Please, let the Grammy Awards die

Lady Gaga 2010 Grammy Awards
Lets be honest, there are two reasons the Grammy Awards exist: Advertising revenue for CBS and so stars can pat themselves on the back. Well, one of those things will never go away, however as viewers stop watching the Grammys the advertising will go away.

The Grammy Awards will go the way of the CD and album. The Grammy Awards used to be exciting because you rarely got to see a rock star other than on television the few times they would be on. Even in the era of MTV you only got to see the video version of the band–it was like watching an actor in a movie. But now with Twitter, websites, tabloids and YouTube we see them all the time. In fact, we probably hear too much about them. There is only one person that anyone cared about this year: Lady Gaga. Why? Because she is so mysterious. She’s like KISS back in the ’70s. She’s always hiding behind these crazy outfits and makeup. But one star can’t carry an awards show.

So, its time to let the Grammy Awards die. Music artists are putting on their own shows every single day online for the entire world to see. How can you compete with that?

Grammy Awards Winners for 2010

Taylor Swift 2010 Grammy Awards
A complete list of winners of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards handed out on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. Nominees for each category are listed below, with winners in bold text.

Album Of The Year
“I Am…Sasha Fierce,” Beyoncé
“The E.N.D.,” The Black Eyed Peas
“The Fame,” Lady Gaga
“Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King,” Dave Matthews Band
“Fearless,” Taylor Swift

Best Female Pop Vocal:
“Hometown Glory,” Adele
“Halo,” Beyonce
“Hot N Cold,” Katy Perry
“Sober,” Pink
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

Lady Gaga 2010 Grammy Awards
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
“Ego,” Beyonce Knowles and Kanye West
“Knock You Down,” Keri Hilson, Kanye West and Ne-Yo
“Run This Town,” Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West
“I’m On A Boat,” The Lonely Island and T-Pain
“Dead And Gone,” T.I. and Justin Timberlake

Best Rock Album:
“Black Ice,” AC/DC
“Live From Madison Square Garden,” Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood
“21st Century Breakdown,” Green Day
“Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King,” Dave Matthews Band
“No Line on the Horizon,” U2

Record of the Year:
“Halo,” Beyonce Knowles
“I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas
“Use Somebody,” Kings Of Leon
“Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

Best Comedy Album
“A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!” Stephen Colbert
“Back From The Dead,” Spinal Tap
“Internet Leaks,” “Weird Al” Yankovic
“My Weakness Is Strong,” Patton Oswalt
“Suckin’ It For The Holidays,” Kathy Griffin
“Tall, Dark & Chicano,” George Lopez

Best New Artist:
Zac Brown Band
Keri Hilson
MGMT
Silversun Pickups
The Ting Tings

Best Country Album:
“The Foundation,” Zac Brown Band
“Twang,” George Strait
“Fearless,” Taylor Swift
“Defying Gravity,” Keith Urban
“Call Me Crazy,” Lee Ann Womack

Song of the Year:
“Poker Face,” Lady Gaga
“Pretty Wings,” Maxwell
“Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” Beyonce Knowles
“Use Somebody,” Kings Of Leon
“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

Lady Gaga to open Grammy Awards and lands 3 BRIT Nominations

Lady Gaga
Forget saving the best for last… Lady Gaga will be opening the show at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 31 with what is certain to be one the most talked about performances of the night.

Rumors are flying about who she’ll take the stage with on music’s biggest night, where Gaga is nominated in 5 categories including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year.

Stay tuned for a Gaga Grammy wrap-up, including video of the performance!

Gaga Lands 3 BRIT Nominations

Gaga has made her mark around the globe this last year and has been duly recognized for her UK success with 3 coveted BRIT nominations: Best International Female, Best International Album and Best International Breakthrough.

Best International Breakthrough is open to the public and Gaga is asking all her little monsters to vote! For details, visit http://www.brits.co.uk/voting.

Lady Gaga to perform at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has been confirmed to perform at music’s biggest night, The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards! She has racked up FIVE nominations: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best Dance Recording for “Poker Face”, and Album Of The Year and Best Electronic/Dance Album for ‘The Fame’.

Other Grammy performers just announced include The Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, P!nk, and The Zac Brown Band! Previously announced performers include Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Antebellum, Maxwell, and Taylor Swift.

Lady Gaga’s live performances always steal the spotlight at every award show. But what will she have in store for this one? Will she set her piano on fire and smash bottles? Will she spontaneously start spurting blood mid-song? Will she shoot laser beams from her chest? Tune in to find out. The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards will air on January 31st at 8pm EST on CBS!

Alice in Chains nominated for Grammy Awards

Alice in Chains have earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Hard Performance” for “Check My Brain,” the No. 1 hit single from the band’s new album BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE. Fueled by the chart-topping track, which hit No. 1 on the Modern, Active and Rock formats and was hailed by Spin magazine as “one of the catchiest songs of Alice In Chains’ history,” the album entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 5, with first-week sales exceeding 126,000 copies.

The quartet (guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) is maintaining momentum with second single “Your Decision,” which was this week’s No. 1 Most Added track at Modern and Active Rock. Earlier this week, the video for “Your Decision” premiered on iTunes and shot to No. 1 on their Rock Video Chart. Stephen Schuster, who they previously worked with on the video for “A Looking In View”, directed the clip.

In other news, ALICE IN CHAINS have announced dates for a North American tour set to kick off at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on February 2nd. Tickets go on sale December 4th and 5th – fans can get more info at www.aliceinchains.com.

The band is currently touring Europe and recently performed on the UK television show “Later … With Jools Holland.” The international dates followed a sold-out U.S. buzz tour and performances on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and back-to-back nights on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Don’t miss your chance to catch Alice In Chains live. Tour dates are as follows:

Date City Venue
Dec. 4 Paris, France Bataclan
Dec. 6 Nottingham, UK Rock City
Dec. 7 London, UK Brixton Academy
Dec. 11 Las Vegas, NV The Joint (KXTE radio show)
Dec. 12 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre (KROQ Acoustic Xmas)
Feb. 2 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 4 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
Feb. 6 Salem, OR Salem Armory
Feb. 8 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Feb. 10 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
Feb. 11 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
Feb. 17 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Feb. 19 Denver, CO Fillmore
Feb. 21 Kansas City, MO Midland
Feb. 22 St. Louis, MO Pageant
Feb. 23 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
Feb. 25 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Feb. 27 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Mar 1 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium
Mar 2 Charlotte, NC Fillmore
Mar 3 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
Mar 5 Richmond, VA The National
Mar 6 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods
Mar 8 New York, NY Terminal 5
Mar 12 Atlantic, City, NJ Borgata
Mar 13 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
Mar 14 Boston, MA Orpheum
Mar 16 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Mar 17 Toronto, ONT Sound Academy
Mar 19 Detroit, MI Fillmore State Theatre
Mar 20 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
Mar 21 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Pink gets nominated for two Grammy Awards

Pink
Pink
Capping off an incredible year, P!nk has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, including the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category for her hit single “Sober” and in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for her multi-platinum selling album Funhouse. These two make a total of nine Grammy nominations for P!nk, who has won the coveted music award two times – for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2001 for “Lady Marmalade,” performed with Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, and Mya, and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for “Trouble” from 2004’s Try This.

2009 has proved to be a whirlwind year for the international superstar, who’s nominated album Funhouse has now sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and boasts her first #1 Billboard single, “So What!” The album also inspired her wildly successful Funhouse Tour which took the world by storm this year, travelling across the globe and breaking touring records along the way. P!nk is now the most successful solo touring artist of all time in Australia, playing an unprecedented 60 sold out arena shows. Stateside, the US leg of the Funhouse Tour was P!nk’s first ever headlining arena tour in her home country. Kicking off in Seattle on September 15th, the tour packed arenas across the country and left fans and critics raving. The New York Times proclaimed, “Even in an era of escalating pop spectacle, Pink’s ‘Funhouse’ tour is going to be hard to top…Onstage she was a down-to-earth superwoman.” P!nk even previewed her Funhouse Tour with a fearless acrobatic performance at this year’s MTV VMA Awards.

P!nk’s dazzling live concert is captured in her recently released live DVD/album Funhouse Tour Live In Australia. The concert was filmed entirely in HD in Australia and features P!nk performing hits from the past decade as well as new favorites from Funhouse.

Since her debut in 2000, P!nk has been widely hailed as a fearlessly talented singer/songwriter. To date, the Pennsylvania native has sold 30 million albums cumulatively worldwide. Her previous albums include: her four million-unit selling debut, Can’t Take Me Home (2000); her sophomore follow-up, M!ssundaztood (2001) which sold 11 million worldwide; the 2.7 million worldwide seller Try This (2003), and I’m Not Dead (2006), which sold over 5 million units globally and spawned two No. 1 hits ”Who Knew” and “U + Ur Hand.”

