51st Annual Grammy Awards:
Nominees, Winners, & Commentary

First Appeared in The Music Box, February 2009, Volume 16, #2

Written by John Metzger

Tue February 10, 2009, 06:30 AM CST

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The Grammy Awards broadcast is supposed to celebrate the best songs and albums of the preceding year, regardless of genre. In theory, it does. Trophies not only are distributed to artists performing everything from traditional folk to heavy metal to classical music, but they also are given to those working in smaller niches, such as Native American and Cajun fare. The problem, however, is that it is nearly impossible to glean this information from watching the program on television.

There was a time when the Grammy broadcast wasn’t so monotonously safe. Somewhere along the line, however, the jazz, blues, and classical artists that once were given opportunities to shine have been shoved aside in order to make room for a predictable parade of Billboard chart-toppers. As a result, the show no longer provides a forum for broadening the public’s purview. Instead, it has become a three-hour extravaganza that emphasizes the acts that already have achieved mass popularity as well as the performers on which the industry thinks it has the best chance of making a quick buck.

As has been its custom in recent years, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), which operates the Grammy Awards, played along with the wishes of both the industry and CBS. First and foremost, it continued to turn its attention away from presenting a comprehensive overview of the year’s best music. Only a few of the trophies were distributed during the broadcast, and with the exception of an ode to the music of The Four Tops, lifetime achievement awards were given out so rapidly that they seemed mostly like afterthoughts. Last year, Herbie Hancock shocked the world by winning the award for Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters. This year, there weren’t any real surprises, save for one possible exception: the fact that Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl wasn’t derived from a Saturday Night Live skit but rather was meant to be taken seriously.

Throughout the show, NARAS assembled a steady stream of presenters and performers who were safely whitewashed for consumption by the mainstream. Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock, who not surprisingly had a new movie to plug, appeared to act as a host of sorts, though thankfully he disappeared shortly after his embarrassing, opening monologue, never to return to the stage. Meanwhile, Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, and The Jonas Brothers (with Stevie Wonder, no less) managed, respectively, to turn country, southern rock, and R&B into bland, arena-ready pop.  Instead of being allowed to tackle a song from his excellent new album Home Before Dark, Neil Diamond was asked to deliver Sweet Caroline for the umpteenth time. Based solely upon this year’s crop of nominees for Best New Artist, the industry surely is in more trouble than anyone previously had thought.

If the night belonged to anyone in particular, however, it surely was the duo of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. They deservedly took home five awards — for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year — for material from their 2007 effort Raising Sand. Then again, their only real competition came in the latter category for which Radiohead’s In Rainbows also was nominated. Unfortunately, the number of winners who truly earned their trophies were few and far between, at least during the prime time broadcast. Jennifer Hudson’s victory in the category of Best R&B Album, for example, may have provided a happy ending to her troubled year, but did she really make a better recording than music legend Al Green?

Everything is relative, of course, but in the grand scheme of things, this year’s Grammy broadcast, regardless of its deficiencies, actually fared better than most. Returning to the larger-than-life theatrics of its Popmart tour, U2 opened the show with a performance of Get on Your Boots, the first single from its forthcoming album No Line on the Horizon, which is slated for release on March 3. The song is driven as much by The Edge’s guitar as it is by Bono’s vocals, which seemed to connect Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues to the hip-hop scene. Not to be outdone, Radiohead provided the show’s most thrilling moment when it employed a marching band to replicate and add heft to the hypnotic, rhythmic cadence of 15 Step. Elsewhere, Plant, Krauss, and T Bone Burnett masterfully highlighted a pair of songs from Raising SandRich Woman and Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) — while Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl united for a muscular romp through I Saw Her Standing There.

In the end, NARAS, CBS, and the recording industry ought to be happy that they didn’t put together yet another show that was utterly drab and dull. This year’s broadcast surely had its low points, but there were enough intriguing moments to make the program at least modestly satisfying. With any luck, next year’s Grammy Awards will build upon the upward momentum that was created, though placing a bet on this notion likely is riskier than the stock market.

Without further ado, here is a complete list of this year’s nominees. The winners are highlighted in bold.

General Field

Category 1 - Record Of The Year

(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)

Chasing Pavements
Adele
Producer(s): Eg White
Engineers/Mixer(s): Tom Elmhirst & Steve Price
Track Appears on: 19
Label: XL Recordings / Columbia

Viva La Vida
Coldplay
Producer(s): Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson
Engineers/Mixer(s): Michael Brauer & Rik Simpson
Track Appears on: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Label: Capitol Records

Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis
Producer(s):Simon Cowell, Clive Davis & Ryan Tedder
Engineers/Mixer(s): : Phil Tan & Ryan Tedder
Track Appears on: Spirit
Label: J Records/SYCO Music

Paper Planes
M.I.A.
Producer(s): Diplo
Engineers/Mixer(s): : Switch
Track Appears on: Kala
Label: Interscope

Please Read the Letter
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Producer(s): T Bone Burnett
Engineers/Mixer(s): Mike Piersante
Track Appears on: Raising Sand
Label: Rounder

Category 2 - Album Of The Year

(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)

Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Coldplay
Producer(s): Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson
Engineers/Mixer(s): Michael Brauer, Markus Dravs, John O'Mahony, Rik Simpson & Andy Wallace
Label: Capitol Records

Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne
Featured Artist(s): Babyface, Brisco, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Kidd Kidd, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, D. Smith, Static Major, T-Pain & Bobby Valentino, Betty Wright
Producer(s): Alchemist, David Banner, Vaushaun "Maestro" Brooks, Cool & Dre, Andrews "Drew" Correa, Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford, Darius "Deezle" Harrison, Infamous, Jim Jonsin, Angelo Morris, Mousa, Pro-J, Play-N-Skillz, Rodnae, D. Smith, Streetrunner, Swizz Beatz, Robin Thicke, T-Pain & Kanye West
Engineers/Mixer(s): Angel Aponte, Joshua Berkman, Andrew Dawson, Joe G, Darius "Deezle" Harrison, Fabian Marasciullo, Angelo Morris, Pro-J, Miguel Scott, Robin Thicke, Julian Vasquez & Gina Victoria
Mastering Engineer: Vlado Meller
Label: Universal Motown/Cash Money

Year of the Gentleman
Ne-Yo
Producer(s): Chuck Harmony, Ne-Yo, Polow Da Don, StarGate, Stereotypes, Syience, Shea Taylor & Shomari "Sho" Wilson
Engineers/Mixer(s): Kirven Arrington, Jeff Chestek, Kevin Davis, Mikkel Eriksen, Jaymz Hardy Martin, III, Geno Regist, Phil Tan & Tony Terrebonne
Mastering Engineer: Herb Powers, Jr.
Label: Def Jam/Compound

Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Producer(s): T Bone Burnett
Engineers/Mixer(s): Mike Piersante
Mastering Engineer: Gavin Lurssen
Label: Rounder

In Rainbows
Radiohead
Producer(s): Nigel Godrich
Engineers/Mixer(s): Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Hugo Nicolson & Richard Woodcraft
Mastering Engineer: Bob Ludwig
Label: TBD Records

Category 3 - Song Of The Year

[A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.]

American Boy
William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray & Kanye West, songwriters
Performed by: Estelle Featuring Kanye West
Track from: Shine
Label: Atlantic/Homeschool
Publishers: Will.I.Am Music/Cherry River Music/Chrysalis Publishing/John Legend Publishing/Cherry River Music/Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music/Larry Leron Music/Speir Music/Broke, Spoke and Gone Publishing

Chasing Pavements
Adele Atkins & Eg White, songwriters
Performed by: Adele
Track from: 19
Label: XL Recordings/Columbia
Publisher: Universal-Songs of Polygram, Int.

I'm Yours
Jason Mraz, songwriter
Performer: Jason Mraz
Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
Label: Atlantic
Publisher: Goo Eyed Music

Love Song
Sara Bareilles, songwriter
Performer: Sara Bareilles
Track from: Little Voice
Label: Epic
Publisher: Tiny Bear Music

Viva La Vida
Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters
Performer: Coldplay
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends
Label: Capitol Records
Publisher: Universal Music-MGB Songs

Category 4 - Best New Artist

(For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.)

Adele

Duffy

Jonas Brothers

Lady Antebellum

Jazmine Sullivan

Field 1 - Pop

Category 5 - Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Chasing Pavements
Adele
Track Appears on: 19
Label: XL Recordings / Columbia

Love Song
Sara Bareilles
Track Appears on: Little Voice
Label: Epic

Mercy
Duffy
Track Appears on: Rockferry
Label: Mercury

Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis
Track Appears on: Spirit
Label: J Records/SYCO Music

I Kissed a Girl
Katy Perry
Track Appears on: One of the Boys
Label: Capitol Records

So What
Pink
Track Appears on: Funhouse
Label: LaFace

Category 6 - Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

All Summer Long
Kid Rock
Track Appears on: Rock N Roll Jesus
Label: Atlantic

Say
John Mayer
Track Appears on: Continuum
Label: Columbia

That Was Me
Paul McCartney
Track Appears on: Memory Almost Full
Label: Hear Music/MPL Communications Ltd.

