2012 Grammy Awards
|2012 Grammy Awards|
February 12, 2012
|Location||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Host||LL Cool J|
|Viewership||40 million viewers|
The 2012 (or 54th) Grammy Awards were held on February 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles being broadcast on CBS. LL Cool J hosted the show. It was the first time in seven years that the event had an official host. Nominations were announced on November 30, 2011 on prime-time television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night", a one-hour special broadcast live on CBS from Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. Kanye West received the most nominations with seven. Adele, Foo Fighters, and Bruno Mars each received six nominations. Lil Wayne, Skrillex, and Radiohead all earned five nominations. The nominations were criticised by many music journalists as Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy missed out on a nomination for Album of the Year despite being highly critically acclaimed and topping many end of year charts. West's album went on the win Best Rap Album instead.
A total of 78 awards were presented following the Academy's decision to restructure the Grammy Award categories. Paul McCartney received the MusiCares Person of the Year award on February 10, 2012, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, two nights prior to the Grammy telecast.
On February 8, 2012, the Academy announced that the 54th Grammy Pre-Telecast Ceremony would stream live internationally. The ceremony took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center and was streamed live in its entirety internationally at Grammy's official website and CBS Television Network. The ceremony was co-hosted by Dave Koz and MC Lyte. A total of 68 awards were presented in the Pre-Telecast ceremony. The official poster was designed by Architect Frank Gehry.
The day before the ceremony, Whitney Houston died in Los Angeles, and the show's producers quickly planned a tribute in the form of Jennifer Hudson singing Houston's "I Will Always Love You". The awards show began with a Bruce Springsteen performance followed by an LL Cool J prayer for Whitney Houston. Adele won all of her six nominations, record for most wins by a female artist in one night. Foo Fighters and Kanye West followed with five and four awards, respectively.
- Kim Burrell, Le'Andria Johnson, Kelly Price and Trin-I-Tee 5:7
- Joyce DiDonato
- Steve Earle
- Rebirth Brass Band
- The Civil Wars
- Gerald Clayton
- Chick Corea
- Brandon Heath
- Arturo O'Farrill
- OK Go
- Corinne Bailey Rae
- Esperanza Spalding
- Jimmy Jam
The following performed:
- Maceo Parker was scheduled to pay tribute to Clarence Clemons following the montage of those that had passed away in 2011 although his tribute was dropped in the 24 hours leading up to the awards show to make room for the Jennifer Hudson tribute to Whitney Houston.
- Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt — presented Best Pop Solo Performance
- Marc Anthony and Fergie — presented Best Rap Performance
- Reba — introduced Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
- Jack Black — introduced Foo Fighters
- Mario Manningham, Pauley Perrette and Victor Cruz — presented Best Rock Performance
- Ryan Seacrest — introduced Maroon 5, Foster the People and The Beach Boys
- Stevie Wonder — introduced Paul McCartney
- Common and Taraji P. Henson — presented Best R&B Album
- Neil Patrick Harris — presented Song of the Year
- Kate Beckinsale (with host LL Cool J) — introduced Katy Perry
- Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley — presented Best Country Album
- Gwyneth Paltrow — introduced Adele
- Taylor Swift — introduced tribute to Glen Campbell
- Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett — presented Best New Artist
- Ahmir Thompson (with host LL Cool J) — introduced Chris Brown, David Guetta, deadmau5, Foo Fighters and Lil Wayne
- Drake — introduced Nicki Minaj
- Lady Antebellum — presented Record of the Year
- Diana Ross (with host LL Cool J) — presented Album of the Year and introduced Paul McCartney
Nominees and winners 
The winners per category were:
- Record of the Year
- "Holocene" – Bon Iver
- Justin Vernon, producer; Brian Joseph & Justin Vernon, engineers/mixers
- "Grenade" – Bruno Mars
- "The Cave" – Mumford & Sons
- Markus Dravs, producer; Francois Chevallier & Ruadhri Cushnan, engineers/mixers
- "Firework" – Katy Perry
- Album of the Year
- Jim Abbiss, Adele Adkins, Paul Epworth, Rick Rubin, Fraser T Smith, Ryan Tedder & Dan Wilson, producers; Jim Abbiss, Philip Allen, Beatriz Artola, Ian Dowling, Tom Elmhirst, Greg Fidelman, Dan Parry, Steve Price, Mark Rankin, Andrew Scheps, Fraser T Smith & Ryan Tedder, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
- Wasting Light – Foo Fighters
- Born This Way – Lady Gaga
- Paul Blair, DJ Snake, Fernando Garibay, Lady Gaga, Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Jeppe Laursen, RedOne & Clinton Sparks, producers; Fernando Garibay, Lady Gaga, Bill Malina, Trevor Muzzy, RedOne, Dave Russell, Justin Shirley Smith, Horace Ward & Tom Ware, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
- Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
- Loud – Rihanna
- Drake, Eminem & Nicki Minaj, featured artists; Ester Dean, Alex da Kid, Kuk Harrell, Mel & Mus, Awesome Jones, Makeba Riddick, The Runners, Sham, Soundz, Stargate, Chris "Tricky" Stewart, Sandy Vee & Willy Will, producers; Ariel Chobaz, Cary Clark, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Alex da Kid, Josh Gudwin, Kuk Harrell, Jaycen Joshua, Manny Marroquin, Dana Nielsen, Chad "C-Note" Roper, Noah "40" Shebib, Corey Shoemaker, Jay Stevenson, Mike Strange, Phil Tan, Brian "B-Luv" Thomas, Marcos Tovar, Sandy Vee, Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva, Miles Walker & Andrew Wuepper, engineers/mixers; Chris Gehringer, mastering engineer
- Song of the Year
- "All of the Lights"
- "The Cave"
- Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
- Best New Artist
- Best Pop Solo Performance
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
- "Dearest" – The Black Keys
- "Paradise" – Coldplay
- "Pumped Up Kicks" – Foster the People
- "Moves Like Jagger" – Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera
- Best Pop Instrumental Album
- Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney – Jenny Oaks Baker
- E Kahe Malie – Daniel Ho
- Hello Tomorrow – Dave Koz
- Setzer Goes Instru-Mental! – Brian Setzer
- Best Pop Vocal Album
- The Lady Killer – Cee Lo Green
- Born This Way – Lady Gaga
- Doo-Wops & Hooligans – Bruno Mars
- Loud – Rihanna
- Best Dance Recording
- Sonny Moore, producer & mixer
- "Raise Your Weapon" – deadmau5 featuring Greta Svabo Bech
- Joel Zimmerman, producer
- "Barbra Streisand" – Duck Sauce
- "Sunshine" – David Guetta & Avicii
- Tim Bergling, David Guetta & Giorgio Tuinfort, producers; Tim Bergling, mixer
- "Call Your Girlfriend" – Robyn
- "Save the World" – Swedish House Mafia
- Best Dance/Electronica Album
Traditional Pop 
- Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- The Gift – Susan Boyle
- In Concert on Broadway – Harry Connick, Jr.