Praise for P!nk:

“Pink can out-sing almost anyone out there. She can out-crazy Gaga or Lily. She’s the total pop-star package, everything you’d want in a singer/entertainer/icon” – MTV.COM

“One of the best rock shows of the year.” – New York Post

“Pink even pulled off an impressive version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’…Like everything in Friday’s concert- like everything in Pink’s career- the song was a gamble, but one that the singer made look like a piece of cake.” – Los Angeles Times

“Pink’s true gift is as a musical androgynist — blurring the line between rocker and pop star, or between mourner and celebrant.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Pop music’s edgiest star” -Rolling Stone

“During a two-hour, turbo-charged performance at Key Arena, the platinum-blonde powerhouse overshadowed trapeze dancers, huge inflatable harlequins, Broadway-worthy choreography, and a pillow fight (!), wowing the packed crowd with her charisma, athleticism, and — most disarming of all — sense of humor.” – SPIN

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Why the Grammys suck–and the winners

So the big winners were Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. Whatever. “Raising Sand” was an interesting album but all you had to do is watch the duo perform “Rich Woman” to realize that you weren’t seeing anything new or extraordinary. Not when you compare it to Radiohead. “In Rainbows” was a far more superior album. Radiohead expanded the boundaries and turned out another great performance. Not to mention the fact that they gave it away for free to the masses. You only needed to watch Radiohead’s performance of “15 Step” to see how much of an evolution it is to rock–much like Zeppelin was in their heyday. But Planet’s music today is positively ancient.

Robert Plant. Getty.
Robert Plant. Getty.

This wasn’t the biggest robbery of all time–that happened in 1998 40th Grammy Awards when Bob Dylan’s “Time Out Of Mind” beat Radiohead’s “Ok Computer.” So Radiohead got screwed for a second time.

How does this happen? Because most of the judges (150 experts from the recording industry) are a bunch of old guys who are out of touch with the rest of the world. Trent Reznor is quoted as saying: “While the music industry is doing everything they possibly can to go out of business, can we all make sure to rid ourselves of the Grammys, too? Out of touch old men jacking each other off.”

Reznor nailed it. And this year another bunch of artists got screwed. Do the judges feel bad because Led Zeppelin got snubbed? So does that mean when Radiohead reunite in 30 years to do bluegrass they can finally win a Grammy? Give me a break.

And the Jay-Z/Chris Martin duo was a mess. Why kill that song by throwing Jay-Z in there without any chemistry? And the biggest sin was giving Paul McCartney one song. One song for a legend while Kid Rock gets 3 songs? Who’s producing that show Kid Rock’s manager? I won’t even get into the M.I.A. performance.

The Grammy’s are a joke. They are insignificant. And if you care at all who one you can go to the Grammy website–because we aren’t posting that nonsense here.

Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood added to Superstar Lineup For 51ST Annual Grammy Awards

Current GRAMMY® Award nominees Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood are the latest performers announced for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast. They join previously announced performers and nominees Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, and Katy Perry. The music industry’s premier event will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, on Twitter at “theGRAMMYs,” on Facebook at “The Recording Academy,” on YouTube at “51stGRAMMYs,” and on Last.fm at “the51stgrammys.” Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.
carrie underwood
Jennifer Hudson has three nominations: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (“Spotlight”), Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (“I’m His Only Woman,” featuring Fantasia), and Best R&B Album (Jennifer Hudson).

Three-time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood is up for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (“Last Name”).

As previously announced, this year’s “My GRAMMY Moment” segment on the telecast gives music fans an opportunity to virtually share music’s biggest stage with current GRAMMY nominee Katy Perry. Produced in partnership with CBS.com, “My GRAMMY Moment” allows music fans to upload a 30- to 60-second video of themselves singing along to a portion of Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl” to www.cbs.com/grammys through Feb. 6. Videos will be voted on by fans and the public-at-large, and the most popular videos will be shown as part of Perry’s performance on Music’s Biggest Night®.

2009 Grammy Awards nominee list

Check out the list of nominees for recordings released during the Eligibility Year October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008.

Grammy awards 2009

For recordings released during the Eligibility Year
October 1, 2007 through September 30, 2008
Note: More or less than 5 nominations in a category is the result of ties.

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
Eg White, producer; Tom Elmhirst & Steve Price, engineers/mixers
Track from: 19
[XL Recordings/Columbia]

* Viva La Vida
Coldplay
Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael Brauer & Rik Simpson, engineers/mixers
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
[Capitol Records]

* Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis
Simon Cowell, Clive Davis & Ryan “Alias” Tedder, producers; Craig Durrance, Phil Tan & Ryan “Alias” Tedder, engineers/mixers
[J Records/SYCO Music]

* Paper Planes
M.I.A
Diplo, producer; Switch, engineer/mixer
Track from: Kala
[Interscope]

* Please Read The Letter
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer
Track from: Raising Sand
[Rounder]

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
Markus Dravs, Brian Eno & Rik Simpson, producers; Michael H. Brauer, Markus Dravs, John O’Mahoney, Rik Simpson & Andy Wallace, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
[Capitol Records]

* Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne
Babyface, Brisco, Fabolous, Jay-Z, Kidd Kidd, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, D. Smith, Static Major, T-Pain & Bobby Valentino, featured artists; Alchemist, David Banner, Vaushaun “Maestro” Brooks, Cool & Dre, Andrews “Drew” Correa, Shondrae “Mr. Bangladesh” Crawford, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Jim Jonsin, Mousa, Pro Jay, Rodnae, Skillz & Play, D. Smith, Swizz Beatz, Robin Thicke, T-Pain & Kanye West, producers; Angel Aponte, Joshua Berkman, Andrew Dawson, Joe G, Darius “Deezle” Harrison, Fabian Marasciullo, Miguel Scott, Robin Thicke, Julian Vasquez & Gina Victoria, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer
[Universal Motown/Cash Money]

* Year Of The Gentleman
Ne-Yo
Chuck Harmony, Ne-Yo, Polow Da Don, StarGate, Stereotypes, Syience, Shea Taylor & Shomari “Sho” Wilson, producers; Kirven Arrington, Jeff Chestek, Kevin “KD” Davis, Mikkel Eriksen, Jaymz Hardy Martin, III, Geno Regist, Phil Tan & Tony Terrebonne, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers, Jr., mastering engineer
[Def Jam/Compound]

* Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
T Bone Burnett, producer; Mike Piersante, engineer/mixer; Gavin Lurssen, mastering engineer
[Rounder]

* In Rainbows
Radiohead
Nigel Godrich, producer; Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech-Marguerat, Hugo Nicolson & Richard Woodcraft, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
[TBD Records]

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. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* American Boy
William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray & Kanye West, songwriters (Estelle Featuring Kanye West)
Track from: Shine
[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 Adkins & Eg White, songwriters (Adele)
Track from: 19
[XL Recordings/Columbia; Publishers: Universal-Songs of Polygram Int.]

* I’m Yours
Jason Mraz, songwriter (Jason Mraz)
Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
[Atlantic; Publisher: Goo Eyed Music]

* Love Song
Sara Bareilles, songwriter (Sara Bareilles)
Track from: Little Voice
[Epic; Publisher: Tiny Bear Music]

* Viva La Vida
Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
[Capitol Records; Publishers: Universal Music-MGB Songs]

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

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Chasing Pavements
Adele
Track from: 19
[Columbia/XL]

* Love Song
Sara Bareilles
Track from: Little Voice
[Epic]

* Mercy
Duffy
Track from: Rockferry
[Mercury]

* Bleeding Love
Leona Lewis
[J Records/SYCO Music]

* I Kissed A Girl
Katy Perry
Track from: One Of The Boys
[Capitol Records]

* So What
Pink
[LaFace]

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

* All Summer Long
Kid Rock
Track from: Rock N Roll Jesus
[Atlantic]

* Say
John Mayer
Track from: Continuum
[Columbia]

* That Was Me
Paul McCartney
Track from: Amoeba’s Secret
[Hear Music/MPL Communications Ltd.]

* I’m Yours
Jason Mraz
Track from: We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
[Atlantic]

* Closer
Ne-Yo
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman
[Def Jam/Compound Entertainment]

* Wichita Lineman
James Taylor
Track from: Covers
[Hear Music]

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For established duos or groups, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Viva La Vida
Coldplay
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
[Capitol Records]

* Waiting In The Weeds
Eagles
Track from: Long Road Out Of Eden
[Eagles Recording Company II]

* Going On
Gnarls Barkley
Track from: The Odd Couple
[Downtown/Atlantic]

* Won’t Go Home Without You
Maroon 5
Track from: It Won’t Be Soon Before Long
[Octone/A&M]

* Apologize
OneRepublic
Track from: Dreaming Out Loud
[Mosley Music/Interscope Records]

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 from: As I Am
[J Records]

* 4 Minutes
Madonna, Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
Track from: Hard Candy
[Warner Bros.]

