The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The show was broadcast live by CBS at 5:00 p.m. PST (UTC−8). Rapper LL Cool J hosted the show for the fourth consecutive time.
The Grammy nominations were open for recordings released between October 1, 2013, and September 30, 2014. Breaking from tradition of a prime-time concert approach, the Grammy nominees were announced during an all-day event on December 5, 2014, starting with initial announcements on the CBS This Morning telecast, followed by updates made through The Grammys' official Twitter account.
Sam Smith won four awards, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year for "Stay with Me" and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour. Beck's album Morning Phase was named Album of the Year. This prompted Kanye West, who later said he thought Beyoncé should have won, to leap onstage to interrupt Beck, but West left the stage without saying anything. Both Pharrell Williams and Beyoncé took three honors; with her wins, Beyoncé became the second-most-honored female musician in Grammy history following Alison Krauss. Lifetime Achievement awards were given to the Bee Gees, George Harrison, Pierre Boulez, Buddy Guy, and Flaco Jiménez.
In all, 83 Grammy Awards were presented, one more than in 2014.
The show aired simultaneously on Fox8 in Australia, Sky TV in New Zealand, and on Channel O in South Africa.
Not all Grammys were presented during the live telecast. As in previous years, most awards were handed out during the so-called pre-telecast ceremony, held at the Nokia Theater next to the Staples Center, which takes place during the afternoon before the main show. From 2015 on, this ceremony has been known as the Premiere Ceremony. Approximately 70 Grammys were presented at this ceremony, consisting of the "minor" categories.
During the ceremony, United States President Barack Obama delivered a pre-recorded message in which he spoke about domestic violence against women. His message was followed by a plea from domestic violence advocate Brooke Axtell and singer Katy Perry performing her ballad "By the Grace of God" as a dedication to the victims of the crime.
Nominees and winners
The eligibility period for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards was October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014. The nominees were announced on December 5, 2014. The Album of the Year nominees were announced during A Very Grammy Christmas Special, which was broadcast on the same day.
- Record of the Year
- "Stay with Me" (Darkchild Version) – Sam Smith
- Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins and Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes and Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
- "Fancy" – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
- The Arcade and The Invisible Men, producers; Anthony Kilhofler and Eric Weaver, engineers/mixers; Miles Showell, mastering engineer
- "Chandelier" – Sia
- Greg Kurstin and Jesse Shatkin, producers; Greg Kurstin, Manny Marroquin and Jesse Shatkin, engineers/mixers; Emily Lazar, mastering engineer
- "Shake It Off" – Taylor Swift
- Max Martin and Shellback, producers; Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland and Michael Ilbert, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
- "All About That Bass" – Meghan Trainor
- Kevin Kadish, producer; Kevin Kadish, engineer/mixer; Dave Kutch, mastering engineer
- Album of the Year
- Morning Phase – Beck
- Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden, Greif Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin and Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
- In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
- Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T Smith, Two Inch Punch and Eg White, producers; Michael Angelo, Graham Archer, Steve Fitzmaurice, Simon Hale, Darren Heelis, James Murray, Jimmy Napes, Mustafa Omer, Dan Parry, Steve Price and Eg White, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne and Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineers
- Beyoncé – Beyoncé
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Drake, Jay Z and Frank Ocean, featured artists; Ammo, Boots, Noel "Detail" Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Hit-Boy, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius "The Dream" Nash, Caroline Polachek, Rey Reel, Noah "40" Shebib, Ryan Tedder, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Key Wane and Pharrell Williams, producers; Boots, Noel Cadastre, Noel "Gadget" Campbell, Rob Cohen, Andrew Coleman, Chris Godbey, Justin Hergett, James Krausse, Mike Larson, Jonathan Lee, Tony Maserati, Ann Mincieli, Caroline Polachek, Andrew Scheps, Bart Schoudel, Noah "40" Shebib, Ryan Tedder, Stuart White and Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, James Krausse and Aya Merrill, mastering engineers
- x – Ed Sheeran
- Jeff Bhasker, Benny Blanco, Jake Gosling, Johnny McDaid, Rick Rubin and Pharrell Williams, producers; Andrew Coleman, Jake Gosling, Matty Green, William Hicks, Tyler Sam Johnson, Jason Lader, Johnny McDaid, Chris Scafani, Mark Stent and Geoff Swan, engineers/mixers; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer
- G I R L – Pharrell Williams
- Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake, featured artists; Pharrell Williams, producer; Leslie Brathwaite, Adrian Breakspear, Andrew Coleman, Jimmy Douglas, Hart Gunther, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Mike Larson, Stephanie McNally, Alan Meyerson, Ann Mincieli and Kenta Yonesaka, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer
