50th Annual Grammy Awards

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50th Annual Grammy Awards
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Date February 10, 2008
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS
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The 50th Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 10, 2008. It honored musical achievement of 2007 in which albums were released between October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007. The primary ceremonies were televised in the US on CBS; however, as has become the custom, most of the awards were handed out during a pre-telecast portion of the show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. Two nights prior to the show Aretha Franklin was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year.

The year's big winner was Amy Winehouse: the 24-year-old singer had recently entered a drug rehabilitation program and did not come to Los Angeles. American officials initially refused her a work visa; they reversed the decision, but by then it was too late for her to make the trip from the UK.[1] She became the fifth female solo artist to get five awards in one night, behind Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, and Beyoncé.

The golden anniversary of the Grammys and NARAS was noted in references and performances throughout this year's ceremony. Alicia Keys was the evening's opening musician, singing and playing piano alongside archived video and audio of Frank Sinatra. Other collaborative performances linking contemporary and past musicians included Beyoncé with Tina Turner, Rihanna with The Time, classical pianist Lang Lang with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, and inaugural Grammy winner Keely Smith with Kid Rock. Special recognition of the musical contributions of The Beatles also featured.

Performers[edit]

The following is an alphabetical list of performers.

Presenters[edit]

The following is an alphabetical list of presenters.

General Field[edit]

Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist

Pop Field[edit]

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group w/ Vocals
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Album

Dance Field[edit]

Best Dance Recording
Best Electronic/Dance Album

Rock Field[edit]

Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance
Best Rock Performance By a Duo/Group w/ Vocals
Best Hard Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

Alternative Field[edit]

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B Field[edit]

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Best R&B Performance By a Duo/Group W/ Vocals
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album
Best Contemporary R&B Album

Rap Field[edit]

Best Rap Solo Performance
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album

Country Field[edit]

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Best Country Collaboration w/ Vocals
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

New Age Field[edit]

Best New Age Album

Jazz Field[edit]

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Gospel Field[edit]

Best Gospel Performance
Best Gospel Song
  • "Blessed & Highly Favored"
  • "East to West"
  • "Encourage Yourself"
  • "Made to Love"
    • Cary Barlowe, Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore & Aaron Rice, songwriters (TobyMac)
  • "Praise on the Inside"
    • James L. Moss, songwriter (J. Moss)
Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Gospel Album
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

Latin Field[edit]

Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Best Latin Urban Album
Best Latin Jazz Album
  • Funk Tango – Paquito Rivera Quintet
  • The MagicianSammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion
  • Borrowed TimeSteve Khan
  • Refugee – Hector Martignon
  • Big Band Urban Folktales – Bobby Sanabria Big Band
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best Mexican/Mexican–American Album
Best Tejano Album
  • Ram Herrera and the Outlaw Band 2007 – Ram Herrera and the Outlaw Band
  • Before the Next Teardrop FallsLittle Joe & La Familia
  • Corazon de Oro – David Marez
  • 35th AnniversaryRuben Ramos
  • Vagar Libremente – Sunny Sauceda
Best Banda Album

Blues Field[edit]

Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album

Folk Field[edit]

Best Traditional Folk Album
Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Native American Music Album
  • Oklahoma Style – Walter Ahhaitty & Friends
  • Watch This Dancer!Black Lodge
  • The Ballad of Old Times – Davis Mitchell
  • Reconnections – R. Carlos Nakai, Cliff Sarde, William Eaton & Randy Wood
  • Totemic Flute Chants – Johnny Whitehorse

Reggae Field[edit]

Best Reggae Album

World Music Field[edit]

Best Traditional World Music Album
  • When the Soul Is Settled: Music of IraqRahim Al Haj With Souhail Kaspa
  • From Mali to America – Cheick Hamala Diabat & Bob Carlin
  • Live at Couleur CaféKonono Nº1
  • African SpiritSoweto Gospel Choir
  • Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda – Various Artists
Best Contemporary World Music Album
Best Hawaiian Music Album
  • Ka Hikina O Ka Hau (The Coming of the Snow)Keola Beamer
  • HawaiianaTia Carrere
  • He'eia – Cyril Pahinui
  • Hawaiian Blossom – Raiatea Helm
  • Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Various Artists
Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
Best Polka Album

Children's Field[edit]

Best Children's Music Album
Best Children's Spoken Word Album

Spoken Word Field[edit]

Best Spoken Word Album

Comedy Field[edit]

Best Comedy Album

Musical Show Field[edit]

Best Musical Show Album

Film, Television And Other Visual Media Field[edit]

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album
Best Score Soundtrack Album
Best Song–Motion Picture, TV, Visual Media

Composing/Arranging Field[edit]

Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Package Field[edit]

Best Recording Package
Best Boxed/Special Limited Edition
Best Album Notes

Historical Field[edit]

Best Historical Album
  • Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973 (Deluxe Edition)
    • Stuart Batsford, Mick Houghton & Phil Smee, compilation producers; Dan Hersch & Bill Inglot, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
  • People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938
    • Christopher King & Henry "Hank" Sapoznik, compilation producers; Christopher King & Robert Vosgien, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

Production, Non Classical Field[edit]

