51st Annual Grammy Awards

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51st Annual Grammy Awards
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DateFebruary 8, 2009
Location Staples Center, Los Angeles
Most awards Alison Krauss, Robert Plant (5)
Most nominations Lil Wayne (8)
Television/radio coverage
Network CBS

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 8, 2009. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss were the biggest winners of the night, winning five awards including Album of the Year for their critically acclaimed album Raising Sand . Krauss became the sixth female solo artist to have won 5 awards in one night joining Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Beyoncé Knowles, and Amy Winehouse. [1] Lil Wayne received the most nominations with eight.

Staples Center Arena in California, United States

Staples Center, officially stylized as STAPLES Center, is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street. The arena opened on October 17, 1999.

Los Angeles City in California

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, and the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of nearly four million, Los Angeles is the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. The city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity, Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America.

Robert Plant British singer-songwriter and producer

Robert Anthony Plant is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Plant is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists in the history of rock music.

Contents

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

Performances

Performer(s)Song(s) Performed
U2 "Get on Your Boots"
Al Green
Justin Timberlake
Keith Urban
Boyz II Men
"Let's Stay Together"
Coldplay
Jay-Z
"Lost+"
"Viva La Vida"
Carrie Underwood "Last Name"
Kid Rock "Amen"
"All Summer Long"
"Rock 'n' Roll Jesus"
Taylor Swift
Miley Cyrus
"Fifteen"
Jennifer Hudson "You Pulled Me Through"
Jonas Brothers
Stevie Wonder
"Burnin' Up"
"Superstition"
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl"
Estelle
Kanye West
"American Boy"
Kenny Chesney "Better as a Memory"
T.I.
Jay-Z
Lil Wayne
Kanye West
M.I.A.
"Swagga Like Us"
M.I.A. "Paper Planes"
Paul McCartney
Dave Grohl
"I Saw Her Standing There"
Sugarland "Stay"
Adele
Jennifer Nettles
"Chasing Pavements"
Radiohead
Spirit of Troy
"15 Step"
T.I.
Justin Timberlake
"Dead and Gone"
Duke Fair
Jamie Foxx
Ne-Yo
Smokey Robinson
A Four Tops Medley
Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"
John Mayer
B.B. King
Buddy Guy
Keith Urban
"Bo Diddley"
Lil Wayne
Robin Thicke
Terence Blanchard
Allen Toussaint
"Tie My Hands"
Robert Plant
Alison Krauss
"Rich Woman"
"Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)"
Stevie Wonder "All About the Love Again"

Presenters

LL Cool J American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor from New York

James Todd Smith, known professionally as LL Cool J, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, author and entrepreneur from Queens, New York. With the breakthrough success of his hit single "I Need a Beat" and the Radio LP, LL Cool J became one of the first hip-hop acts to achieve mainstream success along with Kurtis Blow and Run-D.M.C..

Duffy (singer) Welsh singer and songwriter

Aimee Anne Duffy is a Welsh singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Bangor, Wales, she was introduced to Jeannette Lee of Rough Trade Records, which led to her signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 2007.

Whitney Houston American singer, actress, model, and record producer

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts—as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know"—influenced several African-American women artists who followed in her footsteps.

Awards

Special merit awards

MusiCares Person of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award winners
Gene Autry American actor and singer

Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry was an American singer, songwriter, actor, musician and rodeo performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy in a crooning style on radio, in films, and on television for more than three decades beginning in the early 1930s. Autry was the owner of a television station, several radio stations in Southern California, and the Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball team from 1961 to 1997.

The Blind Boys of Alabama gospel group from Alabama, United States

The Blind Boys of Alabama is an American five-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group who first sang together in 1939. The Blind Boys have toured for seven decades and created an extensive discography. In 2016 the on-stage configuration of the group consisted of eight people: four blind singers—Jimmy Carter, Ben Moore, Eric "Ricky" McKinnie, Paul Beasley - guitarist and musical director Joey Williams, and a keyboardist, a bass guitarist, and a drummer.

Hank Jones American jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer

Henry Jones Jr., best known as Hank Jones, was an American jazz pianist, bandleader, arranger, and composer. Critics and musicians described Jones as eloquent, lyrical, and impeccable. In 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts honored him with the NEA Jazz Masters Award. He was also honored in 2003 with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Jazz Living Legend Award. In 2008, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. On April 13, 2009, the University of Hartford presented Jones with an honorary Doctorate of Music for his musical accomplishments.

Trustees Award winners
Technical Grammy Award winners
President's Merit Award

General

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

Record of the Year

"Please Read the Letter" is a song originally recorded by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page for the 1998 album Walking into Clarksdale.

Alison Krauss American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter and musician

Alison Maria Krauss is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of 10 and recording for the first time at 14. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station, and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.

T Bone Burnett American musician

Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett III is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter. Burnett rose to fame as a guitarist in Bob Dylan's band during the 1970s. He has received multiple Grammy awards for his work in film music, including for O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Cold Mountain (2004), Walk the Line (2006), Crazy Heart (2010); and won another Grammy for producing the studio album Raising Sand (2007), in which he united the contemporary bluegrass of Alison Krauss with the blues rock of Robert Plant.

Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist

Pop

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Pop Vocal Album

Dance

Best Dance Recording
Best Electronic/Dance Album

Traditional Pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Rock

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Hard Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album

Alternative

Best Alternative Music Album

R&B

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album
Best Contemporary R&B Album

Rap

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

Country

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album
Best Bluegrass Album

New Age

Best New Age Album

Jazz

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album

Gospel

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

Latin

Best Latin Pop Album

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Best Latin Urban Album
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best Regional Mexican Album
Best Tejano Album
Best Norteño Album
Best Banda Album

Blues

Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album

Folk

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

Reggae

Best Reggae Album

World music

Best Traditional World Music Album
Best Contemporary World Music Album

Polka

Best Polka Album

Children's music

Best Musical Album For Children
Best Spoken Word Album for Children

Spoken word

Best Spoken Word Album

Comedy

Best Comedy Album

Musical show

Best Musical Show Album

Film, television and other visual media

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

Composing and arranging

Best Instrumental Composition
Best Instrumental Arrangement
Best Pop Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Package

Best Recording Package

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Album notes

Best Album Notes

Historical

Best Historical Album

Production, non-classical

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

Production, surround sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical

Classical

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

Music video

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

Cancelled performances

Records

In Memoriam

George Carlin, Jerry Wexler, Jerry Reed, Mike Smith, Rick Wright, Eartha Kitt, Buddy Miles, Mitch Mitchell, Earl Palmer, Buddy Harman, Freddie Hubbard, David "Fathead" Newman, Johnny Griffin, Jimmy McGriff, Mike Berniker, Teo Macero, Eddy Arnold, Nick Reynolds, Miriam Makeba, Odetta, Pervis Jackson, Cachao López, Norman Smith, Neil Aspinall, William Claxton, Neal Hefti, Jo Stafford, Levi Stubbs, Jheryl Busby, Norman Whitfield, Claude Jeter, Ira Tucker, Dottie Rambo, Larry Norman, Merl Saunders, F.M. Scott III, Delaney Bramlett, Alton Ellis, Shakir Stewart, Static Major, Leonard Pennario, Norman Dello Joio, Alexander Slobodyanik, Henry Z. Steinway, Earle Hagen, Isaac Hayes, Danny Federici and Bo Diddley.

Trivia

Artists with multiple nominations and awards

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