* Rich Woman
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Track from: Raising Sand
[Rounder]

* If I Never See Your Face Again
Rihanna & Maroon 5
Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
[Def Jam]

* No Air
Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown
Track from: Jordin Sparks
[Jive]


Best Pop Instrumental Performance

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

* Love Appetite
Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere
Track from: Nudge It Up A Notch
[Stax]

* I Dreamed There Was No War
Eagles
Track from: Long Road Out Of Eden
[Eagles Recording Company II]

* Fortune Teller
Fourplay
Track from: Energy
[Heads Up International]

* Steppin’ Out
Stanley Jordan
Track from: State Of Nature
[Mack Avenue Records]

* Blast!
Marcus Miller
Track from: Marcus
[Concord Jazz]


Best Pop Instrumental Album

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

* Sax For Stax
Gerald Albright
[Peak Records]

* Greatest Hits Rerecorded Volume One
Larry Carlton
[335 Records]

* Jingle All The Way
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
[Rounder]

* The Spice Of Life
Earl Klugh
[Koch Records]

* A Night Before Christmas
Spyro Gyra
[Heads Up International]

Best Pop Vocal Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* Detours
Sheryl Crow
[A&M Records]

* Rockferry
Duffy
[Mercury]

* Long Road Out Of Eden
Eagles
[Eagles Recording Company II]

* Spirit
Leona Lewis
[J Records/SYCO Music]

* Covers
James Taylor
[Hear Music]

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

* Harder Better Faster Stronger
Daft Punk
Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, producers; Thomas Bangalter & Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo, mixers
Track from: Alive 2007
[Virgin Records]

* Ready For The Floor
Hot Chip
Hot Chip, producers; Dan Carey, mixer
Track from: Made In The Dark
[Astralwerks/DFA]

* Just Dance
Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis
RedOne, producer; Robert Orton, mixer
[Streamline/Interscope/Kon Live]

* Give It 2 Me
Madonna
Madonna & The Neptunes, producers; Andrew Coleman & Spike Stent, mixers
Track from: Hard Candy
[Warner Bros.]

* Disturbia
Rihanna
Brian Kennedy, producer; Phil Tan, mixer
Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded
[Def Jam]

* Black & Gold
Sam Sparro
Jesse Rogg & Sam Sparro, producers; Jeremy Wheatley, mixer
Track from: Sam Sparro
[Universal Republic Records]

Best Electronic/Dance Album
(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

* New York City
Brazilian Girls
[Verve Forecast]

* Alive 2007
Daft Punk
[Virgin Records]

* Bring Ya To The Brink
Cyndi Lauper
[Epic]

* X
Kylie Minogue
[Capitol/Astralwerks]

* Last Night
Moby
[Mute]

* Robyn
Robyn
[Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope]

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* Still Unforgettable
Natalie Cole
[DMI Records]

* The Sinatra Project
Michael Feinstein
[Concord Music Group]

* Noël
Josh Groban
[143/Reprise]

* In The Swing Of Christmas
Barry Manilow
[Hallmark/Arista]

* Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall
Rufus Wainwright
[Geffen]

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Gravity
John Mayer
Track from: Where The Light Is — Live In Los Angeles
[Columbia]

* I Saw Her Standing There
Paul McCartney
Track from: Amoeba’s Secret
[Hear Music/MPL Communications Ltd.]

* Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Bruce Springsteen
Track from: Magic
[Columbia]

* Rise
Eddie Vedder
[J Records]

* No Hidden Path
Neil Young
Track from: Chrome Dreams II
[Reprise]

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Rock N Roll Train
AC/DC
[Columbia]

* Violet Hill
Coldplay
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
[Capitol Records]

* Long Road Out Of Eden
Eagles
Track from: Long Road Out Of Eden
[Eagles Recording Company II]

* Sex On Fire
Kings Of Leon
[RCA Records]

* House Of Cards
Radiohead
Track from: In Rainbows
[TBD Records]

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

* Inside The Fire
Disturbed
Track from: Indestructible
[Reprise]

* Visions
Judas Priest
Track from: Nostradamus
[Epic]

* Wax Simulacra
The Mars Volta
[Universal Motown]

* Saints Of Los Angeles
Mötley Crüe
Track from: Saints Of Los Angeles
[Motley Records/Eleven Seven Music]

* Lords Of Salem
Rob Zombie
Track from: Zombie Live
[Geffen/UMe]

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

* Heroes Of Our Time
DragonForce
[Roadrunner Records]

* Nostradamus
Judas Priest
Track from: Nostradamus
[Epic]

* My Apocalypse
Metallica
Track from: Death Magnetic
[Warner Bros.]

* Under My Thumb
Ministry
Track from: Cover Up
[Megaforce Records]

* Psychosocial
Slipknot
[Roadrunner Records]

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 from: Live In Gdansk
[Columbia]

* Suicide & Redemption
Metallica
Track from: Death Magnetic
[Warner Bros.]

* 34 Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails
Track from: Ghosts I-IV
[The Null Corporation]

* Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)
Rush
Track from: Songs For Tibet: The Art Of Peace
[Art of Peace Foundation]

* Peaches En Regalia
Zappa Plays Zappa
[Strobosonic/Razor & Tie Entertainment]

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

* Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
Track from: Magic
[Columbia; Publisher: Bruce Springsteen]

* House Of Cards
Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Philip Selway & Thom Yorke, songwriters (Radiohead)
Track from: In Rainbows
[TBD Records; Publisher: Warner Chappell Music]

* I Will Possess Your Heart
Benjamin Gibbard, Nicholas Harmer, Jason McGerr & Christopher Walla, songwriters (Death Cab For Cutie)
Track from: Narrow Stairs
[Atlantic; Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music/Where I’m Calling From Music/Shove It Up Your Songs/Giant Beat Songs/Please Pass The Songs]

* Sex On Fire
Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
[RCA Records; Publishers: 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
Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion & Chris Martin, songwriters (Coldplay)
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
[Capitol Records; Publisher: Universal Music-MGB Songs]

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

* Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Coldplay
[Capitol Records]

* Rock N Roll Jesus
Kid Rock
[Atlantic]

* Only By The Night
Kings Of Leon
[RCA Records]

* Death Magnetic
Metallica
[Warner Bros.]

* Consolers Of The Lonely
The Raconteurs
[Third Man/Warner Bros.]

Best Alternative Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Modern Guilt
Beck
[DGC Records/XL Recordings/Interscope]

* Narrow Stairs
Death Cab For Cutie
[Atlantic]

* The Odd Couple
Gnarls Barkley
[Downtown/Atlantic]

* Evil Urges
My Morning Jacket
[ATO Records]

* In Rainbows
Radiohead
[TBD Records]

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Me, Myself And I
Beyoncé
Track from: The Beyonce Experience Live Audio
[Columbia/Music World Music]

* Heaven Sent
Keyshia Cole
Track from: Just Like You
[Geffen]

* Spotlight
Jennifer Hudson
[Arista]

* Superwoman
Alicia Keys
Track from: As I Am
[J Records]

* Need U Bad
Jazmine Sullivan
[J Records]


Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

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

* You’re The Only One
Eric Benét
Track from: Love & Life
[Friday/Reprise]

* Take You Down
Chris Brown
Track from: Exclusive
[Jive]

* Miss Independent
Ne-Yo
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman
[Def Jam/Compound]

* Can’t Help But Wait
Trey Songz
Track from: Trey Day
[Atlantic]

* Here I Stand
Usher
Track from: Here I Stand
[LaFace]

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
Boyz II Men
Track from: Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
[Decca Records]

* Words
Anthony David Featuring India.Arie
Track from: Acey Duecy
[Soulbird/ Universal Republic Records]

* Stay With Me (By The Sea)
Al Green Featuring John Legend
Track from: Lay It Down
[Blue Note Records]

* I’m His Only Woman
Jennifer Hudson Featuring Fantasia
Track from: Jennifer Hudson
[Arista Records]

* Never Give You Up
Raphael Saadiq Featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton
Track from: The Way I See It
[Columbia Records]

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 from: A Long Time Coming
[Peak Records]

* You’ve Got The Love I Need
Al Green Featuring Anthony Hamilton
Track from: Lay It Down
[Blue Note Records]

* Baby I Know
(Linda Jones) With Helen Bruner & Terry Jones
Track from: Soul Talkin
[Philerzy Productions]

* Love That Girl
Raphael Saadiq
Track from: The Way I See It
[Columbia Records]

* In Love With Another Man
Jazmine Sullivan
Track from: Fearless
[J Records]

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Say Goodbye To Love
Kenna
Track from: Make Sure They See My Face
[Star Trak/Interscope]

* Wanna Be
Maiysha
Track from: This Much Is True:
[Eusonia Records]

* Be OK
Chrisette Michele Featuring will.i.am
Track from: I Am
[Def Jam]

* Many Moons
Janelle Monae
Track from: Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)
[Wondaland/Bad Boy]

* Lovin You (Music)
Wayna Featuring Kokayi
Track from: Higher Ground
[Quiet Power Productions, LLC]

Best R&B Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* Bust Your Windows
Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Deandre Way, songwriter) (Jazmine Sullivan)
Track from: Fearless
[J Records; Publishers: Nappy Puddy Music/Universal Music-Z Tunes, Salaam Remi Music/EMI April Music, Soulja Boy Tellem Music/Croomstacular Music]

* Customer
I. Barias, Raheem DeVaughn, C. Haggins, K. Oliver & J. Smith, songwriters (Raheem DeVaughn)
Track from: Love Behind The Melody
[Jive; Publishers: 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
Keyshia Cole, Jason Farmer & Alex Francis, songwriters (Keyshia Cole)
Track from: Just Like You
[Geffen; Publishers: She Wrote It/BMG Songs, J Vibe Publishing, Lex Project Publishing]

* Miss Independent
M.S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen & S. Smith, songwriters (Ne-Yo)
Track from: Year Of The Gentleman
[Def Jam/Compound; Publishers: Pen In The Ground Publishing, Universal Music-Z Tunes]

