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50th Grammy Awards
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Date February 10, 2008
Venue Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV in the United States
Network CBS
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The 50th Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on February 10, 2008. Amy Winehouse was the big winner; winning a total of five awards. 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 to Getz/Gilberto by Stan Getz and João Gilberto in 1965.



The following is an alphabetical list of performers.


The following is an alphabetical list of presenters.

Special merit awards

MusiCares Person of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award winners
Trustees Award winners
Technical Grammy Award winners


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
Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group w/ Vocals
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Pop Vocal Album


Best Dance Recording
Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Timbaland, mixers
Best Electronic/Dance Album

Traditional pop

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album


Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance
Best Rock Performance By a Duo/Group with Vocals
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/Group with Vocals
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/Group
Best Rap/Song Collaboration
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album

New Age

Best New Age Album


Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album
  • Funk Tango - Paquito Rivera Quintet


Best Gospel Performance


Best Gospel Song
Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass 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 Mexican/Mexican-American Album
Best Tejano Album
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
  • 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


Best Reggae Album

World music

Best Traditional World Music Album
Best Contemporary World Music Album


Best Polka Album


Best Children's Music Album
  • A Green and Red Christmas - The Muppets (Ted Kryczko & Ed Mitchel, producers)
Best Children's Spoken Word Album

Spoken word

Best Spoken Word Album


Best Comedy Album

Musical show

Best Musical Show Album

Film, TV and other visual media

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album
Best Score Soundtrack Album
Best Song—Motion Picture, TV, Visual Media

Composing and arranging

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

Packaging and notes

Best Recording Package
Best Boxed/Special Limited Edition
  • What It Is!: Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) - Masaki Koike, art director (Various Artists)
Best Album Notes
  • John Work, III: Recording Black Culture - Bruce Nemerov (Various Artists)


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

Production, non-classical

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

Production, surround sound

Best Surround Sound Album

Production, classical

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Producer of the Year, Classical
  • Judith Sherman
    • American Virtuosa: Tribute To Maud Powell (Rachel Barton Pine & Matthew Hagle)
    • From Barrelhouse To Broadway: The Musical Odyssey Of Joe Jordan (Rick Benjamin & The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra)
    • Górecki: String Quartet No. 3 '...Songs Are Sung' (Kronos Quartet)
    • Strange Imaginary Animals (Eighth Blackbird)
    • Tchaikovsky: Three String Quartets, Souvenir De Florence (Ying Quartet)


Best Classical Album
Best Orchestra 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
  • "Stravinsky: Apollo, Concerto in D; Prokofiev: 20 Visions Fugitives" - Yuri Bashmet, conductor; Moscow Soloists
Best Classical Vocal Performance
  • "Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs"
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Best Classical Crossover Album

Music video

Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video


  • 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.
  • Amy Winehouse became the fifth female solo artist to have won five Grammys in one evening. The others who won five in one night before her are Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, and Beyoncé Knowles. The following year Alison Krauss won five making her the sixth female artist to win five in one night.
  • CBS aired a special called "My Night at the Grammys" on November 30, 2007. It was part of NARAS' 50th anniversary celebration and featured the top 25 moments in Grammy history which was be determined by vote.


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