Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin, artist. Chris Godbey, Eric Hartman & John Jaszcz, engineers/mixers. Chris Godbey & Shaun Martin, producers.

Best Latin Pop Album
 
winner
Adentro

Arjona

Ricardo Arjona Morales, artist. Ben Wisch, engineer/mixer. (TIE)

winner
Limón Y Sal

Julieta Venegas

Julieta Venegas, artist. Cesar Sogbe, Coti Sorokin, Demian Nava, Juan Blas Caballero, Matías Sorokin & Sebastián Schon, engineers/mixers. Cachorro López, producer. (TIE)

Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album
 
winner
Amar Es Combatir

Maná

Mana (Juan Calleros, Alex González, Fher Olvera, Sergio Vallin), artist. Thom Russo, engineer/mixer.

Best Tropical Latin Album
 
winner
Directo Al Corazón

Gilberto Santa Rosa

Gilberto Santa Rosa, artist. Rolando Alejandro, engineer/mixer. Jose Lugo, producer.

Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
 
winner
Historias De Mi Tierra

Pepe Aguilar

Pepe Aguilar, artist. Norberto Islas, engineer/mixer.

Best Tejano Album
 
winner
Sigue El Taconazo

Chente Barrera y Taconazo

Chente Barrera y Taconazo (Chente Barrera, Rudy Barrientos, Angel Flores, Juan Hernandez, Marcos Hernandez, Jesse Martinez), artist. Gilberto Velasquez, producer.

Best Norteño Album
 
winner
Historias Que Contar

Los Tigres Del Norte

Los Tigres Del Norte (Eduardo Hernandez, Hernan Hernandez, Jorge Hernandez, Luis Hernandez, Oscar Lara Angulo), artist. Eduardo Hernandez, Joseph Pope & Walter Romero, engineers/mixers.

Best Banda Album
 
winner
Más Allá Del Sol

Joan Sebástian

Joan Sebastian, artist. Daniel Estevez San Angel, Dennis Parker, Ismael Gomez & José Ángel Cabrera, engineers/mixers.

Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
Risin' With The Blues

Ike Turner

Ike Turner, artist. Alexander Track, engineer/mixer. Ike Turner, Jr., producer.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
After The Rain

Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas, artist. Adam Taylor, David Farrell, Paul Q. Kolderie & Steve Reynolds, engineers/mixers. Scott Billington, producer.

Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
Bruce Springsteen
We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions

Bruce Springsteen, artist. Bob Clearmountain & Toby Scott, engineers/mixers.

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
 
winner
Bob Dylan
Modern Times

Bob Dylan, artist. Chris Shaw, engineer/mixer.

Best Native American Music Album
 
winner
Dance With The Wind

Mary Youngblood

Mary Youngblood, artist. Tom Wasinger, engineer/mixer. Tom Wasinger, producer.

Best Hawaiian Music Album
 
winner
Legends Of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar - Live From Maui

Various Artists

Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers.

Best Reggae Album
 
winner
Ziggy Marley
Love Is My Religion

Ziggy Marley, artist. Dave Way & Marc Moreau, engineers/mixers.

Best Traditional World Music Album
 
winner
Blessed

Soweto Gospel Choir

Soweto Gospel Choir (Beverly Bryer), artist. Fernando Perdigao, engineer/mixer. Robin Hogarth, producer.

Best Contemporary World Music Album
 
winner
Wonder Wheel - Lyrics By Woody Guthrie

The Klezmatics

The Klezmatics (Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin, Frank London, Paul Morrissett, Lorin Sklamberg), artist. Danny Blume, Gus Oberg & Steve Rosenthal, engineers/mixers. Danny Blume, producer.

Best Polka Album
 
winner
Jimmy Sturr
Polka In Paradise

Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra

Jimmy Sturr, artist. Jimmy Sturr, group member. Joe Donofrio, Ken Irwin, Mark Capps & Tom Pick, engineers/mixers. Joe Donofrio, Ken Irwin & Tom Pick, producers.

Best Musical Album For Children
 
winner
Catch That Train!

Dan Zanes And Friends

Daniel Zanes, artist.

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
 
winner
Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs

Bill Harley

Bill Harley, artist. David Correia, engineer/mixer.

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
 
winner
Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, artist. John P. St. Denis & Steven Strassman, engineers/mixers. Elisa Shokoff, producer. (TIE)

winner
With Ossie And Ruby: In This Life Together

Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee

Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, artists. Peter Pantelis & Steven Strassman, engineers/mixers. Taro Meyer, producer. (TIE)

Best Comedy Album
 
winner
The Carnegie Hall Performance

Lewis Black

Lewis Black, artist. Ian Stearns, Leszek Maria Wojcik & Scott Jacoby, engineers/mixers. Dan Schlissel, producer.