* Spotlight
Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
[Arista Records; Publishers: Super Sayin’ Publishing/Universal Music-Z Songs, Sony/ATV Tunes, EMI Music Publishing]

Best R&B Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* Love & Life
Eric Benét
[Friday/Reprise]

* Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
Boyz II Men
[Decca Records]

* Lay It Down
Al Green
[Blue Note]

* Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
[Arista Records]

* The Way I See It
Raphael Saadiq
[Columbia]

Best Contemporary R&B Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* Growing Pains
Mary J. Blige
[Geffen]

* Back Of My Lac’
J. Holiday
[Capitol Records]

* First Love
Karina
[Def Jam]

* Year Of The Gentleman
Ne-Yo
[Def Jam/Compound]

* Fearless
Jazmine Sullivan
[J Records]

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

* Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)…
Jay-Z
Track from: American Gangster
[Roc-A-Fella]

* A Milli
Lil Wayne
Track from: Tha Carter III
[Cash Money/Universal Motown]

* Paris, Tokyo
Lupe Fiasco
Track from: The Cool
[1st & 15th/Atlantic]

* N.i.*.*.e.r. (The Slave And The Master)
Nas
Track from: Untitled
[Def Jam]

* Sexual Eruption
Snoop Dogg
Track from: Ego Trippin
[Geffen]

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
[LaFace]

* Swagga Like Us
Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne
[Roc-A-Fella/Grand Hustle/Atlantic]

* Mr. Carter
Lil Wayne Featuring Jay-Z
Track from: Tha Carter III
[Cash Money/Universal Motown]

* Wish You Would
Ludacris Featuring T.I.
[DTP]

* Put On
Young Jeezy Featuring Kanye West
[Def Jam]

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 from: Shine
[Homeschool/Atlantic]

* Low
Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
Track from: Mail On Sunday
[Poe Boy/Atlantic]

* Green Light
John Legend & Andre 3000
[Columbia/G.O.O.D. Music]

* Got Money
Lil Wayne Featuring T-Pain
Track from: Tha Carter III
[Cash Money/Universal Motown]

* Superstar
Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos
Track from: The Cool
[1st & 15th/Atlantic]

Best Rap Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* Lollipop
D. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Harrison, J. Scheffer & R. Zamor, songwriters (Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major)
Track from: Tha Carter III
[Cash Money/Universal Motown; Publishers: Young Money Publishing/Warner-Chappell Music, Herbalicious Music/Blackfountain Music/EMI-April Music, JimiPub Music/EMI Blackwood, Three Nails and A Crown Publishing]

* Low
T. Dillard, M. Humphrey & T-Pain, songwriters (Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain)
Track from: Mail On Sunday
[Poe Boy/Atlantic; Publishers: E-Class Publishing/Top Quality Publishing/NappyPub Music/Zomba Songs]

* Sexual Eruption
Calvin Broadus, S. Lovejoy & D. Stewart, songwriters (Snoop Dogg)
Track from: Ego Trippin
[Geffen; Publishers: My Own Chit Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music, Shawty Redd Songs/EMI April Music, Pimpin Tha Pen]

* Superstar
Lupe Fiasco & Soundtrakk, songwriters (Lupe Fiasco Featuring Matthew Santos)
Track from: The Cool
[1st & 15th/Atlantic; Publishers: Hey Lu Chill Music (Heavy As Heaven/Universal Music), 1st & 15th Publishing (Mr. Lopez Music/Universal Music Publishing)]

* Swagga Like Us
D. Carter, S. Carter, Clifford Harris & Kanye West, songwriters (M. Arulpragasam, N. Headon, M. Jones, J. Mellor, T. Pentz & P. Simonon, songwriters) (Jay-Z & T.I. Featuring Kanye West & Lil Wayne)
[Roc-A-Fella/Grand Hustle/Atlantic; Publishers: 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]

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

* American Gangster
Jay-Z
[Roc-A-Fella]

* Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne
[Cash Money/Universal Motown]

* The Cool
Lupe Fiasco
[1st & 15th/Atlantic]

* Nas
Nas
[Def Jam]

* Paper Trail
T.I.
[Grand Hustle/Atlantic]

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

* For These Times
Martina McBride
Track from: Waking Up Laughing
[RCA Nashville]

* What I Cannot Change
LeAnn Rimes
Track from: Family
[Curb Records]

* Last Name
Carrie Underwood
Track from: Carnival Ride
[19/Arista/Arista Nashville]

* Last Call
Lee Ann Womack
[MCA Nashville]

* This Is Me You’re Talking To
Trisha Yearwood
Track from: Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
[Big Machine]

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)

* You’re Gonna Miss This
Trace Adkins
Track from: American Man, Greatest Hits Volume II
[Capitol Records Nashville]

* In Color
Jamey Johnson
[MCA Nashville]

* Just Got Started Lovin’ You
James Otto
Track from: Sunset Man
[Raybaw]

* Letter To Me
Brad Paisley
Track from: 5th Gear
[Arista Nashville]

* Troubadour
George Strait
Track from: Troubadour
[MCA Nashville]

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

* God Must Be Busy
Brooks & Dunn
Track from: Cowboy Town
[Arista Nashville]

* Love Don’t Live Here
Lady Antebellum
Track from: Lady Antebellum
[Capitol Records Nashville]

* Every Day
Rascal Flatts
Track from: Still Feels Good
[Lyric Street Records]

* Blue Side Of The Mountain
The SteelDrivers
Track from: The SteelDrivers
[Rounder]

* Stay
Sugarland
Track from: Enjoy The Ride
[Mercury Records]

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 from: Just Who I Am: Poets And Pirates
[BNA Records]

* Killing The Blues
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Track from: Raising Sand
[Rounder]

* House Of Cash
George Strait & Patty Loveless
Track from: Troubadour
[MCA Nashville]

* Life In A Northern Town
Sugarland, Jake Owen & Little Big Town
Track from: Love On The Inside [Deluxe Fan Edition]
[Mercury Records]

* Let The Wind Chase You
Trisha Yearwood & Keith Urban
Track from: Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
[Big Machine]

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

* Sumatra
Cherryholmes
Track from: Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe
[Skaggs Family Records]

* Two Small Cars In Rome
Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green
Track from: Glide
[Koch]

* Sleigh Ride
Béla Fleck & The Flecktones
Track from: Jingle All The Way
[Rounder]

* Is This America? (Katrina 2005)
Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby
Track from: Family & Friends — Rambling Boy
[Decca Records]

* Cluster Pluck
Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner
[Arista Nashville]

Best Country Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* Dig Two Graves
Ashley Gorley & Bob Regan, songwriters (Randy Travis)
Track from: Around The Bend
[Warner Bros.; Publishers: Songs of Combustion Music, Music of Windswept/Famous Music, Mt. Tallac Music]

* I Saw God Today
Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell & Wade Kirby, songwriters (George Strait)
Track from: Troubadour
[MCA Nashville; Publishers: Big Red Toe/Extremely Loud Music, Steel Wheels Music, Steel Wheels Music/Blind Mule Music]

* In Color
Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller & James Otto, songwriters (Jamey Johnson)
Track from: That Lonesome Song
[Mercury Records; Publishers: 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
Jennifer Nettles, songwriter (Sugarland)
Track from: Enjoy The Ride
[Mercury Records; Publisher: Jennifer Nettles Publishing]

* You’re Gonna Miss This
Ashley Gorley & Lee Thomas Miller, songwriters (Trace Adkins)
Track from: American Man, Greatest Hits Volume II
[Capitol Records Nashville; Publishers: EMI Blackwood/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah’s Little Boat Music/Songs of Combustion Music]

Best Country Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* That Lonesome Song
Jamey Johnson
[Mercury Records]

* Sleepless Nights
Patty Loveless
[Saguaro Road]

* Troubadour
George Strait
[MCA Nashville]

* Around The Bend
Randy Travis
[Warner Bros.]

* Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love
Trisha Yearwood
[Big Machine]

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Cherryholmes III: Don’t Believe
Cherryholmes
[Skaggs Family Records]

* Del McCoury Band — Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Del McCoury Band
[MunckMix]

* The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman
Earl Scruggs With Family & Friends
[Rounder Records]

* Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
[Skaggs Family Records]

* Wheels
Dan Tyminski
[Rounder]


Best New Age Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Meditations
William Ackerman
[Compass Productions]

* Pathfinder
Will Clipman
[Canyon Records]

* Peace Time
Jack DeJohnette
[Golden Beams/Kindred Rhythm]

* Ambrosia
Peter Kater
[Point Of Light Records]

* The Scent Of Light
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
[SSRI]

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks.)

* Randy In Brasil
Randy Brecker
[MAMA Records]

* Floating Point
John McLaughlin
[Abstract Logix]

* Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley
(Various Artists)
Gregg Field & Tom Scott, producers
[Concord Jazz]

* Miles From India

(Various Artists)
Bob Belden, producer
[4Q/Times Square Records]

* Lifecycle
Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern
[Heads Up International]

Best Jazz Vocal Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* Imagina: Songs Of Brasil
Karrin Allyson
[Concord Jazz]

* Breakfast On The Morning Tram
Stacey Kent
[Blue Note]

* If Less Is More…Nothing Is Everything
Kate McGarry
[Palmetto Records]

* Loverly
Cassandra Wilson
[Blue Note]

* Distances
Norma Winstone (Glauco Venier & Klaus Gesing)
[ECM]


Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

(For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter’s name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only.)