- Song of the Year
- Best New Artist
- Best Pop Solo Performance
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
- Best Pop Vocal Album
- Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Best Dance Recording
- "Rather Be" – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
- Grace Chatto and Jack Patterson, producers; Wez Clarke and Jack Patterson, mixers
- "Never Say Never" – Basement Jaxx featuring ETML
- Basement Jaxx, producers; Basement Jaxx, mixers
- "F For You" – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige
- Disclosure, producer; Disclosure, mixer
- "I Got U" – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones
- Duke Dumont and Jax Jones, producers; Tommy Forrest, mixer
- "Faded" – Zhu
- Zhu, producer; Zhu, mixer
- Best Dance/Electronic Album
- Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
- Best Rock Performance
- Best Metal Performance
- Best Rock Song
- Best Rock Album
- Best Alternative Music Album
- Best R&B Performance
- Best Traditional R&B Performance
- Best R&B Song
- "Drunk in Love"
- "Good Kisser"
- Ronald "Flip" Colson, Warren "Oak" Felder, Usher Raymond IV, Jameel Roberts, Terry "Tru" Sneed and Andrew "Pop" Wansel, songwriters (Usher)
- "New Flame"
- "Options (Wolfjames Version)"
- Dominic Gordon, Brandon Hesson and Jamaica "Kahn-Cept" Smith, songwriters (Luke James)
- "The Worst"
- Jhené Aiko Chilombo, Mac Robinson and Brian Warfield, songwriter (Jhené Aiko)
- Best Urban Contemporary Album
- Best R&B Album
- Best Rap Performance
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
- Best Rap Song
- Best Rap Album
- Best Country Solo Performance
- Best Country Duo/Group Performance
- Best Country Song
- Best Country Album
- Best New Age Album
- Best Improvised Jazz Solo
- Best Jazz Vocal Album
- Best Jazz Instrumental Album
- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
- Best Latin Jazz Album
- Best Gospel Performance/Song
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
- "Messengers" – Lecrae featuring For King & Country
- Torrance Esmond, Ran Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kenneth Chris Mackey, Lecrae Moore, Joseph Prielozny, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone, songwriters
- "Write Your Story" – Francesca Battistelli
- Francesca Battistelli, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover, songwriters
- "Come as You Are" – Crowder
- David Crowder, Ben Glover and Matt Maher, songwriters
- "Shake" – MercyMe
- Nathan Cochran, David Arthur Garcia, Ben Glover, Barry Graul, Bart Millard, Soli Olds, Mike Scheuchzer, Robby Shaffer, songwriters
- "Multiplied" – Needtobreathe
- Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart, songwriters
- Best Gospel Album
- Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
- Best Roots Gospel Album
- Best Latin Pop Album
- Best Latin Rock Urban or Alternative Album
- Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
- Best Tropical Latin Album
- Best American Roots Performance
- Best American Roots Song
- Best Americana Album
- Best Bluegrass Album
- Best Blues Album
- Best Folk Album
- Best Regional Music Album
- The Legacy – Jo-El Sonnier
- Light the Stars – Bonsoir, Catin
- Hanu 'A'ala – Kamaka Kukona
- Love's Lies – Magnolia Sisters
- Ceremony – Joe Tohonnie Jr.
- Best Reggae Album
- Best World Music Album
- Best Children's Album
- Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Story Telling)
- Best Comedy Album
- Best Musical Theater Album
- Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell and Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer and lyricist) (original Broadway cast)
- Aladdin – James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, principal soloists; Frank Filipetti, Michael Kosarin, Alan Menken and Chris Montan, producers (Alan Menken, composer; Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin and Tim Rice, lyricists) (original Broadway cast)
- A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder – Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham, principal soloists; Kurt Deutsch and Joel Moss, producers; Robert L. Freedman, lyricist; Steven Lutvak, composer and lyricist (original Broadway cast)
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Lena Hall and Neil Patrick Harris, principal soloists; Justin Craig, Tim O'Heir and Stephen Trask, producers (Stephen Trask, composer and lyricist) (original Broadway cast)
- West Side Story – Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber, principal soloists; Jack Vad, producer (Leonard Bernstein, composer; Stephen Sondheim, lyricist) (Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber with the San Francisco Symphony)
Music for Visual Media
- Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
- Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
- Best Song Written for Visual Media
- Best Instrumental Composition
- "The Book Thief"
- "Last Train To Sanity"
- "Life in the Bubble"
- Best Arrangement, Instrumental or a Cappella
- "Daft Punk"
- "Beautiful Dreamer"
- Pete McGuinness, arranger (The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra)
- "Get Smart"
- Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
- Alfredo Rodríguez, arranger (Alfredo Rodríguez)
- "Moon River"
- Chris Walden, arranger (Amy Dickson)
- Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
- "New York Tendaberry"
- Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma)
- "All My Tomorrows"
- "Goodnight America"
- Vince Mendoza, arranger (Mary Chapin Carpenter)
- "Party Rockers"
- Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
- "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?"
