2011 Grammy Pre-Telecast Winners

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Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, “‘Til Summer Comes Around”

Country Duo/Group Vocal Performance: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Country Song: Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, “Need You Now”

Country Collaboration with Vocals: Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson, “As She’s Walking Away”

Country Instrumental Performance: Marty Stuart, “Hummingbyrd”

Bluegrass Album: Patty Loveless, Mountain Soul II

Americana Album: Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone

Traditional Folk Album: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Genuine Negro Jig

Contemporary Folk Album: Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs, God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise

Southern/Country/Gospel Bluegrass Album: Diamond Rio, The Reason

Traditional Gospel Album: Patty Griffin, Downtown Church


Short Form Music Video: Lady GaGa, “Bad Romance”

Long Form Music Video: The Doors, When You’re Strange

Recording Package: The Black Keys, Brothers

Boxed Limited Edition Package: The White Stripes, Under Great White Northern Lights

Album Notes: Big Star, Keep an Eye on the Sky

Historical Album: The Beatles, Original Studio Recordings

Engineered Album, Non-Classical: John Mayer, Battle Studies

Remixed Recording: Madonna, “Revolver (David Guetta’s One Love Club Remix)”

Surround Sound Album: Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony, Britten’s Orchestra

Instrumental Composition: Billy Childs, “The Path Among the Trees”

Instrumental Arrangement: John Scofield, Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest, “Carlos”

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals: Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, “Baba Yetu”

Compilation Soundtrack Album: Crazy Heart

Score Soundtrack Album: Toy Story 3

Motion Picture, TV, Visual Media Song: Ryan Bingham & T. Bone Burnett, “The Weary Kind”

New Age Album: Kitaro, Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai, Volume 4

Children’s Musical Album: Pete Seeger With The Rivertown Kids And Friends, Tomorrow’s Children

Children’s Spoken Word Album: Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie Andrews’ Collection Of Poems, Songs, And Lullabies

Spoken Word Album: Jon Stewart (With Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, John Oliver & Sigourney Weaver), The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)

Musical Show Album: Billie Joe Armstrong, American Idiot (Featuring Green Day)

Hawaiian Music Album: Tia Carrere, Huana Ke Aloha

Native American Music Album: Various Artists, 2010 Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit’s Dance

Zydeco/Cajun Music Album: Chubby Carrier And The Bayou Swamp Band, Zydeco Junkie

Reggae Album: Buju Banton, Before The Dawn

Traditional World Music Album: Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté, Ali And Toumani

Contemporary World Music Album: Béla Fleck, Throw Down Your Heart , Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks

Dance Recording: Rihanna, “Only Girl (In the World)”

Electronic/Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, Crazy Love

Latin Pop Album: Alejandro Sanz, Paraiso Express

Latin Rock/Alternative/Urban Album: Grupo Fantasma, El Existential

Tropical Latin Album: Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Viva La Tradición

Tejano Album:Little Joe & La Familia, Recuerdos

Norteño Album:Intocable, Classic

Banda Album:El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario, Enamórate De Mí

Gospel Performance: BeBe & CeCe Winans, “Grace”

Gospel Song: Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, “It’s What I Do”

Rock or Rap Gospel Album: Switchfoot, Hello Hurricane

Pop Contemporary Gospel Album: Israel Houghton, Love God. Love People.

Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: BeBe & CeCe Winans, Still

Engineering, Classical: TIE: Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina AND Eliesha Nelson & John McLaughlin Williams, Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works

Orchestral Performance: Giancarlo Guerrero, Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina

Opera Recording:Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Rundfunkchor Berlin, Saariaho: L’Amour De Loin

Choral Performance: Riccardo Muti, conductor; Duain Wolfe, chorus master, “Verdi: Requiem”

Instrumental Solo w/Orchestra: Mitsuko Uchida, “Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24”

Instrumental Solo w/o Orchestra: Paul Jacobs, “Messiaen: Livre Du Saint-Sacrement”

Chamber Music Performance:Parker Quartet, “Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2”

Small Ensemble:Jordi Savall, conductor; Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial De Catalunya, “Dinastia Borja”

Classical Vocal Performance:Cecilia Bartoli, “Sacrificium”

Classical Contemporary Composition: Michael Daugherty, “Deus Ex Machina”

Classical Crossover:Lucas Richman, Christopher Tin: Calling All Dawns

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Classical Album: Verdi: Requiem

Comedy Album: Lewis Black, Stark Raving Black

Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal Album:Dee Dee Bridgewater, Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee

Improvised Jazz Solo: Herbie Hancock, “A Change is Gonna Come”

Jazz Instrumental Album: James Moody, Moody 4B

Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Mingus Big Band, Live At Jazz Standard

Latin Jazz Album: Chucho Valdés And The Afro-Cuban Messengers, Chucho’s Steps

Alternative Music Album: The Black Keys, Brothers

Traditional Blues Album:Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, Joined At The Hip

Contemporary Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Living Proof

Rap Solo Performance: Eminem, “Not Afraid”

Rap Duo/Group Performance: Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz, “On to the Next One”

Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”

Rap Song: Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Alicia Keys, Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic & Alexander Shuckburgh, “Empire State of Mind”

Female R&B Vocal Performance: Fantasia, “Bittersweet”

Male R&B Vocal Performance: Usher, “There Goes My Baby”

Duo/Group R&B Vocal Performance: Sade, “Soldier of Love”

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: John Legend & The Roots, “Hang On In There”

Urban/Alternative Performance: Cee Lo Green, “F*** You”

R&B Song: John Stephens, “Shine”

R&B Album: John Legend & The Roots, Wake Up!

Contemporary R&B Album: Usher, Raymond V Raymond

Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter”

Duo/Group Rock Vocal Performance: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up”

Hard Rock Performance: Them Crooked Vultures, “New Fang”

Metal Performance: Iron Maiden, “El Dorado”

Rock Instrumental Performance: Jeff Beck, “Hammerhead”

Rock Song: Neil Young, “Angry World”

Pop Collaboration with Vocals: Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare, “Imagine”

Pop Instrumental Performance: Jeff Beck, “Nessun Dorma”

Pop Instrumental Album: Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto, Take Your Pick

Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Danger Mouse


  1. I’m already 0-2! I picked Eminem & Rihanna for Best Short Form Music Video and “Glee, Volume 1” for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, etc. Not an encouraging start to the night for me!

  2. 0-3! I had Steve Earle winning Best Song Written for Motion Picture, etc. Still nice that Ryan Bingham won, representin’ some country music. Gives me more confidence about picking Jamey Johnson to win Best Country Male Vocal Performance.

  3. 2-4 so far; my winners are Randy Newman’s score for “Toy Story 3” (I figured it would contrast with the others, which all take place primarily in the lower register) and Julie Andrews for Best Spoken Word Album for Children.

    Entertainingly enough, last night Dierks Bentley tweeted to ask for our craziest Grammy predictions and I responded that I had Julie Andrews winning that. He re-tweeted it, adding, “LOVE IT!” I got a kick out of that.

  4. Just my luck; my router went down just as they finally got the country categories! I had to go back and look at the posted winners, missing any on-stage remarks that were made. I thought that the industry was required by legislation to support Jamey Johnson, so Keith Urban’s win was more of a surprise to me than it was to those of you who predicted his win. Also, I apparently completely missed that “Need You Now” was up for Best Country Song, or I would have gone with that over “The House That Built Me.” It pays to read thoroughly, boys and girls!

    One more thing: Is Best Female Country Vocal Performance being presented on air tonight, or did they screw up and skip presenting it?

  5. I don’t like how Lady A always win everything. It seems that if they’re nominated, they’re always going to win. I wish Best Country Song had gone to either “The House That Built Me” or “If I Die Young.”

