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Grammy Awards of 2009

51st Annual Grammy Awards
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Date February 8, 2009
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles
Television coverage
Network CBS

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The 51st Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 8, 2009. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the biggest winners of the night, jointly winning five awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year. Krauss became the sixth female solo artist to have won five Grammys in one evening, following Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Beyoncé Knowles, and Amy Winehouse.[1] Lil Wayne received the most nominations with eight.

The awards broadcast won a 2009 Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special.


Performer(s) Song(s) Sung
U2 "Get on Your Boots"
Al Green
Justin Timberlake
Keith Urban
Boyz II Men
"Let's Stay Together"
Coldplay "Viva La Vida"
Carrie Underwood "Last Name"
Kid Rock "Amen"
"All Summer Long"
"Rock 'n' Roll Jesus"
Taylor Swift
Miley Cyrus
Jennifer Hudson "You Pulled Me Through"
Jonas Brothers
Stevie Wonder
"Burnin' Up"
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl"
Kanye West
"American Boy"
Kenny Chesney "Better as a Memory"
Lil Wayne
Kanye West
"Swagga Like Us"
M.I.A. "Paper Planes"
Paul McCartney
Dave Grohl
"I Saw Her Standing There"
Sugarland "Stay"
Jennifer Nettles
"Chasing Pavements"
Spirit of Troy
"15 Step"
Justin Timberlake
"Dead and Gone"
Duke Fair
Jamie Foxx
Smokey Robinson
A Four Tops Medley
Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"
John Mayer
B.B. King
Buddy Guy
Keith Urban
"Bo Diddley"
Lil Wayne
Robin Thicke
"Tie My Hands"
Robert Plant
Alison Krauss
"Rich Woman"
"Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)"
Stevie Wonder "All About the Love Again"


Special merit awards

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


For all of these there are both nominees and winners, the winners are in bold.

Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist


Best Female Pop Vocal Performance

"Chasing Pavements" – Adele

"Love Song" - Sara Bareilles

"Mercy" - Duffy

"Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis

"I Kissed a Girl - Katy Perry

"So What" - Pink

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

"All Summer Long" - Kid Rock

"Say" – John Mayer

"That Was Me" - Paul McCartney

"I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz

"Closer" - Ne-Yo

"Wichita Lineman" - James Taylor

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

"Viva la Vida" – Coldplay

"Waiting in the Weeds" - Eagles (band)

"Going On" - Gnarls Barkley

"Won't Go Home Without You" - Maroon 5

"Apologize" - OneRepublic

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals

"Lessons Learned" - Alicia Keys & John Mayer

"4 Minutes" - Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland

"Rich Woman" – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

"If I Never See Your Face Again" - Maroon 5 & Rihanna

"No Air" - Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

"Love Appetite" - Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere

"I Dreamed There Was No War" – Eagles

"Fortune Teller" - Fourplay

"Steppin' Out" - Stanley Jordan

"Blast!" - Marcus Miller

Best Pop Instrumental Album

Sax for Stax - Gerald Albright

Greatest Hits Rerecorded Volume One - Larry Carlton

Jingle All the WayBéla Fleck and the Flecktones

The Spice of Life - Earl Klugh

A Night Before Christmas - Spyro Gyra

Best Pop Vocal Album

Detours - Sheryl Crow


Long Road Out of Eden - Eagles

Spirit - Leona Lewis

Covers - James Taylor


Best Dance Recording

"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)" – Daft Punk

"Ready for the Floor" - Hot Chip

"Just Dance" - Lady Gaga feat. Colby O' Donis

"Give It 2 Me" - Madonna

"Disturbia" - Rihanna

"Black & Gold" - Sam Sparro

Best Electronic/Dance Album

New York City - Brazilian Girls

Alive 2007Daft Punk

Bring Ya to the Brink - Cyndi Lauper

X - Kylie Minogue

Last Night - Moby

Robyn - Robyn

Traditional pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Still UnforgettableNatalie Cole

The Sinatra Project - Michael Feinstein

Noël - Josh Groban

In the Swing of Christmas - Barry Manilow

Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall - Rufus Wainwright


Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance

"Gravity" – John Mayer

"I Saw Her Standing There" - Paul McCartney

"Girls in Their Summer Clothes" - Bruce Springsteen

"Rise" - Eddie Vedder

"No Hidden Path" - Neil Young

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

"Sex on Fire" – Kings of Leon

"Rock N' Roll Train" - AC/DC

"Violet Hill" - Coldplay

"Long Road Out of Eden" - Eagles

"House of Cards" - Radiohead

Best Hard Rock Performance

"Inside the Fire" - Disturbed

"Visions" - Judas Priest

"Wax Simulacra" – The Mars Volta"