I'm Yours
Jason Mraz
Track Appears on: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
Label: Atlantic

Closer
Ne-Yo
Track Appears on: Year of the Gentleman
Label: Def Jam/Compound Entertainment

Wichita Lineman
James Taylor
Track Appears on: Covers
Label: Hear Music

Category 7 - Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

(For established duos or groups, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Viva La Vida
Coldplay
Track Appears on: Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends
Label: Capitol

Waiting in the Weeds
Eagles
Track Appears on: Long Road Out of Eden
Label: Eagles Recording Company II

Going On
Gnarls Barkley
Track Appears on: The Odd Couple
Label: Downtown/Atlantic

Won't Go Home without You
Maroon 5
Track Appears on: It Won't Be Soon Before Long
Label: A&M/Octone

Apologize
OneRepublic
Track Appears on: Dreaming Out Loud
Label: Mosley Music/Interscope

Category 8 - Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

Lesson Learned
Alicia Keys & John Mayer
Track Appears on: As I Am
Label: J Records

4 Minutes
Madonna, Justin Timberlake, & Timbaland
Track Appears on: Hard Candy
Label: Warner Bros.

Rich Woman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Track Appears on: Raising Sand
Label: Rounder

If I Never See Your Face Again
Rihanna & Maroon 5
Track Appears on: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Label: Def Jam and A&M/Octone

No Air
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
Track Appears on: Jordin Sparks
Label: Jive

Category 9 - Best Pop Instrumental Performance

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Love Appetite
Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere
Track Appears on: Nudge It Up a Notch
Label: Stax

I Dreamed There Was No War
Eagles
Track Appears on: Long Road Out of Eden
Label: Eagles Recording Company II

Fortune Teller
Fourplay
Track Appears on: Energy
Label: Heads Up International

Steppin' Out
Stanley Jordan
Track Appears on: State of Nature
Label: Mack Avenue

Blast!
Marcus Miller
Track Appears on: Marcus
Label: Concord Jazz

Category 10 - Best Pop Instrumental Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Sax for Stax
Gerald Albright
Label: Peak

Greatest Hits Rerecorded, Volume One
Larry Carlton
Label: 335

Jingle All the Way
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Label: Rounder

The Spice of Life
Earl Klugh
Label: Koch

A Night Before Christmas
Spyro Gyra
Label: Heads Up International

Category 11 - Best Pop Vocal Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Detours
Sheryl Crow
Label: A&M

Rockferry
Duffy
Label: Mercury

Long Road Out of Eden
Eagles
Label: Eagles Recording Company II

Spirit
Leona Lewis
Label: J Records/SYCO Music

Covers
James Taylor
Label: Hear Music

Field 2 - Dance

Category 12 - Best Dance Recording

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

Harder Better Faster Stronger
Daft Punk
Producer(s): Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo
Mixer(s): Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo
Track Appears on: Alive 2007
Label: Virgin

Ready for the Floor
Hot Chip
Producer(s): Hot Chip
Mixer(s): Dan Carey
Track Appears on: Made in the Dark
Label: Astralwerks/DFA

Just Dance
Lady Gaga & Colby O'Donis
Producer(s): RedOne
Mixer(s): Robert Orton
Track Appears on: Just Dance
Label: Streamline/Interscope/Kon Live

Give It 2 Me
Madonna
Producer(s): Madonna & The Neptunes
Mixer(s): Andrew Coleman & Spike Stent
Track Appears on: Hard Candy
Label: Warner Bros.

Disturbia
Rihanna
Producer(s): Brian Kennedy
Mixer(s): Phil Tan
Track Appears on: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
Label: Def Jam

Black & Gold
Sam Sparro
Producer(s): Jesse Rogg & Sam Sparro
Mixer(s): Jeremy Wheatley
Track Appears on: Sam Sparro
Label: Universal Republic

Category 13 - Best Electronic/Dance Album

(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

New York City
Brazilian Girls
Label: Verve Forecast

Alive 2007
Daft Punk
Label: Virgin

Bring Ya to the Brink
Cyndi Lauper
Label: Epic

X
Kylie Minogue
Label: Capitol/Astralwerks

Last Night
Moby
Label: Mute

Robyn
Robyn
Label: Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope

Field 3 - Traditional Pop

Category 14 - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Still Unforgettable
Natalie Cole
Label: DMI Records

The Sinatra Project
Michael Feinstein
Label: Concord

Noel
Josh Groban
Label: 143/Reprise

In the Swing of Christmas
Barry Manilow
Label: Hallmark/Arista

Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
Rufus Wainwright
Label: Geffen

Field 4 - Rock

Category 15 - Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Gravity
John Mayer
Track Appears on: Where the Light Is: Live in Los Angeles
Label: Columbia

I Saw Her Standing There
Paul McCartney
Track Appears on: Amoeba's Secret
Label: Hear Music/MPL Communications

Girls in Their Summer Clothes
Bruce Springsteen
Track Appears on: Magic
Label: Columbia

Rise
Eddie Vedder
Track Appears on: Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild
Label: J Records

No Hidden Path
Neil Young
Track Appears on: Chrome Dreams II
Label: Reprise

Category 16 - Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Rock N Roll Train
AC/DC
Track Appears on: Black Ice
Label: Columbia

Violet Hill
Coldplay
Track Appears on: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Label: Capitol

Long Road Out of Eden
Eagles
Track Appears on: Long Road Out of Eden
Label: Eagles Recording Company II

Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon
Track Appears on: Only by the Night
Label: RCA

House of Cards
Radiohead
Track Appears on: In Rainbows
Label: TBD

Category 17 - Best Hard Rock Performance

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)>

Inside the Fire
Disturbed
Track Appears on: Indestructible
Label: Reprise

Visions
Judas Priest
Track Appears on: Nostradamus
Label: Epic

Wax Simulacra
The Mars Volta
Track Appears on: The Bedlam in Goliath
Label: Universal Motown

Saints of Los Angeles
Motley Crue
Track Appears on: Saints of Los Angeles
Label: Motley Records/Eleven Seven Music

Lords of Salem
Rob Zombie
Track Appears on: Zombie Live
Label: Geffen/UMe

Category 18 - Best Metal Performance

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Heroes of Our Time
DragonForce
Track Appears on: Ultra Beatdown
Label: Roadrunner

Nostradamus
Judas Priest
Track Appears on: Nostradamus
Label: Epic

My Apocalypse
Metallica
Track Appears on: Death Magnetic
Label: Warner Bros.

Under My Thumb
Ministry
Track Appears on: Cover Up
Label: Megaforce

Psychosocial
Slipknot
Track Appears on: All Hope Is Gone
Label: Roadrunner

Category 19 - Best Rock Instrumental Performance

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Includes Rock, Hard Rock and Metal. Singles or Tracks only.)

Castellorizon
David Gilmour
Track Appears on: Live in Gdansk
Label: Columbia

Suicide & Redemption
Metallica
Track Appears on: Death Magnetic
Label: Warner Bros.

34 Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails
Track Appears on: Ghosts I-IV
Label: The Null Corporation

Hope (Live for the Art of Peace)
Rush
Track Appears on: Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace
Label: Art of Peace Foundation

Peaches en Regalia
Zappa Plays Zappa (Featuring Steve Vai & Napoleon Murphy Brock)
Track Appears on: Zappa Plays Zappa
Label: Strobosonic/Razor & Tie

Category 20 - Best Rock Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. Includes Rock, Hard Rock & Metal songs. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. Singles or Tracks only.)

Girls in Their Summer Clothes
Performer: Bruce Springsteen
Songwriter(s): Bruce Springsteen
Track Appears on: Magic
Label: Columbia
Publisher: Bruce Springsteen

House of Cards
Performer: Radiohead
Songwriter(s): Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway & Thom Yorke
Track Appears on: In Rainbows
Label: TBD
Publisher: Warner Chappel Music

I Will Possess Your Heart
Performer: Death Cab for Cutie
Songwriter(s): Benjamin Gibbard, Nicholas Harmer, Jason McGerr & Christopher Walla
Track Appears on: Narrow Stairs
Label: Atlantic
Publisher: Martha Street Music/Songs of Combustion Music/Music of Windswept, Followill Music/Songs of Combustion Music/Music of Windswept, McFearless Music/Bug Music, Coffee Tea Or Me Publishing/Bug Music

Violet Hill
Coldplay
Songwriter(s): Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, & Chris Martin
Track Appears on: Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Label: Capitol
Publisher: Universal Music/MGB Songs

Category 21 - Best Rock Album

(Vocal or Instrumental. Includes Hard Rock and Metal.)

Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends
Coldplay
Label: Capitol

Rock N Roll Jesus
Kid Rock
Label: Atlantic

Only by the Night
Kings of Leon
Label: RCA

Death Magnetic
Metallic
Label: Warner Bros.

Consolers of the Lonely
The Raconteurs
Label: Third Man/Warner Bros.