- Music Is Better Than Words – Seth MacFarlane
- What Matters Most – Barbra Streisand
- Best Rock Performance
- "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" – Coldplay
- "Down By the Water" – The Decemberists
- "The Cave" – Mumford & Sons
- "Lotus Flower" – Radiohead
- Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
- "On the Backs of Angels" – Dream Theater
- "Curl of the Burl" – Mastodon
- "Public Enemy No. 1" – Megadeth
- "Blood in My Eyes" – Sum 41
- Best Rock Song
- "The Cave"
- Mumford & Sons, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)
- "Down By the Water"
- "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall"
- Coldplay, songwriters (Coldplay)
- "Lotus Flower"
- Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
- Best Rock Album
- Rock 'n' Roll Party (Honoring Les Paul) – Jeff Beck
- Come Around Sundown – Kings of Leon
- I'm With You – Red Hot Chili Peppers
- The Whole Love – Wilco
- Best Alternative Music Album
- Codes and Keys – Death Cab for Cutie
- Torches – Foster the People
- Circuital – My Morning Jacket
- The King of Limbs – Radiohead
- Best R&B Performance
- "Far Away" – Marsha Ambrosius
- "Pieces of Me" – Ledisi
- "Not My Daddy" – Kelly Price featuring Stokley Williams
- "You Are" – Charlie Wilson
- Best Traditional R&B Performance
- "Sometimes I Cry" – Eric Benét
- "Radio Message" – R. Kelly
- "Good Man" – Raphael Saadiq
- "Surrender" – Betty Wright & The Roots
- Best R&B Song
- "Far Away"
- "Not My Daddy"
- "Pieces of Me"
- "You Are"
- Dennis Bettis, Carl M. Days, Jr., Wirlie Morris, Charlie Wilson & Mahin Wilson, songwriters (Charlie Wilson)
- Best R&B Album
- Best Rap Performance
- "Look at Me Now" – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
- "The Show Goes On" – Lupe Fiasco
- "Moment 4 Life" – Nicki Minaj featuring Drake
- "Black and Yellow" – Wiz Khalifa
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
- "Party" – Beyoncé featuring André 3000
- "I'm On One" – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
- "I Need a Doctor" – Dr. Dre featuring Eminem & Skylar Grey
- "What's My Name?" – Rihanna featuring Drake
- "Motivation" – Kelly Rowland featuring Lil Wayne
- Best Rap Song
- Jeff Bhasker, Fergie, Really Doe, Kanye West & Malik Yusef, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Rihanna, Fergie & Kid Cudi)
- "Black and Yellow"
- "I Need a Doctor"
- "Look at Me Now"
- "The Show Goes On"
- Best Rap Album
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West
- Watch the Throne – Jay-Z & Kanye West
- Tha Carter IV – Lil Wayne
- Lasers – Lupe Fiasco
- Pink Friday – Nicki Minaj
- Best Country Solo Performance
- "Dirt Road Anthem" – Jason Aldean
- "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" – Martina McBride
- "Honey Bee" – Blake Shelton
- "Mama's Song" – Carrie Underwood
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- "Don't You Wanna Stay" – Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson
- "You and Tequila" – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
- "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" – Thompson Square
- Best Country Song
- Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
- "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"
- "God Gave Me You"
- "Just Fishin'"
- "Threaten Me with Heaven"
- "You and Tequila"
- Best Country Album
- My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
- Chief – Eric Church
- Red River Blue – Blake Shelton
- Here for a Good Time – George Strait
- Speak Now – Taylor Swift
New Age 
- Best New Age Album
- Northern Seas – Al Conti
- Gaia – Michael Brant DeMaria
- Wind, Rock, Sea & Flame – Peter Kater
- Instrumental Oasis, Vol. 6 – Zamora
- Best Improvised Jazz Solo
"500 Miles High" – Chick Corea
- "All or Nothing at All" – Randy Brecker
- "You Are My Sunshine" – Ron Carter
- "Work" – Fred Hersch
- "Sonnymoon for Two" – Sonny Rollins
- Best Jazz Vocal Album
