51st Annual Grammy Awards

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51st Annual Grammy Awards
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DateFebruary 8, 2009
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles
Most awardsAlison Krauss, Robert Plant (5)
Most nominationsLil Wayne (8)
Websitehttps://www.grammy.com/awards/51st-annual-grammy-awards Edit this on Wikidata
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The 51st Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 8, 2009, honoring the best in music for the recording year beginning October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2008. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the biggest winners of the night, winning five awards, including Album of the Year for their critically acclaimed album Raising Sand. Krauss became the sixth female solo artist to have won 5 awards in one night, 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 an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special.


Performer(s) Song(s) Performed
U2 "Get on Your Boots"
Al Green
Justin Timberlake
Keith Urban
Boyz II Men
"Let's Stay Together"
"Viva La Vida"
Carrie Underwood "Last Name"
Kid Rock "Amen"
"All Summer Long"
"Rock 'n' Roll Jesus"
Taylor Swift
Miley Cyrus
Jennifer Hudson "You Pulled Me Through"
Jonas Brothers
Stevie Wonder
"Burnin' Up"
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl"
Kanye West
"American Boy"
Kenny Chesney "Better as a Memory"
Lil Wayne
Kanye West
"Swagga Like Us"
M.I.A. "Paper Planes"
Paul McCartney
Dave Grohl
"I Saw Her Standing There"
Sugarland "Stay"
Jennifer Nettles
"Chasing Pavements"
Spirit of Troy
"15 Step"
Justin Timberlake
"Dead and Gone"
Duke Fair
Jamie Foxx
Smokey Robinson
Tribute to Four Tops
"Reach Out I'll Be There"
"Standing In the Shadows of Love"
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"
Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"
John Mayer
B.B. King
Buddy Guy
Keith Urban
Tribute to Bo Diddley
"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"
  • Both Rihanna and Chris Brown were scheduled to perform, but their performances were canceled after Brown was arrested for his act of domestic violence against Rihanna.



Special merit awards[edit]

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


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


Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
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


Best Dance Recording
Best Electronic/Dance Album

Traditional Pop[edit]

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


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
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


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
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album
Best Contemporary R&B Album


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


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

New Age[edit]

Best New Age Album


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


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


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Best Latin Urban Album
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best Regional Mexican Album
Best Tejano Album
  • Viva La RevolucionRuben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
Best Norteño Album
Best Banda Album


Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album


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


Best Reggae Album

World music[edit]

Best Traditional World Music Album
Best Contemporary World Music Album


Best Polka Album


Best Musical Album For Children
Best Spoken Word Album for Children

Spoken word[edit]

Best Spoken Word Album


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 Pop Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Album notes[edit]

Best Album Notes


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


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


In Memoriam[edit]

George Carlin, Jerry Wexler, Jerry Reed, Mike Smith, Rick Wright, Eartha Kitt, Buddy Miles, Mitch Mitchell, Earl Palmer, Buddy Harman, Freddie Hubbard, David "Fathead" Newman, Johnny Griffin, Jimmy McGriff, Mike Berniker, Teo Macero, Eddy Arnold, Nick Reynolds, Miriam Makeba, Odetta, Pervis Jackson, Cachao López, Norman Smith, Neil Aspinall, William Claxton, Neal Hefti, Jo Stafford, Levi Stubbs, Jheryl Busby, Norman Whitfield, Claude Jeter, Ira Tucker, Dottie Rambo, Larry Norman, Merl Saunders, F.M. Scott III, Delaney Bramlett, Alton Ellis, Shakir Stewart, Static Major, Leonard Pennario, Norman Dello Joio, Alexander Slobodyanik, Henry Z. Steinway, Earle Hagen, Isaac Hayes, Danny Federici and Bo Diddley.


  • The four Grammys Lil Wayne won were the first ever Grammy Award wins in his Career.
  • George Strait also won his first ever Grammy Award.
  • After a four-year hiatus, pop-punk band Blink-182 announced their reunion before giving the award for rock album of the year to alternative rock band Coldplay.
  • LeRoi Moore, saxophonist for the Dave Matthews band, died on August 19, 2008. The video tribute to musicians who had died in the previous year excluded Moore, disappointing and angering fans. Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, responded with a statement noting that Moore was included in a list of deceased musicians in the program for the event, and "unfortunately we are unable to include all of the talented and wonderful people within the allotted timeframe." This created a tremendous outrage from the band's fans and many other music celebrities.[3]

Artists with multiple nominations and awards[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys". Billboard.com. 9 February 2009. Archived from the original on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Simon Baker Network » Blog Archive » 51st Annual Grammy Awards". July 14, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14.
  3. ^ "MTV Newsroom » Dave Matthews Band, Recording Academy President Address LeRoi Moore's Omission From Grammy 'In Memoriam' Segment". February 18, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-02-18.

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