|55th Annual Grammy Awards|
|Date||February 10, 2013|
5:00–8:30 p.m. PST
|Location||Staples Center, Los Angeles, US|
|Hosted by||LL Cool J|
|Most awards||Dan Auerbach (5)|
|Most nominations||Dan Auerbach, Fun, Jay-Z, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Kanye West (6 each)|
|Viewership||28.3 million viewers|
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles honoring the best in music for the recording year beginning October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012. The show was broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT and was hosted for the second time by LL Cool J. The "Pre-Telecast Ceremony" was streamed live from LA's Nokia Theater at the official Grammy website. Nominations were announced on December 5, 2012, on prime-time television as part of "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music's Biggest Night", a one-hour special co-hosted by LL Cool J & Taylor Swift and broadcast live on CBS from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Fun, Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Dan Auerbach received the most nominations with six each.
Gotye and Kimbra won the Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used to Know", becoming the second Australian and first New Zealand act to win the award. Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year for Babel, and Fun won the Song of the Year (with Jeff Bhasker) for "We Are Young" as well as the Best New Artist. Kelly Clarkson won the Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger, becoming the first and only artist to win the award twice. Dan Auerbach won the most awards during the ceremony, with five (including three as part of The Black Keys); followed by The Black Keys, Gotye, Jay-Z, Skrillex, Kanye West, with three each. Other multiple winners include: Chick Corea, Fun, Kimbra, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Matt Redman and Esperanza Spalding with two awards each.
The Recording Academy introduced three new categories to the 78 awards previously presented at the 54th ceremony—Best Classical Compendium, Best Latin Jazz Album, and Best Urban Contemporary Album, bringing it to a total of 81 awards. 70 of them were presented at the pre-telecast at the Nokia Theatre, with the remaining 11 were presented at the main ceremony. Bruce Springsteen received the MusiCares Person of the Year award on February 8, 2013, at the 23rd Grammy Benefit Gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center, two nights prior to the main ceremony. The official poster was designed by Artist Erika Iris Simmons. The program producer is AEG Ehrlich Ventures, with Ken Ehrlich serving as executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz as director and David Wild and Ken Ehrlich as writers.
The following artists performed on the pre-telecast:
The following performed on the main telecast:
The following presented on the pre-telecast:
The following presented on the main telecast:
|Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull||Best Pop Solo Performance|
|Neil Patrick Harris||introduced Fun|
|John Mayer and Bonnie Raitt||introduced Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley|
|Miguel and Wiz Khalifa||Best Country Solo Performance|
|Faith Hill and Tim McGraw||Song of the Year|
|Johnny Depp||introduced Mumford & Sons|
|Beyoncé and Ellen DeGeneres||introduced Justin Timberlake|
|Dave Grohl and Pauley Perrette||1. Producer of the Year, Non-Classical|
|Kelly Rowland and Nas||Best Urban Contemporary Album|
|Keith Urban and Kaley Cuoco||Best Pop Vocal Album|
|Carly Rae Jepsen and Ne-Yo||Best Rap/Sung Collaboration|
|Kelly Clarkson||1. Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award to Carole King|
|Kat Dennings||introduced The Black Keys|
|Katy Perry||Best New Artist|
|Hunter Hayes||introduced Carrie Underwood|
|Prince||Record of the Year|
|Adele||Album of the Year|
Winners and nominees
|Album of the Year
(presented by Adele)
|Record of the Year|
(presented by Prince)
|Song of the Year
(presented by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw)
|Best New Artist|
(presented by Katy Perry)
|Babel||Mumford & Sons||Markus Dravs||Robin Baynton & Ruadhri Cushnan||Bob Ludwig|
|Blunderbuss||Jack White||Jack White||Vance Powell & Jack White||Bob Ludwig|
