2007 Winners

50th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2007)

The GRAMMY Awards rang in its 50th show with a wide-ranging, celebratory telecast that honored the old, the new and everything in between as The Recording Academy paid tribute to its legacy and its future as well as the current list of exciting honorees and performers.

British neo-soul singer Amy Winehouse won five awards, including Best New Artist as well as Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "Rehab," while rapper Kanye West took home four, including the Best Rap Album award for Graduation, though Album Of The Year eluded him for the third time. That award went to longtime jazz great Herbie Hancock for his tribute to Joni Mitchell, River: The Joni Letters. Other top winners included gospel star Karen Clark-Sheard of the Clark Sisters and Bruce Springsteen with three trophies each.

Through it all, the show successfully balanced the classic with the contemporary. Alicia Keys, who kicked off the night by "duetting" on "Learnin' The Blues" with a half-century old clip of Frank Sinatra (who remained commanding even on tape in black-and-white), stated The Academy's purpose at the beginning: "[Our] mission remains the same; we honor our past, we celebrate the present, and we look always toward the future."

Hancock would cap the night with similar sentiments in accepting his Album Of The Year trophy. "It's been 43 years since the first and only time that a jazz artist got the Album Of The Year award [Stan Getz and João Gilberto for Getz/Gilberto]. I'd like to thank The Academy for courageously breaking the mold this time and in doing so honor the giants upon whose shoulders I stand."

But arguably the talk of the night was a very in-the-moment live satellite performance by Winehouse, whose stormy and public personal life has sometimes overshadowed her rich talent. She received a visa to enter the United States too late to perform on the show in Los Angeles, and was beamed in from a London studio.

Winehouse rose above the stories and speculation with a confident performance. Dressed in a black party dress (accented by tattoos), Winehouse sang a torrential "You Know I'm No Good," and followed it up with the megahit "Rehab." She belied her recent troubles with prancing moves, knowing winks and emotive vocals. Perhaps never before has a singer's current circumstances so mirrored her music — one more element in the compelling nature of Winehouse's songs.

The moment was a highlight in a show packed with surprise performances from the start.

Joined by an incredible backing band that included Kodo-inspired drummers and chain-wearing dancers, Carrie Underwood sang her GRAMMY-winning hit, "Before He Cheats," with the ferocious delivery that has become her trademark.

Resurrecting a blast from the 1980's past, Prince protégés the Time, featuring current Academy Chair Jimmy Jam, hit the stage running with hip-hop diva Rihanna joining in the fun. The Time — with dapper lead singer Morris Day — blasted into their timeless funk workout "Jungle Love," the trio's first performance in 15 years. Rihanna then appeared singing her smash hit "Umbrella," taking command like a conquering diva. She capped her segment with "Don't Stop The Music" before the Time reprised "Jungle Love."

Surreal, dynamic and impressionistic, Cirque du Soleil launched a tribute to what Tom Hanks called "the power of the Beatles" with an interpretative performance of the Beatles' classic "A Day In The Life" taken from Cirque's Las Vegas show "Love." (That show's accompanying album would go on to win Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.) Equally stunning was a gospel-tinged "Let It Be," performed by youngster Timothy T. Mitchum and Carol Woods from the film Across The Universe.

Hip-hop graduate Kanye West and French techno twins Daft Punk offered an ominous slab of anthemic techno-hop with a rousing rendition of "Stronger." As flames blasted skyward like surreal geysers, West and the Punks clamored and paraded. While West retired backstage, Daft Punk scratched video screens — all the while providing a lesson in modern DJ production values. West then returned with a tear-jerking version of "Hey Mama" over soaring strings, singing with emotion and an obvious heavy heart to his mother, who died the previous year.

John Legend is known for his pure musical talent and with the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, who sang with power and purpose, the pair gave extra dimension to her epic ballad, "Finally," standing center stage surrounded by a rapt audience.

After an introduction by a resplendent Cher (who claimed she first started singing when Lincoln was president), Beyoncé took control. Name-checking a litany of masterful female singers (Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan…), Beyoncé introduced the television return of Tina Turner. Looking like a million bucks, Turner launched into a never-been-gone version of "What's Love Got To Do With It." Soon, Beyoncé returned and the pair teamed for the classic "Proud Mary." From a slow grind groove to a double-barrel steamroller tempo (recalling Turner's days with the legendary Ike And Tina Turner Revue), Beyoncé and Turner commanded the audience; a pair of soul classics performing a soul classic.