- Pete McGuinness, arranger (The Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra)
- Best Recording Package
- Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
- The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917–27)
- Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood and Jack White, art directors (various artists)
- Cities of Darkscorch
- Leland Meiners and Ken Shipley, art directors (various artists)
- A Letter Home (vinyl box set)
- Gary Burden and Jenice Heo, art directors (Neil Young)
- Sparks (deluxe album box set)
- Spring 1990 (The Other One)
- Jessica Dessner, Lisa Glines, Doran Tyson and Steve Vance, art directors (Grateful Dead)
- Best Album Notes
- Offering: Live At Temple University
- Ashley Kahn, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
- Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides
- David Sager, album notes writer (Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra)
- I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969–70
- Alec Palao, album notes writer (Various Artists)
- The Other Side Of Bakersfield: 1950s & 60s Boppers and Rockers from 'Nashville West
- Scott B. Bomar, album notes writer (Various Artists)
- Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
- Jon Kirby, album notes writer (Various Artists)
- The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917–27)
- Scott Blackwood, album notes writer (Various Artists)
- Best Historical Album
- The Garden Spot Programs, 1950
- Colin Escott and Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Hank Williams)
- Black Europe: The Sounds And Images Of Black People In Europe Pre-1927
- Jeffrey Green, Ranier E. Lotz and Howard Rye, compilation producers; Christian Zwarg, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
- Happy: The 1920 Rainbo Orchestra Sides
- Meagan Hennessey and Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Isham Jones Rainbo Orchestra)
- Longing for the Past: The 78 RPM Era In Southeast Asia
- Steven Lance Ledbetter and David Murray, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
- There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 – 1971 (Deluxe Edition)
- Hunter Lea, Patrick McCarthy and Matt Sullivan, compilation producers; John Baldwin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
- Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
- Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
- Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
- "All of Me" (Tiësto's Birthday Treatment Remix)
- "Falling Out" (Ming Remix)
- MING, remixer (Crossfingers Featuring Danny Losito)
- "Pompeii" (Audien Remix)
- "The Rising" (Eddie Amador Remix)
- "Smile" (Kaskade Edit)
- "Waves" (Robin Schulz Remix)
Production, Surround Sound
- Best Surround Sound Album
- Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer (Beyoncé)
- Beppe: Remote Galaxy
- Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Vladimir Ashkenazy and Philharmonia Orchestra)
- Chamberland: The Berlin Remixes
- David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; David Miles Huber, surround mastering engineer; David Miles Huber, surround producer (David Miles Huber)
- The Division Bell (20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set)
- Damon Iddins and Andy Jackson, surround mix engineers; Damon Iddins and Andy Jackson, surround mastering engineers (Pink Floyd)
- Epics Of Love
- Hans-Jörg Maucksch, surround mix engineer; Hans-Jörg Maucksch, surround mastering engineer; Günter Pauler, surround producer (Song Zuying, Yu Long and China Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection
- Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Benjamin Zander and Philharmonia Orchestra)
- Best Engineered Album, Classical
- Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending
- Michael Bishop, engineer; Michael Bishop, mastering engineer (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus)
- Adams, John: City Noir
- Richard King, engineer; Wolfgang Schiefermair, mastering engineer (David Robertson and St. Louis Symphony)
- Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean
- Dmitriy Lipay and Nathaniel Reichman, engineers; Nathaniel Reichman, mastering engineer (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
- Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Tout Un Monde Lointain; The Shadows Of Time
- Dmitriy Lipay, engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, mastering engineer (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
- Riccardo Muti Conducts Mason Bates and Anna Clyne
- David Frost and Christopher Willis, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
- Producer of the Year, Classical
- Judith Sherman
- Beethoven: Cello and Piano Complete (Fischer Duo)
- Brahms By Heart (Chiara String Quartet)
- Composing America (Lark Quartet)