|Channel Orange||Frank Ocean feat. André 3000, John Mayer & Earl Sweatshirt||Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Shea Taylor, Tyler, the Creator, & Pharrell||Calvin Bailif, Andrew Coleman, Jeff Ellis, Doug Fenske, Om'Mas Keith, Malay, Frank Ocean, Philip Scott, Mark "Spike" Stent, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar, & Vic Wainstein||Vlado Meller|
|El Camino||The Black Keys||The Black Keys & Danger Mouse||Tchad Blake, Tom Elmhirst, & Kennie Takahashi||Brian Lucey|
|Some Nights||Fun feat. Janelle Monáe||Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Jake One, & TommyD||Jeff Bhasker, Pawel Sek, Pete Bischoff, Ken Lewis, Jeff Chestek, Andrew Dawson, Emile Haynie, Rich Costey, Manny Marroquin, Sonny Pinnar, & Stuart White||Chris Gehringer|
|"Somebody That I Used to Know"||Gotye featuring Kimbra||Wally de Backer||Wally de Backer, François Tétaz & William Bowden||William Bowden|
|"Lonely Boy"||The Black Keys||The Black Keys & Danger Mouse||Tom Elmhirst & Kennie Takahashi||Brian Lucey|
|"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"||Kelly Clarkson||Greg Kurstin||Șerban Ghenea, John Hanes, Greg Kurstin, & Jesse Shatkin||Chris Gehringer|
|"Thinkin Bout You"||Frank Ocean||Shea Taylor & Frank Ocean||Jeff Ellis, Pat Thrall, Marcos Tovar, & Mark "Spike" Stent||Vlado Meller|
|"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"||Taylor Swift||Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift||Șerban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, & Michael Ilbert||Tom Coyne|
|"We Are Young"||Fun featuring Janelle Monáe||Jeff Bhasker||Jeff Bhasker, Pawel Sek, Ken Lewis, Andrew Dawson, & Stuart White||Chris Gehringer|
|Best Pop Solo Performance
(presented by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull)
|Best Pop Duo/Group Performance|
|Best Pop Vocal Album
(presented by Keith Urban and Kaley Cuoco)
|Best Pop Instrumental Album|
|Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album|
|Best Dance/Electronic Album||Best Dance Recording|
Rock and alternative
|Best Rock Album||Best Rock Song|
|Best Rock Performance||Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance|
|Best Alternative Music Album|
|Best R&B Performance||Best Traditional R&B Performance|
|Best R&B Album||Best Urban Contemporary Album|
|Best R&B Song|
|Best Rap Album||Best Rap Song|
|Best Rap Performance||Best Rap/Sung Collaboration|
|Best Country Solo Performance
(presented by Miguel and Wiz Khalifa)
|Best Country Duo/Group Performance|
|Best Country Album
(presented by Kelly Clarkson)
|Best Country Song|
Jazz and New Age
|Best Jazz Vocal Album||Best Jazz Instrumental Album|
|Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album||Best Latin Jazz Album|
|Best Improvised Jazz Solo||Best New Age Album|
- "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" – Matt Redman
- "Jesus, Friend of Sinners" – Casting Crowns
- "Take Me to the King" – Tamela Mann
- "Go Get It" – Mary Mary
- "My Testimony" – Marvin Sapp
- "Go Get It"
- Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary)
- "Hold On"
- "I Feel Good"
- Phillip Feaster, Fred Hammond, Jonathan Miller & Calvin Rodgers, songwriters (Fred Hammond)
- "My Testimony"
- Aaron Lindsey & Marvin Sapp, songwriters (Marvin Sapp)
- Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Bill Winston & Living Word Featuring Donald Lawrence)
- "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" (tie)
- Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman, songwriters (Matt Redman)
- "Your Presence Is Heaven" (tie)
- Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters (Israel & New Breed)
- Gravity – Lecrae
- Identity – James Fortune
- Jesus at the Center: Live – Israel & New Breed
- I Win – Marvin Sapp
- Worship Soul – Anita Wilson
- Eye on It – TobyMac
- Come to the Well – Casting Crowns
- Where I Find You – Kari Jobe
- Gold – Britt Nicole
- Into the Light – Matthew West
- MTV Unplugged: Deluxe Edition – Juanes
- Independiente – Ricardo Arjona
- Ilusión – Fonseca
- Kany Garcia – Kany Garcia
- ¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro? – Jesse & Joy
- Imaginaries – Quetzal
- Campo – Campo
- Déjenme Llorar – Carla Morrison
- Electro-Jarocho – Sistema Bomb
- La Bala – Ana Tijoux
- Pecados y Milagros – Lila Downs
- Sembrando Flores – Los Cojolites
- 365 Días – Los Tucanes de Tijuana
- Oye – Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea
- El Primer Ministro - Gerardo Ortíz
- Retro – Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña
- Cubano Soy – Raúl Lara y Sus Soneros
- Desde Nueva York a Puerto Rico – Eddie Montalvo
- Formula, Vol. 1 – Romeo Santos
