51st Annual Grammy Awards

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51st Annual Grammy Awards
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Date February 8, 2009
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles
Host None
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS
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The 51st Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 8, 2009. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss was the biggest winners of the night, winning five awards including Album of the Year for their critically acclaimed Raising Sand. Krauss became the sixth female solo artist to have won 3 awards joining Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Beyoncé Knowles, and Amy Winehouse.[1] Lil Wayne received the most nominations with eight.


The awards broadcast won a 2009 Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special.

Performances[edit]

Performer(s) Song(s) Performed
U2 "Get on Your Boots"
Al Green
Justin Timberlake
Keith Urban
Boyz II Men
"Let's Stay Together"
Coldplay
Jay-Z
"Lost!"
Coldplay "Viva La Vida"
Carrie Underwood "Last Name"
Kid Rock "Amen"
"All Summer Long"
"Rock 'n' Roll Jesus"
Taylor Swift
Miley Cyrus
"Fifteen"
Jennifer Hudson "You Pulled Me Through"
Jonas Brothers
Stevie Wonder
"Burnin' Up"
"Superstition"
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl"
Estelle
Kanye West
"American Boy"
Kenny Chesney "Better as a Memory"
T.I.
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Kanye West
M.I.A.
"Swagga Like Us"
M.I.A. "Paper Planes"
Paul McCartney
Dave Grohl
"I Saw Her Standing There"
Sugarland "Stay"
Adele
Jennifer Nettles
"Chasing Pavements"
Radiohead
Spirit of Troy
"15 Step"
T.I.
Justin Timberlake
"Dead and Gone"
Duke Fair
Jamie Foxx
Ne-Yo
Smokey Robinson
A Four Tops Medley
Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"
John Mayer
B.B. King
Buddy Guy
Keith Urban
"Bo Diddley"
Lil Wayne
Robin Thicke
Terence Blanchard
Allen Toussaint
"Tie My Hands"
Robert Plant
Alison Krauss
"Rich Woman"
"Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)"
Stevie Wonder "All About the Love Again"

Presenters[edit]

Awards[edit]

Special merit awards[edit]

MusiCares Person of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award winners
Trustees Award winners
Technical Grammy Award winners
President's Merit Award

General[edit]

For all of these there are both nominees and winners, the winners are in bold.

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

Pop[edit]

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Pop Vocal Album

Dance[edit]

Best Dance Recording
Best Electronic/Dance Album

Traditional Pop[edit]

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Rock[edit]

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Hard Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
  • "Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)" - Rush
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

Alternative[edit]

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B[edit]

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
  • "Lovin You (Music)" - Wayna & Kokayi
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album
Best Contemporary R&B Album

Rap[edit]

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

Country[edit]

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album
Best Bluegrass Album
  • Del McCoury Band — Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Del McCoury Band
  • The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman - Earl Scruggs

New Age[edit]

Best New Age Album
  • Pathfinder - Will Clipman

Jazz[edit]

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
  • Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley - Various Artists
  • Miles From India - Various Artists
Best Jazz Vocal Album
  • If Less Is More...Nothing Is Everything - Kate McGarry
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel[edit]

Best Gospel Performance
Best Gospel Song
Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Best Traditional Gospel Album
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

Latin[edit]

Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Best Latin Urban Album
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best Regional Mexican Album
  • Amor, Dolor y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera – Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
  • Canciones de AmorMariachi Divas
Best Tejano Album
  • Viva La Revolucion – Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
Best Norteño Album
Best Banda Album

Blues[edit]

Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album

Folk[edit]

Best Traditional Folk Album
Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Best Native American Music Album
Best Hawaiian Music Album
Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album;

Reggae[edit]

Best Reggae Album

World music[edit]

Best Traditional World Music Album
Best Contemporary World Music Album

Polka[edit]

Best Polka Album

Children's music[edit]

Best Musical Album For Children
Best Spoken Word Album for Children

Spoken word[edit]

Best Spoken Word Album

Comedy[edit]

Best Comedy Album

Musical show[edit]

Best Musical Show Album

Film, television and other visual media[edit]

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

Composing and arranging[edit]

Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
  • "Here's That Rainy Day" – Natalie Cole
    • Nan Schwartz, arranger

Package[edit]

Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Album notes[edit]

Best Album Notes
  • Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition – Francis Davis, album notes writer (Miles Davis)

Historical[edit]

Best Historical Album
  • Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music – Documented By Art Rosenbaum Steven; Lance Ledbetter & Art Rosenbaum, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Production, non-classical[edit]

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

Production, surround sound[edit]

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, classical[edit]

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical

Classical[edit]

Best Classical Album
Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
Best Chamber Music Performance
Best Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Vocal Performance
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Classical Crossover Album

Music video[edit]

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

Cancelled Performances[edit]

  • Rihanna's 51st Grammy Awards performance was cancelled due to treatment caused by domestic violence by her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown.

Records[edit]

Trivia[edit]

giving the award for album of the year to alternative rock band Coldplay.

Artists with multiple nominations and awards[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]