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Jersey Boys

Original Broadway Cast With Christian Hoff, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, John Lloyd Young & Others

Robert Gaudio, producer. Pete Karam, engineer/mixer.

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
 
winner
T Bone Burnett
Walk The Line

Joaquin Phoenix & Various Artists

Joaquin Phoenix, artist. T Bone Burnett, producer. Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer.

Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
 
winner
John Williams
Memoirs Of A Geisha

Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma & John Williams

John Williams, composer. Shawn Murphy, engineer/mixer.

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
 
winner
Our Town (From Cars)

Randy Newman, songwriter (James Taylor)

Randy Newman, songwriter.

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
John Williams
A Prayer For Peace

John Williams, composer.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Chick Corea
Three Ghouls

Chick Corea, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
 
winner
For Once In My Life

Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder

Jorge Calandrelli, arranger.

Best Recording Package
 
winner
10,000 Days

Tool

Adam Jones, art director.

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
 
winner
Stadium Arcadium

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Flea, John Frusciante & Matt Taylor, art directors.

Best Album Notes
 
winner
If You Got To Ask, You Ain't Got It!

Fats Waller

Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer.

Best Historical Album
 
winner
Lost Sounds: Blacks And The Birth Of The Recording Industry 1891-1922

Various Artists

Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers. David Giovannoni, Richard Martin & Tim Brooks, mastering engineers.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
 
winner
At War With The Mystics

The Flaming Lips

Dave Fridmann & The Flaming Lips (Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd, Michael Ivins), engineers.

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

Rick Rubin, producer.

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
 
winner
Talk (Thin White Duke Mix)

Coldplay

Jacques Lu Cont, remixer.

Best Surround Sound Album
 
winner
Morph The Cat

Donald Fagen

Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer. Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer. Donald Fagen, surround producer.

Best Engineered Album, Classical
 
winner
Elgar: Enigma Variations; Britten: The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes

Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Michael J. Bishop, engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Classical
 
winner
Elaine Martone

Elaine Martone

Elaine L. Martone, producer.

Best Classical Album
 
winner
Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor. Andreas Neubronner, producer. Peter Laenger, engineer.

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Mahler: Symphony No. 7

Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor. Peter Laenger, engineer. Andreas Neubronner, producer.

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Golijov: Ainadamar: Fountain Of Tears

Robert Spano, D. Upshaw, K. O'Connor & J. Rivera

Robert Spano, conductor. Sid McLauchlan & Valerie Gross, producers. Dawn Upshaw, Jessica Rivera & Kelley O'Connor, soloists. Stephan Flock & Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, engineers.

Best Choral Performance
 
winner
Pärt: Da Pacem

Paul Hillier

Paul Hillier, conductor. Brad Michel, engineer/mixer. Brad Michel & Robina G. Young, producers.

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
 
winner
Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques (Exotic Birds)

Angelin Chang

John McLaughlin Williams, conductor. Angelin Chang, soloist.

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
 
winner
Chopin: Nocturnes

Maurizio Pollini

Maurizio Pollini, soloist. Klaus Hiemann & Oliver Rogalla Von Heyden, engineers. Christopher Alder, producer.

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Intimate Voices

Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel, Philip Setzer), ensemble. Da-Hong Seetoo, producer.

Best Small Ensemble Performance
 
winner
Padilla: Sun Of Justice

Peter Rutenberg & Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Cappella

Peter Rutenberg, conductor. Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Capella (Corey Carleton), ensemble. Fred Vogler, engineer. Fred Vogler, producer.

Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
Rilke Songs

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, soloist.

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Golijov: Ainadamar: Fountain Of Tears

Robert Spano, Dawn Upshaw & Kelley O'Connor

Osvaldo Golijov, composer.

Best Classical Crossover Album
 
winner
Simple Gifts

Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel, artist. Piotr Furmanczyk & Stephan Flock, engineers. Sid McLauchlan, producer.

Best Short Form Music Video
 
winner
OK Go
Here It Goes Again

OK Go (Dan Konopka, Damian Kulash, Jr., Timothy Nordwind, Andy Ross), artist. Andy Ross, Damian Kulash, Jr., Dan Konopka, Timothy Nordwind & Trish Sie, video directors. Andy Ross, Damian Kulash, Jr., Dan Konopka, Timothy Nordwind & Trish Sie, video producers.

Best Long Form Music Video
 
winner
Bruce Springsteen
Wings For Wheels: The Making Of Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen, artist. Thom Zimny, video director. Thom Zimny, video producer.