* Be-Bop
Terence Blanchard, soloist
Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars)
[Monterey Jazz Festival Records]

* Seven Steps To Heaven
Till Brönner, soloist
Track from: The Standard (Take 6)
[Heads Up International]

* Waltz For Debby
Gary Burton & Chick Corea, soloists
Track from: The New Crystal Silence
[Concord Records]

* Son Of Thirteen
Pat Metheny, soloist
Track from: Day Trip
[Nonesuch Records]

* Be-Bop
James Moody, soloist
Track from: Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars)
[Monterey Jazz Festival Records]

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
[Concord Records]

* History, Mystery
Bill Frisell
[Nonesuch Records]

* Brad Mehldau Trio: Live
Brad Mehldau Trio
[Nonesuch Records]

* Day Trip
Pat Metheny With Christian McBride & Antonio Sanchez
[Nonesuch Records]

* Standards
Alan Pasqua, Dave Carpenter & Peter Erskine Trio
[Fuzzy Music]

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
[WATT]

* Act Your Age
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
[Immergent]

* Symphonica
Joe Lovano With WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra
[Blue Note]

* Blauklang
Vince Mendoza
[Act Music and Vision (AMV)]

* Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
[Planet Arts Recordings]

Best Latin Jazz Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Afro Bop Alliance
Caribbean Jazz Project
[Heads Up International]

* The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter
Conrad Herwig & The Latin Side Band
[Half Note Records]

* Song For Chico
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
[Zoho]

* Nouveau Latino
Nestor Torres
[Diamond Light Records]

* Marooned/Aislado
Papo Vázquez The Mighty Pirates
[Picaro Records]

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, Mariah Carey & Hezekiah Walker’s Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir
Track from: Randy Jackson’s Music Club, Volume One
[Concord Records/Dream Merchant 21 Ent.]

* East To West
Casting Crowns
Track from: The Altar And The Door Live
[Beach Street/Reunion Records]

* Get Up
Mary Mary
Track from: The Sound
[Columbia]

* Shall We Gather At The River
Take 6
Track from: The Standard
[Heads Up International]

* Waging War
CeCe Winans
Track from: Thy Kingdom Come
[PureSprings Gospel/EMI Gospel]

Best Gospel Song
(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* Cover Me
James L. Moss, songwriter (21:03 With Fred Hammond, Smokie Norful & J Moss)
[Verity/Zomba Gospel; Publisher: Millenni-era Music]

* Get Up
Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Warryn Campbell & Eric Dawkins, songwriters (Mary Mary)
Track from: The Sound
[Columbia; Publishers: 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
Brandon Heath & Jason Ingram, songwriters (Brandon Heath)
Track from: What If We
[Reunion Records; Publishers: Sitka6 Music/Peertunes/Grange Hill Music/Windsor Way Music]

* Help Me Believe
Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
Track from: The Fight Of My Life
[Fo Yo Soul Ent./Zomba Gospel ; Publishers: Universal Music-Z Songs/Kerrion Publishing]

* You Reign
Jim Bryson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nathan Cochran, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Mike Scheuchzer & Robby Shaffer, songwriters (MercyMe)
Track from: All That Is Within Me
[INO Records; Publishers: Simpleville Music/Wet As A Fish Music, Sparrow Song/Peach Hill Songs]

Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* Hello
After Edmund
[Slanted Records]

* Our World Redeemed
Flame
[Cross Movement Records]

* We Need Each Other
Sanctus Real
[Sparrow Records]

* Rock What You Got
Superchick
[Inpop Records]

* Alive And Transported
TobyMac
[ForeFront Records/EMI CMG]

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* This Moment
Steven Curtis Chapman
[Sparrow Records]

* What If We
Brandon Heath
[Reunion Records]

* Opposite Way
Leeland
[Essential Records]

* Hello Love
Chris Tomlin
[Sparrow Records/Sixstepsrecords/EMI CMG]

* Thy Kingdom Come
CeCe Winans
[PureSprings Gospel/EMI Gospel]

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* Room For More
Booth Brothers
[Daywind Records]

* Lovin’ Life
Gaither Vocal Band
[Gaither Music Group]

* Steps To Heaven
Charlie Louvin
[Tompkins Square]

* Hymned Again
Bart Millard
[INO Records]

* Ephesians One
Karen Peck & New River
[Daywind Records]

Best Traditional Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* Down In New Orleans
The Blind Boys Of Alabama
[Time Life]

* I’ll Say Yes
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Carol Cymbala, producer
[Integrity Music]

* Take It Back
Dorinda Clark-Cole
[GospoCentric/Zomba]

* Deitrick Haddon Presents . . . Together In Worship
Voices Of Unity
[Tyscot Records]

* Bishop Charles E. Blake Presents… No Limit
The West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir
[EMI Gospel]

Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)

* Reflections
Jason Champion
[EMI Gospel/Brooks Entertainment]

* The Fight Of My Life
Kirk Franklin
[Fo Yo Soul Entertainment/ Zomba Gospel]

* The Sound
Mary Mary
[Columbia]

* Donald Lawrence Introduces: Family Prayer
The Murrills
[Quiet Water/ Verity]

* Stand Out
Tye Tribbett & G.A.
[Columbia]

Best Latin Pop Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Cara B
Jorge Drexler
[Warner Music Latina]

* Palabras Del Silencio
Luis Fonsi
[Universal Music Latino]

* La Vida…Es Un Ratico
Juanes
[Universal Music Latino]

* Cómplices
Luis Miguel
[Warner Music Latina]

* Tarde O Temprano
Tommy Torres
[Warner Music Latina]

Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Sonidos Gold
Grupo Fantasma
[Aire Sol Records/Grupo Fantasma]

* 45
Jaguares
[EMI Music]

* La Verdad
Locos Por Juana
[Machete Music]

* Tijuana Sound Machine
Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich & Fussible
[Nacional Records]

* Mediocre
Ximena Sariñana
[Warner Music Latina]

Best Latin Urban Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* La Novela
Akwid
[Univision Records]

* La Sinfonia
La Sinfonia
[Norte/Sony BMG]

* The Royalty: La Realeza
Rkm & Ken-y
[Machete Music]

* En Lo Claro
Voltio
[Norte/Sony BMG]

* Los Extraterrestres
Wisin y Yandel
[Machete Music]

Best Tropical Latin Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Cuba: Un Viaje Musical — A Musical Journey
Albita, Rey Ruíz & Donato Poveda
[Apollo Music]

* Renacer
DLG
[Machete Music]

* Señor Bachata
José Feliciano
[Universal Music Latino]

* Frutero Moderno
Gonzalo Grau y La Clave Secreta
[2008 Gonzalo Grau]

* Back On The Streets… Taste Of Spanish Harlem Vol. 2
New Swing Sextet
[Cotique/Emusica Records]

Best Regional Mexican Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Amor, Dolor Y Lágrimas: Música Ranchera
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
[Smithsonian Folkways Recordings]

* Desde México: “Cumbia Cusinela”
Huichol Musical
[ASL]

* Vámonos Pa’l Río
Los Pikadientes De Caborca
[Norte/Sony BMG]

* Canciones De Amor
Mariachi Divas
[Shea Records/East Side Records]

* A Puro Dolor
Nadia
[Warner Music Latina]

Best Tejano Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Music Lessons
Chente Barrera y Taconazo
[Qvo Records]

* Friends & Legends
Joe Posada
[Baby Dude Records]

* Viva La Revolucion
Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
[Revolution Records]

* All That Jazz…
Tortilla Factory
[Tortilla Records]

* Heir To The Throne
Albert Zamora
[Freddie Records]

Best Norteño Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Me Enamore De Un Angel
Los Palominos
[Urbana Records]

* Raíces
Los Tigres Del Norte
[Fonovisa]

* Corridos: Defendiendo El Honor
Pesado
[Warner Music Latina]

* Six Pack
Siggno
[Freddie Records]

* Cuidado
Solido
[Freddie Records]

Best Banda Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Tu Inspiracion
Alacranes Musical
[Fonovisa]

* Que Bonito… ¡Es Lo Bonito!
Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
[Fonsovisa]

* Vive Y Dejame Vivir
Cuisillos
[Musart/Balboa Records]

* Tiro De Gracia
Lupillo Rivera
[ASL]

* No Es De Madera
Joan Sebástian
[Musart/Balboa Records]

Best Traditional Blues Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* The Blues Rolls On
Elvin Bishop
[Delta Groove Music, Inc.]