American Roots Music
- Slipstream – Bonnie Raitt
- The Carpenter – The Avett Brothers
- From the Ground Up – John Fullbright
- The Lumineers – The Lumineers
- Babel – Mumford & Sons
- Nobody Knows You – Steep Canyon Rangers
- The Gospel Side Of – Dailey & Vincent
- Life Finds a Way – The Grascals
- Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail – Noam Pikelny
- Scratch Gravel Road – The Special Consensus
- Locked Down – Dr. John
- 33 1/3 – Shemekia Copeland
- Let It Burn – Ruthie Foster
- And Still I Rise – Heritage Blues Orchestra
- Bring It on Home – Joan Osborne
- The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile
- Leaving Eden – Carolina Chocolate Drops
- Election Special – Ry Cooder
- Hambone's Meditations – Luther Dickinson
- This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark – Various Artists
- The Band Courtbouillon – Wayne Toups, Steve Riley & Wilson Savoy
- Malama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love) – Keola Beamer
- Shi Kéyah - Songs for the People – Radmilla Cody
- Pilialoha – Weldon Kekauoha
- Nothin' But The Best – Corey Ledet with Anthony Dopsie, Dwayne Dopsie & André Thierry
- Rebirth – Jimmy Cliff
- Miracle – The Original Wailers
- Tomahawk Technique – Sean Paul
- New Legend - Jamaica 50th Edition – Sly and Robbie & The Jam Masters
- Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged On Strawberry Hill – Toots And The Maytals
- The Living Room Sessions Part 1 – Ravi Shankar
- Folila – Amadou & Mariam
- On a Gentle Island Breeze – Daniel Ho
- Jabulani – Hugh Masekela
- Traveller – Anoushka Shankar
- Can You Canoe? – The Okee Dokee Brothers
- High Dive and Other Things That Could Have Happened... – Bill Harley
- JumpinJazz Kids - A Swinging Jungle Tale - Featuring Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws and Dee Dee Bridgewater – James Murray & Various Artists
- Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie – Elizabeth Mitchell
- Radio Jungle – The Pop Ups
- Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)
- Society's Child: My Autobiography – Janis Ian
- American Grown (Michelle Obama) – (Various Artists) Scott Creswell & Dan Zitt, producers
- Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy – Bill Clinton
- Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power – Rachel Maddow
- Seriously... I'm Kidding – Ellen DeGeneres
- Blow Your Pants Off – Jimmy Fallon
- In God We Rust – Lewis Black
- Kathy Griffin: Seaman 1st Class – Kathy Griffin
- Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe – Jim Gaffigan
- Rize of the Fenix – Tenacious D
- Once: A New Musical – Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Steve Kazee & Cristin Milioti, principal soloists; Steven Epstein & Martin Lowe, producers (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, composers/lyricists)
- Follies – New Broadway Cast Recording
- The Gershwins' Porgy And Bess – New Broadway Cast Recording
- Newsies – Original Broadway Cast Recording
- Nice Work If You Can Get It – Original Broadway Cast Recording
Music for Visual Media
- Midnight in Paris – Various Artists
- The Descendants – Various Artists
- Marley – Bob Marley & The Wailers
- The Muppets – Various Artists
- Rock of Ages – Various Artists
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, composers
- The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn – John Williams, composer
- The Artist – Ludovic Bource, composer
- The Dark Knight Rises – Hans Zimmer, composer
- Hugo – Howard Shore, composer
- Journey – Austin Wintory, composer
- "Safe & Sound" (from The Hunger Games)
- T Bone Burnett, Taylor Swift, John Paul White & Joy Williams, songwriters (Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars)
- "Abraham's Daughter" (from The Hunger Games)
- "Learn Me Right" (from Brave)
- "Let Me Be Your Star" (from Smash)
- "Man or Muppet" (from The Muppets)
- "Mozart Goes Dancing"
- Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)
- "December Dream"
- "Music Of Ansel Adams: America"
- "Overture, Waltz and Rondo"
- Bill Cunliffe, composer (Temple University Symphony Orchestra)
- "Without a Paddle"
- Bill Holman, composer (Tall & Small)
- "How About You"
- Gil Evans, arranger (Gil Evans Project)
- "Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite For Ellington"
- Michael Philip Mossman, arranger (Bobby Sanabria Big Band)
- Bob Mintzer, arranger (Bob Mintzer Big Band)
- "A Night In Tunisia (Actually An Entire Weekend!)"
