Amy Winehouse Wins Five Grammys in Absentia Kanye Accepts Four for Mom
England’s Amy Winehouse was conspicuously absent from the Grammys, which was no surprise given the trouble she had securing a visa in the wake of her drug conviction and that incriminating video of her smoking crack circulating the internet. Nonetheless, she still won five awards, including ones as the Best New Artist and for the Record and Song of the Year, appropriately titled “Rehab” which she performed live by satellite.
Kanye West, collector of four of the over 100 Grammys presented over the course of the evening, appeared onstage with “MAMA” carved into the back of his head. He forced the orchestra to stop playing background music in order to deliver an emotional acceptance speech during which he paid tribute to his recently deceased mother, Donda, saying, “I know you wanted me to be the number one artist in the world.”
Herbie Hancock, who did an orchestra-backed rendition of Rhapsody in Blue paired opposite redundantly-named, classical piano virtuoso Lang Lang, enjoyed a surprising win for Album of the Year for “River: The Joni Letters.” Meanwhile rising political rock star Barack Obama landed a trophy in the spoken word category for the reading of his best seller “The Audacity of Hope,” edging out Bill Clinton of all people in the process, perhaps prophetically.
The duet-driven occasion was opened by Alicia Keys accompanied virtually by the late Frank Sinatra, and subsequently featured Beyonce’ with Tina Turner, Andrea Bocelli with Josh Groban, 15 year-old Timothy T. Mitchum with Carol Woods, Kanye West with Daft Punk, Keely Smith with Kid Rock, Fergie with John Legend, the Foo Fighters with Grammy Moment-winner Ann Marie Calhoun, Aretha with Bebe Winans, Little Richard with John Fogerty, and Alicia Keys again, this time with John Mayer.
COMPLETE LIST OF GRAMY 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 (Amy Winehouse).
New Artist: Amy Winehouse.
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.
Alternative Music Album: “Icky Thump,” The White Stripes.
Rock Album: “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,” Foo Fighters.
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.
Rock Instrumental Performance: “Once Upon a Time in The West,” Bruce Springsteen.
Rap Album: “Graduation,” Kanye West.
Rap Solo Performance: “Stronger,” Kanye West.
Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: “Southside,” Common, featuring Kanye West.
Rap/Sung Collaboration: “Umbrella,” Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z.
Rap Song: “Good Life,” Aldrin Davis, Mike Dean, Faheem Najm & Kanye West, songwriters (J. Ingram & Q. Jones, songwriters) (Kanye West Featuring T-Pain).
Country Album: “These Days,” Vince Gill.
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: “No One,” 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.
Latin Jazz Album: “Funk Tango,” Paquito D’Rivera Quintet.
Latin Pop Album: “El Tren De Los Momentos,” Alejandro Sanz.
Latin Rock or Alternative Album: “No Hay Espacio,” Black: Guayaba.
Latin Urban Album: “Residente O Visitante,” Calle 13.
Tropical Latin Album: “La Llave De Mi Corazon,” Juan Luis Guerra.
Mexican/Mexican-American Album: “100 (Percent) Mexicano,” Pepe Aguilar.
Tejano Album: “Before the Next Teardrop Falls,” Little Joe & La Familia.
Norteno Album: “Detalles Y Emociones,” Los Tigres Del Norte.
Banda Album: “Te Va A Gustar,” El Chapo.
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.
Reggae: “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: “Blessed & Highly Favored,” The Clark Sisters; “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige (Featuring The Harlem Boys Choir). (Tie.)
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).
Musical Album for Children: “A Green and Red Christmas,” The Muppets.
Spoken Word: “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,” Barack Obama.
Spoken Word Album for Children: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” Jim Dale.
Comedy Album: “The Distant Future,” Flight of the Conchords.
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 Sfaction 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).
Classical Album: “Tower: Made in America,” Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Tim Handley, producer; Tim Handley, engineer/mixer (Nashville Symphony).
Orchestral Performance: “Tower: Made in America,” Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Nashville Symphony).
Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman.
Engineered Album, Classical: “Grechaninov: Passion Week,” John Newton, engineer (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir & Kansas City Chorale).
Opera Recording: “Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel,” Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor; Rebecca Evans, Jane Henschel & Jennifer Larmore; Brian Couzens, producer (Sarah Coppen, Diana Montague & Sarah Tynan; New London Children’s Choir; Philharmonia Orchestra).
Choral Performance: “Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem,” Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master (Thomas Quasthoff & Dorothea Roschmann; Rundfunkchor Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker).
Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra): “Barber/Korngold/Walton: Violin Concertos,” Bramwell Tovey, conductor; James Ehnes (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra).
Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra): “Beethoven Sonatas, Vol. 3,” Garrick Ohlsson.
Chamber Music Performance: “Strange Imaginary Animals,” Eighth Blackbird.
Small Ensemble Performance: “Stravinsky: Apollo, Concerto in D; Prokofiev: 20 Visions Fugitives,” Yuri Bashmet, conductor; Moscow Soloists.
Classical Vocal Performance: “Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs,” Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (James Levine; Boston Symphony Orchestra).
Classical Contemporary Composition: “Made in America,” Joan Tower (Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Nashville Symphony Orchestra).
Classical Crossover Album: “A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane,” Turtle Island Quartet.
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).