52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now, that's just cool.

Record Of The Year
Use Somebody

Kings Of Leon (Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill), artist. Jacquire King, engineer/mixer. Angelo Petraglia & Jacquire King, producers.

Album Of The Year

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

Song Of The Year
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)

Beyoncé Knowles, Chris 'Tricky' Stewart, Kuk Harrell & Terius "Dream" Nash, songwriters.

Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band (Coy Bowles, Zac Brown, Jimmy De Martini, Chris Fryar, John Hopkins), artist.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

Beyoncé Knowles, artist.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Jason Mraz
Make It Mine

Jason Mraz, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Black Eyed Peas
I Gotta Feeling

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

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Béla Fleck
Throw Down Your Heart

Béla Fleck, artist.

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Potato Hole

Booker T. Jones

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

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

The Black Eyed Peas (Will Adams, Allen Pineda, Stacy Ferguson, Jaime Gomez), artist. Dylan Dresdow & Padraic Kerin, engineers/mixers.

Best Dance Recording
Lady Gaga
Poker Face

Lady Gaga, artist. Dave Russell, RedOne & Robert Orton, mixers. RedOne, producer.

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Lady Gaga
The Fame

Lady Gaga, artist. Robert Orton, engineer/mixer.

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

Michael Bublé, artist. Humberto Gatica, engineer/mixer. Humberto Gatica, producer.

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

Kings Of Leon (Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill), artist.

Best Hard Rock Performance
War Machine


ACDC (Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd, Cliff Williams, Angus Young, Malcolm Young), artist.

Best Metal Performance
Dissident Aggressor

Judas Priest

Judas Priest (K.K. Downing, Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Glenn Tipton, Scott Travis), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Jeff Beck
A Day In The Life

Jeff Beck , artist.

Best Rock Song
Kings Of Leon
Use Somebody

Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)

Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon).

Best Rock Album
Green Day
21st Century Breakdown

Green Day (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool), artist. Chris Dugan & Chris Lord-Alge, engineers/mixers. Butch Vig & Green Day (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool), producers.

Best Alternative Music Album
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix


Phoenix (Laurent Brancowitz, Deck D'Arcy, Thomas Mars, Christian Mazzalai), artist. Philippe Zdar Cerboneschi, engineer/mixer. Philippe Zdar Cerboneschi & Phoenix (Laurent Brancowitz, Deck D'Arcy, Thomas Mars, Christian Mazzalai), producers.

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

Beyoncé Knowles, artist.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Pretty Wings


Maxwell, artist.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Blame It

Jamie Foxx & T-Pain

Jamie Foxx & T-Pain, artists.

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
At Last

Beyoncé Knowles, artist.

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore

Dobet Gnahore & India.Arie, artists.

Best R&B Song
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)

Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)

Beyoncé Knowles, Chris 'Tricky' Stewart, Kuk Harrell & Terius "Dream" Nash, songwriters.

Best R&B Album
Blacksummers' Night


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

Best Contemporary R&B Album
I Am... Sasha Fierce

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

Best Rap Solo Performance
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)

Jay-Z, artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Eminem, Dr. Dre
Crack A Bottle

Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent

50 Cent, Dr. Dre & Eminem, artists.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West
Run This Town

Jay-Z, Kanye West & Rihanna, artists.

Best Rap Song
Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna
Run This Town

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

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

Best Rap Album
Eminem, Dr. Dre

Eminem, artist. Andre Young, Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri & Michael Strange, engineers/mixers. Andre Young, producer.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Taylor Swift
White Horse

Taylor Swift, artist.

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Keith Urban
Sweet Thing

Keith Urban, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Lady Antebellum
I Run To You

Lady Antebellum (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott), artist.

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Carrie Underwood
I Told You So

Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis

Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
Producer's Medley

Steve Wariner

Steve Wariner, artist.

Best Country Song
Taylor Swift
White Horse

Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters.

Best Country Album
Taylor Swift

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

Best New Age Album
Prayer For Compassion

David Darling

David Darling, artist. David Darling & Mickey Houlihan, engineers/mixers. David Darling & Mickey Houlihan, producers.

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate

Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate (Jorge Bezerra, Alegre Correa, Sabine Kabongo, Linley Marthe, Aziz Sahmaoui, Paco Sery, Joe Zawinul), artist. Joachim Becker, Klaus Genuit & Wladi Turkewitsch, engineers/mixers. Joachim Becker, producer.