* Skin Deep
Buddy Guy
[Silvertone Records]

* All Odds Against Me
John Lee Hooker Jr.
[Steppin’ Stone Records/CC Entertainment]

* One Kind Favor
B.B. King
[Geffen Records]

* Pinetop Perkins & Friends
Pinetop Perkins & Friends
[Stoneagle Music/Telarc]

Best Contemporary Blues Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Peace, Love & BBQ
Marcia Ball
[Alligator Records]

* Like A Fire
Solomon Burke
[Shout! Factory]

* City That Care Forgot
Dr. John And The Lower 911
[429 Records]

* Maestro

Taj Mahal
[Heads Up International]

* Simply Grand
Irma Thomas
[Rounder Records]

Best Traditional Folk Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Coal
Kathy Mattea
[Captain Potato Records]

* Comedians & Angels
Tom Paxton
[Appleseed Recordings]

* Bring Me Home
Peggy Seeger
[Appleseed Recordings]

* At 89
Pete Seeger
[Appleseed Recordings]

* Strangers In Another Country
Rosalie Sorrels
[Red House Records]

Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Day After Tomorrow
Joan Baez
[Bobolink/Razor & Tie]

* I, Flathead
Ry Cooder
[Nonesuch Records]

* Sex & Gasoline
Rodney Crowell
[Work Song/Yep Roc Records]

* All I Intended To Be
Emmylou Harris
[Nonesuch Records]

* Raising Sand
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
[Rounder Records]

Best Native American Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Songs From The Black Hills
Bryan Akipa
[SOAR Corporation]

* Spo’Mo’Kin’Nan
Black Lodge
[Canyon Records]

* Red Rock
Northern Cree
[Canyon Records]

* Come To Me Great Mystery — Native American Healing Songs
(Various Artists)
Tom Wasinger, producer
[Silver Wave Records]

* Faith
Kevin Yazzie
[Canyon Records]

Best Hawaiian Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* ‘Ikena
Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho
[Daniel Ho Creations]

* ‘Aumakua
Amy Hanaiali`i
[Ua Records/Concord]

* Force Of Nature
Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa
[Ledward Kaapana & Mike Kaawa]

* Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Masters Series Vol. II
(Various Artists)
Chris Lau & Milton Lau, producers
[Rhythm And Roots Records]

* The Spirit Of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
(Various Artists)
Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Dennis Kamakahi, Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers
[Daniel Ho Creations]

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
BeauSoleil & Michael Doucet
[MunckMix]

* From Now On
Michael Doucet
[Smithsonian Folkways Recordings]

* Homage Au Passé
Pine Leaf Boys
[Lionsgate]

* Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys
[MunckMix]

* Cedric Watson
Cedric Watson
[Valcour Records]

Best Reggae Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Jah Is Real
Burning Spear
[Burning Music Production]

* Let’s Get Physical
Elephant Man
[VP Records/ Bad Boy]

* Vibes
Heavy D
[Stride/Universal]

* Repentance
Lee “Scratch” Perry
[Narnack Records]

* Intoxication
Shaggy
[VP Records]

* Amazing
Sly & Robbie
[Fontana International]

Best Traditional World Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey
Debashish Bhattacharya
[Riverboat Records/World Music Network]

* The Mandé Variations
Toumani Diabaté
[Nonesuch Records]

* Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
[Heads Up International]

* Dancing In The Light
Lakshmi Shankar
[World Village]

Best Contemporary World Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Shake Away
Lila Downs
[Manhattan Records/Blue Note]

* Banda Larga Cordel
Gilberto Gil
[Warner Music Latina]

* Global Drum Project
Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju & Giovanni Hidalgo
[Shout! Factory]

* Rokku Mi Rokka (Give And Take)
Youssou N’Dour
[Nonesuch Records]

* Live At The Nelson Mandela Theater
Soweto Gospel Choir
[Shanachie Entertainment]

Best Polka Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* El Maestro Del Acordeón Y Sus Polkas
Paulino Bernal
[Urbana Records]

* Speechless
LynnMarie & Charlie Kelley As The Boxhounds
[Squeeze Records]

* Back To Back Hall Of Fame Polkas
Walter Ostanek & His Band, Jerry Darlak & The Touch And Bob Kravos & His Band
[Sunshine Diversified Ent.]

* Hungry For More
Polka Family Band
[Polka Family Music]

* Let The Whole World Sing
Jimmy Sturr And His Orchestra
[Rounder]

Best Musical Album For Children
(For albums consisting of predominantly music or song vs. spoken word.)

* Beethoven’s Wig 4: Dance Along Symphonies
Beethoven’s Wig
[Rounder Records]

* Big Round World
Trout Fishing In America
[Trout Records]

* Here Come The 123s
They Might Be Giants
[Disney Sound]

* Here Comes Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could
Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could
[Bumblin’ Bee Records]

* The Shoe Bird
Gerard Schwarz Conducting The Seattle Symphony
[Brilliance Audio]

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
(For albums consisting of predominantly spoken word vs. music or song.)

* Around The Campfire
Buck Howdy With BB
[Prairie Dog Entertainment]

* The Big One-Oh
Dean Pitchford
[Random House Audio/Listening Library]

* Brown Bear And Friends
Gwyneth Paltrow
[Macmillan Audio]

* The Cricket In Times Square
Tony Shalhoub
[Macmillan Audio]

* Yes To Running! Bill Harley Live
Bill Harley
[Round River Records]


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

* An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore)
Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon & Blair Underwood
[Simon & Schuster Audio]

* Born Standing Up
Steve Martin
[Simon & Schuster Audio]

* I Am America (And So Can You!)
Stephen Colbert (& Various Artists)
[Hachette Audio]

* Life Beyond Measure
Sidney Poitier
[HarperAudio]

* When You Are Engulfed In Flames
David Sedaris
[Hachette Audio]

Best Comedy Album
(For comedy recordings, spoken or musical)

* Anticipation
Lewis Black
[Comedy Central Records]

* Flight Of The Conchords
Flight Of The Conchords
[Sub Pop]

* For Your Consideration
Kathy Griffin
[Columbia/Music With A Twist]

* It’s Bad For Ya
George Carlin
[Eardrum Records]

* Songs Of The Bushmen
Harry Shearer
[Courgette Records]

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. (Artist, Lyricist & Composer names appear in parentheses.))

* Gypsy
Robert Sher, producer (Jule Styne, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (2008 Broadway Cast With Patti LuPone & Others)
[Time Life]

* In The Heights
Kurt Deutsch, Alex Lacamoire, Andrés Levin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Moss & Bill Sherman, producers; Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Lin-Manuel Miranda And Others)
[Razor & Tie Entertainment/Ghostlight Records]

* The Little Mermaid
Bruce Botnick, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken & Chris Montan, producers; Alan Menken, composer; Glenn Slater, lyricist (Howard Ashman, lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast With Sierra Boggess, Tituss Burgess & Others)
[Walt Disney Records]

* South Pacific
David Caddick, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast With Kelli O’Hara, Paulo Szot & Others)
[Masterworks Broadway]

* Young Frankenstein; The Musical
Doug Besterman, producer; Mel Brooks, composer/lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Roger Bart, Megan Mullally, Sutton Foster & Others)
[Decca Broadway]


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)
[Def Jam]

* August Rush
(Various Artists)
[Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax]

* Juno
(Various Artists)
[Fox Music/Rhino]

* Mamma Mia!
Meryl Streep (& Various Artists)
[Decca Records]

* Sweeney Todd — The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
(Various Artists)
[Nonesuch Records]

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 Knight
James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer, composers
[Warner Sunset/Warner Bros.]

* Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
John Williams, composer
[Concord Records]

* Iron Man
Ramin Djawadi, composer
[Lionsgate]

* There Will Be Blood
Jonny Greenwood, composer
[Nonesuch Records]

* Wall-E
Thomas Newman, composer
[Walt Disney Records/Pixar]

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. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* Down To Earth (From Wall-E)
Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, songwriters (Peter Gabriel)
Track from: Wall-E
[Walt Disney Records/Pixar; Publishers: Walt Disney Music, Wonderland Music/Pixar Talking Pictures/Pixar Music]

* Ever Ever After (From Enchanted)
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
Track from: Enchanted
[Walt Disney Records; Publishers: Wonderland Music & Walt Disney Music]

* Say (From The Bucket List)
John Mayer, songwriter (John Mayer)
Track from: Continuum
[Aware/Columbia; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tunes, Specific Harm Music]

* That’s How You Know (From Enchanted)
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters (Amy Adams)
Track from: Enchanted
[Walt Disney Records; Publishers: Wonderland Music & Walt Disney Music]

* Walk Hard (From Walk Hard — The Dewey Cox Story)
Judd Apatow, Marshall Crenshaw, Jake Kasdan & John C. Reilly, songwriters (John C. Reilly)
Track from: Walk Hard The Dewey Cox Story
[Columbia; Publishers: Murder by Television/Apatow Music/Popular Misconception/New Columbia Pictures Music/Colpix Music]

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)
John Williams, composer (John Williams)
Track from: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull — Soundtrack
[Concord Records]

* Alegria
Chick Corea, composer (Chick Corea & Gary Burton)
Track from: The New Crystal Silence
[Concord Records]

* Claire’s Closet
Russell Ferrante, composer (Yellowjackets Featuring Mike Stern)
Track from: Lifecycle
[Heads Up International]

* Danzón De Etiqueta
Dave Grusin, composer (Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin)
Track from: Amparo
[Decca]

* Hit The Ground Running
Gordon Goodwin, composer (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)
Track from: Act Your Age
[Immergent]

Best Instrumental Arrangement
(An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* Define Dancing (From Wall-E)
Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman, arrangers (Thomas Newman)
Track from: Wall-E — Soundtrack
[Walt Disney Records]

* Down In The Valley
Frank Macchia, arranger (Frank Macchia Featuring The Prague Orchestra)
Track from: Landscapes
[Cacophony]

* Duke Ellington’s Sound Of Love
Michael Abene, arranger (Joe Lovano With WDR Big Band & Rundfunk Orchestra)
Track from: Symphonica
[Blue Note]

* St. Louis Blues
Bob Brookmeyer, arranger (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra)
Track from: Monday Night Live At The Village Vanguard
[Planet Arts Recordings]

* Yesterdays
Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Featuring Art Tatum)
Track from: Act Your Age
[Immergent]

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
(An Arranger’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* Alfie
Vince Mendoza, arranger (Traincha & The Metropole Orchestra)
Track from: The Look Of Love — Burt Bacharach Songbook
[Blue Note]

* Grace
Cedric Dent, arranger (Take 6)
Track from: The Standard
[Heads Up International]

* Here’s That Rainy Day
Nan Schwartz, arranger (Natalie Cole)
Track from: Still Unforgettable
[DMI Records]

* Johnny One Note
Don Sebesky, arranger (John Pizzarelli)
Track from: With A Song In My Heart
[Telarc International]

* Lazy Afternoon
Claus Ogerman, arranger (Danilo Perez)
Track from: Across The Crystal Sea
[Emarcy]


Best Recording Package

* Death Magnetic
Bruce Duckworth, Sarah Moffatt & David Turner, art directors (Metallica)
[Warner Bros.]