- Wally Minko, arranger (Arturo Sandoval)
- "Salt Peanuts! (Mani Salado)"
- "Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite For Ellington"
- "City Of Roses"
- Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)
- "Look To The Rainbow"
- "Out There"
- "Spain (I Can Recall)"
- "Wild Is The Wind"
- Nan Schwartz, arranger (Whitney Claire Kaufman And Andrew Playfoot)
- Michael Amzalag & Mathias Augustyniak, art directors (Björk)
- Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
- Fritz Klaetke, art director (Woody Guthrie)
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
- Go Fly a Kite
- Liz Kweller, art director (Ben Kweller)
- Ram (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition)
- Some Girls (Super Deluxe Edition)
- Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles
- Billy Vera, album notes writer (Ray Charles)
- Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition
- Stephen Wade, album notes writer (Stephen Wade)
- First Recordings: 50th Anniversary Edition
- The Pearl Sessions
- Holly George-Warren, album notes writer (Janis Joplin)
- Piazzolla in Brooklyn
- Fernando Gonzalez, album notes writer (Pablo Aslan Quintet)
- The Smile Sessions (Deluxe Box Set)
- Alan Boyd, Mark Linett, Brian Wilson & Dennis Wolfe, compilation producers; Mark Linett, mastering engineer (The Beach Boys)
- He is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes
- Josh Rosenthal, compilation producer; Bryan Hoffa & Christopher King, mastering engineers (Arizona Dranes)
- Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music: 34 Historic Songs, Ballads, And Instrumentals Recorded In The Great Smoky Mountains By "Song Catcher" Joseph S. Hall
- Kent Cave, Michael Montgomery & Ted Olson, compilation producers; John Fleenor & Steve Kemp, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
- Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM
- Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jonathan Ward, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
- Ram (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition)
- Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection
- Jeff Place & Robert Santelli, compilation producers; Pete Reiniger, mastering engineer (Woody Guthrie)
- The Goat Rodeo Sessions
- The Absence
- Ashes & Fire
- Love is a Four Letter Word
- Dan Auerbach
- Jeff Bhasker
- "Climax" (Usher) (T)
- "Get Free" (Major Lazer featuring Amber Coffman) (S)
- "La La La" (Snoop Lion) (S)
- "Lies" (Marina and The Diamonds) (T)
- "Look At These Hoes" (Santigold) (T)
- "Push And Shove" (No Doubt featuring Busy Signal & Major Lazer) (T)
- "Slight Work" (Wale featuring Big Sean) (T)
- "Thought of You" (Justin Bieber) (T)
- "Too Close" (Alex Clare) (T)
- Markus Dravs
- Salaam Remi
- "Back To Love" (Anthony Hamilton) (T)
- "Between the Cheats" (Amy Winehouse) (T)
- "Girl On Fire" (Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj) (S)
- "How Many Drinks?" (Miguel) (T)
- Life Is Good (Nas) (A)
- "Like Smoke" (Amy Winehouse Featuring Nas) (T)
- "Running" (Melanie Fiona & Nas) (T)
- "Sins of My Father" (Usher) (T)
- "A Song For You" (Amy Winehouse) (T)
- "Promises" (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
- "In My Mind" (Axwell Remix)
- "Lie Down in Darkness" (Photek Remix)
- "Midnight City" (Eric Prydz Private Remix)
- "The Veldt" (Tommy Trash Remix)
Production, Surround Sound
- Modern Cool
- Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Michael Friedman, surround producer (Patricia Barber)
- Quiet Winter Night
- Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Hoff Ensemble)
- Daniel Shores, surround mix engineer; Daniel Shores, surround mastering engineer; Marina Ledin & Victor Ledin, surround producers (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet)
- Storm Corrosion
- Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Steven Wilson, surround mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, surround producer (Storm Corrosion)
- Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen
- Tom Caulfield & John Newton, engineers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)
- Daniel Shores, engineer; Daniel Shores, mastering engineer (Modern Mandolin Quartet)
- Beethoven: The Late String Quartets, Op. 127 & 131
