2008 Grammy Award Winners

2008 Grammy Award Winners

Winners Announced: February 10, 2008
Held at: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Host: No official host
Eligibility Year: October 1, 2006September 30, 2007

Grammy Trivia You Don’t Want to Miss

  • The night was quite a sweep for Amy Winehouse, who nabbed five awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for Rehab.
  • River: The Joni Letters by Herbie Hancock was the dark horse, winning Album of the Year. This was a big deal because jazz albums rarely capture this title.
  • Kanye West delivered a memorable performance of Stronger with Daft Punk. This was Daft Punk’s first-ever live television performance.
  • The Foo Fighters performed in a tent outside the Staples Center, a rather unconventional setting for Grammy acts.
  • Tina Turner made her return to the Grammy stage after a seven-year hiatus, sharing it with Beyoncé.
  • Carrie Underwood’s song Before He Cheats snagged two awards and helped solidify her transition from an American Idol winner to a country superstar.
  • Classical music got a nod with The Kronos Quartet winning Best Chamber Music Performance for their work Ligeti: The String Quartets.
  • The Best Comedy Album went to Flight of the Conchords for The Distant Future, raising their profile in the entertainment industry.

2008 Grammy Winners

Album of the Year:
River: The Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock
Record of the Year:
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Song of the Year:
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
New Artist:
Amy Winehouse
Alternative Music Album:
Icky Thump – The White Stripes
Rock Song:
Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
Solo Rock Vocal Performance:
Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen
Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals:
Icky Thump – The White Stripes
Hard Rock Performance:
The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Metal Performance:
Final Six – Slayer
Producer of the Year, Non-Classical:
Mark Ronson
Pop Vocal Album:
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Female Pop Vocal Performance:
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Male Pop Vocal Performance:
What Goes Around…Comes Around – Justin Timberlake
Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals:
Makes Me Wonder – Maroon 5
Pop Collaboration With Vocals:
Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Pop Instrumental Album:
The Mix-Up – Beastie Boys
Pop Instrumental Performance:
One Week Last Summer – Joni Mitchell
Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Call Me Irresponsible – Michael Buble
Rock Instrumental Performance:
Once Upon a Time in The West – Bruce Springsteen
Rap Solo Performance:
Stronger – Kanye West
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group:
Southside – Common, featuring Kanye West
Rap Song:
Good Life – Aldrin Davis, Mike Dean, Faheem Najm & Kanye West, songwriters (J. Ingram & Q. Jones, songwriters) (Kanye West Featuring T-Pain)
Country Song:
Before He Cheats – Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
Female Country Vocal Performance:
Before He Cheats – Carrie Underwood
Male Country Vocal Performance:
Stupid Boy – Keith Urban
Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals:
How Long – Eagles
Country Collaboration With Vocals:
Lost Highway – Willie Nelson & Ray Price
Country Instrumental Performance:
Throttleneck – Brad Paisley
R&B Album:
Funk This – Chaka Khan
R&B Song:
No One – Dirty Harry, Kerry Brothers & Alicia Keys, songwriters (Alicia Keys)
Contemporary R&B Album:
Because of You – Ne-Yo
Female R&B Vocal Performance :
Alicia Keys
Male R&B Vocal Performance:
Future Baby Mama – Prince
R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals:
Disrespectful – Chaka Khan, featuring Mary J. Blige
Traditional R&B Vocal Performance:
In My Songs – Gerald Levert
Urban/Alternative Performance:
Daydreamin’ – Lupe Fiasco, featuring Jill Scott
Dance Recording:
LoveStoned/I Think She Knows – Justin Timberlake, Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Timbaland, mixers
Electronic/Dance Album:
We Are the Night – The Chemical Brothers
Bluegrass Album:
The Bluegrass Diaries – Jim Lauderdale
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
Contemporary Blues Album:
The Road to Escondido – JJ Cale & Eric Clapton
New Age Album:
Crestone – Paul Winter Consort
Contemporary Jazz Album:
River – The Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock
Jazz Vocal Album:
Avant Gershwin – Patti Austin
Jazz Instrumental Solo:
Anagram – Michael Brecker, soloist
Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group:
Pilgrimage – Michael Brecker
Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) – Terence Blanchard
Traditional Folk Album:
Dirt Farmer – Levon Helm
Contemporary Folk/Americana Album:
Washington Square Serenade – Steve Earle
Native American Music Album:
Totemic Flute Chants – Johnny Whitehorse
Hawaiian Music Album:
Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar – Various Artists, Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku Jr., Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers
Zydeco or Cajun Music Album:
Live! Worldwide – Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Mind Control – Stephen Marley
Traditional World Music Album:
African Spirit – Soweto Gospel Choir
Contemporary World Music Album:
Djin Djin – Angelique Kidjo
Polka Album:
Come Share the Wine – Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
Gospel Performance: (tie)
Blessed & Highly Favored – The Clark Sisters;
Never Gonna Break My Faith – Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige (Featuring The Harlem Boys Choir).
Gospel Song:
Blessed & Highly Favored – Karen Clark-Sheard, songwriter (The Clark Sisters)
Rock or Rap Gospel Album:
Before the Daylight’s Shot – Ashley Cleveland
Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album:
A Deeper Level – Israel and New Breed
Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album:
Salt of the Earth – Ricky Skaggs & The Whites
Traditional Gospel Album:
Live – One Last Time – The Clark Sisters
Contemporary R&B Gospel Album:
Free to Worship – Fred Hammond
Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media:
Love (The Beatles) George Martin & Giles Martin, producers (Apple Records/Capitol Records)
Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media:
Ratatouille – Michael Giacchino, composer
Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media:
Love You I Do (From Dreamgirls) – Siedah Garrett & Henry Krieger, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson)
Musical Show Album:
Spring Awakening – Duncan Sheik, producer; Duncan Sheik, composer; Steven Sater, lyricist (Original Broadway Cast With Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele & Others)
Instrumental Composition:
Cerulean Skies – Maria Schneider, composer (Maria Schneider Orchestra)
Instrumental Arrangement:
In a Silent Way – Vince Mendoza, arranger (Joe Zawinul)
Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s):
I’m Gonna Live Till I Die – John Clayton, arranger (Queen Latifah)
Engineered Album, Non-Classical:
Beauty & Crime – Tchad Blake, Cameron Craig, Emery Dobyns & Jimmy Hogarth, engineers (Suzanne Vega)
Remixed Recording, Non-Classical:
Bring the Noise (Benny Benassi Satisfaction Remix) – Benny Benassi, remixer (Public Enemy)
Surround Sound:
Love – Paul Hicks, surround mix engineer; Tim Young, surround mastering engineer; George Martin & Giles Martin, surround producers (The Beatles)
Short Form Music Video:
God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash
Long Form Music Video:
The Confessions Tour – Madonna
Recording Package:
Cassadaga – Zachary Nipper, art director (Bright Eyes)
Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package:
What It Is! – Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) – Masaki Koike, art director
Album Notes:
John Work, III – Recording Black Culture – Bruce Nemerov, album notes writer
Historical Album:
The Live Wire – Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949 – Nora Guthrie & Jorge Arevalo Mateus, compilation producers; Jamie Howarth, Steve Rosenthal, Warren Russell-Smith & Dr. Kevin Short, mastering engineers (Woody Guthrie)