Loud, proud and powerful, the Foo Fighters joined with a group of My GRAMMY Moment 2008 finalists — under the baton of Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones — for "The Pretender," played as an open-air concert outside Staples Center in Nokia Plaza. Dave Grohl rallied the troops, who quickly responded to his shouts (and drummer Taylor Hawkins' double-time fury) with hands in the air.

Super country guitar slinger Brad Paisley launched into "Ticks" like a good ol' boy possessed. Armed with patented white hat and custom Fender Telecaster, Paisley, backed by neon images of ixodes scapularis, made the case for country in presenting his modern hybrid of Hank Williams and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Introduced by Ludacris, who described the upcoming performance as "holy rolling [and] soul sanctifying," a special gospel performance included a cavalcade of spiritual power. Aretha Franklin and BeBe Winans got it started with "Never Gonna Break My Faith," bathed in the light of a glowing cross overhead. The million trombone band Madison Bumble Bees added their brass shouts to the proceedings on "You Brought The Sunshine," followed by the Clark Sisters and Trin-I-Tee 5:7, whose vocal harmonies recalled the glory days of Earth, Wind & Fire. Just when you thought the Holy Ghost had left the building, Israel & New Breed summoned the spiritual forces with the soaring "With Long Life." To bring it all back home, Franklin and the whole gospel cast united to sing "Old Landmark."

Best New Artist nominee Feist played a low-key version of her hit "1234" backed by a decidedly Beatles-esque horn section in undoubtedly the most subtle of the evening's performances.

Alicia Keys returned to the stage to perform her impassioned song "No One." She roamed the stage, lifting the audience higher as the song's intensity increased, then brought the energy to a boil by introducing John Mayer for a frenetic, melodic guitar solo.

Following Keys, accepting his award for Best Country Album (These Days) from Ringo Starr, the generally genteel Vince Gill got the night's biggest laugh this side of presenter George Lopez. "I just got an award given to me by a Beatle," Gill said with loving respect, then, barely missing a beat, looked at Kanye West in the front row: "Have you had that happen yet, Kanye?"

Pianists Lang Lang (a GRAMMY Salute To Classical Music honoree this year) and Herbie Hancock joined forces for George Gershwin's masterpiece "Rhapsody In Blue." Accompanied by a full orchestra, the pianists took turns stating the song's melodic themes with beguiling flair, setting the stage — literally and figuratively — for the fireworks that concluded the performance.

After an In Memoriam segment that paid honor to musicians lost in the past year, Andrea Bocelli appeared onstage. "I am here to honor the memory of one of the greatest artists of our time, Luciano Pavarotti," he said, and then with Josh Groban performed the Bocelli signature "The Prayer" for "all those who we have lost this year." As Bocelli sang with warmth, Groban followed with steely energy and immense power, lifting the dramatic song to equally dramatic heights.

To cap the raucous evening, John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard took the stage to form the latest rock supergroup. Creating an Icons of Rock segment, the three stormed through Fogerty's "Comin' Down The Road" (which is its own mini-tribute to classic rock), and the Lewis and Little Richard gems "Great Balls Of Fire" and "Good Golly Miss Molly." The trio's respective ages (Fogerty, 62, Lewis and Richard both 72) only made their continued passion for the music that much more astounding.

It was also an energetic send-off for a remarkable show that somehow fit the drama, tradition and music of 50 years worth of GRAMMYs into a single night. And gave immediacy to this year's GRAMMY catchphrase: The next 50 is here.

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson, producer; Tom Elmhirst, Samuel "Vaughan" Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth, engineers/mixers

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Herbie Hancock, Leonard Cohen, Norah Jones
River: The Joni Letters

Leonard Cohen, Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza & Tina Turner, featured artists; Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein, producers; Helik Hadar, engineer/mixer; Bernie Grundman, mastering engineer

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Amy Winehouse
Rehab

Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)

Best New Artist
 
winner
Amy Winehouse
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
 
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Justin Timberlake
What Goes Around...Comes Around
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
 
winner
Maroon 5
Makes Me Wonder
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner
Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
One Week Last Summer
Best Pop Instrumental Album
 
Best Pop Vocal Album
 
winner
Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson
Back To Black

Mark Ronson, producer

Best Dance Recording
 
winner
Justin Timberlake
LoveStoned/I Think She Knows

Nate (Danja) Hills, Tim Mosley & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Tim Mosley, mixers

Best Electronic/Dance Album
 
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
 
winner
Michael Bublé, David Foster
Call Me Irresponsible
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
 
