Thursday, February 25, 2010

American Idol 2010 Update

The First cut is the deepest as the first four "American Idol" semifinalists have been voted off. A couple of surprise votes, Ashley and Tyler, made for an interesting show. America has spoken and the gavel has been slammed!!

"Idol" contestants Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Munoz and Tyler Grady were revealed Thursday to be the two female and male semifinalists with fewest viewer votes, leaving 20 singers to compete in the popular Fox singing competition's ninth season.

 As the list continues to shrink down, who's your vote for the top Idol singer??

The full list is as follows - at no particular order:
( ** = Our TOP PICK)

Top 12 Males:
Michael “Big Mike” Lynche
Casey James
Aaron Kelly
Lee Dewyze
Todrick Hall**
Tyler Grady - voted off 02/25/2010
Alex Lambert
Joe Munoz - voted off 02/25/2010
Jermaine Sellers
John Park
Andrew Garcia
Tim Urban

Top 12 Females:
Didi Benami
Katelyn Epperly
Janell Wheeler - voted off 02/25/2010
Lacey Brown **
Ashley Rodriguez - voted off 02/25/2010
Crystal Bowersox
Katie Stevens
Lilly Scott
Paige Miles
Siobhan Magnus
Michelle Delamor
Haeley Vaughn 

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Monday, February 22, 2010

New Music : February 16, 2010 - February 22, 2010

This week is slow for new releases, yet the handful of titles making their way to market involve the participation of numerous music notables.

Carlos Santana "Supernatural: Legacy Edition."
With stars like Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill and Cee-Lo, "Supernatural" was the best-selling album of 1999, as well as the winner of a record-breaking nine Grammy Awards. After selling more than 25 million copies worldwide, Santana's comeback classic gets beefed up for a two-CD remastered sound that will entice audiophiles, but the main draw is the inclusion of 11 bonus cuts, seven previously unreleased. It's a mixed bag. There's only one unheard superstar matchup ("Rain Down on Me" featuring Dave Matthews and Carter Beauford), and the club mixes and instrumental versions are hardly essential. But the rest of the bonus materials, primarily Santana band outtakes from the original sessions, measure up, including "Ya Yo Me Cure," a funky cover of Cuban ensemble Irakere's signature tune "Bacalao Con Pan," and a Bob Marley medley that dovetails well with the pan-global vibe of "Supernatural."

Tindersticks "Falling Down a Mountain"
This band has been turning out moody masterpieces worthy of being shelved alongside iconic sad bastards like Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, and Lee Hazlewood. This follow-up to 2008's "The Hungry Saw," lead singer Stuart Staples' baritone vocals sound as brooding as ever, yet the overall album shows more musical variety. Opening with a jazzy title tune graced by trumpet and spidery bass lines, the program encompasses the jubilant "Harmony Around My Table," the ersatz country of "Black Smoke," and a stark voice-and-piano number, "Factory Girls." And while the duet "Peanuts" isn't one of the record's best, it sure is a joy to hear Staples joined by reclusive Canadian singer-songwriter Mary Margaret O'Hara.

Devonte Hynes "Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You"
With works like his noisy metal-meets-post-punk of "Test Icicles", or his rootsy 2008 debut as Lightspeed Champion, "Falling Off the Lavender Bridge", people might want to give his recent take a fair shake. Whereas the 24-year-old's last record featured the involvement of Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk) and the extended Saddle Creek family, the sophomore Lightspeed Champion full-length is a different, more exquisite proposition. Embracing an orchestral pop sound better suited to Hynes' quavering vocals and ambitious lyrics, and produced and mixed by Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley), "Life Is Sweet!" is pitched somewhere between the work of contemporary art rock oddballs like Grizzly Bear and Parenthetical Girls, and histrionic '90s Britpop bands such as Suede and My Life Story. Not the easiest listen, but a rewarding one.

New Music : February 09, 2010 - February 15, 2010

Massive Attacklast "Heligoland"
Well worth the wait featuring original members Robert Del Naja (aka 3D, who is also responsible for the striking cover art) and Grant Marshall, the seminal trip-hop act recapture the glories of their early classics "Blue Lines" and "Mezzanine" on these ten tunes -- four of which were previewed on last year's "Splitting the Atom" EP. The rest of the set sounds just as stellar as that teaser did, enlivened by guest performances from Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Martina Topley-Bird (Tricky), Guy Garvey (Elbow), Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), and Adrian Utley (Portishead). Longtime collaborator Horace Andy is back, too, sounding especially bewitching as he croons amidst the dissonant horns of "Girl I Love You."

