Winners

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2011)

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards was a night of exhilarating performances, inspired tributes and emotional acceptance speeches. It was a night that saw the return of an injured heroine, and one steeped in the sadness of loss. Ultimately, it was an evening for the ages as nearly 40 million viewers tuned in to the telecast and more than 13 million GRAMMY-related comments reverberated through online social networks. In the end, it was Music's Biggest Night in nearly 30 years, and a show that lived up to that lofty title.

Adele emerged the big winner, not just because she reeled in a record-tying six GRAMMYs (matching Beyoncé for the most awards won by a female artist in one night), but her performance of "Rolling In The Deep" marked her first live performance since vocal-cord surgery forced her to cancel her tour in late 2011.

Meanwhile, 180 degrees away from Adele's triumph, the 54th GRAMMYs became the world’s first public opportunity to mourn the loss of the great Whitney Houston. "We've had a death in the family," said host LL Cool J of Houston, who died the day prior to the GRAMMY telecast, before offering a prayer to "our fallen sister." Before the night was through, Jennifer Hudson would step in on one-day's notice to pay tribute with a towering rendition of Houston's signature hit from The Bodyguard, "I Will Always Love You." The performance stirred the crowd at Staples Center and no doubt the millions watching at home.

Adele earned trophies for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for 21; Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling In The Deep"; and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Someone Like You.”

Foo Fighters won five of the six GRAMMYs for which they were nominated, including Best Rock Album for Wasting Light and Best Rock Performance for "Walk." In receiving the latter award, frontman Dave Grohl noted the "human element of making music is what’s most important … it's not about being perfect … it's about what goes on in here," he said, pointing to his heart.

Kanye West won four awards, including Best Rap Album for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Best Rap Performance with Jay-Z for "Otis."

Electronica artist Skrillex also had a big night, winning three awards, including Best Dance Recording for "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites" and Best Dance/Electronica Album for the album of the same name. "This is the most surreal moment of my life," he said of his new status as a GRAMMY winner. "It means a lot, not just for me, but for the whole electronic community."

Best New Artist went to Bon Iver. The collective led by Justin Vernon also picked up Best Alternative Music Album for Bon Iver.

Adele's producer Paul Epworth earned awards for Record Of The Year for "Rolling In The Deep" and Album Of The Year for 21, as well as Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical.

Meanwhile, the GRAMMYs continued its recent theme of combining charismatic solo and band performances with opportunities for unusual and sometimes unlikely pairings.

Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band elevated the show from the start, opening with the rousing new "We Take Care Of Our Own." Bruno Mars' exciting James Brown-inspired R&B performance also helped lift everyone's spirits. Taylor Swift managed to bring a fun flair to her anti-bullying song "Mean."

This year's show also added a touch of history. In their first live appearance together in more than 20 years, the Beach Boys' original lineup (minus late brothers Carl and Dennis Wilson) was accompanied by Foster The People and Maroon 5 for a trio of songs, including "Good Vibrations."

Another powerful moment came via a tribute to Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Glen Campbell, who last year announced he is battling Alzheimer's disease. Blake Shelton and the Band Perry joined the tribute, which closed with Campbell himself singing his gem "Rhinestone Cowboy."

Sir Paul McCartney performed his elegant new ballad, "My Valentine," joined by Diana Krall on piano and guitarist Joe Walsh. Later, he would close the show with the Beatles medley "Golden Slumbers"/"Carry That Weight"/"The End," finishing with an explosive electric guitar solo battle with Grohl, Springsteen, Walsh, and Rusty Anderson, ending an electrifying evening.

In the end, to quote McCartney, it was a night worthy of being called music's biggest.

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Rolling In The Deep

Adele, artist. Mark Rankin & Tom Elmhirst, engineers/mixers. Paul Epworth, producer.

Album Of The Year
 
winner
21

Adele, artist. Andrew Scheps, Beatriz Artola, Dan Parry, Fraser T. Smith, Greg Fidelman, Ian Dowling, Jim Abbiss, Mark Rankin, Philip Allen, Ryan Tedder, Steve Price & Tom Elmhirst, engineers/mixers. Tom Coyne, mastering engineer. Adele, Dan Wilson, Fraser T. Smith, Jim Abbiss, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin & Ryan Tedder, producers.