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Kurt Elling
Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman

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

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Dancin' 4 Chicken

Terence Blanchard, soloist

Terence Blanchard, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Chick Corea
Five Peace Band - Live

Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band

Chick Corea & John McLaughlin Five Peace Band (Vinnie Colaiuta, Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, John McLaughlin), artists. Bernie Kirsh, Brian Vibberts & Sven Hoffman, engineers/mixers.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Book One

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (Irvin Mayfield), artist. Masanori Yura, engineer/mixer.

Best Latin Jazz Album
Juntos Para Siempre

Bebo Valdés And Chucho Valdés

"Chucho" Valdés & Bebo Valdés, artists. Javier Limón & José Loeches, engineers/mixers. Fernando Trueba & Nat Chediak, producers.

Best Gospel Performance
Wait On The Lord

Donnie McClurkin Featuring Karen Clark Sheard

Donnie McClurkin & Karen Clark-Sheard, artists.

Best Gospel Song
God In Me

Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary Featuring Kierra "KiKi" Sheard)

Erica Campbell, Trecina Campbell & Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, songwriters.

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
Live Revelations

Third Day

Third Day (Tai Anderson, David Carr, Mark Lee, Mac Powell), artist. Chris Biggs, David Jacques & Don McCollister, engineers/mixers. Third Day (Tai Anderson, David Carr, Mark Lee, Mac Powell), producer.

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
The Power Of One

Israel Houghton

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

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb, artist. Ben Fowler & Paul Corley, engineers/mixers.

Best Traditional Gospel Album
Oh Happy Day

(Various Artists)

Bill Hearn, Cedric Thompson, Jack Rovner, Ken Levitan & Ken Pennell, producers.

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Audience Of One

Heather Headley

Heather Headley, artist. Bill Whittington & Jonathan Crone, engineers/mixers. Keith Thomas, producer.

Best Latin Pop Album
Sin Frenos

La Quinta Estación

La Quinta Estación (Natalia Jimenez, Angel Reyero), artist. Armando Avila, Juan Carlos Moguel & Pepe Ortega, engineers/mixers. Armando Avila, producer.

Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album
Calle 13
Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo

Calle 13 (Eduardo Cabra, René Pérez), artist. Carlos Velasquez, Edgardo Matta, Iván Gutiérrez & Ramon Martinez, engineers/mixers. Calle 13 (Eduardo Cabra, René Pérez) & Rafael Arcante, producers.

Best Tropical Latin Album

Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique, artist. Carlos Alvarez, Juan Cristobal Losada & Juan Mario "Mayito" Aracil, engineers/mixers. Sergio George, producer.

Best Regional Mexican Album
Necesito De Ti

Vicente Fernández

Vicente Fernández, artist. Gustavo Borner, Manuel Salazar, Oscar Iglesias & Sabas Sánchez, engineers/mixers. Manuel Cázares, producer.

Best Tejano Album
Borders Y Bailes

Los Texmaniacs

Los Texmaniacs (Max Baca, David Farias, Oscar Garcia, Lorenzo Martinez), artist. Joe Treviño & Pete Reiniger, engineers/mixers. Daniel Sheehy, producer.

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

Los Tigres Del Norte

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

Best Banda Album
Tu Esclavo Y Amo

Lupillo Rivera

Lupillo Rivera, artist.

Best Americana Album
Electric Dirt

Levon Helm

Levon Helm, artist. Justin Guip, engineer/mixer. Larry Campbell, producer.

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

Steve Martin, artist. Dae Bennett & Nick Sevilla, engineers/mixers. John McEuen, producer.

Best Traditional Blues Album
A Stranger Here

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Ramblin' Jack Elliott, artist. Ryan Freeland, engineer/mixer. Joe Henry, producer.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Already Free

The Derek Trucks Band

The Derek Trucks Band (Kofi Burbridge, Mike Mattison, Count M'Butu, Yonrico Scott, Todd Smallie, Derek Trucks), artist. Bobby Tis, Chris Shaw & Marty Wall, engineers/mixers.

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

Loudon Wainwright III

Loudon Wainwright, artist. Alex Venguer & Scott Lehrer, engineers/mixers. Dick Connette, producer.

Best Contemporary Folk Album

Steve Earle

Steve Earle, artist. Ray Kennedy & Steve Christensen, engineers/mixers. Steve Earle, producer.

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

(Various Artists)

Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku Jr, Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers. Daniel Ho, Peter DeAquino & Sterling Seaton, engineers/mixers.

Best Native American Music Album
Spirit Wind North

Bill Miller

Bill Miller, artist. Bill Miller & Michael Von Muchow, producers.

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
Lay Your Burden Down

Buckwheat Zydeco

Buckwheat Zydeco (Reginald Dural, Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, Michael Melchione, Kevin Menard, Olivier Scoazec, Curtis Watson, Lee Allen Zeno), artist. David Farrell, engineer/mixer. Steven Maxwell Berlin, producer.