Gil Scott-Heron "I'm New Here"
This artist was mixing up socially conscious poetry with hard-hitting funk grooves back when most were tottering around in diapers. Along with The Last Poets, Scott-Heron was a key progenitor of rap music, but until recently, the likelihood of this pioneer releasing new music in the 21st century seemed slim. After a series of setbacks -- including a couple drug possession charges -- the man responsible for "The Bottle" and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" returns with his first album since 1994. The music, created with XL Recordings head honcho Richard Russell, hints at everything from urban blues to dubstep, but the centerpiece remains Scott-Heron's sage words and arresting baritone, an instrument as striking as Leonard Cohen's.

Josh Turner "Haywire"
This country singer's deep vocals has been compared to Barry White over the years, and his performance on the rollicking "Why Don't We Just Dance," the lead single from "Haywire," will definitely leave romantic souls a little weak-kneed. The second youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry, Turner wrote or co-wrote five of these eleven new selections, including the title tune, "Eye Candy," and "Friday Paycheck." The South Carolina native also sings about fatherhood ("I'll Be There") and faith ("The Answer") on his fourth full-length, and puts his stamp on Don Williams' 1987 hit "I Wouldn't Be A Man."

Sade "Soldier of Love"
Blessed with an instantly recognizable voice, although audiences haven't heard much of it since the world tour in support of "Lovers Rock" concluded back in 2001. As the singer recently remarked, her work is about quality, not quantity: "I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand." Recorded primarily at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, features a more eclectic program than some previous albums. While the rich harmonies of "Babyfather" and the hypnotic "Bring Me Home" should appeal to fans of her more laidback grooves, the hard-hitting title track shares more in common with the hip-hop mixes of her 2000 hit "By Your Side" than the smooth jazz-inflected pop that first made the Nigerian beauty famous back in the '80s.

Hot Chip "One Life Stand"
This group has always shown a knack for imbuing even its most unconventional originals with solid pop hooks. Their love for classic R&B audible in earlier efforts like 2005's "The Warning" and 2007's Grammy-nominated "Made In The Dark" is more pronounced here, peppered with enough ear-catching idiosyncrasies to keep things interesting. And even though the guys claim they were also inspired by underground house and techno classics like Derrick May's "Strings of Love" and Farley Jackmaster Funk's "Love Can't Turn Around," the slow and affectionate "Brothers" sounds just as fantastic as the hands-in-the-air fare.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

American Idol Season 9 Top #24 List - Who's Your Vote To Win??

Season 9's top fifty quickly went as fast as they came. Now down to the elite 24, 12 males and 12 females, who's your pick to take it all? And yes, America there is another A. Lambert contestant - except he's Alex and sounds nothing like Adam... whether thats good or bad is yet to be seen. We picked our top female and top male to make it... did you think that any top list would make it without our 2 cents???

The full list is as follows - at no particular order:
( ** = Our TOP PICK)

Top 12 Males:
Michael “Big Mike” Lynche
Casey James
Aaron Kelly
Lee Dewyze
Todrick Hall**
Tyler Grady
Alex Lambert
Joe Munoz
Jermaine Sellers
John Park
Andrew Garcia
Tim Urban

Top 12 Females:
Didi Benami
Katelyn Epperly
Janell Wheeler
Lacey Brown **
Ashley Rodriguez
Crystal Bowersox
Katie Stevens
Lilly Scott
Paige Miles
Siobhan Magnus
Michelle Delamor
Haeley Vaughn

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Music : February 02, 2010 - February 08, 2010

Nick Jonas "Who I Am"
Only 17, yet the littlest Jonas Brother does everything possible to distance himself from his teen idol status on the debut from his side project Nick Jonas & the Administration. The band includes veterans of Prince's New Power Generation. The band strays away from the kid-bop sounds and into slick blues rock instead of Radio Disney-friendly power pop, and odd political touches punctuate the lyrics. The 10 songs, all written or co-written by Nick, range from pretty good (Stevie Wonder sound-alike "State of Emergency") to pleasantly surprising (an overhaul of "Tonight" from the Jonas Brothers' 2008 smash "A Little Bit Longer") to, well, material that sounds like a vanity project from one-third of a hugely successful band. But the real shortcoming is the embarrassingly dated production.

