The Complete, Unabridged Grammy Nominees & Winners List

The complete and unabridged rundown of winners (and nominees) at the 53rd Grammy Awards.    

MusiCares Person of the Year

  • Barbra Streisand

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Julie Andrews, Roy Haynes, Juilliard String Quartet, the Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, Ramones, George Beverly Shea

Record of the Year

“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

  • “Nothin’ on You” – B.o.B & Bruno Mars
  • “Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem & Rihanna
  • “F*** You” – Cee Lo Green
  • “Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
  • “Young Guru” Keaton & Ann Mincieli, engineers/mixers


Album of the Year

The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

  • Recovery – Eminem
  • Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  • The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga
  • Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Song of the Year

“Need You Now”

Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

  • “Beg, Steal or Borrow”

Ray LaMontagne, songwriter (Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs)

  • “F*** You”

Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Cee Lo Green)

  • “The House That Built Me”

Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

  • “Love the Way You Lie”

Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem featuring Rihanna)

Best New Artist

Esperanza Spalding

  • Justin Bieber
  • Drake
  • Florence & The Machine
  • Mumford & Sons

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga

  • “King of Anything” – Sara Bareilles
  • “Halo” (Live) – Beyoncé
  • “Chasing Pirates” – Norah Jones
  • “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

“Just the Way You Are” – Bruno Mars

  • “Haven’t Met You Yet” – Michael Bublé
  • “This Is It” – Michael Jackson
  • “Whataya Want from Me” – Adam Lambert
  • “Half of My Heart” – John Mayer

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

“Hey, Soul Sister” (Live) – Train

  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” (Regionals Version) – Glee Cast
  • “Misery” – Maroon 5
  • “The Only Exception” – Paramore
  • “Babyfather” – Sade

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

“Imagine” – Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono Nº1, Jeff Beck, & Oumou Sangaré

  • “Airplanes, Part II” – B.o.B, Eminem, & Hayley Williams
  • “If It Wasn’t for Bad” – Elton John & Leon Russell
  • “Telephone” – Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
  • “California Gurls” – Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

“Nessun Dorma” – Jeff Beck

  • “Flow” – Laurie Anderson
  • “No Mystery” – Stanley Clarke
  • “Orchestral Intro” – Gorillaz
  • “Sleepwalk” – The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Best Pop Instrumental Album

Take Your Pick – Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto

  • Pushing the Envelope – Gerald Albright
  • Heart and Soul – Kenny G
  • Singularity – Robby Krieger
  • Everything Is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway – Kirk Whalum

Best Pop Vocal Album

The Fame Monster – Lady Gaga

  • My World 2.0 – Justin Bieber
  • I Dreamed a Dream – Susan Boyle
  • Battle Studies – John Mayer
  • Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

Best Dance Recording

“Only Girl (In the World)” – Rihanna

Crystal Johnson, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Sandy Wilhelm, producers: Stargate, Sandy Vee

  • “Rocket” – Goldfrapp

Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory, producers; Mark ‘Spike’ Stent, mixer

  • “In for the Kill” – La Roux

Elly Jackson & Ben Langmaid, producers; Serban Ghenea & John Hanes, mixers

  • “Dance in the Dark” – Lady Gaga

Fernando Garibay & Lady Gaga, producers; Robert Orton, mixer

  • “Dancing on My Own” – Robyn

Patrik Berger & Robyn, producers; Niklas Flyckt, mixer

Best Electronic/Dance Album

La Roux – La Roux

  • These Hopeful Machines – BT
  • Further – The Chemical Brothers
  • Head First – Goldfrapp
  • Black Light – Groove Armada

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Crazy Love – Michael Bublé

  • The Greatest Love Songs of All Time – Barry Manilow
  • Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville – Johnny Mathis
  • Fly Me to the Moon… The Great American Songbook Volume V – Rod Stewart
  • Love Is the Answer – Barbra Streisand

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

“Helter Skelter” – Paul McCartney

  • “Run Back to Your Side” – Eric Clapton
  • “Crossroads” – John Mayer
  • “Silver Rider” – Robert Plant and the Band of Joy
  • “Angry World” – Neil Young

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

“Tighten Up” – The Black Keys

  • “Ready to Start” – Arcade Fire
  • “I Put a Spell on You” – Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
  • “Radioactive” – Kings of Leon
  • “Resistance” – Muse

Best Hard Rock Performance

“New Fang” – Them Crooked Vultures

  • “A Looking in View” – Alice in Chains
  • “Let Me Hear You Scream” – Ozzy Osbourne
  • “Black Rain” – Soundgarden
  • “Between the Lines” – Stone Temple Pilots

Best Metal Performance

“El Dorado” – Iron Maiden

  • “Let the Guilt Go” – Korn
  • “In Your Words” – Lamb of God
  • “Sudden Death” – Megadeth
  • “World Painted Blood” – Slayer