- 'Round Midnight – Karrin Allyson
- The Gate – Kurt Elling
- American Road – Tierney Sutton (Band)
- The Music of Randy Newman – Roseanna Vitro
- Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Forever – Corea, Clarke & White
- Bond: The Paris Sessions – Gerald Clayton
- Alone at the Vanguard – Fred Hersch
- Bird Songs – Joe Lovano & Us Five
- Road Shows Vol. 2 – Sonny Rollins
- Timeline – Yellowjackets
- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
The Good Feeling – Christian McBride Big Band
- The Jazz Ballad Song Book – Randy Brecker with DR Big Band
- 40 Acres and a Burro – Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
- Legacy – Gerald Wilson Orchestra
- Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook – Miguel Zenón
Gospel/Contemporary Christian 
- Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
"Jesus" – Le'Andria Johnson
- "Do Everything" – Steven Curtis Chapman
- "Alive (Mary Magdalene)" – Natalie Grant
- "Your Love" – Brandon Heath
- "I Lift My Hands" – Chris Tomlin
- Best Gospel Song
- Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
- "Sitting with Me"
- Gerald Haddon, Tammi Haddon & Mary Mary, songwriters (Mary Mary)
- Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Donald Lawrence & Co. featuring Blanche McAllister-Dykes)
- "Trust Me"
- Richard Smallwood, songwriter (Richard Smallwood & Vision)
- Canton Jones, songwriter (Canton Jones)
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
- Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)
- "Hold Me"
- "I Lift My Hands"
- "Strong Enough"
- Matthew West, songwriter (Matthew West)
- "Your Love"
- Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)
- Best Gospel Album
- The Love Album – Kim Burrell
- The Journey – Andraé Crouch
- Something Big – Mary Mary
- Angel & Chanelle (Deluxe Edition) – Trin-i-tee 5:7
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
- Ghosts Upon the Earth – Gungor
- Leaving Eden – Brandon Heath
- The Great Awakening – Leeland
- What If We Were Real – Mandisa
- Black & White – Royal Tailor
- Best Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album
- Entren Los Que Quieran – Calle 13
- Entre La Ciudad Y El Mar – Gustavo Galindo
- Nuestra – La Vida Bohème
- Not So Commercial – Los Amigos Invisibles
- Best Regional Mexican or Tejano Album
Bicentenario – Pepe Aguilar
- Orale – Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
- Amor A La Musica – Mariachi Los Arrieros Del Valle
- Eres Un Farsante – Paquita la del Barrio
- Huevos Rancheros – Joan Sebastian
- Best Banda or Norteño Album
- Estare Mejor – El Güero y Su Banda Centenario
- Intocable 2011 – Intocable
- El Árbol – Los Tucanes de Tijuana
- No Vengo A Ver Si Puedo ... Si Por Que Puedo Vengo – Michael Salgado
- Best Tropical Latin Album
The Last Mambo – Cachao
American Roots Music 
- Best Americana Album
- Emotional Jukebox – Linda Chorney
- Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down – Ry Cooder
- Hard Bargain – Emmylou Harris
- Blessed – Lucinda Williams
- Best Bluegrass Album
- Reason and Rhyme: Bluegrass Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale – Jim Lauderdale
- Rare Bird Alert – Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers
- Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe – Del McCoury Band
- A Mother's Prayer – Ralph Stanley
- Sleep with One Eye Open – Chris Thile & Michael Daves
- Best Blues Album
- Low Country Blues – Gregg Allman
- Roadside Attractions – Marcia Ball
- Man in Motion – Warren Haynes
- The Reflection – Keb Mo
- Best Folk Album
- I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive – Steve Earle
- Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
- Ukulele Songs – Eddie Vedder
- The Harrow & The Harvest – Gillian Welch
- Best Regional Roots Music Album
Rebirth of New Orleans – Rebirth Brass Band
- Can't Sit Down – C.J. Chenier
- Wao Akua: The Forest of the Gods – George Kahumoku, Jr.