    As for Bluegrass album, I’m glad to finally see Patty Loveless score a win! It may not have been even close to my favorite album from her, but I’m really happy she’s been recognized.

    Also a nice surprise to see Patty Griffin and Diamond Rio win as well. I didn’t see that coming.

    Also, and it might be me, but I feel like Marty Stuart winning for “Hummingbird” is a consolation prize for not winning a Grammy for “I Run To You.” I’m just glad he got something.

    I’m also glad Zac and Alan won and the disastrous “Hillbilly Bone” didn’t. The Zac and Alan duet was my favorite of the group even though it was nice to see Connie Smith included among the nominees. To have Blake and Trace win in place of any of the others would’ve been a farce.

    I have a feeling, and I hope to be wrong, that Lady A is going to have a very good night. They just didn’t have even have close to the best country album of the year. For them to win would be great for country music, but it snubs much better work. I hope either Jamey, Zac Brown, or Miranda win for Best Country Album but I’m not betting on it. That’s Lady A’s award to loose.

    But a good night so far and the show hasn’t even begun yet!

  6. I think it’s safe to say that when an artist/duo/group is in the running for the big, overall categories, that they’re pretty much a favorite to win their genre-specific categories. Lady Antebellum were pretty much a given to win their country nominations.

    So, going into the broadcast portion of awards, I’m 5-8 (though, had I realized “Need You Now” was a Best Country Song nominee, I’d have gone with that and been 6-7). I should be 8-7, except I didn’t officially predict Tia Carrere to win Best Hawaiian Music Album (even though I made a point of her nomination in my predictions list), and I was too lazy to list The Beatles for Best Historical Album by the time I got to that category (it’s #90).

    Still remaining for me: Best Country Album, where I now expect a Lady Antebellum win to mean another loss for me; Best Female Country Vocal Performance, where I’m still holding out for a Miranda Lambert win; and Best New Artist, where God help me my hopes are pinned on Justin f’n Bieber. If I somehow get all three right, I’ll be at an even 8-8.

  7. Yay Marty Stuart!!!! Couldn’t really root for the Marty / Connie duet (though it is great) because “Connie Smith” was the answer to the question I missed in the final round when I was a contestant on “Fandango”. Instead of winning a boat, I won 3 western shirts and a lot of Draino. I’ve always jokingly “hated” Connie Smith since then.

  8. LOVE that Fantasia finally earned a Grammy, I thought Back To Me was her best album to date.

    I guess if LBT had to lose, I’m glad it was to “Need You Now,” since “I Run To You” was highly overrated and much weaker.

    Tara– I think the last time it happened was when Carrie won for “Last Name”? (or “Before He Cheats”)… maybe I’m wrong.

  9. wrong-o. I’m surprised and not surprised at the same time that the GRAMMYs gave BNA to an obscure act. But I’m floored over Song Of The Year, what is with the Lady Antebellum craze all of a suden?

  10. I’m quite shocked too. I mean, I like Need You Now and everything, but I really don’t think it’s THAT impressive a song. I would have liked to see Love the Way You Lie or “The Song Otherwise Known as Forget You” (as they worded it) take Song and/or Record.

  11. Besides everything else, I was closely watching the Classical category, since so much interesting wins come out of there every year. I wasn’t too terribly surprised when the Classical Album of the Year turned out to be the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s recording of the Verdi Requiem; for anyone who’s ever heard it, the piece itself is one of those works that can be described as the equivalent of heavy metal in the Classical genre.

  12. I am just wondering why as popular as country music is the Grammys don’t present the country awards on air. Keith Urban has won 4 male vocalist awards and I have yet to see an acceptance speech. Perhaps if they didn’t take up air time with the Rhianna/Drake glorified sex dance they would have had time to air Mr.Urban’s award.And I thought the Grammys had class.I stand corrected.

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