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

“Hammerhead” – Jeff Beck

  • “Black Mud” – The Black Keys
  • “Do the Murray” – Los Lobos
  • “Kundalini Bonfire” – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
  • “The Deathless Horsie” – Dweezil Zappa

Best Rock Song

“Angry World”

Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young)

  • “Little Lion Man”

Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford & Country Winston, songwriters (Mumford & Sons)

  • “Radioactive”

Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings of Leon)

  • “Resistance”

Matthew Bellamy, songwriter (Muse)

  • “Tighten Up”

Dan Auerbach & Patrick Carney, songwriters (The Black Keys)

Best Rock Album

The Resistance – Muse

  • Emotion & Commotion – Jeff Beck
  • Backspacer – Pearl Jam
  • Mojo – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Le Noise – Neil Young

Best Alternative Music Album

Brothers – The Black Keys

  • The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
  • Infinite Arms – Band of Horses
  • Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  • Contra – Vampire Weekend

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

“Bittersweet” – Fantasia

  • “Everything to Me” – Monica
  • “Gone Already” – Faith Evans
  • “Tired” – Kelly Price
  • “Holding You Down” – Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

“There Goes My Baby” – Usher

  • “Second Chance” – El DeBarge
  • “Finding My Way Back” – Jaheim
  • “Why Would You Stay” – Kem
  • “We’re Still Friends” – (Kirk Whalum &) Musiq Soulchild

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

“Soldier of Love” – Sade

  • “Love” – Chuck Brown, Jill Scott & Marcus Miller
  • “Take My Time” – Chris Brown & Tank
  • “You’ve Got a Friend” – Ronald Isley & Aretha Franklin
  • “Shine” – John Legend & The Roots

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

“Hang On in There” – John Legend & The Roots

  • “When a Woman Loves” – R. Kelly
  • “You’re So Amazing” – Calvin Richardson
  • “In Between” – Ryan Shaw
  • “Go” (Live) – Betty Wright

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

“Fuck You!” – Cee Lo Green

  • “Little One” – Bilal
  • “Orion” – Carolyn Malachi
  • “Tightrope” – Janelle Monáe & Big Boi
  • “Still” – Eric Roberson

Best R&B Song


John Stephens, songwriter (John Legend & The Roots)

  • “Bittersweet”

Charles Harmon & Claude Kelly, songwriters (Fantasia)

  • “Finding My Way Back”

Ivan “Orthodox” Barias, Curt Chambers, Carvin “Ransum” Haggins, Jaheim Hoagland & Miquel Jontel, songwriters (Jaheim)

  • “Second Chance”
  1. Debarge & Mischke, songwriters (El DeBarge)
  • “Why Would You Stay”
  1. Owens, songwriter (Kem)

Best R&B Album

Wake Up! – John Legend & The Roots

  • Still Standing – Monica
  • Back to Me – Fantasia
  • Another Round – Jaheim
  • The Love & War Masterpeace – Raheem DeVaughn

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Raymond vs. Raymond – Usher

  • Untitled – R. Kelly
  • Graffiti – Chris Brown
  • Transition – Ryan Leslie
  • The ArchAndroid – Janelle Monáe

Best Rap Solo Performance

“Not Afraid” – Eminem

  • “Over” – Drake
  • “How Low” – Ludacris
  • “I’m Back” – T.I.
  • “Power” – Kanye West

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

“On to the Next One” – Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

  • “Shutterbugg” – Big Boi & Cutty
  • “Fancy” – Drake, T.I. & Swizz Beatz
  • “My Chick Bad” – Ludacris & Nicki Minaj
  • “Lose My Mind” – Young Jeezy & Plies

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Empire State of Mind” – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

  • “Nothin’ on You” – B.o.B & Bruno Mars
  • “Deuces” – Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
  • “Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem & Rihanna
  • “Wake Up Everybody” – John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Common

Best Rap Song

“Empire State of Mind”

Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Burt Keyes, Alicia Keys, Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic & Alexander Shuckburgh, songwriters (Jay-Z & Alicia Keys)

  • “Love the Way You Lie”

Alex da Kid, Holly Hafferman & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem & Rihanna)

  • “Not Afraid”
  1. Burnett, J. Evans, Marshall Mathers, L. Resto & M. Samuels, songwriters (Eminem)
  • “Nothin’ on You”

Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars & Bobby Simmons Jr., songwriters (B.o.B & Bruno Mars)

  • “On to the Next One”

Shawn Carter, J. Chaton & K. Dean, songwriters (G. Auge & X. De Rosnay, songwriters) (Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz)

Best Rap Album

Recovery – Eminem

  • The Adventures Of Bobby Ray – B.o.B
  • Thank Me Later – Drake
  • The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
  • How I Got Over – The Roots

Best Female Country Vocal Performance

“The House That Built Me” – Miranda Lambert

  • “Satisfied” – Jewel
  • “Swingin'” – LeAnn Rimes
  • “Temporary Home” – Carrie Underwood
  • “I’d Love To Be Your Last” – Gretchen Wilson