- Grand Isle – Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
- Not Just Another Polka – Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra
- Best Reggae Album
Revelation Pt 1: The Root of Life – Stephen Marley
- Harlem-Kingston Express Live! – Monty Alexander
- Reggae Knights – Israel Vibration
- Wild and Free – Ziggy Marley
- Summer in Kingston – Shaggy
World Music 
- Best World Music Album
- AfroCubism – AfroCubism
- Africa for Africa – Femi Kuti
- Songs from a Zulu Farm – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
- Best Children's Album
All About Bullies ... Big and Small – Various Artists
- Are We There Yet? – The Papa Hugs Band
- Fitness Rock & Roll – Miss Amy
- GulfAlive – The Banana Plant
- I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow – Various Artists
Spoken Word 
- Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't) – Betty White
- Bossypants – Tina Fey
- Fab Fan Memories – The Beatles Bond – Various Artists
- Hamlet (William Shakespeare) – Dan Donohue & Various Artists – Oregon Shakespeare Festival
- The Mark of Zorro – Val Kilmer & Cast
- Best Comedy Album
- Alpocalypse – "Weird Al" Yankovic
- Finest Hour – Patton Oswalt
- Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant – Kathy Griffin
- Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island
Musical Show 
- Best Musical Theater Album
- Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells, principal soloists; Anne Garefino, Robert Lopez, Stephen Oremus, Trey Parker, Scott Rudin & Matt Stone, producers; Robert Lopez, Trey Parker & Matt Stone, composers/lyricists
- Anything Goes – New Broadway Cast Recording
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – The 2011 Broadway Cast Recording
Music for Visual Media 
- Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Boardwalk Empire Volume 1 – Various Artists
- Burlesque – Christina Aguilera
- Glee: The Music, Volume 4 – Glee Cast
- Tangled – Various Artists
- True Blood Volume 3 – Various Artists
- Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
- Alexandre Desplat, composer
- Black Swan
- Clint Mansell, composer
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- Alexandre Desplat, composer
- The Shrine
- Ryan Shore, composer
- Tron: Legacy
- Daft Punk, composers
- Best Song Written for Visual Media
- "Born to Be Somebody" (from Justin Bieber: Never Say Never)
- "Christmastime Is Killing Us" (from Family Guy)
- "So Long" (from Winnie the Pooh)
- "Where the River Goes" (from Footloose)
- "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" (from Burlesque)
- Best Instrumental Composition
- "Falling Men"
- John Hollenbeck, composer (John Hollenbeck, Daniel Yvinec & Orchestre National de Jazz (ONJ))
- "Hunting Wabbits 3 (Get Off My Lawn)"
- "I Talk to the Trees"
- Randy Brecker, composer (Randy Brecker with DR Big Band)
- Best Instrumental Arrangement
"Rhapsody in Blue"
- "All or Nothing at All"
- Peter Jensen, arranger (Randy Brecker with DR Big Band)
- "In the Beginning"
- Clare Fischer, arranger (The Clare Fischer Big Band)
- "Nasty Dance"
- "Song Without Words"
- Carlos Franzetti, arranger (Carlos Franzetti & Allison Brewster Franzetti)
- Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
- "Ao Mar"
- Vince Mendoza, arranger (Vince Mendoza)
- "Moon Over Bourbon Street"
- "On Broadway"
- "The Windmills of Your Mind"
- Best Recording Package
- Vincent Morisset, art director (Arcade Fire)
- Chickenfoot III
- Todd Gallopo, art director (Chickenfoot)
- Good Luck & True Love
- Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
- Rivers and Homes
- Watch the Throne
- Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
- Dave Bett & Michelle Holme, art directors (Bruce Springsteen)
- The King of Limbs
- Donald Twain & Zachariah Wildwood, art directors (Radiohead)
- 25th Anniversary Music Box
- 25 Years
- James Spindler, art director (Sting)
- Wingless Angels (Deluxe Edition)
- David Gorman, art director (Wingless Angels)
- Best Album Notes
Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond as Recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s
- Adam Machado, album notes writer (Various Artists)
- The Bang Years 1966–1968
- Neil Diamond, album notes writer (Neil Diamond)
- The Bristol Sessions, 1927–1928: The Big Bang of Country Music
- Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
- Complete Mythology
- Ken Shipley, album notes writer (Syl Johnson)