* Hawk Nelson…Is My Friend!
Don Clark, art director (Hawk Nelson)
[BEC Recordings]

* Nouns
No Age & Brian Roettinger, art directors (No Age)
[Sub Pop]

* Radio Retaliation
Neal Ashby, Matthew Curry & Patrick Donohue, art directors (Thievery Corporation)
[ESL Music]

* Summer Rains
Amanda Barrett, Abby DeWald, Renee Jablow & Rick Whitmore, art directors (The Ditty Bops)
[The Green Witch Society]


Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

* Ghosts I-IV
Trent Reznor & Rob Sheridan, art directors (Nine Inch Nails)
[The Null Corporation]

* In Rainbows
Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell & Xian Munro, art directors (Radiohead)
[TBD Records]

* Poems & Songs
Qing-Yang Xiao, art director (Wu Sheng)
[Ring of Fire Music]

* Pretty. Odd.
Alex Kirzhner & Panic At The Disco, art directors (Panic At The Disco)
[Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen]

* @#%&*! Smilers
Aimee Mann & Gail Marowitz, art directors (Aimee Mann)
[SuperEgo Records]

Best Album Notes

* Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum
Art Rosenbaum, album notes writer (Various Artists)
[Dust-To-Digital]

* Debate ’08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph
Patrick Feaster & David Giovannoni, album notes writers (William Jennings Bryan & William Howard Taft)
[Archeophone Records]

* Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Francis Davis, album notes writer (Miles Davis)
[Columbia/Legacy Recordings]

* Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul
David Ritz & Jerry Wexler, album notes writers (Aretha Franklin)
[Rhino/Atlantic]

* The Unsung Father Of Country Music: 1925-1934
Henry “Hank” Sapoznik, album notes writer (Ernest V. Stoneman)
[5-String Productions]

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)
[Dust-To-Digital]

* Classic Columbia, OKeh And Vocalion Lester Young With Count Basie (1936-1940)
Scott Wenzel, compilation producer; Malcolm Addey, Michael Brooks, Matt Cavaluzzo, Andreas Meyer & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Lester Young With Count Basie)
[Mosaic Records]

* Debate ’08: Taft And Bryan Campaign On The Edison Phonograph
David Giovannoni, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (William Jennings Bryan & William Howard Taft)
[Archeophone Records]

* Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette
Ken Flaherty, Jr., compilation producer; Marcos Sueiro Bal, Ken Flaherty, Jr., Kurt Nauck & Glenn Sage, mastering engineers (Polk Miller & His Old South Quartette)
[Tompkins Square]

* To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story
Richard Seidel, compilation producer; Mark G. Wilder, mastering engineer (Nina Simone)
[RCA/Legacy Recordings]


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

(An Engineer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.))

* Consolers Of The Lonely
Joe Chiccarelli, Vance Powell & Jack White III, engineers (The Raconteurs)
[Third Man/Warner Bros.]

* Just A Little Lovin’
Al Schmitt, engineer (Shelby Lynne)
[Lost Highway Records]

* Lay It Down
Jimmy Douglass, Russell “The Dragon” Elevado & John Smeltz, engineers (Al Green)
[Blue Note]

* Still Unforgettable
Al Schmitt, engineer (Natalie Cole)
[DMI Records]

* We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.
Dyre Gormsen & Tony Maserati, engineers (Jason Mraz)
[Atlantic]

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
(A Producer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses.))

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

* Nigel Godrich
o In Rainbows (Radiohead) (A)

* Johnny Karkazis (Johnny K)
o Big Bad World (Plain White T’s) (A)
o The Illusion Of Progress (Staind) (A)
o Light From Above (Black Tide) (A)
o 3 Doors Down (3 Doors Down) (A)

* Rick Rubin
o Death Magnetic (Metallica) (A)
o Home Before Dark (Neil Diamond) (A)
o Mercy (Dancing For The Death Of An Imaginary Enemy) (Ours) (A)
o Seeing Things (Jakob Dylan) (A)
o Weezer (Red Album) (Weezer) (A)

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

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
(A Remixer’s Award. (Artists names appear in parentheses for identification.) Singles or Tracks only.)

* Closer (StoneBridge Radio Edit)
StoneBridge, remixer (Ne-Yo)
[Def Jam]

* Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
Justice, remixers (MGMT)
Track from: Oracular Spectacular
[Columbia]

* 4 Minutes (Junkie XL Remix)
Junkie XL, remixer (Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake)
[Warner Bros.]

* Just Fine (Moto Blanco Remix)
Moto Blanco, remixers (Mary J. Blige)
Track from: Growing Pains
[Geffen]

* The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)
Deadmau5, remixer (Morgan Page Featuring Lissie)
Track from: Elevate
[Nettwerk]

Best Surround Sound Album
(For vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.)

* Divertimenti
Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L’Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Øyvind Gimse & TrondheimSolistene)
[2L]

* Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Night On Bald Mountain; Prelude To Khovanshchina
Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Robert Woods, surround producer (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)

[Telarc]

* Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works
John Newton, surround mix engineer; Jonathan Cooper & Mark Donahue, surround mastering engineers; Blanton Alspaugh, surround producer (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir & Kansas City Chorale)
[Chandos]

* Ringo 5.1 The Surround Sound Collection
Bruce Sugar, surround mix engineer; Chris Bellman, surround mastering engineer; Bill Crowley, Ringo Starr & Bruce Sugar, surround producers (Ringo Starr)
[Koch]

* Sensurround + B-Sides
Toru Takayama, surround mix engineer; Ryuichi Tanaka & Yu Yamaguchi, surround mastering engineers; Keigo Oyamada, surround producer (Cornelius)
[Everloving]

Best Engineered Album, Classical
(An Engineer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

* Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Fred Vogler, engineer (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

* Divertimenti
Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L’Orange, engineers (Øyvind Gimse & TrondheimSolistene)
[2L (Lindberg Lyd)]

* Puccini: La Bohème
Michael Bishop, engineer (Robert Spano & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
[Telarc]

* Respighi: Church Windows, Brazilian Impressions, Rossiniana
John Newton, engineer (JoAnn Falletta & Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
[Naxos]

* Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago
David Frost, Tom Lazarus & Christopher Willis, engineers (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert, Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man, Yo-Yo Ma & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
[CSO Resound]


Producer Of The Year, Classical

(A Producer’s Award. (Artist names appear in parentheses.))

* David Frost
o Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Gustavo Dudamel & Los Angeles Philharmonic)
o Right Through The Bone — Julius Röntgen Chamber Music (ARC Ensemble)
o Schubert: Sonata In D Maj.; Liszt: Don Juan Fantasy (Min Kwon)
o Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Alan Gilbert, Yo-Yo Ma, Silk Road Ensemble, Wu Man & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

* David Groves
o Baroque (Gabriela Montero)
o Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (Jonathan Biss)
o Polish Spirit (Nigel Kennedy & Jacek Kaspszyk)
o Respighi: Roman Trilogy, Il Tramonto (Antonio Pappano)
o Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Martha Argerich)

* Judith Sherman
o Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 And 5 (Pacifica Quartet)
o Piano Music Of Salonen, Stucky And Lutoslawski (Gloria Cheng)
o Reich: Daniel Variations (Grant Gershon, Alan Pierson, Los Angeles Master Chorale & London Sinfonietta)
o Riley, Terry: The Cusp Of Magic (Kronos Quartet & Wu Man)
o String Poetic (Jennifer Koh & Reiko Uchida)

* Robert Woods
o Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Night On Bald Mountain, Prelude To Khovanshchina (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
o Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Lieutenant Kijé Suite (Paavo Järvi & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
o Puccini: La Bohème (Robert Spano & Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus)
o Ravel: Boléro (Erich Kunzel & Cincinnati Pops Orchestra)
o Revolutionary (Cameron Carpenter)

* Robina G. Young
o Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18, Nos 1-6 (Tokyo String Quartet)
o Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ (Andrew Manze & Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra)
o Birds On Fire (Fretwork)
o Heavenly Harmonies (Stile Antico)
o Scattered Rhymes (Paul Hillier, Orlando Consort & The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir)


Best Classical Album

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

* Maria
Cecilia Bartoli; Christopher Raeburn, producer; Wolf-Dieter Karwatky & Philip Siney, engineers/mixers (Adam Fischer; Orchestra La Scintilla)
[Decca Records]

* O’Regan, Tarik: Threshold Of Night
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; John Newton, engineer/mixer; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Company Of Strings; Company Of Voices & Conspirare)
[Harmonia Mundi]

* Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Hilary Hahn; Sid McLauchlan & Arend Prohmann, producers; Stephan Flock, engineer/mixer (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

* Spotless Rose: Hymns To The Virgin Mary
Charles Bruffy, conductor; Phoenix Chorale; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; John Newton, engineer/mixer; Jonathan Cooper, mastering engineer
[Chandos]

* Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny
James Conlon, conductor; Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald; Fred Vogler, producer (Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich & Robert Wörle; Los Angeles Opera Chorus; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra)
[EuroArts]

Best Orchestral Performance
(Award to the Conductor and to the Orchestra.)