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

“‘Til Summer Comes Around” – Keith Urban

  • “Macon” – Jamey Johnson
  • “Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song)” – Toby Keith
  • “Turning Home” – David Nail
  • “Gettin’ You Home” – Chris Young

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

“Need You Now” – Lady Antebellum

  • “Free” – Zac Brown Band
  • “Elizabeth” – Dailey & Vincent
  • “Little White Church” – Little Big Town
  • “Where Rainbows Never Die” – The SteelDrivers

Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

“As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson

  • “Bad Angel” – Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert & Jamey Johnson
  • “Pride (In the Name of Love)” – Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers
  • “Hillbilly Bone” – Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins
  • “I Run to You” – Marty Stuart & Connie Smith

Best Country Instrumental Performance

“Hummingbyrd” – Marty Stuart

  • “Tattoo of a Smudge” – Cherryholmes
  • “Magic #9” – The Infamous Stringdusters
  • “New Chance Blues” – Punch Brothers
  • “Willow Creek” – Darrell Scott

Best Country Song

“Need You Now”

Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)

  • “The Breath You Take”

Casey Beathard, Dean Dillon & Jessie Jo Dillon, songwriters (George Strait)

  • “Free”

Zac Brown, songwriter (Zac Brown Band)

  • “The House That Built Me”

Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

  • “I’d Love to Be Your Last”

Rivers Rutherford, Annie Tate & Sam Tate, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson)

  • “If I Die Young”

Kimberly Perry, songwriter (The Band Perry)

Best Country Album

Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

  • Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley
  • You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band
  • The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
  • Revolution – Miranda Lambert

Best New Age Album

Miho: Journey to the Mountain – Paul Winter Consort

  • Ocean – Michael Brant DeMaria
  • Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 4 – Kitaro
  • Dancing into Silence – R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton & Will Clipman
  • Instrumental Oasis, Vol. 4 – Zamora

Best Contemporary Jazz Album

The Stanley Clarke Band – The Stanley Clarke Band

  • Never Can Say Goodbye – Joey DeFrancesco
  • Now Is the Time – Jeff Lorber Fusion
  • To the One – John McLaughlin
  • Backatown – Trombone Shorty

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Eleanora Fagan (1915–1959): To Billie with Love from Dee Dee – Dee Dee Bridgewater

  • Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B – Freddy Cole
  • When Lights Are Low – Denise Donatelli
  • Ages – Lorraine Feather
  • Water – Gregory Porter

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

“A Change Is Gonna Come” – Herbie Hancock

  • “Solar” – Alan Broadbent
  • “Body and Soul” – Keith Jarrett
  • “Lonely Woman” – Hank Jones
  • “Van Gogh” – Wynton Marsalis

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

Moody 4B – James Moody

  • Positootly! – John Beasley
  • The New Song and Dance – Clayton Brothers
  • Historicity – Vijay Iyer Trio
  • Providencia – Danilo Pérez

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard – Mingus Big Band

  • Infernal Machines – Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
  • Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz – Chamber Music Vol. 2 – Billy Childs Ensemble featuring the Ying String Quartet
  • Pathways – Dave Holland Octet
  • 54 – Metropole Orkest, John Scofield & Vince Mendoza

Best Latin Jazz Album

Chucho’s Steps – Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers

  • Tango Grill – Pablo Aslan
  • Second Chance – Hector Martignon
  • Psychedelic Blues – Poncho Sanchez
  • ¡Bien Bien! – Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

Best Gospel Performance

“Grace” – BeBe & CeCe Winans

  • “He Wants It All” – Forever Jones
  • “You Hold My World” – Israel Houghton
  • “Nobody Greater” – VaShawn Mitchell
  • “He’s Been Just That Good – Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway

Best Gospel Song

“It’s What I Do”

Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway)

  • “Beautiful Things”

Lisa Gungor & Michael Gungor, songwriters (Gungor)

  • “Better than a Hallelujah”

Sarah Hart & Chapin Hartford, songwriters (Amy Grant)

  • “Our God”

Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Chris Tomlin)

  • “Return to Sender”

Gordon Kennedy, songwriter (Ricky Skaggs)

Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album

Hello Hurricane – Switchfoot

  • Church Music – David Crowder Band
  • For Those Who Wait – Fireflight
  • Beautiful Things – Gungor
  • Rehab – Lecrae

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

Love God. Love People. – Israel Houghton

  • Beauty Will Rise – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Pieces of a Real Heart – Sanctus Real
  • Mosaic – Ricky Skaggs
  • Tonight – TobyMac

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album

The Reason – Diamond Rio

  • Times Like These – Austins Bridge
  • Expecting Good Things – Jeff & Sheri Easter
  • Journey On – Ty Herndon
  • Live at Oak Tree: Karen Peck & New River – Karen Peck & New River

Best Traditional Gospel Album

Downtown Church – Patty Griffin

  • The Experience – Vanessa Bell Armstrong
  • A City Called Heaven – Shirley Caesar
  • Here I Am – Marvin Sapp
  • All in One – Karen Clark Sheard