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
 
winner
Icky Thump
Best Hard Rock Performance
 
winner
Foo Fighters
The Pretender
Best Metal Performance
 
winner
Final Six
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Bruce Springsteen
Once Upon A Time In The West
Best Rock Song
 
winner
Bruce Springsteen
Radio Nowhere

Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)

Best Rock Album
 
winner
Foo Fighters
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Gil Norton, producer

Best Alternative Music Album
 
winner
Icky Thump
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
 
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Prince
Future Baby Mama
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
 
winner
Mary J. Blige
Disrespectful
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
 
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
 
winner
Jill Scott
Daydreamin'
Best R&B Song
 
winner
Alicia Keys, GRAMMY winner
No One

Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Dirty Harry & Alicia Keys, songwriters (Alicia Keys)

Best Contemporary R&B Album
 
winner
Ne-Yo
Because Of You

Ne-Yo, producer

Best Rap Solo Performance
 
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
Common, Kanye West
Southside

Common Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
 
winner
Rihanna, Jay-Z
Umbrella

Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z

Best Rap Song
 
winner
Kanye West
Good Life

Aldrin Davis, Mike Dean, Faheem Najm & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring T-Pain)

Best Rap Album
 
winner
Kanye West
Graduation

Kanye West, producer

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Carrie Underwood
Before He Cheats
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
 
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
 
winner
Eagles
How Long
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
 
Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Brad Paisley
Throttleneck
Best Country Song
 
winner
Before He Cheats

Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)

Best Country Album
 
winner
Vince Gill
These Days

Vince Gill, John N. Hobbs & Justin Niebank, producers

Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
The Bluegrass Diaries

Randy Kohrs, producer

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
 
winner
Herbie Hancock
River: The Joni Letters

Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein, producers

Best Jazz Vocal Album
 
winner
Avant Gershwin

Michael Abene, Patti Austin & Lucas Schmid, producers

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Anagram

Michael Brecker, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
 
winner
Pat Metheny
Pilgrimage

Michael Brecker, Gil Goldstein, Pat Metheny & Steven Rodby, producers

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
 
winner
A Tale Of God's Will (A Requiem For Katrina)

Terence Blanchard, producer

Best Gospel Performance
 
winner
Blessed & Highly Favored
winner
, Mary J. Blige
Never Gonna Break My Faith

Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige (Featuring The Harlem Boys Choir)

Best Gospel Song
 
winner
Blessed & Highly Favored

Karen Clark-Sheard, songwriter (The Clark Sisters)

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
 
winner
Before The Daylight's Shot

Ashley Cleveland & Kenny Greenberg, producers

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
A Deeper Level

Israel And New Breed

Aaron Lindsey, producer

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
 
winner
Salt Of The Earth

Ricky Skaggs, Buck White, Cheryl White & Sharon White-Skaggs, producers; Brent King, engineer/mixer

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
 
winner
Free To Worship

Fred Hammond, producer; Fred Hammond & Ray Hammond, engineers/mixers

Best Latin Pop Album
 
winner
Alejandro Sanz
El Tren De Los Momentos

Lulo Perez & Alejandro Sanz, producers; Carlos Alvarez, Lulo Perez, Thom Russo, Alejandro Sanz, Rafa Sardina & Pepo Sherman, engineers

Best Latin Urban Album
 
Best Tropical Latin Album
 
winner
Juan Luis Guerra
La Llave De Mi Corazón

Juan Luis Guerra, producer

Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
 
winner
Pepe Aguilar
100% Mexicano

Pepe Aguilar, producer; Pepe Aguilar, Norberto Islas & Enrique Mendivil, engineers

Best Tejano Album
 
winner
Before The Next Teardrop Falls

Little Joe & La Familia

Best Banda Album
 
winner
Te Va A Gustar

El Chapo, producer

Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
Last Of The Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas

Henry James Townsend, Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Jr. & David "Honeyboy" Edwards

Jeffry Dyson, Michael Dyson & Scott Shuman, producers; Paul Grupp & Scott Shuman, engineers

Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
Eric Clapton
The Road To Escondido

JJ Cale, Eric Clapton & Simon Climie, producers; Alan Douglas & Mick Guzauski, engineers

Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
Dirt Farmer

Larry Campbell & Amy Helm, producers; Justin Guip, engineer

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
 
winner
Washington Square Serenade

John King, producer; Tom Camuso, John King & Josh Wilbur, engineers/mixers

Best Native American Music Album
 
winner
Totemic Flute Chants

Larry Mitchell, producer; Larry Mitchell, engineer

Best Hawaiian Music Album
 
winner
Treasures Of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

(Various Artists)