Lil Wayne "Rebirth"
The previous time "Rebirth" was scheduled to hit stores, in late December, the last-minute decision to bump its release came so quickly that Amazon sent out 500 copies to customers who'd pre-ordered the CD before yanking it. Wayne's management says that, as a consequence of that goof, the new version is a reboot, with unheard material. But another round of tweaks seems insufficient to improve this ghastly hash of Auto-Tune and nu-metal guitars; as they say on "Project Runway," we have to question Weezy's taste level, at least when it comes to rock music. Even Eminem can't lift "Drop the World," which boasts all the bravado but none of the hooks of Europe's "The Final Countdown," and the cheesy keyboards on "On Fire" sound like they were sampled from the theme from "Fame." We patiently will be waiting for "The Carter IV."

Rob Zombie "Hellbilly Deluxe 2"
Was supposed to come out last year, but finishing his version of "Halloween II" got in the way. Better late than never, the album picks up more or less where Zombie's 1998 solo debut left off, serving up a fun and raunchy mix of heavy metal ("Sick Bubblegum"), garage rock ("What?") and gory, B-movie kitsch ("Mars Needs Women"). This one was written and recorded with his longtime touring band, which includes former Marilyn Manson sideman John 5 on guitar. And since it looks like cd's mught be a knick-knack of the past, Zombie decided to splurge on the packaging, roping in graphic artists Dan Brereton, Alex Horley, David Hartman and Sam Shearon (aka Mr. Sam) to contribute original pieces that reflect his camp yet grisly visual aesthetic.

Charlotte Gainsbourg "IRM"
This french actress ("The Science of Sleep," Lars von Trier's controversial "Antichrist") has never wanted for musical collaborators: Her father, the legendary and licentious Serge Gainsbourg oversaw her earliest work, while Air, Jarvis Cocker, the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich all worked on her 2006 full-length "5.55." For her latest release, Gainsbourg teams with Beck, who produced the thirteen-track album, and also composed the music and co-wrote lyrics for all but one song. Gainsbourg's breathy vocals will never give Mariah Carey pause, but she radiates commanding presence, and seems equally at home on tunes with a vintage pop sensibility ("In The End" recalls François Hardy at her dreamy '60s best) and experimental fare (the crunchy, percussive "Master's Hands").

Other New Releases Worth Checking Out:
(Have not listened to, but please feel free to post a review)

* Midlake: "Courage of Others"
* Nneka: "Concrete Jungle"
* George Winston: "Love Will Come: The Music of Vince Guaraldi, Vol. 2"
* Vedera: "Stages"

Friday, February 5, 2010

Howard Stern on American Idol - Will the Shock Jock Replace Simon Cowell?

Shock jock Howard Stern has been offered Simon Cowell's seat on the "American Idol". The New York Post's Page Six edition claims that Stern is in negotiations to replace the cynical Brit starting in the 2011 season when his Sirius/XM contract expires. He's hinted during his gig on several occasions on air.

"It's one of the few shows that could compete with Stern's $100-million-a-year Sirius contract, and 'Idol' bosses think he'd be even nastier than Simon," an "Idol" source tells the Post.

Compete it might, but whispers in Stern's camp say he's not thrilled about touring the country auditioning talent, nor is he excited about the amount of time he'd spend in Los Angeles for performance and result shows. "I was approached by a major TV network to take over a TV show and leave here and do that next year -- and I did turn it down ... I'm not even sure if I want to be working. I'm waiting to see what happens," Stern recently said on his show.

This doesn't mean the Fox ratings juggernaut is ready to give up. "They know he would be great TV and would clash with the other judges such as Ellen DeGeneres and the contestants. 'Idol' will do what it takes to sign him," the show source added.

A Stern source echoed to Page Six the belief that "this is a ploy to make Sirius pay up and keep him on his huge contract. But if Sirius can't pay him the money he wants, he may negotiate to film 'Idol' on the side."

Stern would join newly tapped daytime queen Ellen DeGeneres, songwriter Kara DioGuardi and producer Randy Jackson.