- The Music City Story: Street Corner Doo Wop, Raw R&B and Soulful Sounds from Berkeley, California 1950–75
- Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists)
- Best Historical Album
Band on the Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection – Deluxe Edition)
- Paul McCartney, compilation producer; Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
- The Bristol Sessions, 1927–1928: The Big Bang of Country Music
- Christopher C. King & Ted Olson, compilation producers; Christopher C. King & Chris Zwarg, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
- Complete Mythology
- Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton, mastering engineer (Syl Johnson)
- Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond as Recorded by the San Francisco Bay by Chris Strachwitz in the 1960s
- Chris Strachwitz, compilation producer; Mike Cogan, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
- Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete '56 Elvis Presley Masters
- Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, compilation producer; Vic Anesini, mastering engineer (Elvis Presley)
- Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
- Follow Me Down
- The Harrow & The Harvest
- Music Is Better Than Words
- The Next Right Thing
- Kevin Killen, Brendan Muldowney & John Shyloski, engineers; John Shyloski, mastering engineer (Seth Glier)
- Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
- Danger Mouse
- The Smeezingtons
- Ryan Tedder
- "Brighter Than the Sun" (Colbie Caillat) (T)
- "Favorite Song" (Colbie Caillat featuring Common) (T)
- "I Remember Me" (Jennifer Hudson) (T)
- "I Was Here" (Beyoncé) (T)
- "Not Over You" (Gavin DeGraw) (S)
- "#1Nite (One Night)" (Cobra Starship) (S)
- "Rumour Has It" (Adele) (T)
- "Sweeter" (Gavin DeGraw) (T)
- "Who's That Boy" (Demi Lovato featuring Dev) (T)
- Butch Vig
- Best Remixed Recording
"Cinema" (Skrillex Remix)
- "Collide" (Afrojack Remix)
- "End of Line" (Photek Remix)
- "Only Girl (In the World)" (Rosabel Club Mix)
- "Rope" (deadmau5 Mix)
Production, Surround Sound 
- Best Surround Sound Album
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 (Derek and the Dominos)
- An Evening with Dave Grusin
- Frank Filipetti & Eric Schilling, surround mix engineers; Frank Filipetti, surround mastering engineer; Phil Ramone, surround producer (Various Artists)
- Grace for Drowning
- Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Paschal Byrne, surround mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, surround producer (Steven Wilson)
- Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Kjetil Almenning, Ensemble 96 & Nidaros String Quartet)
- Spohr: String Sextet in C Major, Op. 140 & Nonet in F Major, Op. 31
- Andreas Spreer, surround mix engineer; Robin Schmidt & Andreas Spreer, surround mastering engineer; Andreas Spreer, surround producer (Camerata Freden)
Production, Classical 
- Best Engineered Album, Classical
Aldridge: Elmer Gantry
- Byeong-Joon Hwang & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Lewis, mastering engineer (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
- Glazunov: Complete Concertos
- Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music From Slide
- Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4
- Weinberg: Symphony No. 3 & Suite No. 4 From 'The Golden Key'
- Torbjörn Samuelsson, engineer (Thord Svedlund & Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra)
- Producer of the Year, Classical
- Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony; String Quartet (John Adams, St. Lawrence String Quartet & International Contemporary Ensemble)
- Capricho Latino (Rachel Barton Pine)
- 85th Birthday Celebration (Claude Frank)
- Insects & Paper Airplanes – Chamber Music of Lawrence Dillon (Daedalus Quartet & Benjamin Hochman)
- Midnight Frolic – The Broadway Theater Music of Louis A. Hirsch (Rick Benjamin & Paragon Ragtime Orchestra)
- Notable Women – Trios by Today's Female Composers (Lincoln Trio)
- The Soviet Experience, Vol. 1 – String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich & His Contemporaries (Pacifica Quartet)
- Speak! (Anthony De Mare)
- State of the Art – The American Brass Quintet at 50 (The American Brass Quintet)
- Steve Reich: WTC 9/11; Mallet Quartet; Dance Patterns (Kronos Quartet, Steve Reich Musicians & So Percussion)
- Winging It – Piano Music of John Corigliano (Ursula Oppens)
- Blanton Alspaugh
