Monday, February 14, 2011

2011 Grammy Awards - winners

The 2011 Grammy Awards were held tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The telecast only contained a portion of the 109 categories, yet still ran three-and-a-half hours long. The show was dominated by rappers and country singers. For the most part, it didn't really really come to life. A number of the performers clearly lip-synched their acts. The older performers such as Bob Dylan and Barbara Streisand were simply dull.

Unfortunately, Aretha Franklin wasn't well enough to attend, and was paid a lengthy tribute by singers Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and Yolanda Adams. After her Superbowl fiasco, Christina Aguilera acquitted herself well. She outshone Jennifer Hudson, who had trouble hitting her notes.

The sleep-inducing Lady Antebellum won five of their six nominated categories, but were upset in the Album of the Year category by Montreal-based band Arcade Fire for their album The Suburbs. A surprised lead singer Win Butler said, "I just want to say thank you, merci, to Montreal, Quebec, for taking us and giving us a home and place to be in a band," before launching into an impromptu second number to end the show.

That finale was the lone bright spot in the telecast show for Canadian music fans as Drake and Justin Bieber were big losers. Both were defeated by surprise winner Esperanza Spalding for the Best New Artist award. She becomes the first jazz artist to win the category. In the pre-awards shows, Neil Young managed a single win in the Rock Song category for "Angry World" and Michael Bublé won Traditional Pop Vocal Album for Crazy Love.

Lady Gaga claimed three prizes including Best Pop Album. Muse won the Grammy for Best Rock Album.

The Classical Album and Choral Performance awards went to Verdi: Requiem performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin was nominated for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra), but that was won by Paul Jacobs for his disc of Messiaen.

Soprano Cecilia Bartoli defeated Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman for the Best Classical Vocal Performance award. The Elora Festival Singers conducted by Noel Edison lost in Best Small Ensemble Performance to Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial De Catalunya. But l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conductor Kent Nagano won Best Opera Recording for his recording of Kaija Saariaho's L'amour de loin (Love from Afar) with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

Complete list of winners for the 2011 Grammy Awards

Album of the Year: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
Record of the Year: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem
New Artist: Esperanza Spalding
Song of the Year:
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

Pop Vocal Album:
Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Train, "Hey, Soul Sister (Live)"
Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, Crazy Love
Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance," The Fame Monster
Male Pop Vocal Performance:
Bruno Mars, "Just The Way You Are," Doo-Wops & HooligansPop Collaboration With Vocals: "Imagine," Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare, The Imagine Project
Pop Instrumental Performance: "Nessun Dorma," Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion
Pop Instrumental Album: Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto

Female R&B Vocal Performance:
Fantasia, "Bittersweet," Back to Me
Male R&B Vocal Performance: Usher, "There Goes My Baby," Raymond V Raymond
R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Sade, "Soldier of Love," Soldier of Love
Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: John Legend & The Roots, "Hang On In There," Wake Up!R&B Song: John Legend & The Roots, "Shine," Wake Up!
R&B Album: Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots
Contemporary R&B Album: Raymond V Raymond, Usher

Rap Song: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind," The Blueprint 3
Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, "Empire State of Mind," The Blueprint 3
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz, "On to the Next One," The Blueprint 3
Rap Solo Performance: Eminem, "Not Afraid," RecoveryUrban/Alternative Performance: "F*** You," Cee Lo Green

Rock Album:
Muse, The ResistanceSolo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney, "Helter Skelter," Good Evening New York City
Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: The Black Keys, "Tighten Up," Brothers
Rock Song: "Angry World," Neil Young, Le Noise
Hard Rock Performance: New Fang, "Them Crooked Vultures," Them Crooked Vultures
Metal Performance: "El Dorado," Iron Maiden, The Final FrontierRock Instrumental Performance: Jeff Beck, "Hammerhead," Emotion & Commotion

Country Album: Lady Antebellum, Need You NowFemale Country Vocal Performance: Miranda Lambert, " The House That Built Me," Revolution
Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, "'Til Summer Comes Around"
Country Song: "Need You Now," Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum) (Need You Now)
Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now"
Country Instrumental Performance: Marty Stuart, "Hummingbyrd" (Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions)