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album

Still – BeBe & CeCe Winans

  • Get Ready – Forever Jones
  • Love Unstoppable – Fred Hammond
  • Triumphant – VaShawn Mitchell
  • Aaron Sledge – Aaron Sledge

Best Latin Pop Album

Paraíso Express – Alejandro Sanz

  • Poquita Ropa – Ricardo Arjona
  • Alex Cuba – Alex Cuba
  • Boleto de Entrada – Kany García
  • Otra Cosa – Julieta Venegas

Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album

El Existential – Grupo Fantasma

  • Oro – ChocQuibTown
  • Amor Vincit Omnia – Draco
  • Bulevar 2000 – Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible
  • 1977 – Ana Tijoux

Best Tropical Latin Album

Viva la Tradición – Spanish Harlem Orchestra

  • Sin Salsa No Hay Paraiso – El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
  • Asondeguerra – Juan Luis Guerra 4.40
  • Irrepetible – Gilberto Santa Rosa
  • 100 Sones Cubanos – (Various Artists); Edesio Alejandro, Nelson Estevez & Juan Hidalgo, producers

Best Tejano Album

Recuerdos – Little Joe & la Familia

  • Sabes Bien – Juan P. Moreno
  • In the Pocket – Joe Posada
  • Homenaje a Mi Padre – Sunny Sauceda y Todo Eso
  • Cookin – Tortilla Factory

Best Norteño Album

Classic – Intocable

  • Indispensable – Angel Fresnillo
  • Ni Hoy Ni Mañana – Gerardo Ortiz
  • Desde la Cantina Volumen 1 – Pesado
  • Intensamente – Principez de la Musica Norteña

Best Banda Album

Enamórate de Mí – El Güero y Su Banda Centenario

  • Ando Bien Pedo – Banda Los Recoditos
  • Caricias Compradas… – Cuisillos
  • Con la Fuerza del Corrido – El Chapo
  • Todo Depende de Ti – La Arrolladora Banda El Limon

Best Americana Album

You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples

  • The List – Rosanne Cash
  • Tin Can Trust – Los Lobos
  • Country Music – Willie Nelson
  • Band of Joy – Robert Plant

Best Bluegrass Album

Mountain Soul II – Patty Loveless

  • Circles Around Me – Sam Bush
  • Family Circle – The Del McCoury Band
  • Legacy – Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
  • Reckless – The SteelDrivers

Best Traditional Blues Album

Joined at the Hip – Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith

  • Giant – James Cotton
  • Memphis Blues – Cyndi Lauper
  • The Well – Charlie Musselwhite
  • Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites – Jimmie Vaughan

Best Contemporary Blues Album

Living Proof – Buddy Guy

  • Nothing’s Impossible – Solomon Burke
  • Tribal – Dr. John and the Lower 911
  • Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook – Bettye LaVette
  • Live! In Chicago – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band featuring Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bryan Lee, and Buddy Flett

Best Traditional Folk Album

Genuine Negro Jig – Carolina Chocolate Drops

  • Onward and Upward – Luther Dickinson & The Sons Of Mudboy
  • Memories of John – The John Hartford Stringband
  • Maria Muldaur & Her Garden Of Joy – Maria Muldaur
  • Ricky Skaggs Solo: Songs My Dad Loved – Ricky Skaggs

Best Contemporary Folk Album

God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise – Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs

  • Love Is Strange – En Vivo con Tino – Jackson Browne & David Lindley
  • The Age of Miracles – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Somedays the Song Writes You – Guy Clark
  • Dream Attic – Richard Thompson

Best Hawaiian Music Album

Huana Ke Aloha – Tia Carrere

  • Amy Hanaiali’i and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii – Amy Hanaiali‘i And Slack Key Masters of Hawaii
  • Polani – Daniel Ho
  • The Legend – Ledward Kaapana
  • Maui on My Mind – Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Jeff Peterson

Best Native American Music Album

2010 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit’s Dance – (Various Artists); Derek Mathews, Dr. Lita Mathews & Melonie Mathews, producers

  • XI – Bear Creek
  • Temptations: Cree Round Dance Songs – Northern Cree
  • Woodnotes Wyld: Historic Flute Sounds from the Dr. Richard W. Payne Collection – Peter Phippen

Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album

Zydeco Junkie – Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

  • En Couleurs – Feufollet
  • Happy Go Lucky – D.L. Menard
  • Back Home – The Pine Leaf Boys
  • Creole Moon: Live at the Blue Moon Saloon – Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole

Best Reggae Album

Before the Dawn – Buju Banton

  • Isaacs Meets Isaac – Gregory Isaacs & King Isaac
  • Revelation – Lee “Scratch” Perry
  • Made in Jamaica – Bob Sinclar And Sly & Robbie
  • One Pop Reggae + – Sly & Robbie and the Family Taxi
  • Legacy An Acoustic Tribute to Peter Tosh – Andrew Tosh

