Grammy Recap: Complete Lists of Performances and Winners

12:30 p.m.: We’ve added many videos from last night, and at last check, they all appear to be working…

Whether you agree with the winners or enjoyed all of the performances, you have to give credit to the producers of the 51st Grammy Awards. The show produced performers from all genres and an age group ranging from 16 (Nick Jonas) to 83 (B.B. King), and while there were some audio issues (or was that just my TV?), the whole thing actually ended on time even after managing to cram in 25 (!) performances. Take that [Insert Award Show Here]!

I believe it’s safe to say that Robert Plant will not be reuniting with Led Zeppelin, after winning six Grammys with Allison Krauss for Raising Sand, including the coveted Album of the Year. It was an amazing feat, considering their album was released in 2007. When will the Grammys change their eligibility format? Maybe they could get some pointers from the Academy. The other big winners of the night were Weezy, a.k.a. Lil Wayne, who took home four Grammys including “Best Rap Album,” and Coldplay, who won three awards including “Best Rock Album.”

Oh, and Blink 182’s getting back together! A sincere YES!!!

Who cares about the awards, right? What about the performances? Well, the most poignant moment of the night came when Jennifer Hudson broke down at the end of her performance of “You Pulled Me Through”. The song that launched the show was the lifeless new song by U2, “Get on Your Boots”. I’ll be more than happy to get on my boots, if they will take me away from that performance (zing!) (crickets…).

Below, you’ll find a list of all of last nights’ winners – and I mean all the winners (“Cassandra” from Wayne’s World won a Grammy. I’m serious) – along with videos from the various performances (updated as we find them). For much, much, much more on performances and winners, please check out Alex and Michael’s Live Blog from last night.



U2 – “Get on Your Boots”

Jennifer Hudson – “You Pulled Me Through

Coldplay (w/ Jay-Z) – “Lost+” / “Viva La Vida”

CP Medley 09 GA Live –

Estelle (w/ Kanye West) “American Boy”

American Boy GA Live –

Taylor Swift (w/ Miley Cyrus) “Fifteen”

Katy Perry “I Kissed a Girl”

The Jonas Brothers w/ Stevie Wonder“Burnin’ Up” / “Superstition”

Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I., and Lil Wayne – “Swagga Like Us”

Paul McCartney (w/ Dave Grohl) – “I Saw Her Standing There”

Thom Yorke & Johnny Greenwood – “15 Step”

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Lil’ Wayne (w/ Allen Toussaint and Robin Thicke)“Tie My Hands”

T.I (w/Justin Timberlake) – “Dead and Gone”

Robert Plant & Allison Krauss “Rich Woman” / “Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)”

Al Green w/ Justin Timberlake, Boyz II Men, Keith Urban “Let’s Stay Together”

Carrie Underwood “Last Name”

Kid Rock “Amen” / “All Summer Long” / “Rock n Roll Jesus”

Kenny Chesney “Better as a Memory”

Sugarland “Stay”

Adele w/ Sugarland “Chasing Pavements”

Duke Fakir, Smokey Robinson, Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo “Reach Out I’ll Be There” / “Standing in the Shadows of Love” / “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Punch)”

Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline”

Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Keith Urban Blues Tribute

Allen Toussaint, Terence Blanchard, Lil’ Wayne, Robin Thicke New Orleans Tribute

Stevie Wonder “All About the Love Again”


Album of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand

Best Rap Album: Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: John Mayer, “Say”

Record of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Please Read This Letter”

Best New Artist: Adele

Best Rock Album: Coldplay, Viva la Vida

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Rich Woman”

Song of the Year: Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group: Sugarland, “Stay”

Best R&B Album: Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Hudson

Industry Icon Award: Clive Davis

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Rick Rubin (Death Magnetic, Home Before Dark, Mercy, Seeing Things, Weezer)

Best Rock Song: Bruce Springsteen, “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”

Best Rock Instrumental Performance: Zappa Plays Zappa, Featuring Steve Vai & Napoleon Murphy Brock, “Peaches En Regalia”

Best Metal Performance: Metallica, “My Apocalypse”

Best Hard Rock Performance: The Mars Volta, “Wax Simulacra”

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Kings of Leon, “Sex on Fire”

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: John Mayer, “Gravity”

Best Alternative Music Album: Radiohead, In Rainbows

Best Pop Vocal Album: Duffy, Rockferry

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Adele, “Chasing Pavements”

Best Pop Instrumental Album: Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Jingle All The Way

Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Eagles, “I Dreamed There Was No War”

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books): Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth

Best Contemporary R&B Album: Mary J. Blige, Growing Pains

Best R&B Song: Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent”

Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Chrisette Michele Featuring, “Be OK”

