Al Green wins two awards – first ever in R&B category
Daft Punk earns two awards in dance category
Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Terence Blanchard, Al Green and Coldplay deliver electrifying performances on CBS Broadcast
Dean Martin Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award
Gaither Vocal Band, Jaguares, Sir Simon Rattle, TobyMac, CeCe Winans and Cassandra Wilson also take home awards
Los Angeles, February 8, 2009 – EMI Music artists Coldplay were among the top winners at the 51st Annual Grammy® Awards, taking home three awards and captivating the audience for the CBS broadcast. Multiple awards for EMI’s Al Green and Daft Punk, who took home two Grammy Awards each, and performances by Terence Blanchard, Coldplay, Green, Katy Perry and Keith Urban were also among the highlights of the show, known as “Music’s Biggest Night.”
Coldplay won awards for Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by A Duo or Group With Vocals and Best Rock Album for Viva La Vida, their critically-acclaimed, triumphant fourth studio album, which was released in June 2008 and has gone on to become one of that year’s biggest selling albums, with more than seven million sold worldwide. In one of the evening’s highlights, Jay-Z joined Chris Martin for a duet on Lost, followed by a performance of the smash hit Viva La Vida by the full band – Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion, and Martin. Coldplay have now won a total of seven Grammy Awards in their career.
Blue Note recording artist and soul/R&B legend Al Green took home awards for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the chart-topping and critically-praised album Lay It Down. Green, who presented awards with Welsh singer Duffy, was later joined by Justin Timberlake for a stunning rendition of his hit, Let’s Stay Together, on the show. Green’s wins mark the first time he has won in the R&B category and bring his career tally to 12 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
French electronic duo Daft Punk won twice: for Best Electronic/Dance Album for Alive 2007 and a Best Dance Recording trophy for the single Harder Better Faster Stronger. This marks the first Grammy win for Daft Punk, who made their first ever televised live performance on last year’s Grammy telecast with Kanye West.
Grammy nominee Katy Perry wowed the crowd with an energetic performance of her smash hit, I Kissed A Girl, the subject of this year’s “My Grammy Moment” contest. Fans voted online for viewer-submitted video renditions of the hit, and winners were announced on the “CBS Early Show.”
Nick Gatfield, EMI Music President, A&R, said: “I am so pleased for all of our artists, trophies or not. Katy’s performance proved why she’s won hearts and minds and is becoming a global star, Coldplay continues to astonish us with their artistry, and Al Green reminded us all why he’s a living legend. Congratulations to all.”
Elio Leoni-Sceti, CEO of EMI Music, said: “What a truly exciting Grammy evening. Each and every one of our nominated artists has achievements to celebrate this evening, from making fantastic music to delivering stunning live performances on the show. It was, of course, wonderful to see artists from a range of genres take home big awards. I am very proud of these tremendous artists and all the EMI teams who support them.”
In addition, EMI Televisa rock group Jaguares took the Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album for their album, 45. The group has been nominated twice in the past, but this year marks their first win.
In the Jazz field, previous Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson won for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her Blue Note release, Loverly, her first album of jazz standards in 10 years. Blue Note’s Terence Blanchard, whose trumpet homage to New Orleans was featured in the show’s Lil’ Wayne segment, took home an award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo for his collaboration on Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars (released by Monterey Jazz Festival Records).
EMI artists CeCe Winans, TobyMac and Gaither Vocal Band each earned an award in the Gospel category. Winans brought her career Grammy total to eight, winning for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for Thy Kingdom Come. TobyMac’s Alive & Transported this is TobyMac’s first Grammy as a solo artist. He has won 4 Grammys as a member of the group dcTalk. Gaither Vocal Band won for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
In the Classical field, Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master (Berliner Philharmoniker; Rundfunkchor Berlin) won for Best Choral Performance for the EMI Classics release, Symphony Of Psalms.
Rat Pack member and beloved crooner Dean Martin, who recorded for EMI’s Capitol label and whose recordings continue to achieve platinum sales success, was honored with The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.
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A full list of awards is below:
Song Of The Year
for Viva La Vida
Best Rock Album
for Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
for Viva La Vida
Best Dance Recording
for Harder Better Faster Stronger
Best Electronic/Dance Album
for Alive 2007
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
for Stay With Me (By The Sea) – featuring John Legend
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
for You’ve Got The Love I Need – featuring Anthony Hamilton
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album
for Alive And Transported
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
for Thy Kingdom Come
Gaither Vocal Band
Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
for Lovin’ Life
Best Latin Rock Or Alternative Album
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Simon Halsey, chorus master (Berliner Philharmoniker; Rundfunkchor Berlin)
Best Choral Performance
for Symphony Of Psalms
Lifetime achievement award