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Rolling In The Deep

Adele & Paul Epworth, songwriters.

Best Pop Solo Performance
 
winner
Adele, GRAMMY winner
Someone Like You

Adele, artist.

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
 
winner
Amy Winehouse, GRAMMY winner, Tony Bennett, GRAMMY winner
Body And Soul
Best Pop Instrumental Album
 
winner
The Road From Memphis

Booker T. Jones, artist. Gabriel Roth & Rob Schnapf, engineers/mixers. Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, Booker T. Jones & Rob Schnapf, producers.

Best Pop Vocal Album
 
Best Dance Recording
 
winner
Skrillex, GRAMMY winner
Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites

Skrillex, artist. Skrillex, mixer. Skrillex, producer.

Best Dance/Electronica Album
 
winner
Skrillex, GRAMMY winner
Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites

Skrillex, artist. Skrillex, engineer/mixer. Skrillex, producer.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
 
winner
Tony Bennett, GRAMMY winner
Duets II

Tony Bennett, artist. Dae Bennett, engineer/mixer. Dae Bennett & Phil Ramone, producers.

Best Rock Performance
 
winner
Foo Fighters, GRAMMY winners
Walk

Foo Fighters (David Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear), artist.

Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
 
winner
Foo Fighters, GRAMMY winners
White Limo

Foo Fighters (David Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear), artist.

Best Rock Song
 
winner
Foo Fighters, GRAMMY winners
Walk

Chris Shiflett, David Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear & Taylor Hawkins, songwriters.  (Foo Fighters)

Best Rock Album
 
winner
Foo Fighters, GRAMMY winners
Wasting Light

Foo Fighters (David Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear), artist. Alan Moulder & James Brown, engineers/mixers. Butch Vig, producer.

Best Alternative Music Album
 
winner
Bon Iver, GRAMMY winner
Bon Iver

Bon Iver (CJ Camerieri, Sean Carey, Mike Lewis, Matt McCaughan, Rob Moose, Mike Noyce, Colin Stetson, Justin Vernon), artist. Brian Joseph, engineer/mixer.

Best R&B Performance
 
winner
Is This Love

Corinne Bailey Rae, artist.

Best Traditional R&B Performance
 
winner
Cee Lo Green, GRAMMY winner
Fool For You

Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona, artists.

Best R&B Song
 
winner
Cee Lo Green, GRAMMY winner
Fool For You

Cee Lo Green, Jack Splash & Melanie Fiona, songwriters.

Best R&B Album
 
winner
Chris Brown, GRAMMY winner
F.A.M.E.

Chris Brown, artist. Brian Springer, engineer/mixer.

Best Rap Performance
 
winner
Jay Z, GRAMMY winner, Kanye West, GRAMMY winner
Otis

Jay-Z & Kanye West, artists.

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
 
winner
Kanye West, GRAMMY winner, Rihanna, GRAMMY winner
All Of The Lights

Fergie, Kanye West, Kid Cudi & Rihanna, artists.

Best Rap Song
 
winner
Kanye West, GRAMMY winner
All Of The Lights

Jeff Bhasker, Kanye West, Malik Jones, Stacy Ferguson, Terius "The Dream" Nash & Warren Trotter, songwriters.

Best Rap Album
 
winner
Kanye West, GRAMMY winner
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West, artist. Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer, Mike Dean & Noah Goldstein, engineers/mixers. Kanye West, producer.

Best Country Solo Performance
 
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
 
winner
The Civil Wars, GRAMMY winners
Barton Hollow

The Civil Wars (John Paul White, Joy Williams), artist.

Best Country Song
 
winner
Taylor Swift, GRAMMY winner
Mean

Taylor Swift, songwriter.

Best Country Album
 
winner
Lady Antebellum, GRAMMY winners
Own The Night

Lady Antebellum (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott), artist. L Clarke Schleicher, engineer/mixer. Lady Antebellum (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott) & Paul N. Worley, producers.

Best New Age Album
 
winner
Pat Metheny, GRAMMY winner
What's It All About

Pat Metheny, artist. David Oakes, Pat Metheny & Pete Karam, engineers/mixers. Pat Metheny, producer.