"Saints of Los Angeles" - Mötley Crüe

"Lords of Salem" - Rob Zombie

Best Metal Performance

"Heroes of Our Time" - Dragonforce

"Nostradamus" - Judas Priest

"My Apocalypse" – Metallica

"Under My Thumb" - Ministry

"Psychosocial" - Slipknot

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

"Castellorizon" - David Gilmour

"Suicide & Redemption" - Metallica

"34 Ghosts I-IV" - Nine Inch Nails

"Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)" - Rush

"Peaches En Regalia" – Zappa Plays Zappa featuring Steve Vai & Napoleon Murphy Brock

Best Rock Song

"Girls in Their Summer Clothes" – Bruce Springsteen

"House of Cards - Radiohead

"I Will Possess Your Heart" - Death Cab for Cutie

"Sex on Fire" - Kings of Leon

"Violet Hill" - Coldplay

Best Rock Album

Viva la Vida or Death and All His FriendsColdplay

Rock N Roll Jesus - Kid Rock

Only By The Night - Kings of Leon

Death Magnetic - Metallica

Consolers of the Lonely - The Raconteurs


Best Alternative Music Album

Modern Guilt - Beck

Narrow Stairs - Death Cab for Cutie

The Odd Couple - Gnarls Barkley

Evil Urges - My Morning Jacket

In Rainbows - Radiohead


Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

"Me, Myself and I"- Beyoncé

"Heaven Sent" - Keyshia Cole

"Spotlight" - Jennifer Hudson

"Superwoman" – Alicia Keys

"Need U Bad" - Jazmine Sullivan

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

"You're the Only One" - Eric Benét

"Take You Down" - Chris Brown

"Miss Independent" – Ne-Yo

"Can't Help But Wait" - Trey Songz

"Here I Stand" - Usher

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

"Ribbon in the Sky" - Boyz II Men

"Words" - Anthony David feat. India.Arie

"Stay with Me (By the Sea)" – Al Green featuring John Legend

"I'm His Only Woman" - Jennifer Hudson feat. Fantasia

"Never Give You Up" - Raphael Saadiq feat. Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance

"A Change is Gonna Come" - Wayne Brady

"You've Got the Love I Need" – Al Green featuring Anthony Hamilton

"Baby I Know" - Linda Jones with Helen Bruner & Terry Jones

"Love That Girl" - Raphael Saadiq

"In Love With Another Man" - Jazmine Sullivan

Best Urban/Alternative Performance

"Say Goodbye to Love" - Kenna

"Wanna Be" - Maiysha

"Be OK" – Chrisette Michele featuring

"Many Moons (song)" - Janelle Monae

"Lovin You (Music)" - Wayna feat. Kokayi

Best R&B Song

"Bust Your Windows" - Jazmine Sullivan

"Customer" - Raheem DeVaughn

"Heaven Sent" - Keyshia Cole

"Miss Independent" – Ne-Yo

"Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson

Best R&B Album

Love & Life - Eric Benét

Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA - Boyz II Men

Lay It Down - Al Green

Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson

The Way I See It - Raphael Saadiq

Best Contemporary R&B Album

Growing PainsMary J. Blige

Back of My Lac' - J. Holiday

First Love - Karina

Year of the Gentleman - Ne-Yo

Fearless - Jazmine Sullivan


Best Rap Solo Performance

"Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..." - Jay-Z

"A Milli" – Lil Wayne

"Paris, Tokyo" - Lupe Fiasco

"Sexual Eruption" - Snoop Dogg

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

"Royal Flush (song) - Big Boi feat. Raekwon and Andre 3000

"Swagga Like Us" – Jay-Z & T.I. featuring Kanye West, & Lil Wayne

"Mr. Carter - Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z

"Wish You Would" - Ludacris feat. T.I.

"Put On" - Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

"American Boy" – Estelle featuring Kanye West

"Low" - Flo Rida feat. T-Pain

"Green Light" - John Legend & Andre 3000

"Got Money" - Lil Wayne feat. T-Pain

"Superstar" - Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos

Best Rap Song

"Lollipop" – Lil Wayne featuring Static Major

"Low - Flo Rida feat. T-Pain

"Sexual Eruption" - Snoop Dogg

"Superstar" - Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos

"Swagga Like Us" - Jay-Z & T.I. feat. Kanye West and Lil Wayne

Best Rap Album

American Gangster - Jay-Z

Tha Carter IIILil Wayne

The Cool - Lupe Fiasco

Nas - Nas

Paper Trail - T.I.


