Robert Plant and Alison Krauss were the big winners last night at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, taking home five trophies, including album of the year for Raising Sand and record of the year for "Please Read The Letter."
Lil Wayne won rap album of the year for Tha Carter III as well as best rap solo performance for "A Milli," rap song for "Lollipop" and rap/sung collaboration for "Swagga Like Us."
All in all, this year’s Grammy might have been one the better mainstream award shows in quite some time. Instead of handing out an overload of gilded gramophone statuettes during the telecast, the producers decided to take up most the show with all-star live performances. This seemed to pay off pretty well. Although a ridiculously pregnant M.I.A. dancing around with T.I., Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Jay-Z was pretty weird to say the least.
Here are (most of) the winners:
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: "Peaches En Regalia," Zappa Plays Zappa, Featuring Steve Vai & Napoleon Murphy Brock
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 (Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood)
Best Contemporary R&B Album: Mary J. Blige, Growing Pains
Best R&B Song: Ne-Yo, "Miss Independent" (Mikkel S. Eriksen, T.E. Hermansen and S. Smith, songwriters)
Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Chrisette Michele Featuring will.i.am, "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" (D. Carter, S. Garrett, D. Harrison, J. Scheffer and R. Zamor, songwriters)
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" (Jennifer Nettles, songwriter)
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 (JoAnn Falletta, conductor)
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 (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)
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," Bernard Haitink, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
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
Hit the Grammy website for the really long list of winners.
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