( Source: latimesblogs/february05)

This move, if indeed it happens, will bring such a huge crossover buzz to the show... who is in dire need of a shake up. After nine seasons, the ratings have been great, but not as good as past A.I. seasons. This is the type of buzz that the show needs. The loss of Cowell is a huge loss, given the departure of another A.I. favorite, Paula Abdul. Stern is just the American to replace the "nasty" Brit. Hey if the negotiations fail to move forward...whats Rush Limbaugh up to these day??

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2010 Oscar Nominations ... With Our Predictions, of Course!!

82nd Annual Academy Awards nominations are up for this year's Oscar Awards after having been announced at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills Today, February 02, 2010. The ceremony will take place Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood Los Angeles - you mark your calendars and we'll mark ours!! One exciting highlight of Oscar Awards 2010 Nominations is that there are 10 feature films nominated in the Best Picture category.

Despite economic woes, the movie industry racked up a significant amount from people all over the world looking to escape harsh times and into fantasies, i.e. Avatar, Twilight Series, Up, an more or those feel good movies for these solemn times like Julie & Julia, Crazy Heart, Invictus and more!! So we'll see you on the red carpet with predictions in hand!!

Here is the complete List of Oscar Nominations 2010, with our predictions:
(** = CydeClops Productions' predictions)

Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges in "Crazy Heart"**
George Clooney in "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth in "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman in "Invictus"
Jeremy Renner in "The Hurt Locker"

Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon in "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger"**
Christopher Plummer in "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci in "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz in "Inglourious Basterds"

Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren in "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan in "An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire"**
Meryl Streep in "Julie & Julia"

Actress in a Supporting Role
Penélope Cruz in "Nine"
Vera Farmiga in "Up in the Air"
Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart"
Anna Kendrick in "Up in the Air"
Mo’Nique in "Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire"**

Animated Feature Film
"Coraline" Henry Selick
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" Wes Anderson
"The Princess and the Frog" John Musker and Ron Clements
"The Secret of Kells" Tomm Moore
"Up" Pete Docter**

Art Direction
"Avatar" Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair**
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
"Nine" Art Direction: John Myhre; Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
"Sherlock Holmes" Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
"The Young Victoria" Art Direction: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

"Avatar" Mauro Fiore**
"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Bruno Delbonnel
"The Hurt Locker" Barry Ackroyd
"Inglourious Basterds" Robert Richardson
"The White Ribbon" Christian Berger

Costume Design
"Bright Star" Janet Patterson
"Coco before Chanel" Catherine Leterrier
"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" Monique Prudhomme
"Nine" Colleen Atwood**
"The Young Victoria" Sandy Powell

"Avatar" James Cameron
"The Hurt Locker" Kathryn Bigelow
"Inglourious Basterds" Quentin Tarantino
"Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire" Lee Daniels**
"Up in the Air" Jason Reitman

Documentary (Feature)
"Burma VJ" Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller
"The Cove" Nominees to be determined
"Food, Inc." Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein **
"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers" Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
"Which Way Home" Rebecca Cammisa

Documentary (Short Subject)
"China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province" Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
"The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner" Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher
"The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant" Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
"Music by Prudence" Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett
"Rabbit à la Berlin" Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra **

Film Editing
"Avatar" Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron **
"District 9" Julian Clarke
"The Hurt Locker" Bob Murawski and Chris Innis
"Inglourious Basterds" Sally Menke
"Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire" Joe Klotz

Foreign Language Film
"Ajami" Israel
"El Secreto de Sus Ojos" Argentina
"The Milk of Sorrow" Peru **
"Un Prophète" France
"The White Ribbon" Germany

"Il Divo" Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
"Star Trek" Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow
"The Young Victoria" Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore **

Music (Original Score)
"Avatar" James Horner **
"Fantastic Mr. Fox" Alexandre Desplat
"The Hurt Locker" Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders
"Sherlock Holmes" Hans Zimmer
"Up" Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)
"Almost There" from "The Princess and the Frog" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Down in New Orleans" from "The Princess and the Frog" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Loin de Paname" from "Paris 36" Music by Reinhardt Wagner Lyric by Frank Thomas
"Take It All" from "Nine" Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston
"The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" from "Crazy Heart" Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett **

Best Picture
"Avatar" James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
"The Blind Side" Nominees to be determined
"District 9" Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
"An Education" Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
"The Hurt Locker" Nominees to be determined
"Inglourious Basterds" Lawrence Bender, Producer
"Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire" Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers **
"A Serious Man" Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
"Up" Jonas Rivera, Producer
"Up in the Air" Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Short Film (Animated)
"French Roast" Fabrice O. Joubert
"Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty" Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell **
"The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)" Javier Recio Gracia
"Logorama" Nicolas Schmerkin
"A Matter of Loaf and Death" Nick Park

