2009 GRAMMY RECAP

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FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

In the end, the 51st GRAMMY AWARDS went young. But not that young.

Though the show will be rightfully applauded for celebrating a wide swath of edgy, contemporary music, an established act ultimately won the day.

RAISING SAND – the collaboration between heavy metal pioneer ROBERT PLANT and bluegrass singer ALISON KRAUSS – took a leading five trophies, including ALBUM OF THE YEAR and RECORD OF THE YEAR.

New Orleans rapper LIL WAYNE was next with four wins, while Brits COLDPLAY nabbed three trophies.

“I’m bewildered,” ROBERT PLANT remarked. “In the old days we would have called this selling out. But I think it’s a good way to spend a Sunday.”

A singer who has been in the news provided an early highlight.

An emotional JENNIFER HUDSON accepted the award for BEST R&B ALBUM. She has only recently returned to the spotlight after being in seclusion since the October slayings of her mother, brother and nephew.

“I would like to thank my family in heaven and those who are here today,” said JENNIFER, who later broke down in tears after a powerful rendition of YOU PULLED ME THROUGH.

It was her first GRAMMY.

ALISON KRAUSS, conversely, now owns a staggering 26 career GRAMMYS. She all ready had more than any other female artist before the show started.

She and ROBERT PLANT also won best pop collaboration with vocals for RICH WOMAN (which they later performed), BEST CONTEMPORARY FOLK/AMERICANA ALBUM and Best Country Collaboration with vocals for KILLING THE BLUES.

“We are thrilled and very grateful,” ALISON stated. “It’s been a wonderful time.”

Producer T-BONE BURNETT confirmed afterwards that the pair were working on another album together.

ROBERT PLANT now has seven GRAMMYS, though he never won while fronting LED ZEPPELIN. He said he understood why his band wasn’t as highly regarded by critics.

“They said we were insignificant philanderers and they couldn’t have been more right,” he deadpanned backstage. “And now I’m as old as they were and I don’t like a lot of the bullshit that’s going on now.”

Meanwhile, other less established acts also got some time in the spotlight.

WELSH firecracker DUFFY got POP VOCAL ALBUM for her stunningly deserving ROCKFERRY, RADIOHEAD took home BEST ALTERNATIVE ALBUM and JOHN MAYER was awarded two trophies, including BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE.

Last year’s show – one of the worst rated in GRAMMY history – ended with HERBIE HANCOCK pulling off an upset win for ALBUM OF THE YEAR.

In 2009, the show boasted a relevant list of nominees and seemed to make an effort to appeal to both younger fans and music lovers.

PAUL McCARTNEY, keyed by some aggressive drumming from the FOO FIGHTERS’ DAVE GROHL, howled through a blistering take of THE BEATLES’ I SAW HER STANDING THERE.

With RADIOHEAD making their first appearance on U.S. television since 2000, the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA marching band gave the British group’s 15 STEPS even more pounding rhythmic heft.

A number of artists pulled down multiple GRAMMY awards in the afternoon ceremony – where the bulk of trophies are handed out – including PETER GABRIEL.

A partial list of winners at the 51st ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
RAISING SAND – ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS

RECORD OF THE YEAR
PLEASE READ THE LETTER – ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS

SONG OF THE YEAR
VIVA LA VIDA – COLDPLAY

MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
SAY – JOHN MAYER

POP VOCAL ALBUM
ROCKFERRY – DUFFY

(um…yeah)

NEW ARTISTADELE

ROCK ALBUM
VIVA LA VIDA – COLDPLAY

POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
RICH WOMAN – ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS

R&B ALBUM
JENNIFER HUDSON – JENNIFER HUDSON

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (NONCLASSICAL)
RICK RUBIN

FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
CHASING PAVEMENTS – ADELE

POP INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE
I DREAMED THERE WAS NO WAR – THE EAGLES

POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
VIVA LA VIDA – COLDPLAY

ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
IN RAINBOWS – RADIOHEAD

SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE
GRAVITY – JOHN MAYER

ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
SEX ON FIRE – KINGS OF LEON

ROCK SONG
GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
AMERICAN BOY – ESTELLE F. KANYE WEST

FEMALE R&B VOCAL
SUPERWOMAN – ALICIA KEYS

CONTEMPORARY FOLK/AMERICANA ALBUM
RAISING SAND – ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS

COMEDY ALBUM
IT’S BAD FOR YA – GEORGE CARLIN

COMPILATION OR SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FOR MOTION PICTURE OR TV
JUNO

MUSICAL SHOW ALBUM
IN THE HEIGHTS

LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEO
RUNNIN DOWN A DREAM – TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
PETER BOGDANOVICH – VIDEO DIRECTOR

To get the entire list, please go to GRAMMY.COM

2 Responses to “2009 GRAMMY RECAP”

  1. ..and i haven’t paid attention to music since 1817…

    anyway a better list who hasn’t foo fighter’s dave grohl not drummed with. ??? 😉 ha ha…

  2. 1817…?

    That’s a great deal of water under the bridge, glim babe.

    As for DAVE GROHL, never thought of it that way. But you’re undoubtedly right.

    You win Bruce Wayne’s mansion and the Batmobile, sweetie…

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