- Bruce Egre, engineer (Brentano String Quartet)
- Music for a Time of War
- Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers; Jesse Brayman, mastering engineer (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony)
- Morten Lindberg, engineer; Morten Lindberg, mastering engineer (TrondheimSolistene)
- Blanton Alspaugh
- Chamber Symphonies (Gregory Wolynec & Gateway Chamber Orchestra)
- Davis: Río De Sangre (Joseph Rescigno, Vale Rideout, Ava Pine, John Duykers, Kerry Walsh, Guido LeBron, The Florentine Opera Company & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
- Gjeilo: Northern Lights (Charles Bruffy & Phoenix Chorale)
- In Paradisum (Brian A. Schmidt & South Dakota Chorale)
- Life & Breath - Choral Works By René Clausen (Charles Bruffy & Kansas City Chorale)
- Music for a Time of War (Carlos Kalmar & The Oregon Symphony)
- Musto: The Inspector (Glen Cortese & Wolf Trap Opera Company)
- Tim Handley
- Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Leonard Slatkin & Orchestre National De Lyon)
- Debussy: Orchestral Works, Vol. 7 (Jun Märkl & Orchestre National De Lyon)
- Debussy: 24 Préludes (Jun Märkl & Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
- Fuchs, K.: Atlantic Riband; American Rhapsody; Divinium Mysterium (JoAnn Falletta, Paul Silverthorne, Michael Ludwig & London Symphony Orchestra)
- Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F; Rhapsody No. 2; I Got Rhythm Variations (Orion Weiss, JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Hailstork: An American Port of Call (JoAnn Falletta, Virginia Symphony Chorus & Virginia Symphony Orchestra)
- Holst: Cotswolds Symphony; Walt Whitman Overture (JoAnn Falletta & Ulster Orchestra)
- Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Marin Alsop & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
- Roussel: Le Festin De L'Araignée (Stéphane Denève & Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
- Still: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 (John Jeter & Fort Smith Symphony)
- Marina Ledin & Victor Ledin
- Americana (Modern Mandolin Quartet)
- Brubeck & American Poets (Lynne Morrow & Pacific Mozart Ensemble)
- Delibes: Sylvia; Coppélia (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)
- Mind Meld (ZOFO Duet)
- Rupa-Khandha (Los Angeles Percussion Quartet)
- Weigl: Isle of the Dead; Six Fantasies; Pictures & Tales; Night Fantasies (Joseph Banowetz)
- James Mallinson
- Britten: War Requiem (Gianandrea Noseda, Joseph Cullen, Alastair Tighe, Choir Of Eltham College, London Symphony Chorus & Orchestra)
- Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (Bernard Haitink & London Symphony Orchestra)
- The Greatest Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin (Richard Kaufman, Whitney Claire Kaufman, Andrew Playfoot, London Voices & London Symphony Orchestra)
- Massenet: Don Quichotte (Valery Gergiev, Andrei Serov, Anna Kiknadze, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Soloists' Ensemble of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers & Mariinsky Orchestra)
- Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (Valery Gergiev & London Symphony Orchestra)
- Dan Merceruio
- Arensky: Quartets Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Quintet, Op. 51 (Ying Quartet)
- Brasileiro - Works of Francisco Mignone (Cuarteto Latinoamericano)
- Change of Worlds (Ensemble Galilei)
- The Complete Harpsichord Works of Rameau (Jory Vinikour)
- Critical Models - Chamber Works of Mohammed Fairouz (Various Artists)
- The Kernis Project: Schubert (Jasper String Quartet)
- Le Bestiaire (Celine Ricci)
- Scarlatti: La Dirindina & Pur Nel Sonno (Matthew Dirst & Ars Lyrica Houston)
- Two Lutes - Lute Duets from England's Golden Age (Ronn McFarlane & William Simms)
- Weill-Ibert-Berg (Timothy Muffitt & Baton Rouge Symphony Chamber Players)
- Tim Handley
"Adams: Harmonielehre & Short Ride In A Fast Machine"
- Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
- "Mahler: Symphony No. 1"
- Music for a Time of War
- "Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances"
- "Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 5"
- Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)
