51st Annual Grammy Awards

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

51st Annual Grammy Awards
DateFebruary 8, 2009
LocationStaples Center, Los Angeles
Most awardsAlison Krauss, Robert Plant (5)
Most nominationsLil Wayne (8)
Television/radio coverage

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


Performer(s) Song(s) Performed
U2 "Get on Your Boots"
Al Green
Justin Timberlake
Keith Urban
Boyz II Men
"Let's Stay Together"
"Viva La Vida"
Carrie Underwood "Last Name"
Kid Rock "Amen"
"All Summer Long"
"Rock 'n' Roll Jesus"
Taylor Swift
Miley Cyrus
Jennifer Hudson "You Pulled Me Through"
Jonas Brothers
Stevie Wonder
"Burnin' Up"
Katy Perry "I Kissed a Girl"
Kanye West
"American Boy"
Kenny Chesney "Better as a Memory"
Lil Wayne
Kanye West
"Swagga Like Us"
M.I.A. "Paper Planes"
Paul McCartney
Dave Grohl
"I Saw Her Standing There"
Sugarland "Stay"
Jennifer Nettles
"Chasing Pavements"
Spirit of Troy
"15 Step"
Justin Timberlake
"Dead and Gone"
Duke Fair
Jamie Foxx
Smokey Robinson
A Four Tops Medley
Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"
John Mayer
B.B. King
Buddy Guy
Keith Urban
"Bo Diddley"
Lil Wayne
Robin Thicke
Terence Blanchard
Allen Toussaint
"Tie My Hands"
Robert Plant
Alison Krauss
"Rich Woman"
"Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)"
Stevie Wonder "All About the Love Again"



Special merit awards

MusiCares Person of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award winners
Trustees Award winners
Technical Grammy Award winners
President's Merit Award


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

Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist


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


Best Dance Recording
Best Electronic/Dance Album

Traditional Pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


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


Best Alternative Music Album


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


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


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

New Age

Best New Age Album


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


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


Best Latin Pop Album

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Best Latin Urban Album
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best Regional Mexican Album
Best Tejano Album
  • Viva La RevolucionRuben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution
Best Norteño Album
Best Banda Album


Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album


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


Best Reggae Album

World music

Best Traditional World Music Album
Best Contemporary World Music Album


Best Polka Album


Best Musical Album For Children
Best Spoken Word Album for Children

Spoken word

Best Spoken Word Album


Best Comedy Album

Musical show

Best Musical Show Album

Film, television and other visual media

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

Composing and arranging

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


Best Recording Package
Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Album notes

Best Album Notes


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)

Production, non-classical

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

Production, surround sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical


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

Music video

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video

Cancelled performances

  • Rihanna's 51st Grammy Awards performance was cancelled due to treatment caused by domestic violence by her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown.
  • Chris Brown had been arrested the same day as the event took place due to the assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna.


In Memoriam

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


Artists with multiple nominations and awards


  1. "Plant/Krauss, Lil Wayne Win Big At 51st Grammys". Billboard.com. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
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