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Grammy Awards of 2008

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on February 10, 2008, starting at 8PM EST. It honored musical achievement of the 2007 year in which albums were released between October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2007. The primary ceremonies were televised in the United States on CBS; however, as has become the custom, most of the awards were handed out during a pre-telecast portion of the show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. Two nights prior to the show Aretha Franklin was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year.
This year's big winner was Amy Winehouse, who won a total of five awards out of her six nominations. The 24-year-old singer had recently entered a drug rehabilitation program and did not come to Los Angeles. American officials initially refused her a work visa; they reversed the decision, but by then it was too late for her to make the trip from the UK.[1] She became the fifth female solo artist to have won five Grammys in one evening (the others being Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, and Beyoncé Knowles).
Herbie Hancock's River: The Joni Letters won Album of the Year, marking the first time in 43 years that a jazz album received the award. The honor was given in 1965 for Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and João Gilberto. Many were surprised by Hancock's victory over the likes of Winehouse and Kanye West.
The golden anniversary of the Grammys and NARAS was noted in references and performances throughout this year's ceremony. Alicia Keys was the evening's opening musician, singing and playing piano alongside archived video and audio of Frank Sinatra. Other collaborative performances linking contemporary and past musicians included Beyoncé with Tina Turner, Rihanna with The Time, classical pianist Lang Lang with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, and inaugural Grammy winner Keely Smith with Kid Rock. Special recognition of the musical contributions of The Beatles was also featured.

Award Winners

Specialized awards

MusiCares Person of the Year
* Aretha Franklin

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
* Burt Bacharach
* The Band
* Cab Calloway
* Doris Day
* Itzhak Perlman
* Max Roach
* Earl Scruggs

Trustees Award Winners
* Olumide Chapters
* Jac Holzman
* Willie Mitchell

Technical GRAMMY Award Winners
* Ampex Corporation
* John Eargle

General Field

Record of the Year - "Rehab" - Amy Winehouse o Mark Ronson, producer; Tom Elmhirst, engineer/mixer
Album of the Year - Brittish indie Punk rockers "Superhands," with their acclaimed self titled record.
Song of the Year - "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse (Amy Winehouse)
Best New Artist - "Amy Winehouse"

Pop Field

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance - "What Goes Around...Comes Around - Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group w/ Vocals - "Makes Me Wonder" – Maroon 5
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals - "Gone Gone Gone(Done Moved On)" – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best Pop Instrumental Performance - "One Week Last Summer" – Joni Mitchell
Best Pop Instrumental Album - The Mix-Up – Beastie Boys
Best Pop Vocal Album - Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

Dance Field

Best Dance Recording - "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows Interlude" - Justin Timberlake
Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Timbaland, mixers
Best Electronic/Dance Album - We Are the Night – The Chemical Brothers

Traditional Pop Field

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album - Call Me Irresponsible - Michael Bublé

Rock Field

Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance - "Radio Nowhere" - Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Performance By a Duo/Group w/ Vocals - "Icky Thump" - The White Stripes
Best Hard Rock Performance - "The Pretender" - Foo Fighters
Best Metal Performance - "Final Six" - Slayer
Best Rock Instrumental Performance - "Once Upon a Time in the West" - Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Song - "Radio Nowhere" - Bruce Springsteen (Bruce Springsteen)
Best Rock Album - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace - Foo Fighters

Alternative Field

Best Alternative Music Album - Icky Thump - The White Stripes

R&B Field

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - "No One" - Alicia Keys
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - "Future Baby Mama" - Prince
Best R&B Performance By a Duo/Group W/ Vocals - "Disrespectful" - Chaka Khan featuring Mary J. Blige
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance - "In My Songs" - Gerald Levert
Best Urban/Alternative Performance - "Daydreamin'" - Lupe Fiasco featuring Jill Scott
Best R&B Song - "No One" - Dirty Harry, Kerry Brothers & Alicia Keys (Alicia Keys)
Best R&B Album - Funk This - Chaka Khan
Best Contemporary R&B Album - Because of You Ne-Yo

Rap Field

Best Rap Solo Performance - "Stronger" - Kanye West
Best Rap Performance By a Duo/Group - "Southside" - Common featuring Kanye West
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - "Umbrella" - Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
Best Rap Song - "Good Life" - Alrin Davis, Faheem Najm & Kanye West (James Ingram & Quincy Jones) (Kanye West featuring T-Pain)
Best Rap Album - Graduation - Kanye West