Best Traditional World Music Album

Ali and Toumani – Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté

  • Pure Sounds – Gyuto Monks of Tibet
  • I Speak Fula – Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
  • Grace – Soweto Gospel Choir
  • Tango Universal – Vayo

Best Contemporary World Music Album

Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks – Béla Fleck

  • All in One – Bebel Gilberto
  • ÕŸÖ – Angelique Kidjo
  • Bom Tempo – Sérgio Mendes
  • Om Namo Narayanaya: Soul Call – Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon

Best Musical Album for Children

Tomorrow’s Children – Pete Seeger with the Rivertown Kids and Friends

  • Here Comes Science – They Might Be Giants
  • Jungle Gym – Justin Roberts
  • Sunny Days – Battersby Duo
  • Weird Things Are Everywhere! – Judy Pancoast

Best Spoken Word Album For Children

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies – Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition – Selma Blair
  • The Best Candy in the Whole World – Bill Harley
  • Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough to Eat – (Various Artists); Jim Cravero, Paula Lizzi & Steve Pullara, producers
  • Nanny McPhee Returns – Emma Thompson

Best Spoken Word Album

Earth – Jon Stewart (With Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, John Oliver & Sigourney Weaver)

  • American on Purpose – Craig Ferguson
  • The Bedwetter – Sarah Silverman
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future… – Michael J. Fox
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection – Carol Burnett
  • The Woody Allen Collection: Mere Anarchy, Side Effects, Without Feathers, Getting Even – Woody Allen

Best Comedy Album

Stark Raving Black – Lewis Black

  • Cho Dependent – Margaret Cho
  • I Told You I Was Freaky – Flight of the Conchords
  • Kathy Griffin Does the Bible Belt – Kathy Griffin
  • Weapons of Self Destruction – Robin Williams

Best Musical Show Album

American Idiot (featuring Green Day) – Billie Joe Armstrong, producer (Green Day, composers; Billie Joe Armstrong, lyricist)

  • Fela! – Robert Sher, producer (Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, composer; Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, lyricist)
  • A Little Night Music – Tommy Krasker, producer (Stephen Sondheim, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist)
  • Promises, Promises – David Caddick & David Lai, producers (Burt Bacharach, composer; Hal David, lyricist)
  • Sondheim on Sondheim – Philip Chaffin & Tommy Krasker, producers (Stephen Sondheim, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist)

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

Crazy Heart

  • Glee: The Music, Volume 1
  • Tremé
  • True Blood – Volume 2
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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

Toy Story 3 – Randy Newman

  • Alice in Wonderland – Danny Elfman
  • Avatar – James Horner
  • Inception – Hans Zimmer
  • Sherlock Holmes – Hans Zimmer

Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

“The Weary Kind” (From Crazy Heart)

Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters (Ryan Bingham)

  • “Down in New Orleans” (From The Princess and the Frog)

Randy Newman, songwriter (Dr. John)

  • “I See You” (From Avatar)

Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell & James Horner, songwriters (Leona Lewis)

  • “Kiss Like Your Kiss” (From True Blood)

Lucinda Williams, songwriter (Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello)

  • “This City” (From Tremé)

Steve Earle, songwriter (Steve Earle)

Best Instrumental Composition

“The Path Among the Trees” – Billy Childs

  • “Aurora” – Patrick Williams
  • “Battle Circle” – Gerald Clayton
  • “Box of Cannoli” – Tim Hagans
  • “Fourth Stream…La Banda” – Bill Cunliffe

Best Instrumental Arrangement

“Carlos” – Vince Mendoza

  • “Fanfare for a New Day” – Patrick Williams
  • “Itsbynne Reel” – Gil Goldstein
  • “Monet” – Ted Nash
  • “Skip to My Lou” – Frank Macchia

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

“Baba Yetu” – Christopher Tin, arranger (Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

  • “Baby” – Roger Treece, arranger (Bobby McFerrin)
  • “Based on a Thousand True Stories” – Vince Mendoza, arranger (Silje Nergaard & Metropole Orchestra Strings)
  • “Don’t Explain” – Geoffrey Keezer, arranger (Denise Donatelli)
  • “Imagine” – Herbie Hancock & Larry Klein, arrangers (Herbie Hancock, Pink, Seal, Jeff Beck, India.Arie, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare)

Best Recording Package

Brothers – Michael Carney, art director (The Black Keys)

  • Eggs – Malene Mathiasson, Malthe Fischer, Kristoffer Rom, Nis Svoldgård & Aske Zidore, art directors (Oh No Ono)
  • Hadestown – Brian Grunert, art director (Anaïs Mitchell)
  • What Will We Be – Devendra Banhart & Jon Beasley, art directors (Devendra Banhart)
  • Yonkers NY – Andrew Taray, art director (Chip Taylor)

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Under Great White Northern Lights (Limited Edition Box Set) – Rob Jones & Jack White III, art directors (The White Stripes)