Latin Pop Album:
Paraiso Express, Alejandro Sanz
Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: El Existential, Grupo Fantasma
Tropical Latin Album: Viva La Tradición, Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Tejano Album: Recuerdos, Little Joe & La Familia
Norteño Album: Classic, Intocable
Banda Album: Enamórate De Mí, El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario


Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band
Jazz Vocal Album: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater
Improvised Jazz Solo: "A Change Is Gonna Come," Herbie Hancock (The Imagine Project)
Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Moody 4B, James Moody
Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Live at Jazz Standard, Mingus Big Band
Latin Jazz Album: Chucho's Steps, Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers

Gospel Performance:
"Grace," BeBe & CeCe Winans, Still
Gospel Song: "It's What I Do," Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway), The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III
Rock or Rap Gospel Album: Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot
Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: Love God. Love People, Israel Houghton
Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album: The Reason, Diamond Rio
Traditional Gospel Album: Downtown Church, Patty Griffin
Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: Still, BeBe & CeCe Winans

Dance Recording:
"Only Girl (in the World)," Rihanna
Electronic/Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux

Alternative Music Album:
Brothers, The Black Keys
Americana Album: You Are Not Alone, Mavis Staples
Bluegrass Album: Mountain Soul II, Patty Loveless
Traditional Blues Album: Joined At The Hip, Pinetop Perkins & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith
Contemporary Blues Album: Living Proof, Buddy Guy
Traditional Folk Album: Genuine Negro Jig, Carolina Chocolate Drops
Contemporary Folk Album: God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise, Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
Hawaiian Music Album: Huana Ke Aloha, Tia Carrere
Native American Music Album: 2010 Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit's Dance, Various Artists
Zydeco or Cajun Music Album: Zydeco Junkie, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Reggae Album: Before The Dawn, Buju Banton
Traditional World Music Album: Ali And Toumani, Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté
Contemporary World Music Album: Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks, Béla Fleck
New Age Album: Miho: Journey to the Mountain, Paul Winter Consort

Short Form Music Video:
"Bad Romance," Lady Gaga
Long Form Music Video: "When You're Strange," The Doors
Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)
Musical Show Album: American Idiot (Featuring Green Day)
Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Crazy Heart (Various Artists)
Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Toy Story 3, Randy Newman, composer
Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: "The Weary Kind" (From Crazy Heart), Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters
Instrumental Composition: "The Path Among the Trees," Billy Childs, composer (Billy Childs Ensemble), Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz—Chamber Music Vol. 2
Instrumental Arrangement: "Carlos," Vince Mendoza, arranger (John Scofield, Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest), 54


Engineered Album, Classical: Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, Giancarlo Guerrero &Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost
Classical Album: Verdi: Requiem, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus
Orchestral Performance: Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, Nashville Symphony
Opera Recording: Saariaho: L'Amour De Loin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Choral Performance: Verdi: Requiem, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus
Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra): Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24, Mitsuko Uchida (The Cleveland Orchestra)
Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra): Paul Jacobs, Messiaen: Livre Du Saint-Sacrement
Chamber Music Performance: Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2, Parker Quartet
Small Ensemble Performance: Dinastia Borja, Jordi Savall, conductor; Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial De Catalunya
Classical Vocal Performance: Sacrificium, Cecilia Bartoli (Giovanni Antonini; Il Giardino Armonico)
Classical Contemporary Composition: Michael Daugherty: Deus Ex Machina, Michael Daugherty (Giancarlo Guerrero), Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony
Classical Crossover Album: Christopher Tin: Calling All DawnsSurround Sound Album: Britten's Orchestra, Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony

Musical Album for Children:
Tomorrow's Children, Pete Seeger with the Rivertown Kids and Friends
Spoken Word Album for Children: Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton 

Comedy Album:
Lewis Black, Stark Raving Black
Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): "Baba Yetu," Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Calling All Dawns
Recording Package: Brothers, The Black Keys
Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: Under Great White Northern Lights (Limited Edition Box Set), The White Stripes
Album Notes: Keep An Eye On The Sky, Big Star
Historical Album: The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings), The Beatles
Engineered Album, Nonclassical: Battle Studies, John Mayer
Producer of the Year, Nonclassical: Danger Mouse
Remixed Recording, Nonclassical: "Revolver" (David Guetta's One Love Club Remix), Madonna

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