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Grammy Awards of 2010

52nd Annual Grammy Awards
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Date January 31, 2010
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles
Television coverage
Network CBS

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The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards took place on January 31, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Neil Young was honored as the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year on January 29, two days prior to the Grammy telecast. Only ten of the 109 awards were received during the broadcast.[1] The remaining awards were given during the un-televised portion of the ceremony which preceded the broadcast.[2]

Beyoncé, who also received the most nominations, with ten, won a total of six awards breaking the record for most wins by a female artist in one night. Taylor Swift won four while The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z and Kings of Leon won three. Artists who won two awards include A. R. Rahman, Colbie Caillat, Eminem, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, Jason Mraz and Rihanna. Judas Priest, AC/DC, and Imogen Heap each won a Grammy for the first time in their careers.

Taylor Swift's Fearless was awarded the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the youngest to win the award at age 20. "Use Somebody" by rock band Kings of Leon won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, while "Single Ladies" by songwriters Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart, was honored with Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Zac Brown Band was presented with the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, becoming the fourth country music act to ever win the award. They follow behind LeAnn Rimes in 1997, Shelby Lynne in 2001 and Carrie Underwood in 2007.[3]


The following performed:[4]

Artist(s) Song(s)
Lady Gaga
Elton John
"Poker Face"
"Your Song"
Green Day with the cast of American Idiot "21 Guns"
Beyoncé "If I Were a Boy"
"You Oughta Know"
Pink "Glitter in the Air"
The Black Eyed Peas "Imma Be"
"I Gotta Feeling"
Lady Antebellum "Need You Now"
Jamie Foxx
Doug E. Fresh
"Blame It"
Zac Brown Band
Leon Russell
"America the Beautiful"
"Dixie Lullaby"
"Chicken Fried"
Taylor Swift
Stevie Nicks
Butch Walker
"Today Was a Fairytale"
"You Belong With Me"
Tribute to Michael Jackson
Celine Dion
Carrie Underwood
Jennifer Hudson
Smokey Robinson
"Earth Song"
Bon Jovi
Jennifer Nettles
"We Weren't Born to Follow"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
"Livin' on a Prayer"
For the 2010 Haiti earthquake
Andrea Bocelli
Mary J. Blige
David Foster
"Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Dave Matthews Band "You and Me"
Roberta Flack
"Pretty Wings"/"Where Is the Love"
Tribute to Les Paul
Jeff Beck
Imelda May
"How High the Moon"
Lil Wayne
Travis Barker
"Drop the World"


The following presented:[4]



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


Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Pop Vocal Album


Best Dance Recording
Best Electronic/Dance Album

Traditional pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance
Best Rock Performance By a Duo/Group w/ Vocals
Best Hard Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album


Best Alternative Music Album


Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Best R&B Performance By a Duo/Group W/ Vocals
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album
Best Contemporary R&B Album


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


Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Best Country Performance by a Duo/Group With Vocals
Best Country Collaboration w/ Vocals
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album

New Age

Best New Age Album


Best Contemporary Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance
Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album


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


Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best Regional Mexican Album
Best Tejano Album
  • Borders y Bailes - Los Texmaniacs
  • Divina - Stefani Montiel
  • All the Way Live - Jay Perez
  • Point of View - Joe Posada
  • Radiación Musical - Sunny Sauceda y Todo Eso
Best Norteño Album
  • Tu Noche con... Los Tigres del Norte - Los Tigres del Norte
  • Dejame Soñar - Cumbre Norteña
  • El Niño de Oro - El Compa Chuy
  • Pese a Quien le Pese - Los Rieleros del Norte
  • Soy Todo Tuyo - Los Tucánes de Tijuana
Best Banda Album
  • Tu Esclavo y Amo - Lupillo Rivera
  • Se Nos Murio el Amor - El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario
  • Mas Adelante - La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de Rene Camacho
  • Derecho de Antiguedad - La Original Banda el Limón de Salvador Lizárraga

American roots

Best Americana Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Traditional Folk Album
Best Contemporary Folk Album
Best Hawaiian Music Album
  • Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 - Various Artists
    • Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers
  • He Nani - Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho
  • Friends & Family Of Hawaiʻi - Amy Hanaialiʻi
  • Nani Mau Loa: Everlasting Beauty Ho'okena
Best Native American Music Album
  • Spirit Wind North - Bill Miller
  • Siyotanka - Michael Brant DeMaria
  • True Blue - Northern Cree
  • Wind Songs - Native American Flute Solos John Two-Hawks
  • Riders Of The Healing Road Johnny Whitehorse
Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album

Lay Your Burden Down - Buckwheat Zydeco

  • Alligator Purse - Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet
  • Stripped Down - The Magnolia Sisters
  • Live at 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Pine Leaf Boys
  • L'Ésprit Créole - Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole


Best Reggae Album

World music

Best Traditional World Music Album
Best Contemporary World Music Album


Best Children's Music Album

Family Time - Ziggy Marley

Best Children's Spoken Word Album

Aaaaah! Spooky, Scary Stories & Songs - Buck Howdy

Spoken word

Best Spoken Word Album


Best Comedy Album

Musical show

Best Musical Show Album

Film, TV and other visual media

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album
Best Score Soundtrack Album
Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

Composing and arranging

Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • "West Side Story Medley"
  • "Emmanuel"
  • "Hope"
    • Vince Mendoza, arranger (Jim Beard With Vince Mendoza & The Metropole Orchestra)
  • "Slings And Arrows"
    • Vince Mendoza, arranger (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)
  • "Up With End Credits" (From Up)
    • Michael Giacchino & Tim Simonec, arrangers (Michael Giacchino)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed/Special Limited Edition

Album notes

Best Album Notes


Best Historical Album
  • The Complete Chess Masters (1950–1967)
    • Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer (Little Walter)
  • My Dusty Road
    • Scott Billington, Michael Creamer & Bill Nowlin, compilation producers; Doug Pomeroy, mastering engineer (Woody Guthrie)
  • Origins Of The Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922
    • Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Sophie Tucker)
  • Take Me To The Water: Immersion Baptism In Vintage Music And Photography 1890-1950
    • Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jim Linderman, compilation producers; Robert Vosgien, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
  • Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm
    • Cheryl Pawelski, Mason Williams & Andy Zax, compilation producers; Dave Schultz, 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
  • Transmigration
    • Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses)
  • Colabs
    • David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; David Miles Huber, surround mastering engineer; David Miles Huber, surround producer (David Miles Huber, Allen Hart, DJ Muad'Deep, Seren Wen, Musetta, Henta, Marcell Marias & Gail Pettis)
  • Flute Mystery
    • Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L'Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Emily Beynon, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fred Johnny Berg, Catherine Beynon & Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • Kleiberg: Treble & Bass
    • Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L'Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Daniel Reuss, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Marianne Thorsen & Göran Sjölin)
  • Genesis 1970–1975
    • Nick Davis, surround mix engineer; Tony Cousins, surround mastering engineer; Nick Davis, surround producer (Genesis)

Production, classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10 - Peter Laenger, engineer (Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony)
  • Britten: Billy Budd - Neil Hutchinson & Jonathan Stokes, engineers (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
  • QSF Plays Brubeck - Judy Kirschner, engineer (Quartet San Francisco)
  • Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé - Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers (James Levine, Tanglewood Festival Chorus & Boston Symphony Orchestra)
  • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 - John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
Producer of the Year, Classical
  • Steven Epstein
    • Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony (David Robertson & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)
    • Bernstein: Mass (Marin Alsop, Jubilant Sykes, Asher Edward Wulfman, Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children's Chorus & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
    • Corigliano: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy (Leonard Slatkin, George Mabry, Sir Thomas Allen, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    • Fauré: Piano Quintets (Fine Arts Quartet & Cristina Ortiz)
    • Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace (Yo-Yo Ma & Various Artists)
  • Blanton Alspaugh
    • Carlson, David: Anna Karenina (Stewart Robertson, Christine Abraham, Sarah Colburn, Robert Gierlach, Christian Van Horn, Kelly Kaduce, Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)
    • Menotti: Amahl And The Night Visitors; My Christmas (Alastair Willis, Ike Hawkersmith, Kirsten Gunlogson, Dean Anthony, Todd Thomas, Kevin Short, Bart LeFan, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    • Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges (Alastair Willis, Julie Boulianne, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chattanooga Boys Choir, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
    • Schubert: Death And The Maiden (JoAnn Falletta &; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
    • Sierra, Roberto: Missa Latina 'Pro Pace' (Andreas Delfs, Nathaniel Webster, Heidi Grant Murphy, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
  • John Fraser
    • Britten: Billy Budd (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Midsummer Night (Kate Royal, Edward Gardner, Crouch End Festival Chorus & Orchestra Of English National Opera)
    • Schubert: Schwanengesang (Ian Bostridge & Antonio Pappano)
    • Shadows Of Silence (Leif Ove Andsnes, Franz Welzer-Möst & Sinfonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
  • David Frost
    • An American Journey (Eroica Trio)
    • Journey To The New World (Sharon Isbin, Mark O'Connor & Joan Baez)
    • Korngold: Violin Concerto; Schauspiel Overture; Much Ado About Nothing (Philippe Quint, Carlos Miguel Prieto & Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria)
    • Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 22 (Jonathan Biss & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)
    • O'Connor, Mark: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 (Ida Kavafian, Mark O'Connor, Paul Neubauer & Matt Haimovitz)
  • James Mallinson
    • MacMillan, James: St. John Passion (Sir Colin Davis, Christopher Maltman, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Valery Gergiev, Choir Of Eltham College, Choral Arts Society Of Washington, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
    • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
    • Shostakovich: The Nose (Valery Gergiev, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur, Vladislav Sulimsky, Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)