- Aldridge: Elmer Gantry (William Boggs, Keith Phares, Patricia Risley, Vale Rideout, Frank Kelley, Heather Buck, Florentine Opera Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
- Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas (Peter Takács)
- Osterfield: Rocky Streams (Paul Osterfield, Todd Waldecker & Various Artists)
- Manfred Eicher
- Bach: Concertos & Sinfonias for Oboe; Ich Hatte Viel Bekümmernis (Heinz Holliger, Eric Höbarth & Camerata Bern)
- Hymns & Prayers (Gidon Kremer & Kremerata Baltica)
- Manto & Madrigals (Thomas Zehetmair & Ruth Killius)
- Songs of Ascension (Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Todd Reynolds Quartet, The M6 & Montclair State University Singers)
- Tchaikovsky/Kissine: Piano Trios (Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite & Khatia Buniatishvili)
- A Worcester Ladymass (Trio Mediaeval)
- David Frost
- Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass)
- Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music from Slide (Rinde Eckert, Steven Mackey & Eighth Blackbird)
- Prayers & Alleluias (Kenneth Dake)
- Sharon Isbin & Friends – Guitar Passions (Sharon Isbin & Various Artists)
- Peter Rutenberg
- Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (Patrick Dupré Quigley, James K. Bass, Seraphic Fire & Professional Choral Institute)
- The Vanishing Nordic Chorale (Philip Spray & Musik Ekklesia)
- Best Orchestral Performance
"Brahms: Symphony No. 4"
- "Bowen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2"
- "Haydn: Symphonies 104, 88 & 101"
- "Henze: Symphonies Nos. 3–5"
- Martinu: The 6 Symphonies
- Best Opera Recording
"Adams: Doctor Atomic"
- Alan Gilbert, conductor; Meredith Arwady, Sasha Cooke, Richard Paul Fink, Gerald Finley, Thomas Glenn & Eric Owens; Jay David Saks, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
- "Britten: Billy Budd"
- Mark Elder, conductor; John Mark Ainsley, Phillip Ens, Jacques Imbrailo, Darren Jeffery, Iain Paterson & Matthew Rose; James Whitbourn, producer (London Philharmonic Orchestra; Glyndebourne Chorus)
- "Rautavaara: Kaivos"
- Hannu Lintu, conductor; Jaakko Kortekangas, Hannu Niemelä, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano & Mati Turi; Seppo Siirala, producer (Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra; Kaivos Chorus)
- "Verdi: La Traviata"
- Antonio Pappano, conductor; Joseph Calleja, Renée Fleming & Thomas Hampson; James Whitbourn, producer (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)
- "Vivaldi: Ercole Sul Termodonte"
- Fabio Biondi, conductor; Romina Basso, Patrizia Ciofi, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Vivica Genaux, Philippe Jaroussky, Topi Lehtipuu & Rolando Villazón; Daniel Zalay, producer (Europa Galante; Coro Da Camera Santa Cecilia Di Borgo San Lorenzo)
- Best Choral Performance
"Light & Gold"
- Eric Whitacre, conductor (Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King's Singers, Laudibus, Pavão Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers)
- "Beyond All Mortal Dreams – American A Cappella"
- Stephen Layton, conductor (Choir of Trinity College Cambridge)
- "Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45"
- Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; James K. Bass, chorus master (Justin Blackwell, Scott Allen Jarrett, Paul Max Tipton & Teresa Wakim; Professional Choral Institute & Seraphic Fire)
- Kjetil Almenning, conductor (Nidaros String Quartet; Ensemble 96)
- "The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen"
- Paul Hillier, conductor (Ars Nova Copenhagen)
- Best Small Ensemble Performance
"Mackey: Lonely Motel – Music from Slide" – Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird
- "Frank: Hilos" – Gabriela Lena Frank; ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
- "The Kingdoms of Castille – Richard Savino, conductor; El Mundo
- "A Seraphic Fire Christmas" – Patrick Dupré Quigley, conductor; Seraphic Fire
- "Sound the Bells!" – The Bay Brass
- Best Classical Instrumental Solo
"Schwantner: Concerto for Percussion & Orchestra"
- Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony)
- "Chinese Recorder Concertos – East Meets West"
- Lan Shui, conductor; Michala Petri (Copenhagen Philharmonic)
- "Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"
- Claudio Abbado, Yuja Wang (Mahler Chamber Orchestra)
- "Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4"