Best Female Country Vocal Performance

"For These Times" - Martina McBride

"What I Cannot Change" - LeAnn Rimes

"Last Name" – Carrie Underwood

"Last Call" - Lee Ann Womack

"This Is Me You're Talking To" - Trisha Yearwood

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

"You're Gonna Miss This" - Trace Adkins

"In Color" - Jamey Johnson

"Just Got Started Lovin' You" - James Otto

"Letter to Me" – Brad Paisley

"Troubadour" - George Strait

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals

"God Must Be Busy" - Brooks & Dunn

"Love Don't Live Here" - Lady Antebellum

"Every Day" - Rascall Flatts

"Blue Side of the Mountain" - The Steel Drivers

"Stay" – Sugarland

Best Country Collaboration with Vocals

"Shiftwork" - Kenny Chesney & George Strait

"Killing the Blues" – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

"House of Cash" - George Strait & Patty Loveless

"Life in a Northern Town" - Jake Owen & Little Big Town

"Let the Wind Chase You" - Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban

Best Country Instrumental Performance

"Sumatra" - Cherryholmes

"Two Small Cars In Rome" - Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green

"Sleigh Ride" - Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

"Is This America? (Katrina 2005)" - Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby

"Cluster Pluck" – Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner

Best Country Song

"Dig Two Graves" - Randy Travis

"I Saw God Today" - George Strait

"In Color" - Jamey Johnson

"Stay" – Sugarland

"You're Gonna Miss This" - Trace Adkins

Best Country Album

That Lonesome Song - Jamey Johnson

Sleepless Nights - Patty Loveless

TroubadourGeorge Strait

Around the Bend - Randy Travis

Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love - Trisha Yearwood

Best Bluegrass Album

Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe - Cherryholmes

Del McCoury Band — Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Del McCoury Band

The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman - Earl Scruggs

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

Wheels - Dan Tyminski

New Age

Best New Age Album

Meditations - William Ackerman

Pathfinder - Will Clipman

Peace TimeJack DeJohnette

Ambrosia - Peter Kater

The Scent of Light - Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra


Best Contemporary Jazz Album

Randy in BrasilRandy Brecker

Floating Point - John McLaughlin

Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley - Various Artists

Miles From India - Various Artists

Lifecycle - Yellowjackets feat. Mike Stern

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Imagina: Songs Of Brasil - Karrin Allyson

Breakfast On The Morning Tram - Stacey Kent

If Less Is More...Nothing Is Everything - Kate McGarry

LoverlyCassandra Wilson

Distances - Norma Winstone

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

"Be-Bop" – Terence Blanchard

"Seven Steps to Heaven" - Till Brönner

"Waltz for Debby" - Gary Burton & Chick Corea

"Son of Thirteen" - Pat Metheny

"Be-Bop" - James Moody

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group

The New Crystal SilenceChick Corea & Gary Burton

History, Mystery - Bill Frisell

Brad Mehldau Trio: Live - Brad Mehldau Trio

Day Trip - Pat Metheny with Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez

Standards - Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard – The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Best Latin Jazz Album

Song for ChicoArturo O'Farrill and The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra


Best Gospel Performance
Best Gospel Song
Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Best Traditional Gospel Album
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
  • 45Jaguares
Best Latin Urban Album
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best Regional Mexican Album
  • Amor, Dolor y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera – Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
  • Canciones de Amor – Mariachi Divas
Best Tejano Album
  • Viva La Revolucion – Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
Best Norteño Album
Best Banda Album


Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
  • City That Care ForgotDr. John And The Lower 911


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


Best Reggae Album

World music

Best Traditional World Music Album
Best Contemporary World Music Album


Best Polka Album

Children's music

Best Musical Album For Children
Best Spoken Word Album for Children

Spoken word

Best Spoken Word Album


Best Comedy Album

Musical show

Best Musical Show Album

Film, television and other visual media

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

American Gangster

August Rush


Mamma Mia!

Sweeney Todd — The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

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

The Dark Knight - James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - John Williams

Iron Man - Ramin Djawadi

There Will Be Blood - Johnny Greenwood

WALL-E - Thomas Newman

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

"Down to Earth" (from WALL-E) – Peter Gabriel

"Ever Ever After" (from Enchanted) - Carrie Underwood

"Say" - (from The Bucket List) - John Mayer

"That's How You Know" (from Enchanted) - Amy Adams

"Walk Hard" (from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) - John C. Reilly

Composing and arranging

Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
  • "Here's That Rainy Day" – Natalie Cole
    • Nan Schwartz, arranger


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Album notes

Best Album Notes
  • Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition – Francis Davis, album notes writer (Miles Davis)


Best Historical Album
  • Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music – Documented By Art Rosenbaum Steven; Lance Ledbetter & Art Rosenbaum, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)

Production, non-classical

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Production, surround sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical


Best Classical Album
Best Orchestral Performance
Best Opera Recording
Best Choral Performance
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
Best Chamber Music Performance
Best Small Ensemble Performance
Best Classical Vocal Performance
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Classical Crossover Album
  • Simple GiftsKing's Singers

Music video

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

Cancelled Performances

  • Rihanna was scheduled to perform at the 51st Grammy Awards, but her performance was cancelled, because of an earlier altercation with her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown.


Artists with multiple nominations and awards


External links

  • Official Site
  • Winners
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