  • Light: On the South Side – Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, art directors (Various Artists)
  • Minotaur (Deluxe Edition) – Jeff Anderson & Vaughan Oliver, art directors (The Pixies)
  • A Sideman’s Journey (Limited Collector’s Super Deluxe Box Set) – Daniel Reiss & Klaus Voormann, art directors (Voormann & Friends)
  • Story Island – Qing-Yang Xiao, art director (Various Artists)

Best Album Notes

Keep an Eye on the Sky – Robert Gordon, album notes writer (Big Star)

  • Alan Lomax in Haiti: Recordings for the Library of Congress, 1936–1937 – Gage Averill, album notes writer (Various Artists)
  • Side Steps – Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
  • There Breathes a Hope: The Legacy of John Work II and His Fisk Jubilee Quartet, 1909–1916 – Doug Seroff, album notes writer (Fisk University Jubilee Quartet)
  • True Love Cast Out All Evil – Will Sheff, album notes writer (Roky Erickson With Okkervil River)

Best Historical Album

The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings)

  • Jeff Jones, compilation producer; Paul Hicks, Sean Magee, Guy Massey, Sam Okell & Steve Rooke, mastering engineers (The Beatles)
  • Alan Lomax In Haiti: Recordings For The Library Of Congress, 1936–1937
  • Jeffrey A. Greenberg, David Katznelson & Anna Lomax Wood, compilation producers; Steve Rosenthal & Warren Russell-Smith, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
  • The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus!
  • Colin Escott, Mike Jason & Jett Williams, compilation producers; Joseph M. Palmaccio, mastering engineer (Hank Williams)
  • Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings And More
  • Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer (Buddy Holly)
  • Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965–1968
  • Alec Palao, Cheryl Pawelski & Andrew Sandoval, compilation producers; Dan Hersch & Andrew Sandoval, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Battle Studies

Michael H. Brauer, Joe Ferla, Chad Franscoviak & Manny Marroquin, engineers (John Mayer)

  • Dirty Side Down

John Keane, engineer (Widespread Panic)

  • Emotion & Commotion

Steve Lipson, engineer (Jeff Beck)

  • God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise

Ryan Freeland, engineer (Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs)

  • Pink Elephant

Seth Presant & Leon F. Sylvers III, engineers (N’dambi)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Danger Mouse

  • Rob Cavallo
  • Dr. Luke
  • RedOne
  • The Smeezingtons (Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine)

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Revolver (David Guetta’s One Love Club Remix)

David Guetta, remixer (Madonna)

  • Fantasy (Morgan Page Remix)

Morgan Page, remixer (Nadia Ali)

  • Funk Nasty (Wolfgang Gartner Remix Edit)

Wolfgang Gartner, remixer (Andy Caldwell Featuring Gram’ma Funk)

  • Orpheus (Quiet Carnival) (Funk Generation Mix)

Mike Rizzo, remixer (Sérgio Mendes)

  • Sweet Disposition (Axwell & Dirty South Remix)

Axel Hedfors & Dragan Roganovic, remixers (The Temper Trap)

Best Surround Sound Album

Britten’s Orchestra

Keith O. Johnson, surround mix engineer; Keith O. Johnson, surround mastering engineer; David Frost, surround producer (Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony)

  • The Incident

Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, surround producer (Porcupine Tree)

  • Parallax Eden

David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; David Miles Huber, surround mastering engineer; David Miles Huber, surround producer (David Miles Huber)

  • Songs And Stories (Monster Music Version)

Don Murray, surround mix engineer; Sangwook Nam & Doug Sax, surround mastering engineers; John Burk, Noel Lee & Marcus Miller, surround producers (George Benson)

  • Trondheimsolistene – In Folk Style

Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (TrondheimSolistene)

Best Engineered Album, Classical

Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina

Mark Donahue, John Hill & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)

  • Have You Ever Been…?

Robert Friedrich, engineer (Turtle Island Quartet, Stefon Harris & Mike Marshall)

  • Mackey, Steven: Dreamhouse

David Frost, Tom Lazarus, Steven Mackey & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Gil Rose, Rinde Eckert, Catch Electric Guitar Quartet, Synergy Vocals & Boston Modern Orchestra Project)

  • Porter, Quincy: Complete Viola Works

Leslie Ann Jones, Kory Kruckenberg & David Sabee, engineers (Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams)

  • Vocabularies

Steve Miller, Allen Sides & Roger Treece, engineers (Bobby McFerrin)

Producer Of The Year, Classical

David Frost

  • Blanton Alspaugh
  • Tim Handley
  • Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
  • James Mallinson

Best Classical Album

Verdi: Requiem – Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master; Christopher Alder, producer; David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis, engineers/mixers (Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus)

  • Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 – Mariss Jansons, conductor; Everett Porter, producer; Everett Porter, mastering engineer (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
  • Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina – Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Mark Donahue, John Hill & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers (Terrence Wilson; Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
  • Mackey, Steven: Dreamhouse – Gil Rose, conductor; Rinde Eckert; Catch Electric Guitar Quartet; David Frost, producer; David Frost, Tom Lazarus, Steven Mackey & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers; Silas Brown, mastering engineer (Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Synergy Vocals)
  • Sacrificium – Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli; Arend Prohmann, producer; Philip Siney, engineer/mixer (Il Giardino Armonico)

Best Orchestral Performance

Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; “Deus Ex Machina” – Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Terrence Wilson; Nashville Symphony)

  • Bruckner: “Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4” – Mariss Jansons, conductor (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
  • Mackey, Steven: “Dreamhouse” – Gil Rose, conductor; Rinde Eckert (Catch Electric Guitar Quartet; Boston Modern Orchestra Project; Synergy Vocals)
  • Salieri: “Overtures & Stage Music” – Thomas Fey, conductor (Mannheimer Mozartorchester)
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella; Symphony in Three Movements; “Four Études” – Pierre Boulez, conductor (Roxana Constantinescu, Kyle Ketelsen & Nicholas Phan; Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording

Saariaho: “L’Amour de Loin”

Kent Nagano, conductor; Daniel Belcher, Ekaterina Lekhina & Marie-Ange Todorovitch; Martin Sauer, producer (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rundfunkchor Berlin)

  • Berg: “Lulu”

Antonio Pappano, conductor; Agneta Eichenholz, Jennifer Larmore, Klaus Florian Vogt & Michael Volle; David Groves, producer (Orchestra of The Royal Opera House)

  • Hasse: “Marc’ Antonio E Cleopatra”

Matthew Dirst, conductor; Jamie Barton & Ava Pine; Keith Weber, producer (Ars Lyrica Houston)

  • Shchedrin: “The Enchanted Wanderer”

Valery Gergiev, conductor; Evgeny Akimov, Sergei Aleksashkin & Kristina Kapustinskaya; James Mallinson, producer (Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre)

  • Sullivan: “Ivanhoe”

David Lloyd-Jones, conductor; Neal Davies, Geraldine McGreevy, James Rutherford, Toby Spence & Janice Watson; Brian Pidgeon, producer (BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Adrian Partington Singers)

Best Choral Performance

Verdi: “Requiem” – Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master (Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Borodina, Barbara Frittoli & Mario Zeffiri; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus)

  • Bach: “Cantatas” – Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor; Erwin Ortner, chorus master (Bernarda Fink, Gerald Finley, Christian Gerhaher, Werner Güra, Julia Kleiter, Christine Schäfer, Anton Scharinger & Kurt Streit; Concentus Musicau Wien; Arnold Schoenberg Chor)
  • “Baltic Runes” – Paul Hillier, conductor (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)
  • Haydn: “The Creation” – René Jacobs, conductor; Hans-Christoph Rademann, choir director (Julia Kleiter, Maximilian Schmitt & Johannes Weisser; Freiburger Barockorchester; RIAS Kammerchor)
  • Martin: “Golgotha” – Daniel Reuss, conductor (Judith Gauthier, Marianne Beate Kielland, Adrian Thompson, Mattijs Van De Woerd & Konstantin Wolff; Estonian National Symphony Orchestra; Cappella Amsterdam & Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)

Mozart: “Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24” – Mitsuko Uchida (TheCleveland Orchestra)

  • Daugherty: “Deus Ex Machina” – Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Terrence Wilson (Nashville Symphony)
  • Dorman, Avner: “Mandolin Concerto” – Andrew Cyr, conductor; Avi Avital (Metropolis Ensemble)
  • Kletzki: “Piano Concerto in D Minor, Op. 22” – Thomas Sanderling, conductor; Joseph Banowetz (Russian Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Porter, Quincy: “Concerto for Viola & Orchestra” – John McLaughlin Williams, conductor; Eliesha Nelson (Northwest Sinfonia)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)

Messiaen: “Livre du Saint-Sacrement” – Paul Jacobs

  • Chopin: “The Nocturnes” – Nelson Freire
  • Hamelin: “Études” – Marc-André Hamelin
  • Paganini: “24 Caprices” – Julia Fischer
  • “20th Century Harp Sonatas” – Sarah Schuster Ericsson

Best Chamber Music Performance

Ligeti: “String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2” – Parker Quartet

  • Beethoven: “Complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano” – Isabelle Faust & Alexander Melnikov
  • Gnattali: “Solo & Chamber Works for Guitar – Marc Regnier” (Tacy Edwards, Natalia Khoma & Marco Sartor)
  • Porter, Quincy: “Complete Viola Works” – Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams (Douglas Rioth; Northwest Sinfonia)
  • Schoenberg: “String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4” – Fred Sherry String Quartet (Christopher Oldfather & Rolf Schulte)

Best Small Ensemble Performance

“Dinastia Borja” – Jordi Savall, conductor; Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial De Catalunya (Pascal Bertin, Daniele Carnovich, Lior Elmalich, Montserrat Figueras, Driss El Maloumi, Marc Mauillon, Lluís Vilamajó & Furio Zanasi; Pascal Bertin, Daniele Carnovich, Josep Piera & Francisco Rojas)

