Thursday, December 04, 2008

Grammys: The party as the world burns

You sense that even the Grammy organisers know that issuing press releases trumpeting that Coldplay and Lil'Wayne are leading the nominations list this year marks a rotten year for the mainstream. Good lord, they've even had to nominate Bleeding Love, a song so old it doesn't even get carded when it buys beer, to make up the numbers.

Amongst the sludge, Adele and Duffy both find themselves on the list - and no disrespect to either of them, but... really? That's the best the majors can think of?

It's not all bad - Robyn's in there somewhere, it's always nice to see Kylie getting praise even for the less-than-stellar X, and while MIA's not quite as innovatively brilliant as you're supposed to believe, given the 'but isn't she a terrorist' swirlstorm which surrounds her whenever the news media thinks about her, nominating Paper Planes for best album might almost constitute an act of bravery on the Grammys part. Almost.

The interesting details are down the end of the list - where the album notes of the year (no, really) rub shoulders with the best surround sound titles. It's surprising to see Junkie XL getting a nomination for a remix - probably helped that it was a Madonna remix; good to see Burning Spear on the reggae list.

Al Gore has the chance to add a Grammy to his Oscar, with the reading of An Inconvenient Truth going up against Stephen Colbert's I Am America And So Can You in the talking books category (or whatever they call it) - if only this lot got to do extracts with interpretative dancers behind them.

Here's the full list of nominations - as is traditional, it's terribly, terribly long so you can skip over the list if you're not interested in the detail

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]

Category 2

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]


Category 3

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]

Category 4

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



Field 1 — Pop



Category 5

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]

Category 6

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]


Category 7

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]

Category 8

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]



Category 9

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]


Category 10

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]


Category 11

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]


Field 2 — Dance



Category 12

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


Category 13

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]


Field 3 — Traditional Pop



Category 14

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]


Field 4 — Rock



Category 15

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]

Category 16

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]


Category 17

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]


Category 18

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]


Category 19

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]


Category 20

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]

Category 21

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.]


Field 5 — Alternative



Category 22

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]


Field 6 — R&B



Category 23

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]


Category 24

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]

Category 25

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]

Category 26

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]

Category 27

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]

Category 28

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]


Category 29

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]


Category 30

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]


Field 7 — Rap



Category 31

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]

Category 32

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]


Category 33

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]

Category 34

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]

Category 35

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]


Field 8 — Country



Category 36

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]


Category 37

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]

Category 38

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]

Category 39

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]


Category 40

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]


Category 41

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]


Category 42

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]


Category 43

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]


Field 9 — New Age



Category 44

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]


Field 10 — Jazz



Category 45

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]



Category 46

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]

Category 47

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]

Category 48

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]

Category 49

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]

Category 50

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]


Field 11 — Gospel



Category 51

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]

Category 52

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]


Category 53

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]

Category 54

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]

Category 55

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]


Category 56

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]


Category 57

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]


Field 12 — Latin



Category 58

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]

Category 59

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]


Category 60

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]


Category 61

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]


Category 62

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]


Category 63

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]

Category 64

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]


Category 65

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]


Field 13 — Blues



Category 66

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]

Category 67

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]


Field 14 — Folk



Category 68

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]


Category 69

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]


Category 70

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]

Category 71

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]


Category 72

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]


Field 15 — Reggae



Category 73

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]


Field 16 — World Music

Category 74

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]


Category 75

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]


Field 17 — Polka



Category 76

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]


Field 18 — Children's



Category 77

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]

Category 78

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]


Field 19 — Spoken Word



Category 79

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]


Field 20 — Comedy



Category 80

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]


Field 21 — Musical Show



Category 81

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]


Field 22 — Film/TV/Visual Media



Category 82

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]

Category 83

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]

Category 84

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]


Field 23 — Composing/Arranging



Category 85

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]



Category 86

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]


Category 87

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]


Field 24 — Package



Category 88

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]

Category 89

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]


Field 25 — Album Notes



Category 90

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]


Field 26 — Historical



Category 91

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]


Field 27 — Production, Non-Classical



Category 92

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]


Category 93

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)


Category 94

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]


Field 28 — Surround Sound



Category 95

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]



Field 29 — Production, Classical



Category 96

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]

Category 97

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)



Field 30 — Classical



Category 98

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]

Category 99

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]

Category 100

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]

Category 101

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]

Category 102

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]


Category 103

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]


Category 104

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]

Category 105

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]

Category 106

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]

Category 107

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

Category 108

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]


Field 31 — Music Video

Category 109

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]

Category 110

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]




4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ok so I've not read down the list (because quite frankly I can't be bothered and wasn't really interested in the first place) but all five nominations for record of the year are British?!? Crazy. Fair enough, I'm a grumpy old bastard who doesn't like any of the five songs but I have to congratulate them. How did we manage that? (I'm not one who remotely thinks nationality has anything to do with anything I'm just surprised at the Grammy organisers, of all people, only including one of their own.)

D-Notice said...

At times like these we need a "Read more" option. :-)

Eleanor said...

Best album notes?! What kind of a category is that?!

Paul said...

Woo! They Might Be Giants!

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