- James Levine & Fabio Luisi, conductors; Hans-Peter König, Jay Hunter Morris, Bryn Terfel & Deborah Voigt; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
- "Berg: Lulu"
- "Handel: Agrippina"
- "Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress"
- "Vivaldi: Teuzzone"
"Life & Breath – Choral Works By René Clausen"
- Charles Bruffy, conductor (Matthew Gladden, Lindsey Lang, Rebecca Lloyd, Sarah Tannehill & Pamela Williamson; Kansas City Chorale)
- "Handel: Israel In Egypt"
- Julian Wachner, conductor (Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Trinity Choir Wall Street)
- "Ligeti: Requiem; Apparitions; San Francisco Polyphony"
- "The Nightingale"
- "Striggio: Mass For 40 & 60 Voices"
- "Handel: Israel In Egypt"
"Meanwhile" – Eighth Blackbird
- "Americana" – Modern Mandolin Quartet
- "Mind Meld" – ZOFO Duet
- "Profanes Et Sacrées" – Boston Symphony Chamber Players
- "Rupa-Khandha" – Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
"Kurtág & Ligeti: Music For Viola"
- Kim Kashkashian
- Renée Fleming (Alan Gilbert & Seiji Ozawa; Orchestre National De France & Orchestre Philharmonique De Radio France)
- "Debussy: Clair De Lune"
- "Homecoming – Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato"
- "Paris Days, Berlin Nights"
- "Sogno Barocco"
Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis
- Antoni Wit, conductor; Aleksandra Nagórko & Andrzej Sasin, producers
"Meanwhile - Incidental Music To Imaginary Puppet Plays"
- Stephen Hartke, composer (Eighth Blackbird)
- "Inura For Voices, Strings & Percussion"
- Tania León, composer (Tania León, Son Sonora Voices, DanceBrazil Percussion & Son Sonora Ensemble)
- "Ugis: The Nightingale"
- "Cello Concerto No. 2 'Towards The Horizon'"
- "August 4, 1964"
- "Inura For Voices, Strings & Percussion"
- "We Found Love" – Rihanna & Calvin Harris
- Melina Matsoukas, video director; Juliette Larthe & Ben Sullivan, video producers
- "Houdini" – Foster the People
- Daniels, video directors; Gaetano Crupi, video producer
- "No Church in the Wild" – Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream
- Romain Gavras, video director; Mourad Belkeddan, video producer
- "Bad Girls" – M.I.A.
- Romain Gavras, video director; Romain Gavras, video producer
- "Run Boy Run" – Woodkid
- Yoann Lemoine, video director; Roman Pichon, video producer
- "Houdini" – Foster the People
- Big Easy Express - Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe, Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show
- Emmett Malloy, video director; Bryan Ling, Mike Luba & Tim Lynch, video producers
- Bring Me Home: Live 2011 - Sade
- Radio Music Society - Esperanza Spalding
- Pilar Sanz, video director; Esperanza Spalding, video producer
- Get Along - Tegan and Sara
- From the Sky Down - U2
- Davis Guggenheim, video director; Belisa Balaban, Brian Celler, Davis Guggenheim & Ted Skillman, video producers
Special Merit Awards
- President's Merit Award
Artists with multiple nominations and awards
Dave Brubeck, Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Andy Williams, Donna Summer, Robin Gibb, Patti Page, Earl Scruggs, Chuck Brown, Davy Jones, Dick Clark, Fontella Bass, Marva Whitney, Jimmy Jones, Cleve Duncan, Herb Reed, Frank Wilson, Hal David, Scott McKenzie, Andy Griffith, Marvin Hamlisch, Richard Adler, Patty Andrews, Dorothy McGuire, Jenni Rivera, Kitty Wells, Frances Preston, Donna Hilley, Rick Blackburn, Doc Watson, Mike Auldridge, Joe South, Ravi Shankar, Mickey Baker, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Carl Davis, Adam Yauch, Jon Lord, Ed Cassidy, Ronnie Montrose, Frank Barsalona, Gil Friesen, Chris Lighty, Billy Strange, Big Jim Sullivan, Jim Marshall, George Marino, John Stronach, Howard Hilson Scott, Al DeLory, Mike Melvoin, Alan Mintz, David Braun, Paul Marshall, Jules Chaikin, Paquito Hechavarria, Yomo Toro, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Elliott Carter, Maurice André, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Claude Nobs, Carrie Smith, Red Holloway, Bob Babbitt, Andrew Love, Bob Welch, Bob Birch and Levon Helm.
In its original live television broadcast, the ceremony received a 25 share/rating among viewers aged 18–49 and was watched by 28.37 million people.
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