Field 5 - Alternative

Category 22 - Best Alternative Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Modern Guilt
Beck
Label: DGC/XL/Interscope

Narrow Stairs
Death Cab for Cutie
Label: Atlantic

The Odd Couple
Gnarls Barkley
Label: Downtown/Atlantic

Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket
Label: ATO

In Rainbows
Performer: Radiohead
Label: TBD

Field 6 - R&B

Category 23 - Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Me Myself and I
Beyonce
Track Appears on: The Beyonce Experience Live Audio
Label: Columbia/Music World Music

Heaven Sent
Keyshia Cole
Track Appears on: Just Like You
Label: Geffen/Confidential

Spotlight
Jennifer Hudson
Track Appears on: Jennifer Hudson
Label: Arista

Superwoman
Alicia Keys
Track Appears on: As I Am
Label: J Records

Need U Bad
Jazmine Sullivan
Track Appears on: Fearless
Label: J Records

Category 24 - Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

You're the Only One
Eric Benet
Track Appears on: Love & Life
Label: Friday/Reprise

Take You Down
Chris Brown
Track Appears on: Exclusive
Label: Jive

Miss Independent
Ne-Yo
Track Appears On: Year of the Gentleman
Label: Def Jam/Compound

Can't Help But Wait
Trey Songz
Track Appears on: Trey Day
Label: Atlantic

Here I Stand
Usher
Track Appears on: Here I Stand
Label: LaFace

Category 25 - Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Ribbon in the Sky
Boys II Men
Track Appears on: Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
Label: Decca

Words
David Featuring India.Arie
Track Appears on: Acey Duecy
Label: Soulbird/Universal Republic

Stay with Me (By the Sea)
Al Green Featuring John Legend
Track Appears on: Lay It Down
Label: Blue Note

I'm His Only Woman
Jennifer Hudson Featuring Fantasia
Track Appears on: Jennifer Hudson
Label: Arista

Never Give You Up
Raphael Saadiq Featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton
Track Appears on: The Way I See It
Label: Columbia

Category 26 - Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

A Change Is Gonna Come
Wayne Brady
Track Appears on: A Long Time Coming
Label: Peak

You've Got the Love I Need
Al Green Featuring Anthony Hamilton
Track Appears on: Lay It Down
Label: Blue Note

Baby I Know
Linda Jones with Helen Bruner & Terry Jones
Track Appears on: Soul Talkin'
Label: Philerzy Productions

Love That Girl
Raphael Saadiq
Track Appears on: The Way I See It
Label: Columbia

In Love with Another Man
Jazmine Sullivan
Track Appears on: Fearless
Label: J Records

Category 27 - Best Urban/Alternative Performance

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Say Goodbye to Love
Kenna
Track Appears on: Make Sure They See My Face
Label: Star Trak/Interscope

Wanna Be
Maiysha
Track Appears on: This Much Is True
Label: Eusonia

Be OK
Chrisette Michele Featuring Will.I.Am
Track Appears on: I Am
Label: Def Jam

Many Moons
Janelle Monae
Track Appears on: Metropolis: The Chase Suite [Special Editon]
Label: Wondaland/Bad Boy

Lovin' You (Music)
Wayna Featuring Kokayi
Track Appears on: Higher Ground
Label: Quiet Power Recordings, LLC

Category 28 - Best R&B Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. Singles or Tracks only.)

Bust Your Windows
Performer: Jazmine Sullivan
Songwriter(s): Salaam Remi, Jazmine Sullivan, Deandre Way
Track Appears on: Fearless
Label: J Records
Publisher(s): Nappy Puddy Music/Universal Music-Z Tunes, Salaam Remi Music/EMI April Music, Soulja Boy Tellem Music/Croomstacular Music

Customer
Performer: Raheem DeVaughn
Songwriter(s): I. Barias, Raheem DeVaughn, C. Haggins, K. Oliver, Johnnie Smith
Track Appears on: Love Behind the Melody
Label: Jive
Publisher(s): Universal Music-Z Tunes/Ahmad's World/Universal Music/Nivrac Tyke Music/Fresh Paint Music/HC 1030 Publishing/Universal Music/Tetragrammaton Music/Melodic Piano Productions/HC 1030 Publishing

Heaven Sent
Performer: Keyshia Cole
Songwriter(s): Keyshia Cole, Jason Farmer, Alex Francis
Track Appears on: Just Like You
Label: Geffen/Confidential
Publisher(s): She Wrote It/BMG Songs, J Vibe Publishing/Ultra Tunes, Lex Project Publishing

Miss Independent
Performer: Ne-Yo
Songwriter(s): Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Shaffer Smith
Track Appears on: Year of the Gentleman
Label: Def Jam/Compound
Publisher(s): Pen In The Ground Publishing, Universal Music-Z Tunes

Spotlight
Performer: Jennifer Hudson
Songwriter(s): Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Shaffer Smith
Track Appears on: Jennifer Hudson
Label: Arista
Publisher(s): Super Sayin' Publishing/Universal Music-Z Songs, Sony/ATV Tunes, EMI Music Publishing

Category 29 - Best R&B Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Love & Life
Eric Benet
Label: Friday/Reprise

Motown: A Journey through Hitsville USA
Boyz II Men
Label: Decca

Lay It Down
Al Green
Label: Blue Note

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
Label: Arista

The Way I See It
Raphael Saadiq
Label: Columbia

Category 30 - Best Contemporary R&B Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Growing Pains
Mary J. Blige
Label: Geffen

Back Of My Lac'
J. Holiday
Label: Capitol

First Love
Karina
Label: Def Jam

Year of the Gentleman
Ne-Yo
Label: Def Jam/Compound

Fearless
Jazmine Sullivan
Label: J Records

Field 7 - Rap

Category 31 - Best Rap Solo Performance

(For a solo Rap performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...
Jay-Z
Track Appears on: American Gangster
Label: Roc-A-Fella

A Milli
Lil Wayne
Track Appears on: Tha Carter III
Label: Cash Money/Universal Motown

Paris, Tokyo
Lupe Fiasco
Track Appears on: The Cool
Label: 1st & 15th/Atlantic

N.i.*.*.e.r (The Slave and The Master)
Nas
Track Appears on: Untitled
Label: Def Jam

Sexual Eruption
Snoop Dogg
Track Appears on: Ego Trippin
Label: Geffen

Category 32 - Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group

(For duo, group or collaborative performances of Rap only. Singles or Tracks only.)

Royal Flush
Big Boi Featuring Raekwon and Andre 3000
Track Appears on: Sir Lucious Left Foot
Label: LaFace

Swagga Like Us
Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne
Track Appears on: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Grand Hustle/Atlantic

Mr. Carter
Lil Wayne Featuring Jay-Z
Track Appears on: Tha Carter III
Label: Cash Money/Universal Motown

Wish You Would
Ludacris Featuring T.I.
Track Appears on: Theater of the Mind
Label: DTP

Put On
Young Jeezy Featuring Kanye West
Track Appears on: I Am the Trap
Label: Def Jam

Category 33 - Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

(For a Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

American Boy
Estelle Featuring Kanye West
Track Appears on: Shine
Label: Homeschool/Atlantic

Low
Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
Track Appears on: Mail on Sunday
Label: Poe Boy/Atlantic

Green Light
John Legend and Andre 3000
Track Appears on: Evolver
Label: Columbia/G.O.O.D. Music

Got Money
Lil Wayne Featuring T-Pain
Track Appears on: Tha Carter III
Label: Cash Money/Universal Motown

Superstar
Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos
Track Appears on: The Cool
Label: 1st & 15th/Atlantic

Category 34 - Best Rap Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. Singles or Tracks only.)

Lollipop
Performer: Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major
Songwriter(s): D. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Harrison, J. Scheffer, R. Zamor
Track Appears on: Tha Carter III
Label: Cash Money/Universal Motown
Publisher(s): Young Money Publishing/Warner-Chappell Music, Herbalicious Music/Blackfountain Music/EMI-April Music, JimiPub Music/EMI Blackwood, Three Nails And A Crown Publishing, Roynet Music

Low
Performer: Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
Songwriter(s): Tramar Dillard, M. Humphrey, Faheem Najm, Korey Roberson, Howard Simmons
Track Appears on: Mail on Sunday
Label: Poe Boy/Atlantic
Publisher(s): E-Class Publishing/Sony-ATV Music Publishing/Universal Music Z Songs/Top Quality Publishing/NappyPub Music/Zomba Songs

Sexual Eruption
Performer: Snoop Dogg
Songwriter(s): Calvin Broadus, S. Lovejoy, D. Stewart
Track Appears on: Ego Trippin
Label: Geffen
Publisher(s): My Own Chit Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music, Shawty Redd Songs/EMI April Music, Pimpin Tha Pen

Superstar
Performer: Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos
Songwriter(s): Lupe Fiasco & Soundtrakk
Track Appears on: The Cool
Label: 1st & 15th/Atlantic
Publisher(s): Hey Lu Chill Music (Heavy As Heaven/Universal Music), 1st & 15th Publishing (Mr. Lopez Music/Universal Music Publishing)

Swagga Like Us
Performer: Jeff Bhaskev, D. Carter, S. Carter, Clifford Harris, Plain Pat, Kanye West
Songwriter(s): Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne
Track Appears on: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Grand Hustle/Atlantic
Publisher(s): Crown Club Pub./Warner-Tamerlane/Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood/Carter Boys Music/EMI April/Young Money Pub./Warner-Tamerlane/Hollertronix/Domino Publishing/Universal Z Tunes/Univ. Polygram Int'l

Category 35 - Best Rap Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

American Gangster
Jay-Z
Label: Roc-A-Fella

Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne
Label: Cash Money/Universal Motown

The Cool
Lupe Fiasco
Label: 1st & 15th/Atlantic

Nas
Nas
Label: Def Jam

Paper Trail
T.I.
Label: Grand Hustle/Atlantic

Field 8 - Country

Category 36 - Best Female Country Vocal Performance

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

For These Times
Martina McBride
Track Appears on: Waking Up Laughing
Label: RCA Nashville

What I Cannot Change
LeAnn Rimes
Track Appears on: Family
Label: Curb

Last Name
Carrie Underwood
Track Appears on: Carnival Ride
Label: 19/Arista/Arista Nashville

Last Call
Lee Ann Womack
Track Appears on: Call Me Crazy
Label: MCA Nashville

This Is Me You're Talking To
Trisha Yearwood
Track Appears on: Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love
Label: Big Machine