Best Classical Album
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10
    • Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors; Andreas Neubronner, producer; Peter Laenger, engineer/mixer; Andreas Neubronner, mastering engineer (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef, Elza van den Heever & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus & San Francisco Symphony Chorus)
  • Bernstein: Mass
    • Marin Alsop, conductor; Jubilant Sykes; Steven Epstein, producer; Richard King, engineer/mixer (Asher Edward Wulfman; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Morgan State University Choir & Peabody Children's Chorus)
  • Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
  • Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges
    • Alastair Willis, conductor; Julie Boulianne; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Mark Donahue & John Hill, engineers/mixers (Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Chattanooga Boys Choir, Chicago Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Chorus)
  • Shostakovich: The Nose
    • Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky; James Mallinson, producer; John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
Best Orchestra Performance
Best Opera Recording
  • "Britten: Billy Budd"
  • "Messiaen: Saint François D'Assise"
    • Ingo Metzmacher, conductor; Armand Arapian, Hubert Delamboye, Rod Gilfry, Henk Neven, Tom Randle & Camilla Tilling; Ferenc van Damme, producer (The Hague Philharmonic; Chorus Of de Nederlandse Opera)
  • "Musto, John: Volpone"
    • Sara Jobin, conductor; Lisa Hopkins, Joshua Jeremiah, Museop Kim, Jeremy Little, Rodell Rosel & Faith Sherman; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (Wolf Trap Opera Company)
  • "Shostakovich: The Nose"
    • Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky; James Mallinson, producer (Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
  • "Tan Dun: Marco Polo"
    • Tan Dun, conductor; Stephen Bryant, Sarah Castle, Zhang Jun, Nancy Allen Lundy, Stephen Richardson & Charles Workman; Ferenc van Damme, producer (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; Cappella Amsterdam)
Best Choral Performance
  • "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10"
    • Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Elza van den Heever, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Symphony Chorus & San Francisco Girls Chorus)
  • "Handel: Coronation Anthems"
  • "Penderecki: Utrenja"
    • Antoni Wit, conductor (Gennady Bezzubenkov, Iwona Hossa, Piotr Kusiewicz, Piotr Nowacki & Agnieszka Rehlis; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Boys' Choir & Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)
  • "Song Of The Stars: Granados, Casals & Blancafort"
    • Dennis Keene, conductor (Erica Kiesewetter; Mark Kruczek & Douglas Riva; Voices Of Ascension)
  • "A Spotless Rose"

Paul McCreesh, conductor (The Gabrieli Consort)

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
  • "Verismo Arias" - Renée Fleming (Marco Armiliato; Jonas Kaufmann; Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi; Coro Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi)
  • "Bach" - Anne Sofie von Otter (Lars Ulrik Mortensen; Anders J. Dahlin, Jakob Bloch Jespersen, Tomas Medici & Karin Roman; Concerto Copenhagen)
  • "Bel Canto Spectacular" - Juan Diego Flórez (Daniel Oren; Daniella Barcellona, Patrizia Ciofi, Plácido Domingo, Mariusz Kwiecien, Anna Netrebko & Fernando Piqueras; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana; Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana)
  • "Recital At Ravinia" - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Drew Minter; Peter Serkin)
  • "Un Frisson Français" - Susan Graham (Malcolm Martineau)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Best Classical Crossover Album

Music video

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

Special merit awards

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

In Memoriam

A tribute to the music personalities lost in 2009: Mary Travers, Mike Seeger, Kate McGarrigle, Alan Livingston, Allen Klein, David "Pop" Winans, Sami Bradley, Willie Mitchell, Snooks Eaglin, Koko Taylor, Louis Bellson, Gerry Niewood, Sam Butera, Hank Crawford, Dan Seals, Kenny Rankin, Vern Gosdin, Shelby Singleton, Larry Knechtel, Barry Beckett, Teddy Pendergrass, Hal Gaba, Skip Miller, Uriel Jones, Jim Dickinson, DJ AM, Stephen Bruton, Jay Bennett, Vic Chesnutt, Bob Bogle, Tom Wilkes, Maurice Jarre, Vic Mizzy, Ali Akbar Khan, George Russell, Arthur Ferrante, Lukas Foss, Erich Kunzel, Alicia de Larrocha, Wilma Cozart Fine, Mercedes Sosa, Orlando "Cachaito" López, Ellie Greenwich, Greg Ladanyi, Al Martino, Pierre Cossette and Les Paul.

Note: Michael Jackson and Les Paul were given special tributes.


External links

  • Complete list of nominees and winners
  • Fields and categories
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