Short Film (Live Action)
"The Door" Juanita Wilson and James Flynn **
"Instead of Abracadabra" Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
"Kavi" Gregg Helvey
"Miracle Fish" Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
"The New Tenants" Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing
"Avatar" Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle
"The Hurt Locker" Paul N.J. Ottosson **
"Inglourious Basterds" Wylie Stateman
"Star Trek" Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin
"Up" Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Sound Mixing
"Avatar" Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson
"The Hurt Locker" Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett
"Inglourious Basterds" Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano
"Star Trek" Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson **

Visual Effects
"Avatar" Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones **
"District 9" Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken
"Star Trek" Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
"District 9" Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
"An Education" Screenplay by Nick Hornby
"In the Loop" Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
"Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire" Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher **
"Up in the Air" Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Writing (Original Screenplay)
"The Hurt Locker" Written by Mark Boal **
"Inglourious Basterds" Written by Quentin Tarantino
"The Messenger" Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
"A Serious Man" Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
"Up" Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Monday, February 1, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to All the Grammy Winners of 2010

The Grammy's show was overall given a good review with some exciting performances that lived up to the hype. Some shocking moments and some not so surprising, but nevertheless this was a Grammy show worth noting in the record books - Youngest Grammy winner (Taylor Swift) or Most Grammy's by a Female R&B Artist (Beyonce). How were your predictions compared to the actual winners? We had our own ups and downs and a few surprises with our own predictions... here is a list of the winners:

Album of the Year: Fearless – Taylor Swift

Song of the Year: Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyonce)

Best Solo Rock Performance: Working on a Dream – Bruce Springsteen

Record of the Year: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Best Country Album: Fearless – Taylor Swift

Best Rock Album: 21st Century Breakdown – Green Day

Best Hard Rock Performance: War Machine – AC/DC

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Run This Town – Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West

Best Dance Recording: Poker Face – Lady Gaga

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Halo – Beyonce

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Best New Artist: Zac Brown Band

Best Electronic/Dance Album: The Fame – Lady Gaga

Best Alternative Music Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Phoenix

Best Contemporary R&B Album: I Am… Sasha Fierce – Beyonce

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyoncr

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas

Best Rock Song: Use Somebody – Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)

Best Pop Vocal Album: The E.N.D – The Black Eyed Peas

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Pretty Wings – Maxwell

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: Blame It – Jamie Foxx & T-Pain

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: At Last – Beyonce

Best Rock Instrumental Performance: A Day in the Life – Jeff Beck

Best Urban/Alternative Performance: Pearls – India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore

Best R&B Song: Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)

Best Rap Solo Performance: D.O.A (Death Of Auto-Tune) – Jay-Z

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group: Crack a Bottle – Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent

Best Rap Song: Run This Town – Jeff Bhasker, Shawn Carter, Robyn Fenty, Kanye West & Ernest Wilson, songwriters (Athanasios Alatas, songwriter) (Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West)

Best Rap Album: Relapse – Eminem

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Make It Mine – Jason Mraz

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Lucky – Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat

Best Female Country Vocal Performance: White Horse – Taylor Swift

Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Sweet Thing – Keith Urban

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden – Michael Buble

Best Metal Performance: Dissident Aggressor – Judas Priest

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I Run to You – Lady Antebellum

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: I Told You So – Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis

Best Country Song: White Horse – Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Best Americana Album:Electric Dirt – Levon Helm

Best Contemporary Blues Album: Already Free – The Derek Trucks Band

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Slumdog Millionaire – Various Artists, A R Rahman, producer

Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media: Jai Ho (From Slumdog Millionaire) – Gulzar, A R Rahman & Tanvi Shah, songwriters (A R Rahman, Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah, Mahalaxmi Iyer & Vijay Prakash)

Best Recording Package: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today – Stefan Sagmeister, art director (David Byrne & Brian Eno)

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Neil Young Archives Vol. I (1963-1972) – Gary Burden, Jenice Heo & Neil Young, art directors (Neil Young)

Best Short Form Music Video: Boom Boom Pow – The Black Eyed Peas

Best Long Form Music Video: The Beatles Love – All Together Now – (Various Artists)

Best Comedy Album: A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All! – Stephen Colbert