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: Al Green Featuring Anthony Hamilton, “You’ve Got the Love I Need”

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Al Green Featuring John Legend, “Stay With Me (by the Sea)”

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Alicia Keys, “Superwoman”

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Ne-Yo, “Miss Independent”

Best Rap Song: Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major, “Lollipop”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Estelle Featuring Kanye West, “American Boy”

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Jay-Z and T.I. Featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne, “Swagga Like Us”

Best Rap Solo Performance: Lil Wayne, “A Milli”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Natalie Cole, Still Unforgettable

Best Country Album: George Strait, Troubadour

Best Country Song: Sugarland, “Stay”

Best Bluegrass Album: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947

Best Country Instrumental Performance: Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner, “Cluster Pluck”

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, “Killing the Blues”

Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Brad Paisley, “Letter to Me”

Best Female Country Vocal Performance: Carrie Underwood, “Last Name”

Best Reggae Album: Burning Spear, Jah Is Real

Best Hawaiian Music Album: Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho, Ikena

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand

Best Traditional Folk Album: Pete Seeger, At 89

Best Traditional Blues Album: B.B. King, One Kind Favor

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Dr. John and the Lower 911, City That Care Forgot

Best Long Form Music Video: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Runnin’ Down a Dream”

Best Short Form Music Video: Weezer, “Pork and Beans”

Best Classical Album: Weill, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Best Classical Crossover Album: The King’s Singers, Simple Gifts

Best Classical Contemporary Composition: John Corigliano, composer, Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan

Best Classical Vocal Performance: John Corigliano, Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan

Best Small Ensemble Performance: Spotless Rose, Hymns to the Virgin Mary

Best Chamber Music Performance: Elliott Carter, Pacifica Quartet, String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra): Gloria Cheng, Piano Music of Salonen, Stucky, and Lutoslawski

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra): Hilary Hahn, Schoenberg, Sibelius: Violin Concertos

Best Choral Performance: Sir Simon Rattle, “Symphony of Psalms”

Best Opera Recording: Weill, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Best Orchestral Performance: Shostakovich, “Symphony No. 4,”

Best Engineered Album, Classical: Traditions and Transformations: Sounds of Silk Road Chicago

Best Electronic/Dance Album: Daft Punk, Alive 2007

Best Dance Recording: Daft Punk, “Harder Better Faster Stronger”

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: Kirk Franklin, The Fight of My Life

Best Traditional Gospel Album: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Down in New Orleans

Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album: Gaither Vocal Band, Lovin’ Life

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: CeCe Winans, Thy Kingdom Come

Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album: TobyMac, Alive and Transported

Best Gospel Song: Kirk Franklin, “Help Me Believe”

Best Gospel Performance: Mary Mary, “Get Up”

Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Song for Chico

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Monday Night Live at the Village Vanguard

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Chick Corea and Gary Burton, The New Crystal Silence

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo: Terence Blanchard, soloist, “Be-Bop”

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Cassandra Wilson, Loverly

Best Contemporary Jazz Album: Randy Brecker, Randy in Brasil

Best New Age Album: Jack DeJohnette, Peace Time

Best Comedy Album: George Carlin, It’s Bad For Ya

Best Polka Album: Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra, Let the Whole World Sing

Best Contemporary World Music Album: Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju and Giovanni Hidalgo, Global Drum Project

Best Traditional World Music Album: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu

Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Best Native American Music Album: Come to Me Great Mystery—Native American Healing Songs

Best Norteño Album: Los Tigres del Norte, Raíces

Best Banda Album: Joan Sebástian, No Es de Madera

Best Tejano Album: Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, Viva la Revolucion

Best Regional Mexican Album: Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Amor, Dolor Y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera

Best Tropical Latin Album: José Feliciano, Señor Bachata

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album: 45, Jaguares

Best Latin Pop Album: Juanes, La Vida…Es un Ratico

Best Musical Show Album: In the Heights

Best Musical Album for Children: They Might Be Giants, Here Come The 123s

Best Spoken Word Album for Children: Bill Harley, Yes to Running!

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Natalie Cole, “Here’s That Rainy Day”

Best Instrumental Arrangement: Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, “Define Dancing” (From Wall-E)

Best Instrumental Composition: “The Adventures of Mutt” (From Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Best Surround Sound Album: Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on Bald Mountain; Prelude to Khovanshchina

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: MGMT, “Electric Feel (Justice Remix)”

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely

Best Historical Album: Art of Field Recording, Volume I: Fifty Years of Traditional American Music

Best Album Notes: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Radiohead, In Rainbows

Best Recording Package: Metallica, Death Magnetic

Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, “Down to Earth” (From Wall-E)

Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer, The Dark Knight

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


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