Best Reggae Album
Mind Control - Acoustic

Stephen Marley

Stephen Marley, artist.

Best Traditional World Music Album
Douga Mansa

Mamadou Diabate

Mamadou Diabate, artist. Will Russell, engineer/mixer. Mamadou Diabate, producer.

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

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

Best Musical Album For Children
Ziggy Marley
Family Time

Ziggy Marley, artist. Krish Sharma & Marc "Maka" Moreale, engineers/mixers. Don Was & Ziggy Marley, producers.

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

Buck Howdy

Buck Howdy, artist. Steve Wetherbee, engineer/mixer. Buck Howdy, producer.

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

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox, artist. Lance Neal & Zane Birdwell, engineers/mixers. Paul Ruben, producer.

Best Comedy Album
A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert, artist. Geoff Sanoff & Todd Kilponen, engineers/mixers. Adam Schlesinger, David Javerbaum & Steven M. Gold, producers.

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)

David Caddick & David Lai, producers. Todd Whitelock, engineer/mixer.

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Slumdog Millionaire

(Various Artists)

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

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

Michael Giacchino, composer

Michael Giacchino, composer. Dan Wallin, engineer/mixer.

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Jai Ho (From Slumdog Millionaire)

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

A.R. Rahman, Gulzar & Tanvi Shah, songwriters.

Best Instrumental Composition
Married Life

Michael Giacchino, composer (Michael Giacchino)

Michael Giacchino, composer.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
West Side Story Medley

Bill Cunliffe, arranger (Resonance Big Band)

Bill Cunliffe, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Quiet Nights

Claus Ogerman, arranger (Diana Krall)

Claus Ogerman, arranger.

Best Recording Package
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

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

Stefan Sagmeister, art director.

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

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

Gary Burden, Jenice Heo & Neil Young, art directors.

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

Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer (Louis Armstrong)

Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer.

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

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

Andy McKaie, compilation producer. Erick Labson, mastering engineer.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Imogen Heap

Imogen Heap, engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien

Brendan O'Brien, producer.

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
When Love Takes Over (Electro Extended Remix)

David Guetta, remixer (David Guetta Featuring Kelly Rowland)

David Guetta, remixer.

Best Surround Sound Album

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

Michael J. Bishop, surround mix engineer. Michael J. Bishop, surround mastering engineer. Elaine L. Martone, surround producer.

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

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

Peter Laenger, engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Steven Epstein

Steven Epstein

Steven Epstein, producer.

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;

Kevin Fox, Ragnar Bohlin & Susan McMane, choir directors. Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor. Peter Laenger, engineer/mixer. Andreas Neubronner, mastering engineer. Andreas Neubronner, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé

James Levine, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus)

James Levine, conductor. Dirk Sobotka, Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers/mixers. Elizabeth Ostrow, producer.

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)

Daniel Harding, conductor. John Fraser, producer. Gidon Saks, Ian Bostridge, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, Nathan Gunn & Neal Davies, soloists. Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson, engineers/mixers.

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

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors

Kevin Fox, Ragnar Bohlin & Susan McMane, choir directors. Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor. Andreas Neubronner & Peter Laenger, engineers/mixers.

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

Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor; Evgeny Kissin (Philharmonia Orchestra)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor. Evgeny Kissin, soloist. Arne Akselberg, Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson & Tim Martyn, engineers/mixers. Jay David Saks, producer.

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
David Frost
Journey To The New World

Sharon Isbin (Joan Baez & Mark O'Connor)

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

Best Chamber Music Performance
Intimate Letters

Emerson String Quartet

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

Best Small Ensemble Performance
Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion

Paul Hillier, conductor; Ars Nova Copenhagen & Theatre Of Voices

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

Best Classical Vocal Performance
Richard King, David Frost
Verismo Arias

Renée Fleming (Marco Armiliato; Jonas Kaufmann; Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi; Coro Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi)

Renée Fleming, soloist. Mike Hatch & Richard King, engineers/mixers. David Frost, producer.

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Higdon, Jennifer: Percussion Concerto

Jennifer Higdon (Marin Alsop)

Jennifer Higdon, composer.

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

Yo-Yo Ma, artist. Richard King, engineer/mixer. Steven Epstein, producer.

Best Short Form Music Video
Black Eyed Peas
Boom Boom Pow

The Black Eyed Peas (Will Adams, Allen Pineda, Stacy Ferguson, Jaime Gomez), artist. Mark Kudsi & Mathew Cullen, video directors. Anna Joseph, Javier Jimenez & Patrick Nugent, video producers.

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

(Various Artists)

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