- Divergence (Plattform K + K Vienna)
- The Good Song (Thomas Meglioranza)
- Mozart and Brahms: Clarinet Quintets (Anthony McGill and Pacifica Quartet)
- Snapshot (American Brass Quintet)
- Two X Four (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran and Curtis 20/21 Ensemble)
- Wagner Without Words (Llŷr Williams)
- Morten Lindberg
- Beppe: Remote Galaxy (Vladimir Ashkenazy and Philharmonia Orchestra)
- Dyrud: Out Of Darkness (Vivianne Sydnes and Nidaros Cathedral Choir)
- Ja, Vi Elsker (Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl, Ingar Bergby, Staff Band Of The Norwegian Armed Forces and Schola Cantorum)
- Symphonies Of Wind Instruments (Ingar Bergby & Royal Norwegian Navy Band)
- Dmitriy Lipay
- Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
- Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Tout Un Monde Lointain; The Shadows of Time (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
- Fauré: Masques Et Bergamasques; Pelléas Et Mélisande; Dolly (Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony Chorale and Seattle Symphony)
- Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione; Five Pieces For String Orchestra (Gerard Schwarz and Seattle Symphony)
- Ives: Symphony No. 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
- Ravel: Orchestral Works; Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony (Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony)
- Elaine Martone
- Hallowed Ground (Louis Langrée, Maya Angelou, Nathan Wyatt and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
- Mahler: Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection (Benjamin Zander, Stefan Bevier, Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra)
- Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7; Tapiola (Robert Spano and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
- Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Symphony No. 4; The Lark Ascending (Robert Spano, Norman Mackenzie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus)
- David Starobin
- All The Things You Are (Leon Fleisher)
- Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 16 (Ann Crumb, Patrick Mason, James Freeman and Orchestra 2001)
- Game of Attrition – Arlene Sierra, Vol. 2 (Jac Van Steen and BBC National Orchestra of Wales)
- Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert (Gilbert Kalish)
- Mozart: Piano Concertos, No. 12, K. 414 and No. 23, K. 488 (Marianna Shirinyan, Scott Yoo and Odense Symphony Orchestra)
- Music Of Peter Lieberson, Vol. 3 (Scott Yoo, Roberto Diaz, Steven Beck and Odense Symphony Orchestra)
- Rochberg, Chihara and Rorem (Jerome Lowenthal)
- Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Op. 18 and Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23 (Joyce Yang, Alexander Lazarev and Odense Symphony Orchestra)
- Best Orchestral Performance
- Best Opera Recording
- Charpentier: La descente d'Orphée aux enfers
- Milhaud: L'Orestie D'Eschyle
- Kenneth Kiesler, conductor; Dan Kempson, Jennifer Lane, Tamara Mumford and Brenda Rae; Tim Handley, producer (University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble and University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra; University of Michigan Chamber Choir, University of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University of Michigan University Choir and UMS Choral Union)
- Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
- Schönberg: Moses und Aron
- Strauss: Elektra
- Best Choral Performance
Performers who are not eligible for an award (such as orchestras, soloists or choirs) are mentioned in parentheses
- The Sacred Spirit of Russia
- Bach: Matthäus-Passion
- René Jacobs, conductor (Werner Güra and Johannes Weisser; Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin; Rias Kammerchor and Staats-Und Domchor Berlin)
- Dyrud: Out of Darkness
- Vivianne Sydnes, conductor (Erlend Aagaard Nilsen and Geir Morten Øien; Sarah Head and Lars Sitter; Nidaros Cathedral Choir)
- Holst: First Choral Symphony; The Mystic Trumpeter
- Andrew Davis; Stephen Jackson, chorus master (Susan Gritton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Chorus)
- Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor
- John Butt, conductor (Matthew Brook, Rowan Hellier, Thomas Hobbs and Joanne Lunn; Dunedin Consort)
- Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
- In 27 Pieces – The Hilary Hahn Encores
- Dreams and Prayers
- Martinů: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1–3
- Partch: Castor and Pollux
- Sing Thee Nowell
- Best Classical Instrumental Solo
- Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
- Douce France
- Porpora: Arias
- Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin
- Stella Di Napoli
- Joyce DiDonato; Riccardo Minasi, conductor (Chœur De L'Opéra National De Lyon; Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon)