Category 37 - Best Male Country Vocal Performance

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

You're Gonna Miss This
Trace Adkins
Track Appears on: American Man: Greatest Hits, Vol. II
Label: Capitol Records Nashville

In Color
Jamey Johnson
Track Appears on: That Lonesome Song
Label: MCA Nashville

Just Got Started Lovin' You
James Otto
Track Appears on: Sunset Man
Label: Raybaw

Letter to Me
Brad Paisley
Track Appears on: 5th Gear
Label: Arista Nashville

Troubadour
George Strait
Track Appears on: Troubadour
Label: MCA Nashville

Category 38 - Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

God Must Be Busy
Brooks & Dunn
Track Appears on: Cowboy Town
Label: Arista Nashville

Love Don't Live Here
Lady Antebellum
Track Appears on: Lady Antebellum
Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Every Day
Rascal Flatts
Track Appears on: Still Feels Good
Label: Lyric Street

Blue Side of the Mountain
The SteelDrivers
Track Appears on: The SteelDrivers
Label: Rounder

Stay
Sugarland
Track Appears on: Enjoy the Ride
Label: Mercury

Category 39 - Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

Shiftwork
Kenny Chesney & George Strait
Track Appears on: Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates
Label: BNA

Killing the Blues
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Track Appears on: Raising Sand
Label: Rounder

House of Cash
George Strait and Patty Loveless
Track Appears on: Troubadour
Label: MCA Nashville

Life in a Northern Town
Sugarland, Jake Owen, and Little Big Town
Track Appears on: Love on the Inside: Deluxe Fan Edition
Label: Mercury

Let the Wind Chase You
Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban
Track Appears on: Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love
Label: Big Machine

Category 40 - Best Country Instrumental Performance

(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

Sumatra
Cherryholmes
Track Appears on: Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe
Label: Skaggs Family

Two Small Cars in Rome
Jerry Douglas and Lloyd Green
Track Appears on: Glide
Label: Koch

Sleigh Ride
Bela Fleck and The Flecktones
Track Appears on: Jingle All the Way
Label: Rounder

Is This America? (Katrina 2005)
Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas, and Bruce Hornsby
Track Appears on: Family & Friends: Rambling Boy
Label: Decca

Cluster Pluck
Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert, and Steve Wariner
Track Appears on: Play
Label: Arista Nashville

Category 41 - Best Country Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. Singles or Tracks only.)

Dig Two Graves
Performer: Randy Travis
Songwriter(s): Ashley Gorley, Bob Regan
Track Appears on: Around the Bend
Label: MCA Nashville
Publisher(s): Songs of Combustion Music, Music of Windswept/Famous Music, Mt. Tallac Music

I Saw God Today
Performer: George Strait
Songwriter(s): Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell, Wade Kirby
Track Appears on: Troubadour
Label: MCA Nashville
Publisher(s): Big Red Toe/Extremely Loud Music, Steel Wheels Music, Steel Wheels Music/Blind Mule Music

In Color
Performer: Jamey Johnson
Songwriter(s): Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller, James Otto
Track Appears on: That Lonesome Song
Label: Mercury
Publisher(s): EMI Blackwood Music/Big Gassed Hitties, EMI Blackwood Music/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah's Little Boat Music, Eldorotto Music Publishing/Lucky Thumb Music

Stay
Performer: Sugarland
Songwriter(s): Jennifer Nettles
Track Appears on: Enjoy the Ride
Label: Mercury
Publisher(s): Jennifer Nettles Publishing

You're Gonna Miss This
Performer: Trace Adkins
Songwriter(s): Ashley Gorley, Lee Thomas Miller
Track Appears on: American Man: Greatest Hits, Vol. II
Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Publisher(s): EMI Blackwood/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah's Little Boat Music/Songs of Combustion Music

Category 42 - Best Country Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

That Lonesome Song
Jamey Johnson
Label: Mercury

Sleepless Nights
Patty Loveless
Label: Saguaro Road

Troubadour
George Strait
Label: MCA Nashville

Around the Bend
Randy Travis
Label: Warner Bros.

Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love
Trisha Yearwood
Label: Big Machine

Category 43 - Best Bluegrass Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe
Cherryholmes
Label: Skaggs Family

Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Del McCoury Band
Label: MunckMix

The Ultimate Collection/Live at the Ryman
Earl Scruggs with Family & Friends
Label: Rounder

Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Label: Skaggs Family

Wheels
Dan Tyminski
Label: Rounder

Field 9 - New Age

Category 44 - Best New Age Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Meditations
William Ackerman
Label: Compass

Pathfinder
Will Clipman
Label: Canyon

Peace Time
Jack DeJohnette
Label: Golden Beams/Kindred Rhythm

Ambrosia
Peter Kater
Label: Point of Light

The Scent of Light
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
Label: SSRI

Field 10 - Jazz

Category 45 - Best Contemporary Jazz Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Randy in Brasil
Randy Brecker
Label: MAMA

Floating Point
John McLaughlin
Label: Abstract Logix

Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration of Cannonball Adderley
Various Artists (Gregg Field and Tom Scott, Producers)
Label: Concord Jazz

Miles from India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis
Various Artists (Bob Belden, Producer)
Label: 4Q/Times Square

Lifecycle
Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern
Label: Heads Up International

Category 46 - Best Jazz Vocal Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Imagina: Songs of Brasil
Karrin Allyson
Label: Concord Jazz

Breakfast on the Morning Tram
Stacey Kent
Label: Blue Note

If Less Is More...Nothing Is Everything
Kate McGarry
Label: Palmetto

Loverly
Cassandra Wilson
Label: Blue Note

Distances
Norma Winstone with Glauco Venier and Klaus Gesing
Label: ECM

Category 47 - Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

(For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. Singles or Tracks only.)

Be-Bop
Soloist: Terence Blanchard
Track Appears on: Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
Album By: Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars
Label: Monterey Jazz Festival

Seven Steps to Heaven
Soloist: Till Bronner
Track Appears on: The Standard (Take 6)
Album By: Till Bronner
Label: Heads Up International

Waltz for Debby
Soloist: Chick Corea & Gary Burton
Track Appears on: The New Crystal Silence
Album By: Chick Corea & Gary Burton
Label: Concord

Son of Thirteen
Soloist: Pat Metheny
Track Appears on: Day Trip
Album By: Pat Metheny with Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez
Label: Nonesuch

Be-Bop
Soloist: James Moody
Track Appears on: Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
Album By: Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars
Label: Monterey Jazz Festival

Category 48 - Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

The New Crystal Silence
Chick Corea & Gary Burton
Label: Concord

History, Mystery
Bill Frisell
Label: Nonesuch

Brad Mehldau Trio: Live
Brad Mehldau Trio
Label: Nonesuch

Day Trip
Pat Metheny with Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez
Label: Nonesuch

Standards
Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter, and Peter Erskine Trio
Label: Fuzzy Music

Category 49 - Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

(For large jazz ensembles, including big band sounds. Albums must contain 51% or more INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

Appearing Nightly
Carla Bley and Her Remarkable Big Band
Label: WATT

Act Your Age
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Label: Immergent

Symphonica
Joe Lovano with WDR Big Band & Runkfunk Orchestra
Label: Blue Note

Blauklang
Vince Mendoza
Label: Act Music and Vision

Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Label: Planet Arts

Category 50 - Best Latin Jazz Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Afro Bop Alliance
Caribbean Jazz Project
Label: Heads Up International

The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter
Conrad Herwig and The Latin Side Band
Label: Half Note

Song for Chico
Arturo O'Farrill and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Label: Zoho

Nouveau Latino
Nestor Torres
Label: Diamond Light

Marooned/Aislado
Pap Vazquez and The Mighty Pirates
Label: Picaro

Field 11 - Gospel

Category 51 - Best Gospel Performance

(For solo, duo, group as collaborative performances. Singles or tracks with vocal containing Gospel lyrics. All genres of Gospel music are eligible.)

I Understand
Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, Bebe Winans, and Mariah Carey
Track Appears on: Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. One
Label: Concord/Dream Merchant 21 Ent.

East to West
Casting Crowns
Track Appears on: The Altar and The Door Live
Label: Beach Street/Reunion

Get Up
Mary Mary
Track Appears on: The Sound
Label: Columbia

Shall We Gather at the River
Take 6
Track Appears on: The Standard
Label: Heads Up International

Waging War
CeCe Winans
Track Appears on: Thy Kingdom Come
Label: PureSprings Gospel/EMI Gospel

Category 52 - Best Gospel Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. Singles or Tracks only.)