- Leif Ove Andsnes, Antonio Pappano (London Symphony Orchestra)
- "Winging It – Piano Music of John Corigliano"
- Ursula Oppens
- Best Classical Vocal Solo
- Joyce DiDonato (Kazushi Ono; Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon; Choeur De L'Opéra National De Lyon)
- "Grieg/Thommessen: Veslemøy Synsk"
- Marianne Beate Kielland (Nils Anders Mortensen)
- "Handel: Cleopatra"
- Natalie Dessay (Emmanuelle Haïm; Le Concert D'Astrée)
- "Purcell: O Solitude"
- Andreas Scholl (Stefano Montanari; Christophe Dumaux; Accademia Bizantina)
- "Three Baroque Tenors"
- Ian Bostridge (Bernard Labadie; Mark Bennett, Andrew Clarke, Sophie Daneman, Alberto Grazzi, Jonathan Gunthorpe, Benjamin Hulett & Madeline Shaw; The English Concert)
- "Crumb, George: The Ghosts of Alhambra" – George Crumb
- "Friedman, Jefferson: String Quartet No. 3" – Jefferson Friedman
- "Mackey, Steven: Lonely Motel – Music From Slide" – Steven Mackey
- "Ruders, Poul: Piano Concerto No. 2" – Poul Ruders
Music Video 
- Best Short Form Music Video
- Sam Brown, video director; Hannah Chandler, video producer
- "Yes I Know" – Memory Tapes
- Eric Epstein, video director & video producer
- "All Is Not Lost" – OK Go
- Itamar Kubovy, Damian Kulash & Trish Sie, video directors; Shirley Moyers, video producer
- "Lotus Flower" – Radiohead
- Garth Jennings, video director & video producer
- "First of the Year (Equinox)" – Skrillex
- Tony Truand, video director; Noah Klein, video producer
- "Perform This Way" – "Weird Al" Yankovic
- "Weird Al" Yankovic, video director; Cisco Newman, video producer
- Best Long Form Music Video
- James Moll, video director; James Moll & Nigel Sinclair, video producers
- I Am... World Tour – Beyoncé
- Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Frank Gatson, Jr., video directors; Beyoncé & Camille Yorrick, video producers
- Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon – Kings of Leon
- Stephen C. Mitchell, video director; Casey McGrath, video producer
- Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest – A Tribe Called Quest
- Michael Rapaport, video director; Robert Benavides, Debra Koffler, Eric Matthies, Frank Mele, Edward Parks & A Tribe Called Quest, video producers
- Nine Types of Light – TV on the Radio
- Tunde Adebimpe, video director; Michelle An & Braj, video producers
Special Merit Awards 
- President's Merit Award
- Allman Brothers Band
- Glen Campbell
- Tom Jobim
- Roy Haynes
- George Jones
- The Memphis Horns
- Diana Ross
- Gil Scott-Heron
Artists with multiple nominations and awards 
The following artists received multiple nominations:
The following artists received multiple awards:
- Jon Weisman, Grammy Awards Set for Jan. 26, Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2013
- LL Cool J To Host 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards
- Recording Academy, CBS enter 10-year Grammy deal, Associated Press, June 21, 2011
- "Jason Aldean, Lady Gaga To Perform At "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!"". GRAMMY.com. 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- Montgomery, James. "Grammy Nominations: The Biggest Shocks And Snubs". MTV. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- Mervis, Scott. "Grammys stumble with Kanye West album snub". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
- "Grammy.com". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
- "Paul McCartney Is 2012 MusiCares Person Of The Year". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
- GRAMMY Pre-Telecast Ceremony To Stream Live Internationally
- Architect Frank Gehry Creates Official Artwork for the 54th Annual Grammy, Grammy.org December 8, 2011
- Grammys 2012: Whitney Houston tribute to be sung by Jennifer Hudson
- "Adele wins 6 Grammys, including record of the year". The Clarion-Ledger. Gannett Company. February 12, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
- "Grammys 2012 – as it happened". Guardian. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
- "Whitney Houston Tragic Grammys Draw 39.9 Million Viewers, Second Most Watched Ever". Deadline.com. February 13, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
- The Beach Boys To Reunite At 54th GRAMMY Awards
- The 54th Grammy Awards Nominees List
- 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners - Engineer Field, Grammy.com
- The Recording Academy, Clive Davis Partner For Pre-GRAMMY Gala
- Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Announces