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
 
winner
Chick Corea, GRAMMY winner
500 Miles High

Chick Corea, soloist.

Best Jazz Vocal Album
 
winner
The Mosaic Project

Terri Lyne Carrington, artist. Martin Walters & Mike Marciano, engineers/mixers. Terri Lyne Carrington, producer.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
 
winner
Chick Corea, GRAMMY winner
Forever

Chick Corea, Lenny White & Stanley Clarke, artists. Bernie Kirsh, Brian Vibberts & Buck Snow, engineers/mixers. Chick Corea, Lenny White & Stanley Clarke, producers.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
 
winner
The Good Feeling

Christian McBride Big Band (Christian McBride), artist. Joe Ferla, engineer/mixer.

Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
 
winner
Jesus

Le'Andria Johnson, artist.

Best Gospel Song
 
winner
Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin, songwriter.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
 
winner
Blessings

Laura Story, songwriter.

Best Gospel Album
 
winner
Hello Fear

Kirk Franklin, artist. Jeffrey Chestek, John Jaszcz & Tre Nagella, engineers/mixers. Kirk Franklin & Shaun Martin, producers.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
 
winner
And If Our God Is For Us...

Chris Tomlin, artist. Ed Cash, F. Reid Shippen & Jim Deneen, engineers/mixers. Ed Cash, producer.

Best Latin Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album
 
winner
Drama Y Luz

Maná (Juan Calleros, Alex González, Fernando Olvera, Sergio Vallin), artist. Arturo "Tuti" Perales, Benny Faccone, Fabián Serrano, Fernando Villín & Thom Russo, engineers/mixers.

Best Regional Mexican Or Tejano Album
 
winner
Bicentenario

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

Best Banda Or Norteño Album
 
winner
Los Tigres Del Norte And Friends

Los Tigres Del Norte (Eduardo Hernandez, Hernan Hernandez, Jorge Hernandez, Luis Hernandez, Oscar Lara Angulo), artist. Gustavo Borner, Juan Pablo Fallucca, Justin Moshkevich & Nick Baxter, engineers/mixers. Gustavo Borner & Los Tigres Del Norte (Eduardo Hernandez, Hernan Hernandez, Jorge Hernandez, Luis Hernandez, Oscar Lara Angulo), producers.

Best Tropical Latin Album
 
winner
The Last Mambo

Cachao, artist. Alex Arias & Waldy D., engineers/mixers. Christian Thomas, Daniel Palacio, Nelson Albareda & Omer Pardillo-Cid, producers.

Best Americana Album
 
winner
Ramble At The Ryman

Levon Helm, artist. Justin Guip & Michael Davis, engineers/mixers. Danny Petraitis, Jed Hilly & Larry Campbell, producers.

Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner, Union Station, GRAMMY winners
Paper Airplane

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), artist. Mike Shipley & Neal Cappellino, engineers/mixers. Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski), producer.

Best Blues Album
 
winner
Revelator

Tedeschi Trucks Band (Maurice "Mobetta" Brown, Kofi Burbridge, Oteil Burbridge, Tyler Greenwell, J.J. Johnson, Mike Mattison, Saunders Sermons, Susan Tedeschi Trucks, Derek Trucks, Kebbi Williams), artist. Bobby Tis & Jim Scott, engineers/mixers. Jim Scott, producer.

Best Folk Album
 
winner
The Civil Wars, GRAMMY winners
Barton Hollow

The Civil Wars (John Paul White, Joy Williams), artist. Richie Biggs, engineer/mixer. Charlie Peacock, producer.

Best Regional Roots Music Album
 
winner
Rebirth Of New Orleans

Rebirth Brass Band (Stafford Agee, Glen Andrews, Vincent Broussard, Keith Frazier, Phil Frazier, Corey Henry, Chadrick Honore, Derek Shezbie, Derrick Tabb), artist. Chris Finney, engineer/mixer. Tracey Freeman, producer.

Best Reggae Album
 
winner
Revelation Pt. 1: The Root Of Life

Stephen Marley, artist. Errol Brown, Marc Lee & Roland McDermot, engineers/mixers. Paul Fakhourie & Stephen Marley, producers.