Best Engineered Album, Non Classical
Producer of the Year, Non Classical
Best Remixed Recording

Production, Surround Sound Field[edit]

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, Classical Field[edit]

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical
  • Blanton Alspaugh
    • Eternal Rest: Mäntyjärvi, Ticheli, Martin, Clausen (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir & Kansas City Chorale)
    • Grechaninov: Passion Week (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir & Kansas City Chorale)
    • The Harrington String Quartet: Daniel McCarthy (The Harrington String Quartet)
    • Hartke: The Greater Good (Stewart Robertson & Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra)
    • Rider On The Plains: Cello Concertos By Virgil Thomson And Charles Fussell (Emmanuel Feldman)
  • John Fraser
    • Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2, Scherzos (Simon Trpceski)
    • Great Handel (Ian Bostridge)
    • Kate Royal (Kate Royal)
    • Krommer/Spohr: Clarinet Concertos (Julian Bliss, Sabine Meyer & Kenneth Sillito)
    • Schubert: Piano Sonata D958, Lieder, Fragments (Leif Ove Andsnes & Ian Bostridge)
  • Marina A. Ledin
    • Balakirev And Russian Folksong (Joseph Banowetz)
    • Louisiana - A Pianist's Journey (Kenneth Boulton)
    • Piano Impromptus (Jungran Kim Khwarg)
    • 20th Century Piano Sonatas (Allison Brewster Franzetti)
  • Judith Sherman
    • American Virtuosa: Tribute To Maud Powell (Rachel Barton Pine & Matthew Hagle)
    • From Barrelhouse To Broadway: The Musical Odyssey Of Joe Jordan (Rick Benjamin & The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra)
    • Górecki: String Quartet No. 3 '...Songs Are Sung' (Kronos Quartet)
    • Strange Imaginary Animals (Eighth Blackbird)
    • Tchaikovsky: Three String Quartets, Souvenir De Florence (Ying Quartet)
  • Robina G. Young
    • As Steals The Morn...Handel Arias & Scenes For Tenor (Mark Padmore, Andrew Manze & The English Concert)
    • Bach, CPE: Symphonies 1-4, Cello Concerto (Andrew Manze & The English Concert)
    • Brahms: Variations (Olga Kern)
    • Music For Compline (Stile Antico)
    • Stockhausen: Stimmung (Paul Hillier & Theatre Of Voices)

Classical Field[edit]

Best Classical Album
Best Orchestra Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
  • "Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem"
  • "Cherubini: Missa Solemnis in E"
    • Riccardo Muti, conductor; Peter Dijkstra, chorus master (Ildar Abdrazakov, Herbert Lippert, Marianna Pizzolato & Ruth Ziesak; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
  • "Grechaninov: Passion Week"
  • "Penderecki: Symphony No. 7 'Seven Gates Of Jerusalem'"
    • Antoni Wit, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, chorus master (Boris Carmeli, Ewa Marciniec, Aga Mikolaj, Wieslaw Ochman, Olga Pasichnyk & Romuald Tesarowicz; Warsaw National Philharmonic Choir; Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • "Schönberg: Gurrelieder"
    • Michael Gielen, conductor; Howard Arman & Michael Gläser, choir directors (Melanie Diener, Ralf Lukas, Yvonne Naef, Andreas Schmidt, Gerhard Siegel & Robert Dean Smith; Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks & MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig; SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden–Baden Und Freiburg)
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
Best Chamber Music Performance
Best Small Ensemble Performance
  • "Bach: Brandenburg Concertos" – Swiss Baroque Soloists
  • "Bridges: Eddie Daniels Plays the Music of Frank Proto" – Frank Proto, conductor; Eddie Daniels; Ensemble Sans Frontière
  • "Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde" – Kenneth Slowik, conductor; The Smithsonian Chamber Players & Santa Fe Pro Musica
  • "Music for Compline" – Stile Antico
  • "Stravinsky: Apollo, Concerto in D; Prokofiev: 20 Visions Fugitives" – Yuri Bashmet, conductor; Moscow Soloists
Best Classical Vocal Performance
  • "Gitano: Zarzuela Arias"
  • "Homage: The Age of the Diva"
  • "Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs"
  • "Russian Album"
    • Anna Netrebko (Valery Gergiev; Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
  • "Sea Pictures, Op. 37"
    • Sarah Connolly (Simon Wright; Bournemouth Symphony Chorus; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Best Classical Crossover Album

Music Video Field[edit]

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

In Memoriam[edit]

Brad Delp, Boots Randolph, James B. Davis, Max Roach, Robert Goulet, Lee Hazlewood, Pimp C, Gian Carlo Menotti, Joe Zawinul, Joel Dorn, Ray Evans, Lucky Dube, Al Viola, Mstislav Rostropovich, Joel Brodsky, Hilly Kristal, Diane Ogden-Halder, Joe Hunter, Don Ho, Dan Fogelberg, Porter Wagoner, Beverly Sills, Teresa Brewer, Hy Weiss, Tom Noonan, Bobby Byrd, Tommy Makem, John Stewart, Arthur Shimkin, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Clyde Otis, Luther Ingram, Hank Thompson, Ike Turner, Oscar Peterson and Luciano Pavarotti.

References[edit]

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