Cover Me
Performer: James L. Moss with Fred Hammond and Smokie Norful
Songwriter(s): James L. Moss
Track Appears on: Total Attention
Label: Verity/Zomba Gospel
Publisher(s): Millenni-era Music

Get Up
Performer: Mary Mary
Songwriter(s): Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell, and Eric Dawkins
Track Appears on: The Sound
Label: Columbia
Publisher(s): Wet Ink Red Music/That's Plum Song/It's Tea Tyme/EMI April/E.D. Duz-It Music/Irving Music/Underdog Songs

Give Me Your Eyes
Performer: Brandon Heath
Songwriter(s): Brandon Heath and Jason Ingram
Track Appears on: What If We
Label: Reunion
Publisher(s): Sitka6 Music/Peertunes/Grange Hill Music/Windsor Way Music

Help Me Believe
Performer: Kirk Franklin
Songwriter(s): Kirk Franklin
Track Appears on: The Fight of My Life
Label: Fo Yo Soul Ent./Zomba Gospel
Publisher(s): Universal Music-Z Songs/Kerrion Publishing

You Reign
Performer: MercyMe
Songwriter(s): Jim Bryson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Mike Scheuchzer, Robby Shaffer
Track Appears on: All That Is Within Me
Label: INO
Publisher(s): Simpleville Music/Wet As A Fish Music, Sparrow Song/Peach Hill Songs

Category 53 - Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Hello
After Edmund
Label: Slanted

Our World Redeemed
Flame
Label: Cross Movement

We Need Each Other
Sanctus Real
Label: Sparrow

Rock What You Got
Superchick
Label: Inpop

Alive and Transported
TobyMac
Label: ForeFront/EMI CMG

Category 54 - Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

This Moment
Steven Curtis Chapman
Label: Sparrow

What If We
Brandon Heath
Label: Reunion

Opposite Way
Leeland
Label: Essential

Hello Love
Chris Tomlin
Label: Sparrow/SixSteps/EMI CMG

Thy Kingdom Come
CeCe Winans
Label: PureSprings Gospel/EMI Gospel

Category 55 - Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Room for More
Booth Brothers
Label: Daywind

Lovin' Life
Gaither Vocal Band
Label: Gaither Music Group

Steps to Heaven
Charlie Louvin
Label: Tompkins Square

Hymned Again
Bart Millard
Label: INO

Ephesians One
Karen Peck & New River
Label: Daywind

Category 56 - Best Traditional Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Down in New Orleans
Blind Boys of Alabama
Label: Time Life

I'll Say Yes
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Label: Integrity

Take It Back
Dorinda Clark-Cole
Label: GospCentric/Zomba

Deitrick Haddon Presents...Together in Worship
Voices of Unity
Label: Tyscot

Bishop Charles. E Blake Presents...No Limit
The West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir
Label: EMI Gospel

Category 57 - Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

Reflections
Jason Champion
Label: EMI Gospel/Brooks Entertainment

The Fight of My Life
Kirk Franklin
Label: Fo Yo Soul/Zomba Gospel

The Sound
Mary Mary
Label: Columbia

Donald Lawrence Introduces: Family Prayer
The Murrills
Label: Quiet Water/Verity

Stand Out
Tye Tribbet & G.A.
Label: Columbia

Field 12 - Latin

Category 58 - Best Latin Pop Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Cara B
Jorge Drexler
Label: Warner Music Latina

Palabras Del Silencio
Luis Fonsi
Label: Universal Music Latino

La Vida...Es Un Ratico
Juanes
Label: Universal Music Latino

Complices
Luis Miguel
Label: Warner Music Latina

Tarde O Temprano
Tommy Torres
Label: Warner Music Latina

Category 59 - Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Sonidos Gold
Grupo Fantasma
Label: Aire Sol / High Wire

45
Jaguares
Label: EMI Music

La Verdad
Locos Por Juana
Label: Machete

Tijuana Sound Machine
Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible
Label: Nacional

Mediocre
Ximena Sarinana
Label: Warner Music Latina

Category 60 - Best Latin Urban Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

La Novela
Akwid
Label: Univision

La Sinfonia
La Sinfonia
Label: Norte/Sony BMG

The Royalty: La Realeza
RKM & Ken-y
Label: Machete

En Lo Claro
Voltio
Label: Norte/Sony BMG

Los Extraterrestres
Wisin y Yandel
Label: Machete

Category 61 - Best Tropical Latin Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Cuba: Un Viaje Musical: A Muiscal Journey
Albita, Rey Ruiz, and Donato Poveda
Label: Apollo

Renacer
DLG
Label: Machete

Senor Bachata
Jose Feliciano
Label: Universal Music Latino

Frutero Moderno
Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta
Label: 2008 Gonzalo Grau

Back on the Streets: Taste of Spanish Harlem, Vol. 2
New Swing Sextet
Label: Cotique/Emusica

Category 62 - Best Regional Mexican Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas: Musica Ranchera
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Desde Mexico: Cumbia Cusinela
Huichol Musical
Label: ASL

Vamonos Pa'l Rio
Los Pikadientes de Caborca
Label: Norte/Sony BMG

Canciones de Amor
Mariachi Divas
Label: Shea/East Side

A Puro Dolor
Nadia
Label: Warner Music Latina

Category 63 - Best Tejano Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Music Lessons
Chente Barrera y Taconazo
Label: QVO

Friends & Legends
Joe Posada
Label: Baby Dude

Viva La Revolucion
Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
Label: Revolution

All That Jazz...
Tortilla Factory
Label: Tortilla

Heir to the Throne
Albert Zamora
Label: Freddie

Category 64 - Best Norteño Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Me Enamore De Un Angel
Los Palominos
Label: Urbana

Raices
Los Tigres Del Norte
Label: Fonovisa

Corridos: Defendiendo El Honor
Pesado
Label: Warner Music Latina

Six Pack
Siggno
Label: Freddie

Cuidado
Solido
Label: Freddie

Category 65 - Best Banda Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Tu Inspiracion
Alacranes Musical
Label: Fonovisa

Que Bonito...iEs Lo Bonito!
Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga
Label: Fonovisa

Vive Y Dejame Vivir
Cuisillos
Label: Musart/Balboa

Tiro De Gracia
Lupillo Rivera
Label: ASL

No Es De Madera
Joan Sebastian
Label: Musart/Balboa

Field 13 - Blues

Category 66 - Best Traditional Blues Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

The Blues Rolls On
Elvin Bishop
Label: Delta Groove

Skin Deep
Buddy Guy
Label: Silvertone

All Odds Against Me
John Lee Hooker, Jr.
Label: Steppin' Stone/CC Entertainment

One Kind Favor
B.B. King
Label: Geffen

Pinetop Perkins & Friends
Pinetop Perkins & Friends
Label: Stoneagle/Telarc

Category 67 - Best Contemporary Blues Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Peace, Love & BBQ
Marcia Ball
Label: Alligator

Like a Fire
Solomon Burke
Label: Shout! Factory

City that Care Forgot
Dr. John and the Lower 911
Label: 429

Maestro
Taj Mahal
Label: Heads Up International

Simply Grand
Irma Thomas
Label: Rounder

Field 14 - Folk

Category 68 - Best Traditional Folk Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Coal
Kathy Mattea
Label: Captain Potato

Comedians & Angels
Tom Paxton
Label: Appleseed

Bring Me Home
Peggy Seeger
Label: Appleseed

At 89
Pete Seeger
Label: Appleseed

Strangers in Another Country
Rosalie Sorrels
Label: Red House

Category 69 - Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Day After Tomorrow
Joan Baez
Label: Red House

I, Flathead
Ry Cooder
Label: Nonesuch

Sex & Gasoline
Rodney Crowell
Label: Work Song/Yep Roc

All I Intended to Be
Emmylou Harris
Label: Nonesuch

Raising Sand
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Label: Rounder

Category 70 - Best Native American Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Songs from the Black Hills
Bryan Akipa
Label: SOAR

Spo'Mo'Kin'Nan
Black Lodge
Label: Canyon

Red Rock
Northern Cree
Label: Canyon

Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs
Various Artists (Tom Wasinger, producer)
Label: Silver Wave

Faith
Kevin Yazzie
Label: Canyon

Category 71 - Best Hawaiian Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

'Ikena
Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho
Label: Daniel Ho Creations

'Aumakua
Amy Hanaiali'i
Label: UA/Concord

Force of Nature
Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa
Label: Ledward Kaapana and Mike Kaawa

Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Masters Series Vol. 2
Various Artists (Chris Lau and Milton Lau, producers)
Label: Rhythm and Roots

The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Various Artists (Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku Jr., Dennis Kamakahi, Paul Konwiser, and Wayne Wong, producers)
Label: Daniel Ho Creations

Category 72 - Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Beausoleil & Michael Doucet
Label: MunckMix

From Now On
Michael Doucet
Label: Smithsonian Folkways

Homage Au Passe
Pine Leaf Boys
Label: Lionsgate

Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Label: MunckMix

Cedric Watson
Cedric Watson
Label: Valcour

Field 15 - Reggae

Category 73 - Best Reggae Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Jah Is Real
Burning Spear
Label: Burning Music

Let's Get Physical
Elephant Man
Label: VP Records/Bad Boy

Vibes
Heavy D
Label: Stride/Universal

Repentance
Lee "Scratch" Perry
Label: Narnack

Intoxication
Shaggy
Label: VP

Amazing
Sly & Robbie
Label: Fontana International

Field 16 - World Music

Category 74 - Best Traditional World Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey
Debashish Bhattacharya
Label: Riverboat/World Music Network

The Mande Variations
Toumani Diabate
Label: Nonesuch

Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Label: Heads Up International

Dancing in the Light
Lakshmi Shankar
Label: World Village

Category 75 - Best Contemporary World Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Shake Away
Lila Downs
Label: Manhattan/Blue Note

Banda Larga Cordel
Gilberto Gil
Label: Warner Music Latina

Global Drum Project
Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo
Label: Shout! Factory

Rokku Mi Rokka (Give and Take)
Youssou N'Dour
Label: Nonesuch

Live at the Nelson Mandela Theater
Soweto Gospel Choir
Label: Shanachie

Field 17 - Polka

Category 76 - Best Polka Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

El Maestro Del Acordeon y Sus Polkas
Paulino Bernal
Label: Urbana

Speechless
LynnMarie & Charlie Kelley as The Boxhounds
Label: Squeeze

Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas
Walter Ostanek & His Band, Jerry Darlak & the Touch, and Bob Kravis & His Band
Label: Sunshine Diversified

Hungry for More
Polka Family Band
Label: Polka Family

Let the Whole World Sing
Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
Label: Rounder

Field 18 - Children's

Category 77 - Best Musical Album For Children

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

Beethoven's Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies
Beethoven's Wig
Label: Rounder

Big Round World
Trout Fishing in America
Label: Trout

Here Come the 123s
They Might Be Giants
Label: Disney Sound

Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could
Brady Rymer
Label: Bumblin' Bee

The Shoe Bird
Gerard Schwarz Conducting the Seattle Symphony
Label: Brilliance Audio

Category 78 - Best Spoken Word Album For Children

(For albums consisting of predominantly spoken word vs. music or song.)