Best World Music Album
 
winner
Tassili

Tinariwen (Mustapha Ag Ahmed, Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, Said Ag Ayad, Elaga Ag Hamid, Eyadou Ag Leche, Mohamad Ag Tahada, Alhassane Ag Touhami), artist. David Odlum & Jean Paul Romann, engineers/mixers. Ian Brennan & Jean Paul Romann, producers.

Best Children's Album
 
winner
All About Bullies... Big And Small

Gloria Domina, James Cravero, Kevin Mackie, Patrick Robinson & Steve Pullara, producers.

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
 
winner
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't)

Betty White, artist. Jeremy Wesley & Pete Pantelis, engineers/mixers. Kevin Thomsen, producer.

Best Comedy Album
 
winner
Hilarious

Louis C.K., artist. Jon D'Uva, engineer/mixer. Jack Vaughn, Michelle Caputo & Shannon Hartman, producers.

Best Musical Theater Album
 
winner
The Book Of Mormon

Andrew Rannells & Josh Gad, artists. Matt Stone, Robert Lopez & Trey Parker, composers/lyricists. Anne Garefino, Matt Stone, Robert Lopez, Scott Rudin, Stephen Oremus & Trey Parker, producers. Frank Filipetti, engineer/mixer.

Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
 
winner
Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1

Kevin Weaver, Randall Poster & Stewart Lerman, producers. Stewart Lerman, engineer/mixer.

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
 
winner
The King's Speech

Alexandre Desplat, composer. Alexandre Desplat, producer.

Best Song Written For Visual Media
 
winner
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
I See The Light (From Tangled)

Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, songwriters.

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Béla Fleck, GRAMMY winner
Life In Eleven

Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Rhapsody In Blue

Gordon L. Goodwin, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
 
winner
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

Jorge Calandrelli, arranger.

Best Recording Package
 
winner
Scenes From The Suburbs

Caroline Robert, art director.

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
 
winner
The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story

David Bett & Michelle Holme, art directors.

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s

Adam Machado, album notes writer.

Best Historical Album
 
winner
Paul McCartney, GRAMMY winner
Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition)

Paul McCartney, compilation producer. Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
 
winner
Paper Airplane

Mike Shipley & Neal Cappellino, engineers. Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
 
winner
Paul Epworth
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
 
winner
Skrillex, GRAMMY winner
Cinema (Skrillex Remix)

Skrillex, remixer.

Best Surround Sound Album
 
winner
Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)

Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer. Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer. Bill Levenson & Elliot Scheiner, surround producers.

Best Engineered Album, Classical
 
winner
Aldridge: Elmer Gantry

Byeong-Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers. Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Classical
 
winner
Judith Sherman
Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor. Fred Vogler, engineer/mixer. Chris Alder, producer.

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Adams: Doctor Atomic

Alan Gilbert, conductor. Jay David Saks, producer. Eric Owens, Gerald Finley, Meredith Arwady, Richard Paul Fink, Sasha Cooke & Thomas Glenn, soloists.

Best Choral Performance
 
winner
Light & Gold

Eric Whitacre, conductor. Andrew Mellor, engineer/mixer. Raphaël Mouterde, producer.

Best Small Ensemble Performance
 
winner
David Frost, GRAMMY winner
Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide

Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey, artists. Eighth Blackbird (Matt Albert, Matthew Duvall, Lisa Kaplan, Michael J. Maccaferri, Tim Munro, Nicholas Photinos), ensemble. David Frost, producer; Bill Maylone, Jon Zacks, Mat Lejeune & Tom Lazarus, engineers/mixers.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Schwantner: Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor. Christopher Lamb, soloist.

Best Classical Vocal Solo
 
winner
Diva Divo

Joyce DiDonato, soloist. Daniel Zalay, producer.

Best Contemporary Classical Composition
 
winner
Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry

Herschel Garfein & Robert Aldridge, composers.

Best Short Form Music Video
 
winner
Adele, GRAMMY winner
Rolling In The Deep

Adele, artist. Sam Brown, video director. Hannah Chandler, video producer.

Best Long Form Music Video
 
winner
Foo Fighters, GRAMMY winners
Foo Fighters: Back And Forth

Foo Fighters (David Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear), artist. James Moll, video director. James Moll & Nigel Sinclair, video producers.