  • “Ceremony and Devotion – Music for the Tudors” – Harry Christophers, conductor; The Sixteen
  • “Trondheimsolistene – In Folk Style” – Øyvind Gimse & Geir Inge Lotsberg, conductors (Emilia Amper & Gjermund Larsen; TrondheimSolistene)
  • “Victoria: Lamentations Of Jeremiah” – Peter Phillips, conductor; The Tallis Scholars
  • Whitacre, Eric: “Choral Music” – Noel Edison, conductor; Elora Festival Singers (Carol Bauman & Leslie De’Ath)

Best Classical Vocal Performance

“Sacrificium” – Cecilia Bartoli (Giovanni Antonini; Il Giardino Armonico)

  • “Ombre de Mon Amant – French Baroque Arias” – Anne Sofie Von Otter (William Christie; Les Arts Florissants)
  • Turina: “Canto A Sevilla” – Lucia Duchonová (Celso Antunes; NDR Radiophilharmonie)
  • Vivaldi: “Opera Arias – Pyrotechnics” – Vivica Genaux (Fabio Biondi; Europa Galante)
  • Wagner: “Wesendonck-Lieder” – Measha Brueggergosman (Franz Welser-Möst; The Cleveland Orchestra)

Best Classical Contemporary Composition

“Deus Ex Machina” – Michael Daugherty (Giancarlo Serrano)

  • “Appassionatamente Plus” – Hans Werner Henze (Stefan Soltesz)
  • “Graffiti” – Magnus Lindberg (Sakari Oramo)
  • “Symphony No. 4” – Arvo Pärt (Esa-Pekka Salonen)
  • “The Enchanted Wanderer” – Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin (Valery Gergiev)

Best Classical Crossover Album

Tin, Christopher: Calling All Dawns – Lucas Richman, conductor (Sussan Deyhim, Lia, Kaori Omura, Dulce Pontes, Jia Ruhan, Aoi Tada & Frederica von Stade; Anonymous 4 & Soweto Gospel Choir; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

  • Meeting of the Spirits – Matt Haimovitz (Amaryllis Jarczyk, Jan Jarczyk, John McLaughlin, Dominic Painchaud, Leanna Rutt & Matt Wilson)
  • Off the Map – The Silk Road Ensemble
  • Roots – My Life, My Song – Jessye Norman (Ira Coleman, Steve Johns, Mike Lovatt, Mark Markham & Martin Williams)
  • Vocabularies – Bobby McFerrin

Best Short Form Music Video

“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga

  • “Ain’t No Grave” – (Johnny Cash)
  • “Love The Way You Lie” – Eminem & Rihanna
  • “Stylo” – Gorillaz, Mos Def & Bobby Womack
  • “Fuck You!” – Cee Lo Green

Best Long Form Music Video

When You’re Strange – The Doors

  • No Distance Left to Run – Blur
  • The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story – Arif Mardin
  • Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage – Rush
  • Under Great White Northern Lights – The White Stripes

7 Responses

  1. V

    So, Arcade fire wins best album overall, but Black Keys wins best alt music album over Arcade Fire. hmmm?

  2. An Indie

    Yeah, that’s always confusing but if you look at The Recording Academy voting rules it makes more sense. Each voter can cast a vote in up to 9 genre categories and then in each of the overall, non-genre specific categories. So those who chose Alternative Rock as one of their categories to vote in cast more votes for The Black Keys while the total population of voters cast more votes for Arcade Fire.

  3. Maxwellian

    the whole thing just seems artificial to me – so Esperanza Spalding is #1 over Justin Bieber? Or is that just what Naras decided becasue that would get more headlines? It’s just these arbiters on high… seems out of touch and jsut programmed.

  4. V

    I guess they do the best with the poor system they have – I’m sure it’s not easy to try and figure all this out without devaluing that grammys completely. I’m also sure some factors like headlines and album sale bumps play a role in the decision making too.

    I’d like to know the new artist rule, though. Esperanza has been around quite a while.

  5. CrowfeatheR

    This is CrowfeatheR ~

    I would like to congradulate the grammy awards for putting on a great show this year. Last year I tore them a new asshole and rightfully so. They responded verbatim to my requests and suggestions and had the best ratings in a decade as a result. Cudos to me and the grammies. My advice for next year? More of the same, book great performers to perform and keep the show balanced. This years opening medley was f-ing genius and was quite a treat to watch, Lady Ga-Ga was amazing as she always is, MUSE ended up the performing act with the most post show buzz and the Bieber-Usher-Smith performance was even great. The post show tail, lady Ga Ga showing up in an Egg, and the Grammies “return to honor” placing a berklee prodigy over a pop sensation with Esperanza over Justin and awarding Arcade Fire for surpassing insurmountable odds.