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
 
winner

Joshua Murrell, producer; Joshua Murrell, engineer

Best Reggae Album
 
winner
Mind Control

Stephen Marley, producer; Greg Morris, engineer/mixer

Best Traditional World Music Album
 
winner
African Spirit

Robin Hogarth, producer

Best Contemporary World Music Album
 
Best Polka Album
 
winner
Jimmy Sturr
Come Share The Wine

Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra

Joseph Donofrio, Kenneth R. Irwin & Tom Pick, producers; Mark Capps, Joseph Donofrio, Kenneth R. Irwin & Tom Pick, engineers

Best Musical Album For Children
 
winner
A Green And Red Christmas

The Muppets

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
 
winner
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
 
winner
The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream

Jacob Bronstein, producer

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Spring Awakening

Duncan Sheik, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist; Duncan Sheik, producer; Michael Tudor, engineer (Original Broadway Cast With Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele & Others)

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
 
winner
George Martin
Love

(The Beatles)

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

Michael Giacchino, composer (Various Artists)

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
 
winner
Love You I Do (From Dreamgirls)

Siedah Garrett & Henry Krieger, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Cerulean Skies

Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
In A Silent Way

Vince Mendoza, arranger (Joe Zawinul)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
 
winner
I'm Gonna Live Till I Die

John Clayton, arranger (Queen Latifah)

Best Recording Package
 
winner
Cassadaga

Zachary Nipper, art director (Bright Eyes)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
 
winner
What It Is!: Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977)

Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
John Work, III: Recording Black Culture

Bruce Nemerov, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album
 
winner
The Live Wire - Woody Guthrie In Performance 1949

Nora Guthrie & Jorge Arévalo Mateus, compilation producers; Jamie Howarth, Steve Rosenthal, Warren Russell-Smith & Kevin Short, mastering engineers (Woody Guthrie)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
 
winner
Beauty & Crime

Tchad Blake, Cameron Craig, Emery Dobyns & Jimmy Hogarth, engineers (Suzanne Vega)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
 
winner
Mark Ronson
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
 
winner
Bring The Noise (Benny Benassi Sfaction Remix)

Benny Benassi, remixer (Public Enemy)

Best Surround Sound Album
 
winner
George Martin
Love

Paul Hicks, surround mix engineer; Tim Young, surround mastering engineer; George Martin & Giles Martin, surround producers (The Beatles)

Best Engineered Album, Classical
 
winner
Grechaninov: Passion Week

John Newton, engineer (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir & Kansas City Chorale)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
 
winner
Judith Sherman
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Tower: Made In America

Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Tower: Made In America

Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Tim Handley, producer; Tim Handley, engineer (Nashville Symphony)

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel

Charles Mackerras, conductor; Brian Couzens, producer; Rebecca Evans, Jane Henschel & Jennifer Larmore, soloists; Ralph Couzens, engineer (New London Children's Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra)

Best Choral Performance
 
winner
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Simon Halsey, chorus master; Simon Rattle, conductor; Stephen Johns, producer; Mike Clements, engineer (Thomas Quasthoff & Dorothea Röschmann; Rundfunkchor Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker)

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
 
winner
Barber/Korngold/Walton: Violin Concertos

James Ehnes; Denise Ball, producer; Don Harder, engineer (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
 
winner
Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 3

Garrick Ohlsson, soloist; Adam Abeshouse, producer; Adam Abeshouse, engineer

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Strange Imaginary Animals

Eighth Blackbird (Matt Albert, Molly Alicia Barth, Matthew Duvall, Lisa Kaplan, Michael Maccaferri & Nicholas Photinos), ensembles; Judith Sherman, producer; Judith Sherman, engineer

Best Small Ensemble Performance
 
winner
Stravinsky: Apollo, Concerto In D; Prokofiev: 20 Visions Fugitives

Philipp Nedel, producer; Yuri Bashmet, conductor; Moscow Soloists, ensembles; Michael Brammann, engineer

Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, soloist; Dirk Sobotka, producer; Mark Donahue & John Newton, engineers (James Levine; Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Made In America

Joan Tower, composer

Best Classical Crossover Album
 
winner
A Love Supreme: The Legacy Of John Coltrane

Turtle Island Quartet

Thomas C. Moore, producer; Michael J. Bishop, engineer

Best Short Form Music Video
 
winner
Johnny Cash
God's Gonna Cut You Down

Tony Kaye, video director; Rachel Curl, video producer

Best Long Form Music Video
 
winner
Madonna
The Confessions Tour

Jonas Akerlund, video director; Sara Martin & David May, video producers