Around the Campfire
Buck Howdy with BB
Label: Prairie Dog

The Big One-Oh
Dean Pitchford
Label: Random House Audio/Listening Library

Brown Bear and Friends
Gwyneth Paltrow
Label: Macmillan Audio

The Cricket in Times Square
Tony Shalhoub
Label: Macmillan Audio

Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live
Bill Harley
Label: Round River

Field 19 - Spoken Word

Category 79 - Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling)

(Narrated/dramatized books include authors' names in parenthesis for identification.)

An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore)
Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon, and Blair Underwood
Label: Simon & Shuster Audio

Born Standing Up
Steve Martin
Label: Simon & Shuster Audio

I Am America (And So Can You!)
Stephen Colbert (& Various Artists)
Label: Hachette Audio

Life Beyond Measure
Sidney Poitier
Label: HarperAudio

When You Are Engulfed in Flames
David Sedaris
Label: Hachette Audio

Field 20 - Comedy

Category 80 - Best Comedy Album

(For comedy recordings, spoken or musical)

Anticipation
Lewis Black
Label: Comedy Central

Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords
Label: Sub Pop

For Your Consideration
Kathy Griffin
Label: Columbia/Music with a Twist

It's Bad For Ya
George Carlin
Label: Eardrum

Songs of the Bushmen
Harry Shearer
Label: Courgette

Field 21 - Musical Show

Category 81 - Best Musical Show Album

(Award to the Album Producer(s), and to the Lyricist(s) & Composer(s) of 51% or more of a new score.)

Gypsy
Producer: Robert Sher
Composer: Jules Styne
Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim
Performers: 2008 Broadway Cast with Patti LuPone and Others
Label: Time Life

In the Heights
Producer: Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andres Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss, and Bill Sherman
Composer: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lyricist: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Performers: Original Broadway Cast with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Others
Label: Razor & Tie/Ghostlight

The Little Mermaid
Producer: Bruce Botnick, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken, Chris Montan
Composer: Alen Menken
Lyricist: Howard Ashman
Performers: Original Broadway Cast with Sierra Boggess, Tituss Burgess, and Others
Label: Walt Disney

South Pacific
Producer: David Caddick, David Lai, Ted Sperling
Composer: Richard Rodgers
Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II
Performers: New Broadway Cast with Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot and Others
Label: Masterworks Broadway

Young Frankenstein: The Musical
Producer: Doug Besterman
Composer: Mel Brooks
Lyricist: Mel Brooks
Performers: Original Broadway Cast with Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster and Others
Label: Decca Broadway

Field 22 - Film/TV/Visual Media

Category 82 - Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

(Award to the Artist(s) and/or Producer(s) of a majority of the tracks on the album, or to the individual(s) actively responsible for the concept and musical direction and for the selection of artists, songs and producers, as applicable.)

American Gangster
Various Artists
Label: Def Jam

August Rush
Various Artists
Label: Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax

Juno
Various Artists
Label: Fox Music/Rhino

Mamma Mia!
Meryl Streep (& Various Artists)
Label: Decca

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Various Artists
Label: Nonesuch

Category 83 - Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

(Award to Composer(s) for an original score created specifically for, or as a companion to, a current legitimate motion picture, television show or series or other visual media.)

The Dark Night
James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer
Label: Warner Sunset/Warner Bros.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
John Williams
Label: Concord

Iron Man
Ramin Djawadi
Label: Lionsgate

There Will Be Blood
Jonny Greenwood
Label: Nonesuch

Wall-E
Thomas Newman
Label: Walt Disney/Pixar

Category 84 - Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

(A Songwriter(s) award. For a song (melody & lyrics) written specifically for a motion picture, television or other visual media, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.)

Down to Earth
From: Wall-E
Songwriter(s): Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
Performer: Peter Gabriel
Label: Walt Disney/Pixar
Publisher(s): Walt Disney Music, Wonderland Music/Pixar Talking Pictures/Pixar Music

Ever Ever After
From: Enchanted
Songwriter(s): Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
Performer: Carrie Underwood
Label: Walt Disney
Publisher(s): Wonderland Music & Walt Disney Music

Say
From: The Bucket List
Songwriter(s): John Mayer
Performer: John Mayer
Label: Columbia
Publisher(s): Sony/ATV Tunes, Specific Harm Music

That's How You Know
From: Enchanted
Songwriter(s): Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
Performer: Amy Adams
Label: Walt Disney
Publisher(s): Wonderland Music & Walt Disney Music

Walk Hard
From: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Songwriter(s): Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan, and John C. Reilly
Performer: John C. Reilly
Label: Columbia
Publisher(s): Murder by Television/Apatow Music/Popular Misconception/New Columbia Pictures Music/Colpix Music

Field 23 - Composing/Arranging

Category 85 - Best Instrumental Composition

(A Composer's Award for an original composition (not an adaptation) first released during the Eligibility Year. Singles or Tracks only.)

The Adventures of Mutt
From: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Soundtrack
Composer(s): John Williams
Performer: John Williams
Label: Concord

Alegria
From: The New Crystal Silence
Composer(s): Chick Corea
Performer: Chick Corea & Gary Burton
Label: Concord

Claire's Closet
From: Lifecycle
Composer(s): Russell Ferrante
Performer: The Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern
Label: Heads Up International

Danzon De Etiqueta
From: Amparo
Composer(s): Dave Grusin
Performer: Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin
Label: Decca

Hit the Ground Running
From: Act Your Age
Composer(s): Gordon Goodwin
Performer: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Label: Immergent

Category 86 - Best Instrumental Arrangement

(An Arranger's Award. Singles or Tracks only.)

Define Dancing
From: Wall-E Soundtrack
Arranger(s): Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
Performer: Thomas Newman
Label: Walt Disney

Down in the Valley
From: Landscapes
Arranger(s): Frank Macchia
Performer: Frank Macchia Featuring the Prague Orchestra
Label: Cacophony

Duke Ellington's Sound of Love
From: Symphonica
Arranger(s): Michael Abene
Performer: Joe Lovano with WDR Big Band and Rundfunk Orchestra
Label: Blue Note

St. Louis Blues
From: Monday Night at the Village Vanguard
Arranger(s): Bob Brookmeyer
Performer: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Label: Planet Arts

Yesterdays
From: Act Your Age
Arranger(s): Gordon Goodwin
Performer: Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band
Label: Immergent

Category 87 - Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

(An Arranger's Award. Singles or Tracks only.)

Alfie
From: The Look of Love: Burt Bacharach Songbook
Arranger(s): Vince Mendoza
Performer: Traincha & The Metropole Orchestra
Label: Blue Note

Grace
From: The Standard
Arranger(s): Cedric Dent
Performer: Take 6
Label: Heads Up International

Here's that Rainy Day
From: Still Unforgettable
Arranger(s): Nan Schwartz
Performer: Natalie Cole
Label: DMI

Johnny One Note
From: With a Song in My Heart
Arranger(s): Don Sebesky
Performer: John Pizzarelli
Label: Telarc International

Lazy Afternoon
From: Across the Crystal Sea
Arranger(s): Claus Ogerman
Performer: Danilo Perez
Label: Emarcy

Field 24 - Package

Category 88 - Best Recording Package

Death Magnetic
Art Director(s): Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffat, David Turner
Performer: Metallica
Label: Warner Bros.

Hawk Nelson...Is My Friend!
Art Director(s): Don Clark
Performer: Hawk Nelson
Label: BEC

Nouns
Art Director(s): No Age and Brian Roettinger
Performer: No Age
Label: Sub Pop

Radio Retaliation
Art Director(s): Neal Ashby, Matthew Curry, Patrick Donohue
Performer: Thievery Corporation
Label: ESL

Summer Rains
Art Director(s): Amanda Barrett, Abby DeWald, Renee Jablow, Rick Whitmore
Performer: The Ditty Bops
Label: The Green Witch Society

Category 89 - Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Ghosts I-IV
Art Director(s): Jeff Anderson, Trent Reznor, and Rob Sheridan
Performer: Nine Inch Nails
Label: The Null Corporation

In Rainbows
Art Director(s): Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell, Christiaan Munro
Performer: Radiohead
Label: TBD

Poems & Songs
Art Director(s): Qing-Yang Xiao
Performer: Wu Sheng
Label: Ring of Fire

Pretty. Odd.
Art Director(s): Alex Kirzhner and Panic at the Disco
Performer: Panic at the Disco
Label: Decaydance/Fueled by Ramen

@#%&*! Smilers
Art Director(s): Aimee Mann and Gail Marowitz
Performer: Aimee Mann
Label: SuperEgo

Field 25 - Album Notes

Category 90 - Best Album Notes

Art of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years of Traditional American Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum
Album Notes Writer(s): Art Rosenbaum
Performer: Various Artists
Label: Dust-To-Digital