- Virtuoso Rossini Arias
- Best Classical Compendium
- Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances
- Partch; John Schneider, producer
- Britten To America
- Mieczysław Weinberg
- Mike Marshall and The Turtle Island Quartet
- The Solent – Fifty Years of Music By Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Best Contemporary Classical Composition
- Adams, John Luther: Become Ocean
- Clyne, Anna: Prince of Clouds
- Anna Clyne, composer (Jaime Laredo, Jennifer Koh, Vinay Parameswaran and Curtis 20/21 Ensemble)
- Crumb, George: Voices From The Heartland
- George Crumb, composer (Ann Crumb, Patrick Mason, James Freeman and Orchestra 2001)
- Paulus, Stephen: Concerto for Two Trumpets and Band
- Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Berlin, Richard Kelley, James Patrick Miller and UMASS Wind Ensemble)
- Sierra, Roberto: Sinfonía No. 4
- Best Music Video
- "Happy" – Pharrell Williams
- We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger and Cedric Troadec, video producers
- "We Exist" – Arcade Fire
- David Wilson, video director; Sue Yeon Ahn and Jason Baum, video producers
- "Turn Down for What" – DJ Snake and Lil Jon
- Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, video directors; Judy Craig, Jonathan Wang, Candance Ouaknine and Bryan Younce, video producers
- "Chandelier" – Sia
- Sia Furler and Daniel Askill, video directors; Jennifer Heath and Jack Hogan, video producers
- "The Golden Age" – Woodkid featuring Max Richter
- Yoann Lemoine, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Roman Pichon Herrera, Christine Miller and Annabel Rosier, video producers
- Best Music Film
- 20 Feet from Stardom – Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill
- On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay-Z (TV Program)
- Jonas Åkerlund, video director; Ed Burke, Svana Gisla and Dan Parise, video producers
- Ghost Stories – Coldplay
- Paul Dugdale, video director; Jim Parsons, video producer
- "Metallica Through the Never" – Metallica
- Nimród Antal, video director; Adam Ellison and Charlotte Huggins, video producers
- The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne – Pink
- Larn Poland, video director; Roger Davies, video producer
Multiple nominations and awards
The following received multiple nominations:
The following received multiple awards:
As usual, had a number of small changes in the voting and awarding process:
The Best American Roots Performance is a new category in the American Roots genre field. It was presented to the creators of the best performance in this genre field, which includes traditional Northern American (or regional roots) musical styles such as cajun, zydeco, polka and others.
Another new category is the Best Roots Gospel Album in the Gospel genre field, for gospel albums in the aforementioned musical styles, including traditional southern Gospel music.
- Changes in the Gospel categories
The Gospel genre field was redefined to make a clearer distinction between the traditional gospel music and the style known as Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). As mentioned above, the Best Roots Gospel Album category is new. The categories in the Gospel field will now be known as Best Gospel Performance/Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best Gospel Album, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and Best Roots Gospel Album.
For the first time, the use of samples and/or interpolations of other works in a new track was permitted in the various songwriters categories. Until now, samples were only allowed in the Best Rap Song category, but these are now also eligible in the Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best R&B Song, Best Country Song, Best Gospel Performance/Song, Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, Best American Roots Song and Best Song Written For Visual Media categories.
- A few minor name changes.
Joe Cocker, Andraé Crouch, Pete Seeger, Jack Bruce, Johnny Winter, Bobby Keys, Ian McLagan, Tommy Ramone, Jimmy Ruffin, Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, Bobby Womack, Don Covay, Jesse Winchester, Robin Williams, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jimmy C. Newman, George Hamilton IV, Bob Montgomery, Horace Silver, Charlie Haden, Buddy DeFranco, Paul Horn, Big Bank Hank, Frankie Knuckles, Steven "Asap Yams" Rodriguez, Casey Kasem, Gerry Goffin, Bob Crewe, Paul Revere, Bob Casale, Kim Fowley, Paco de Lucía, Gustavo Cerati, Cheo Feliciano, Lorin Maazel, Stephen Paulus, Ann Ruckert, Mike Nichols, Ruby Dee, Ted Bergmann, Cosimo Matassa, Gary Haber, David Anderle, Peter Grosslight, Peter Shukat, Rod McKuen, Dallas Taylor, Tim Hauser and Maya Angelou.
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