Country Field

Best Female Country Vocal Performance - "Before He Cheats" - Carrie Underwood
Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "Stupid Boy" - Keith Urban
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals - "How Long" - Eagles
Best Country Collaboration w/ Vocals - "Lost Highway" - Willie Nelson & Ray Price
Best Country Instrumental Performance - "Throttleneck" - Brad Paisley
Best Country Song - "Before He Cheats" - Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
Best Country Album - These Days - Vince Gill
Best Bluegrass Album - The Bluegrass Diaries - Jim Lauderdale

New Age Field

Best New Age Album - Crestone - Paul Winter Consort

Jazz Field

Best Contemporary Jazz Album - River: The Joni Letters - Herbie Hancock
Best Jazz Vocal Album - Avant Gershwin - Patti Austin
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance - "Anagram" - Michael Brecker, soloist
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group - Pilgrimage - Michael Brecker
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album - A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) - Terence Blanchard
Best Latin Jazz Album - Funk Tango - Paquito Rivera Quintet

Gospel Field

Best Gospel Performance - Tie
* "Never Gonna Break My Faith" - Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige (Featuring The Harlem Boys Choir)
* "Blessed & Highly Favored" - The Clark Sisters
Best Gospel Song - "Blessed & Highly Favored" - Karen Clark-Sheard, songwriter (The Clark Sisters)
Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album - Before the Daylight's Shot - Ashley Cleveland
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album - A Deeper Level - Israel and New Breed
Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Album - Salt of the Earth - Ricky Skaggs & The Whites
Best Traditional Gospel Album - Live: One Last Time - The Clark Sisters
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album - Free to Worship - Fred Hammond

Latin Field

Best Latin Pop Album - El Tren de los Momentos - Alejandro Sanz
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album - No Hay Espacio - Black Guayaba
Best Latin Urban Album - Residente O Visitante - Calle 13
Best Tropical Latin Album - La Llave de mi Corazón - Juan Luis Guerra
Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album - 100% Mexicano - Pepe Aguilar
Best Tejano Album - Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Little Joe & La Familia
Best Norteño Album - Detalles y Emociones - Los Tigres Del Norte
Best Banda Album - Te Va a Gustar - El Chapo

Blues Field

Best Traditional Blues Album - Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live In Dallas - Henry James Townsend, Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Jr. & David Honeyboy Edwards
Best Contemporary Blues Album - The Road to Escondido - JJ Cale & Eric Clapton

Folk Field

Best Traditional Folk Album - Dirt Farmer - Levon Helm
Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album - Washington Square Serenade - Steve Earle
Best Native American Music Album - Totemic Flute Chants - Johnny Whitehorse
Best Hawaiian Music Album - Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar - Various Artists (Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers)
Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album - Live! Worldwide - Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

Reggae Field

Best Reggae Album - Mind Control - Stephen Marley

World Music Field

Best Traditional World Music Album - African Spirit - Soweto Gospel Choir
Best Contemporary World Music Album - Djin Djin - Angelique Kidjo

Polka Field

Best Polka Album - Come Share the Wine - Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra

Children's Field

Best Children's Music Album - A Green and Red Christmas - The Muppets (Ted Kryczko & Ed Mitchel, producers)
Best Children's Spoken Word Album - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Jim Dale

Spoken Word Field

Best Spoken Word Album - The Audacity of Hope : Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama

Comedy Field

Best Comedy Album - The Distant Future - Flight of the Conchords

Musical Show Field

Best Musical Show Album - Spring Awakening - Duncan Sheik, producer; Duncan Sheik, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast with Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele & Others)

Film, Television And Other Visual Media Field

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album - Love - George Martin & Giles Martin (The Beatles)
Best Score Soundtrack Album - Ratatouille - Michael Giacchino, composer
Best Song-Motion Picture, TV, Visual Media - "Love You I Do" (from Dreamgirls)

Composing/Arranging Field

Best Instrumental Composition - "Cerulean Skies" - Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider Orchestra)
Best Instrumental Arrangement - "In a Silent Way" - Vince Mendoza, arranger (Joe Zawinul)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) - "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" - John Clayton, arranger (Queen Latifah)

Package Field

Best Recording Package - Cassadaga - Zack Nipper, art director (Bright Eyes)
Best Boxed/Special Limited Edition - What It Is!: Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) - Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists)

Notes Field

Best Album Notes - * John Work, III: Recording Black Culture - Bruce Nemerov (Various Artists)

Historical Field

Best Historical Album - * The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949 o Nora Guthrie & Jorge Arévalo Mateus, compilation producers; Jamie Howarth, Steve Rosenthal, Warren Russell-Smith & Dr. Kevin Short, mastering engineers (Woody Guthrie)