Debate '08: Taft and Bryan Campaign on the Edison Phonograph
Album Notes Writer(s): Patrick Feaster, David Giovannoni
Performer: Williams Jennings Bryan and William Howard Taft
Label: Archeophone

Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Album Notes Writer(s): Francis Davis
Performer: Miles Davis
Label: Columbia/Legacy

Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul
Album Notes Writer(s): David Ritz, Jerry Wexler
Performer: Aretha Franklin
Label: Rhino/Atlantic

The Unsung Father of Country Music: 1925-1934
Album Notes Writer(s): Henry "Hank" Sapoznik
Performer: Ernest V. Stoneman
Label: 5-String Productions

Field 26 - Historical

Category 91 - Best Historical Album

Art of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years of Traditional American Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum
Compilation Producer(s): Steven Lance Ledbetter and Art Rosenbaum
Mastering Engineer(s): Michael Graves
Performer: Various Artists
Label: Dust-To-Digital

Classic Columbia, OKeh, and Vocalion Lester Young with Count Basie (1936-1940)
Compilation Producer(s): Scott Wenzel
Mastering Engineer(s): Malcolm Addey, Michael Brooks, Matt Cavaluzzo, Andreas Meyer, Mark Wilder
Performer: Lester Young with Count Basie
Label: Mosaic

Debate '08: Taft and Bryan Campaign on the Edison Phonograph
Compilation Producer(s): David Giovannoni, Meagan Hennessey, Richard Martin
Mastering Engineer(s): Richard Martin
Performer: William Jennings Bryan and William Howard Taft
Label: Archeophone

Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette
Compilation Producer(s): Ken Flaherty, Jr.
Mastering Engineer(s): Marcus Sueiro Bal, Ken Flaherty, Jr., Jurt Nauck, Glenn Sage
Performer: Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette
Label: Tompkins Square

To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story
Compilation Producer(s): Richard Seidel
Mastering Engineer(s): Mark G. Wilder
Performer: Nina Simone
Label: RCA/Legacy

Field 27 - Production, Non-Classical

Category 92 - Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

(An Engineer's Award.)

Consolers of the Lonely
Engineer(s): Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell, Jack White III
Performer: The Raconteurs
Label: Third Man/Warner Bros.

Just a Little Lovin'
Engineer(s): Al Schmitt
Performer: Shelby Lynne
Label: Lost Highway

Lay It Down
Engineer(s): Jimmy Douglass, Russell "The Dragon" Elevado, John Smeltz
Performer: Al Green
Label: Blue Note

Still Unforgettable
Engineer(s): Steve Genewick, Al Schmitt, Bill Schnee
Performer: Natalie Cole
Label: DMI

We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
Engineer(s): Dyre Gormsen, Tony Maserati
Performer: Jason Mraz
Label: Atlantic

Category 93 - Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

(A Producer's Award. Artists Names Appear in Parentheses.)

Danger Mouse

Attack & Release (The Black Keys) (A)
Modern Guilt (Beck) (A)
The Odd Couple (Gnarls Barkley) (A)

Nigel Godrich

In Rainbows (Radiohead) (A)

Johnny K

Big Bad World (Plain White T's) (A)
The Illusion of Progress (Staind) (A)
Light from Above (Black Tide) (A)
3 Doors Down (3 Doors Down) (A)

Rick Rubin

Death Magnetic (Metallica) (A)
Home Before Dark (Neil Diamond) (A)
Mercy (Dancing for the Death of an Imaginary Enemy (Ours) (A)
Seeing Things (Jakob Dylan) (A)
Weezer (Red Album (Weezer) (A)

will.i.am

American Boy (Estelle Featuring Kanye West) (T)
Encanto (Sergio Mendes) (A)
Funky Bahia (Sergio Mendes Featuring will.i.am and Siedah Garrett) (T)
In the Ayer (Flo Rida Featuring will.i.am) (T)
Pick It Up (Fergie) (T)
Picture Perfect (Chris Brown Featuring will.i.am) (T)
What's Your Name (Usher Featuring will.i.am) (T)

Category 94 - Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

(A Remixer's Award. Singles or Tracks only.)

Closer
Version: StoneBridge Radio Edit
Remixer: StoneBridge
Original Artist: Ne-Yo
Label: Def Jam

Electric Feel
Version: Justice Remix
Remixer: Justice
Original Artist: MGMT
Label: Columbia

4 Minutes
Version: Junkie XL Remix
Remixer: Junkie XL
Original Artist: Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake
Label: Warner Bros.

Just Fine
Version: Moto Blanco Remix
Remixer: Moto Blanco
Original Artist: Mary J. Blige
Label: Geffen

The Longest Road
Version: Deadmau 5 Remix
Remixer: Deadmau 5
Original Artist: Morgan Page Featuring Lissie
Label: Nettwerk

Field 28 - Surround Sound

Category 95 - Best Surround Sound Album

(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

Divertimenti
Surround Mix Engineeers: Morten Lindberg and Hans Peter L'Orange
Surround Mastering Engineer: Morten Lindberg
Surround Producer: Morten Lindberg
Artist: Oyvind Gimse and TrondheimSolistene
Label: 2L

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain; Prelude to Khovanshchina
Surround Mix Engineeers: Michael Bishop
Surround Mastering Engineer: Michael Bishop
Surround Producer: Robert Woods
Artist: Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Label: Telarc

Rheinberger Sacred Choral Works
Surround Mix Engineeers: John Newton
Surround Mastering Engineer: Jonathan Cooper and Mark Donahue
Surround Producer: Blanton Alspaugh
Artist: Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir, and Kansas City Chorale
Label: Chandos

Ringo 5.1 The Surround Sound Collection
Surround Mix Engineeers: Bruce Sugar
Surround Mastering Engineer: Chris Bellman
Surround Producer: Bill Crowley, Ringo Starr, and Bruce Sugar
Artist: Ringo Starr
Label: Koch

Sensurround and B-Sides
Surround Mix Engineeers: Tohru Takayama
Surround Producer: Keigo Oyamada
Artist: Cornelius
Label: Everloving

Field 29 - Production, Classical

Category 96 - Best Engineered Album, Classical

(An Engineer's Award.)

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Engineer(s): Fred Vogler
Performer: Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Divertimenti
Engineer(s): Morten Lindberg and Hans Peter L'Orange
Performer: Oyvind Gimse and TrondheimSolistene
Label: 2L

Puccini: La Boheme
Engineer(s): Michael Bishop
Performer: Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Label: Telarc

Respighi: Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions, Rossiniana
Engineer(s): John Newton
Performer: JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic
Label: Naxos

Traditions and Transformations: Sound of Silk Road Chicago
Engineer(s): David Frost, Tom Lazarus, and Christopher Willis
Performer: Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert, The Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label: CSO Resound

Category 97 - Producer Of The Year, Classical

(A Producer's Award. Artist names appear in parenthesis.)

David Frost

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Right through the Bone: Julius Rontgen Chamber Music (ARC Ensemble)

Schubert: Sonata in D Major; Liszt: Don Juan Fantasy (Min Kwon)

Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert, The Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

David Groves

Baroque (Gabriela Montero)

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (Jonathan Biss)

Polish Spirit (Nigel Kennedy and Jacek Kaspszyk)

Respighi: Roman Trilogy, Il Tramonto (Antonio Pappano)

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Martha Argerich)

Judith Sherman

Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5 (Pacifica Quartet)

Piano Muisc of the Salonen, Stucky, and Lutoslawski (Gloria Cheng)

Reich: Daniel Variations (Grant Gershon, Alan Pierson, Los Angeles Master Chorale and London Sinfonietta)

Riley, Terry: The Cusp of Magic (Kronos Quartet and Wu Man)

String Poetic (Jennifer Koh and Reiko Uchida)

Robert Woods

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bald Mountain, Prelude to Khovanshchina (Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Lieutenant Kije Suite (Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

Puccini: La Boheme (Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)

Ravel: Bolero (Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra)

Revolutionary (Cameron Carpenter)

Robina G. Young

Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18, Nos. 1-6 (Tokyo String Quartet)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" (Andrew Manze and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra)

Birds on Fire (Fretwork)

Heavenly Harmonies (Stile Antico)

Scattered Rhymes (Paul Hillier, Orlando Consort, and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)

Field 30 - Classical

Category 98 - Best Classical Album

(Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist.)

Maria
Producer(s): Christopher Raeburn
Engineer(s)/Mixer(s): Wolf-Dieter Karwatky and Philip Siney
Performer: Adam Fischer and Orchestra La Scintilla
Label: Decca

O'Regan, Tarik: Threshold of Night
Conductor: Craig Hella Johnson
Producer(s): Blanton Alspaugh
Engineer(s)/Mixer(s): John Newton
Mastering Engineer(s): Mark Donahue
Performer: Company of Strings, Company of Voice, and Conspirare
Label: Harmonia Mundi

Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Producer(s): Sid McLauchlan, Arend Prohmann
Engineer(s)/Mixer(s): Stephen Flock
Performer: Hilary Hahn and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary
Conductor: Charles Bruffy
Producer(s): Blaton Alspaugh
Engineer(s)/Mixer(s): John Newton
Mastering Engineer(s): Jonathan Cooper and Mark Donahue Performer: Phoenix Chorale
Label: Chandos

Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Conductor: James Conlon
Producer(s): Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Fred Vogler
Performer: Donnie Ray Albert, John Esterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich, Robert Worle, The Los Angeles Opera Chorus, and The Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
Label: EuroArts

Category 99 - Best Orchestral Performance

(Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.)