* D’Indy: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Rumon Gamba, conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra)
[Chandos]

* Glazunov: Symphony No. 6, La Mer, Introduction And Dance From Salome
José Serebrier, conductor (Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
[Warner Classics & Jazz]

* Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Op. 20
Alan Gilbert, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Track from: Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago
[CSO Resound]

* Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
Bernard Haitink, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
[CSO Resound]

* Walden, Chris: Symphony No. 1, The Four Elements
Chris Walden, conductor (Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra)
[Origin Classical]


Best Opera Recording

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

* Dun, Tan: The First Emperor
Tan Dun, conductor; Michelle DeYoung, Plácido Domingo, Elizabeth Futral, Paul Groves, Wu Hsing-Kuo & Hao Jiang Tian; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
[EMI Classics]

* Lully: Psyché
Paul O´Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Colin Balzer, Karina Gauvin, Carolyn Sampson & Aaron Sheehan; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra; Boston Early Music Festival Chorus)
[CPO]

* Monteverdi: L’Orfeo
Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor; Sara Mingardo, Monica Piccinini, Anna Simboli & Furio Zanasi; Jean-Pierre Loisil, producer (Concerto Italiano)
[Naive Classique]

* Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Valery Gergiev, conductor; Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Ramón Vargas; Jay David Saks, producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
[Decca]

* Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny
James Conlon, conductor; Anthony Dean Griffey, Patti LuPone & Audra McDonald; Fred Vogler, producer (Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Steven Humes, Mel Ulrich & Robert Wörle; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; Los Angeles Opera Chorus)
[EuroArts]


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
Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Company Of Strings; Company Of Voices & Conspirare)
[Harmonia Mundi]

* Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works
Charles Bruffy, conductor (Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Bach Choir)
[Chandos]

* Symphony Of Psalms
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master (Berliner Philharmoniker; Rundfunkchor Berlin)
Track from: Stravinsky: Symphonies
[EMI Classics]

* Szymanowski, Karol: Stabat Mater
Antoni Wit, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, chorus master (Jaroslaw Brek, Iwona Hossa & Ewa Marciniec; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)
[Naxos]

* Tippett: A Child Of Our Time
Colin Davis, conductor; Joseph Cullen, chorus master (Steve Davislim, Mihoko Fujimura, Matthew Rose & Indra Thomas; London Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Chorus)
[LSO Live]

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
(Award to the Instrumental Soloist(s) and to the Conductor.)

* Bloch/Lees:Violin Concertos
John McLaughlin Williams, conductor; Elmar Oliveira (National Symphony Orchestra Of Ukraine)
[Artek]

* Harrison: Pipa Concerto
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Wu Man (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Track from: Traditions And Transformations: Sounds Of Silk Road Chicago
[CSO Resound]

* Mozart: Piano Concertos 17 & 20
Leif Ove Andsnes (Norwegian Chamber Orchestra)
[EMI Classics]

* Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos 2 & 5
Charles Dutoit, conductor; Jean-Yves Thibaudet (L’Orchestre De La Suisse Romande)
[Decca Records]

* Schoenberg/Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Hilary Hahn (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
[Deutsche Grammophon]

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
(Award to the Instrumental Soloist.)

* In A State Of Jazz
Marc-André Hamelin
[Hyperion]

* Piano Music Of Salonen, Stucky, And Lutoslawski
Gloria Cheng
[Telarc]

* Red Cliff Capriccio
Wei Li
[First Impression Music]

* Revolutionary
Cameron Carpenter
[Telarc]

* Strange Toys
Joan Jeanrenaud
[Talking House Records]

Best Chamber Music Performance

(Award to the Artists.)

* Brahms: String Quartet Op. 51, No. 2, Piano Quintet Op. 34
Stephen Hough; Takács Quartet
[Hyperion]

* Carter, Elliott: String Quartets Nos. 1 And 5
Pacifica Quartet
[Naxos]

* Folk Songs
Trio Mediaeval
[ECM New Series]

* Right Through The Bone — Julius Röntgen Chamber Music
ARC Ensemble
[RCA Red Seal]

* String Poetic
Jennifer Koh & Reiko Uchida
[Cedille Records]


Best Small Ensemble Performance

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

* Divertimenti
Øyvind Gimse, conductor; TrondheimSolistene
[2L (Lindberg Lyd)]

* Dun: Pipa Concerto; Hayashi: Viola Concerto; Takemitsu: Nostalgia
Roman Balashov, conductor; Yuri Bashmet; Moscow Soloists (Wu Man)
[Onyx Classics]

* Im Wunderschoenen Monat Mai
Reinbert De Leeuw, conductor; Barbara Sukowa; Schoenberg Ensemble
[Winter & Winter]

* Monk: Impermanence
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble
[ECM New Series]

* Spotless Rose: Hymns To The Virgin Mary
Charles Bruffy, conductor; Phoenix Chorale
[Chandos]

Best Classical Vocal Performance
(Award to the Vocal Soloist(s).)

* Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan
Hila Plitmann (JoAnn Falletta; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
[Naxos]

* Fussell, Charles: Wilde
Sanford Sylvan (Gil Rose; Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
[BMOP/sound]

* Gomidas Songs
Isabel Bayrakdarian (Eduard Topchjan; Serouj Kradjian; Chamber Players Of The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra)
[Nonesuch Records]

* Maria
Cecilia Bartoli (Adam Fischer; Orchestra La Scintilla)
[Decca Records]

* Terezín: Theresienstadt
Anne Sofie Von Otter (Christian Gerhaher & Daniel Hope; Bengt Forsberg & Gerold Huber)
[Deutsche Grammophon]


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.) Award to the librettist, if applicable.)

* Dalbavie: Concerto Pour Flûte
Marc-André Dalbavie (Peter Eötvös)
Track from: Dalbavie/Jarrell/Pintscher: Flute Concertos
[EMI Classics]

* Gandolfi: The Garden Of Cosmic Speculation
Michael Gandolfi (Robert Spano)
[Telarc]

* Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan
John Corigliano (JoAnn Falletta)
Track from: Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan
[Naxos]

* Violin Concerto No. 2
George Tsontakis (Douglas Boyd)
Track from: Tsontakis: Violin Concerto No. 2, Clair De Lune
[Koch Int’l Clasiscs]

* Walden, Chris: Symphony No. 1, The Four Elements
Chris Walden (Chris Walden)
[Origin Classical]


Best Classical Crossover Album

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

* Baroque
Gabriela Montero
[EMI Classics]

* Indigo Road
Ronn McFarlane
[Dorian Sono Luminus]

* Olde School
East Village Opera Company
[Decca Records]

* The Othello Syndrome
Uri Caine Ensemble
[Winter & Winter]

* Simple Gifts
The King’s Singers
[Signum Records]


Best Short Form Music Video

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

* Honey
Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu & Mr. Roboto, video directors; Megan Gutman, video producer
[Universal Motown]

* Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
Gnarls Barkley
Christopher Milk, video director; Anne Johnson, video producer
[Downtown/Atlantic]

* Another Way To Die
Alicia Keys & Jack White
PR Brown & MK12, video directors; Mick Ebeling, Sheira Rees-Davies & Jane Tredget, video producers
[J Records]

* House Of Cards
Radiohead
James Frost, video director; Dawn Fanning, video producer
[TBD Records]

* Pork And Beans
Weezer
Mathew Cullen, video director; Bernard Rahill, video producer
[DGC/Interscope]

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
John Mayer
Danny Clinch, video director; Lindha Narvaez, video producer
[Columbia]

* Runnin’ Down A Dream
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Peter Bogdanovich, video director; Skot Bright, video producer
[Warner Bros.]

* Good Girl Gone Bad Live
Rihanna
Paul Caslin, video director; John Paveley, Ruth Paveley & Rupert Style, video producers
[Def Jam/SRP Records/Mercury Music Group/Universal Music]

* Respect Yourself — The Stax Records Story
(Various Artists)
Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video directors; Mark Crosby, Robert Gordon & Morgan Neville, video producers
[Stax/Tremolo Productions/Concord Music Group]

* Amazing Journey: The Story Of The Who
The Who
Paul Crowder & Murray Lerner, video directors; Murray Lerner, Robert Rosenberg & Nigel Sinclair, video producers
[Universal Home Entertainment]