D'Indy Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Label: Chandos

Glazunov: Symphony No. 6, La Mer, Introduction and Dance from Salome
Conductor: Jose Serebrier
Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Label: Warner Classics and Jazz

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Op. 20
Conductor: Alan Gilbert
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Track From: Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago
Label: CSO Resound

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Label: CSO Resound

Chris Walden: Symphony No. 1, The Four Elements
Conductor: Chris Walden
Orchestra: Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra
Label: Origin Classical

Category 100 - Best Opera Recording

(Award to the Conductor, Album Producer(s) and Principal Soloists.)

Tan Dun: The First Emperor
Conductor: Tan Dun
Soloist(s): Michelle DeYoung, Placido Domingo, Elizabeth Futral, Paul Groves, Wu Hsing-Kuo, Hao Jiang Tian
Producer(s): Jay David Saks
Performer(s): The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: EMI Classics

Lully: Psyche
Conductor(s): Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs
Soloist(s): Colin Balzer, Karina Gauvin, Carolyn Sampson, Aaron Sheehan
Producer(s): Renate Wolter-Seevers
Performer(s): Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival Chorus
Label: CPO

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini
Soloist(s): Sara Mingardo, Monica Piccinini, Anna Simboli, Furio Zanasi
Producer(s): Jean-Pierre Loisil
Performer(s): Concerto Italiano
Label: Naive Classique

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Soloist(s): Renee Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Ramon Vargas
Producer(s): Jay David Saks
Performer(s): The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Decca

Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Conductor: James Conlon
Soloist(s): Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald
Producer(s): Fred Vogler
Performer(s): Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich, Robert Worle, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Chorus
Label: EuroArts

Category 101 - Best Choral Performance

(Award to the Choral Conductor, and to the Orchestra Conductor if an Orchestra is on the recording, and to the Choral Director or Chorus Master if applicable.)

O'Regan, Tarik: Threshold of Night
Conductor: Craig Hella Johnson
Performer(s): Company of Strings, Company of Voices, Conspirare
Label: Harmonia Mundi

Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works
Conductor: Charles Bruffy
Performer(s): Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Bach Choir
Label: Chandos

Symphony of Psalms
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Chorus Master: Simon Hasley
Performer(s): Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin
Label: EMI Classics

Szymanowski, Karol: Stabat Mater
Conductor: Antoni Wit
Chorus Master: Henryk Wojnarowski
Performer(s): Jaroslaw Brek, Iwona Hossa, Ewa Marciniec, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
Label: Naxos

Tippett: A Child of Our Time
Conductor: Colin Davis
Chorus Master: Joseph Cullen
Performer(s): Steve Davislim, Mihoko Fujimura, Matthew Rose, Indra Thomas, London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus
Label: LSO Live

Category 102 - Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)

(Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.)

Bloch/Lees: Violin Concertos
Conductor: John McLaughlin Williams
Soloist(s): Elmar Oliveira
Performer(s): National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Label: Artek

Harrison: Pipa Concerto
Conductor: Miguel Hart-Bedoya
Soloist(s): Wu Man
Performer(s): Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Track from: Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago
Label: CSO Resound

Mozart: Piano Concertos 17 & 20
Soloist(s): Leif Ove Andsnes
Performer(s): Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Label: EMI Classics

Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos 2 & 5
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
Soloist(s): Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Performer(s): L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Label: Decca

Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Conductor(s): Esa-Pekka Salonen
Soloist(s): Hilary Hahn
Performer(s): Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Category 103 - Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)

(Award to the Instrumental Soloist.)

In a State of Jazz
Soloist: Marc-Andre Hamelin
Label: Hyperion

Piano Music of Salonen, Sticky, and Lutoslawski
Soloist: Gloria Cheng
Label: Telarc

Red Cliff Capriccio
Soloist: Wei Li
Label: First Impression

Revolutionary
Soloist: Cameron Carpenter
Label: Telarc

Strange Toys
Soloist: Joan Jeanrenaud
Label: Talking House

Category 104 - Best Chamber Music Performance

(Award to the Artists.)

Brahms: String Quartet Opus 51, No. 2, Piano Quintet Opus 34
Stephen Hough, Takacs Quartet
Label: Hyperion

Carter, Elliott: String Quartets No. 1 & 5
Pacifica Quartet
Label: Naxos

Folk Songs
Trio Mediaeval
Label: ECM New Series

Right through the Bone: Julius Rontgen Chamber Music
ARC Ensemble
Label: RCA Red Seal

String Poetic
Jennifer Koh and Reiko Uchida
Label: Cedille

Category 105 - Best Small Ensemble Performance

(Award to the Ensemble (and to the Conductor.))

Divertimenti
Conductor: Oyvind Gimse
Performer: TrondheimSolistene
Label: 2L

Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto; Hayashi: Viola Concerto; Takemitsu: Nostalgia
Conductor: Roman Balashov
Performer: Yuri Bashmet and Moscow Soloists
Label: Onyx Classics

Im Wunderschoenen Monat Mai
Conductor: Reinbert De Leeuw
Performer: Barbara Sukowa and Schoenberg Ensemble
Label: Winter & Winter

Monk: Impermanence
Performer: Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble
Label: ECM New Series

Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary
Conductor: Charles Bruffy
Performer: Phoenix Chorale
Label: Chandos

Category 106 - Best Classical Vocal Performance

(Award to the Vocal Soloist(s).)

Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan
Soloist: Hila Plitmann
Performer: JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Label: Naxos

Charles Fussell: Wilde
Soloist: Sanford Sylvan
Performer: Gil Rose and Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Label: BMOP/Sound

Gomidas Songs
Soloist: Isabel Bayrakdarian
Performer: Eduard Topchjan, Serouj Kradjian, Chamber Players of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra
Label: Nonesuch

Maria
Soloist: Cecilia Bartoli
Performer: Adam Fischer and Orchestra La Scintilla
Label: Decca

Terezin: Theresienstadt
Soloist: Anne Sofie Von Otter
Performer: Christian Gerhaher and Daniel Hope, Bengt Forsberg and Gerold Huber
Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Category 107 - Best Classical Contemporary Composition

(A Composer's Award. For a contemporary classical composition composed within the last 25 years, and released for the first time during the Eligibility Year.)

Dalbavie: Concerto Pour Flute
Composer: Marc-Andre Dalbavie
Performer: Peter Eotvos
Track from: Dalbavie/Jarrell/Pintscher: Flute Concertos
Label: EMI Classics

Gandolfi: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
Composer: Michael Gandofli
Performer: Robert Spano
Label: Telarc

Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan
Composer: John Corigliano
Performer: JoAnn Falletta
Track from: Corigliano: Mr. Tambourne Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan
Label: Naxos

Violin Concerto No. 2
Composer: George Tsontakis
Performer: Douglas Boyd
Track from: Tsontakis: Violin Concertos No. 2, Clair de Lune
Label: Koch International Classics

Chris Walden: Symphony No. 1, The Four Elements
Composer: Chris Walden
Performer: Chris Walden
Label: Origin Classical

Category 108 - Best Classical Crossover Album

(Award to the Artist(s) and/or to the Conductor.)

Baroque
Gabriela Montero
Label: EMI Classics

Indigo Road
Ronn McFarlane
Label: Dorian Sono Luminus

Olde School
East Village Opera Company
Label: Decca

The Othello Syndrome
Uri Caine Ensemble
Label: Winter & Winter

Simple Gifts
The King's Singers
Label: Signum

Field 31 - Music Video

Category 109 - Best Short Form Music Video

(For an individual track or single promotional clip. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer.)

Honey
Performer: Erykah Badu
Video Director(s): Erykah Badu, Mr. Roboto
Video Producer(s): Megan Gutman
Label: Universal Motown

Who's Gonna Save My Soul
Performer: Gnarls Barkley
Video Director(s): Chris Milk
Video Producer(s): Anne Johnson
Label: Downtown/Atlantic

Another Way to Die
Performer: Alicia Keys and Jack White
Video Director(s): PR Brown and MK12
Video Producer(s): Dexton Deboree, Lance Ebeling, Mick Ebeling, Sheira Rees-Davies, Jane Tredget
Label: J Records

House of Cards
Performer: Radiohead
Video Director(s): James Frost
Video Producer(s): Dawn Fanning
Label: TBD

Pork and Beans
Performer: Weezer
Video Director(s): Matthew Cullen
Video Producer(s): Bernard Rahill
Label: DGC/Interscope

Category 110 - Best Long Form Music Video

(For video album packages consisting of more than one song or track. Award to the Artist and to the Video Director/Producer of at least 51% of the total playing time.)

Where the Light Is: Live in Los Angeles
Performer: John Mayer
Video Director(s): Danny Clinch
Video Producer(s): Lindha Narvaez
Label: Columbia

Runnin' Down a Dream
Performer: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Video Director(s): Peter Bogdanovich
Video Producer(s): Skot Bright
Label: Warner Bros.

Good Girl Gone Bad Live
Performer: Rihanna
Video Director(s): Paul Caslin
Video Producer(s): John Paveley, Ruth Paveley, Rupert Style
Label: Def Jam/SRP/Mercury/Universal

Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story
Performer: Various Artists
Video Director(s): Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville
Video Producer(s): Mark Crosby, Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville
Label: Stax/Tremolo/Concord

Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
Performer: The Who
Video Director(s): Paul Crowder, Murray Lerner
Video Producer(s): Robert Rosenberg, Nigel Sinclair
Label: Universal Home Entertainment

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