50th Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, on February 10, 2008. It honored musical achievement of 2007 in which albums were released between October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007. The primary ceremonies were televised in the US on CBS; however, as has become the custom, most of the awards were handed out during a pre-telecast portion of the show held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and broadcast on XM Satellite Radio. Two nights prior to the show Aretha Franklin was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year.
The year's big winner was
Amy Winehouse: the 24-year-old singer had recently entered a drug rehabilitation program and did not come to Los Angeles. American officials initially refused her a work visa; they reversed the decision, but by then it was too late for her to make the trip from the UK. She became the fifth female solo artist to get five awards in one night, alongside  Lauryn Hill, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and later, Alison Krauss, Adele and Billie Eilish.
The golden anniversary of the Grammys and NARAS was noted in references and performances throughout this year's ceremony.
Alicia Keys was the evening's opening musician, singing and playing piano alongside archived video and audio of Frank Sinatra. Other collaborative performances linking contemporary and past musicians included Beyoncé with Tina Turner, Rihanna with The Time, classical pianist Lang Lang with jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and inaugural Grammy winner Keely Smith with Kid Rock. Special recognition of the musical contributions of The Beatles also featured. The Foo Fighters won Best Rock Album and performed their nominated song " The Pretender" in a highly collaborative performance that involved a social media selection of classical musicians (the "My Grammy Moment" YouTube contest was won by violinist Ann Marie Calhoun).
The following is an alphabetical list of performers.
The following is an alphabetical list of presenters.
Winners and nominees
Bold type indicates the winner out of the list of nominees.
Multiple nominees and wins (wins/nominations)
Amy Winehouse (5/6)
Kanye West (4/8)
Foo Fighters (2/5)
Justin Timberlake (2/3)
Herbie Hancock (2/3)
Record of the Year
Album of the Year
- River: The Joni Letters Herbie Hancock
- Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Foo Fighters
- These Days Vince Gill
John Anderson, Guy Clarke, Rodney Crowell, Diana Krall & The Del McCoury Band, featured artists; Vince Gill, John Hobbs & Justin Niebank, producers; Neal Cappellino & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers; Adam Ayan, mastering engineer
- Graduation Kanye West
Dwele, Lil Wayne, Mos Def & T-Pain, featured artists; Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, Eric Hudson, Brian "Allday" Miller, Nottz, Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds, Gee Roberson, Toomp & Kanye West, producers; Bruce Beuchner, Andrew Dawson, Mike Dean, Anthony Kilhoffer, Greg Koller, Manny Marroquin, Nottz Raw, Tony Rey, Seiji Sekine, Paul Sheehy & D. Sloan, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer - Back to Black Amy Winehouse
Mark Ronson & Salaamremi, producers; Tom Elmhirst, Mark Ronson, Matt Paul, Dom Morley, Vaughan Merrick, Gabriel Roth, Derek Pacuk, Gary Noble & Franklin Socorro, engineers/mixers; Stuart Hawkes, mastering engineer
Song of the Year
Best New Artist
Best Alternative Music Album
Best Traditional Blues Album
Best Contemporary Blues Album
Best Children's Music Album
Best Children's Spoken Word Album
Best Classical Album
Best Orchestra Performance
Best Opera Recording
"Albéniz: Pepita Jiménez"
"Donizetti: Dom Sébastien, Roi De Portugal"
"Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel"
Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Howard Crook, Ellen Hargis, Laura Pudwell & Harry Van Der Kamp; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chorus; Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra) "Verdi: La Traviata"
Best Choral Performance
Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
Best Chamber Music Performance
Best Small Ensemble Performance
Bach: Brandenburg Concertos" - Swiss Baroque Soloists "Bridges: Eddie Daniels Plays the Music of Frank Proto" -
Frank Proto, conductor; Eddie Daniels; Ensemble Sans Frontière "
Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde" - Kenneth Slowik, conductor; The Smithsonian Chamber Players & Santa Fe Pro Musica "Music for Compline" -
Stile Antico "Stravinsky: Apollo, Concerto in D; Prokofiev: 20 Visions Fugitives" - Yuri Bashmet, conductor; Moscow Soloists
Best Classical Vocal Performance
"Gitano: Zarzuela Arias"
"Homage: The Age of the Diva"
Renée Fleming (Valery Gergiev; Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
"Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs"
Anna Netrebko (Valery Gergiev; Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre) "Sea Pictures, Op. 37"
Sarah Connolly (Simon Wright; Bournemouth Symphony Chorus; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
Best Classical Contemporary Composition
"Amargós: Northern Concerto"
"Chesky: Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra"
David Chesky (Rossen Gergov, conductor; Symphony Orchestra Of Norrlands Opera) "Higdon: Zaka"
"Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Sings Peter Lieberson: Neruda Songs"
"Made in America"
Best Classical Crossover Album
Best Comedy Album
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Best Country Song
Best Country Album
Best Dance Recording
Best Electronic/Dance Album
Best Traditional Folk Album
Best Contemporary Folk Album
Best Bluegrass Album
Best Native American Music Album
- Johnny Whitehorse Totemic Flute Chants
Oklahoma Style - Walter Ahhaitty & Friends
Watch This Dancer! - Black Lodge
The Ballad of Old Times - Davis Mitchell Reconnections - R. Carlos Nakai, Cliff Sarde, William Eaton & Randy Wood
Best Hawaiian Music Album
- Various Artists Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
Ka Hikina O Ka Hau (The Coming of the Snow) - Keola Beamer
Hawaiiana - Tia Carrere
He'eia - Cyril Pahinui Hawaiian Blossom - Raiatea Helm
Best Gospel Performance
Best Gospel Song
"Blessed & Highly Favored"
"East to West"
"Made to Love"
"Praise on the Inside"
James L. Moss, songwriter ( J. Moss)
Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Album
Best Traditional Gospel Album
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Best Jazz Vocal Album
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo Performance
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Best Latin Jazz Album
Best Latin Pop Album
Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Best Latin Urban Album
Best Tropical Latin Album
Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
Best Tejano Album
Ram Herrera and the Outlaw Band 2007 - Ram Herrera and the Outlaw Band
- Before the Next Teardrop Falls Little Joe & La Familia
Corazon de Oro - David Marez
35th Anniversary - Ruben Ramos Vagar Libremente - Sunny Sauceda
Best Banda Album
Best Musical Show Album
Best New Age Album
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Best Pop Instrumental Album
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Best Pop Vocal Album
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
Best R&B Song
Best R&B Album
Best Contemporary R&B Album
Best Rap Solo Performance
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Best Rap Song
Best Rap Album
Best Reggae Album
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Hard Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Best Rock Song
Best Rock Album
Best Traditional World Music Album
- African Spirit Soweto Gospel Choir
When the Soul Is Settled: Music of Iraq - Rahim Al Haj With Souhail Kaspa
From Mali to America - Cheick Hamala Diabat & Bob Carlin
Live at Couleur Café - Konono Nº1 Singing for Life: Songs of Hope, Healing, and HIV/AIDS in Uganda - Various Artists
Best Contemporary World Music Album
Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album
Best Polka Album
Best Spoken Word Album
Film, Television and Other Visual Media
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album
Best Score Soundtrack Album
Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Best Instrumental Composition
Mark Walker, composer (Oregon) "I Knew Her"
Best Instrumental Arrangement
"In a Silent Way"
Harry Connick Jr., arranger (Harry Connick Jr.) "
"Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"
"Yo Tannenbaum (From Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas)"
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Best Recording Package
Best Boxed/Special Limited Edition
Best Album Notes
Best Historical Album
The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949
Actionable Offenses: Indecent Phonograph Recordings from the 1890s David Giovannoni, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973 (Deluxe Edition)
Stuart Batsford, Mick Houghton & Phil Smee, compilation producers; Dan Hersch & Bill Inglot, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 Alec Palao, compilation producer; Dan Hersch, Bill Inglot & Dave Schultz, mastering engineers (Various Artists) People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938
Christopher King & Henry "Hank" Sapoznik, compilation producers; Christopher King & Robert Vosgien, mastering engineers (Various Artists)
Production, Non Classical
Best Engineered Album, Non Classical
Producer of the Year, Non Classical
Best Remixed Recording
Bring the Noise" (Benny Benassi Pump-Kin Remix) "Angelicus" (Andy Moor Full Length Mix)
"Like a Child" (Carl Craig Remix)
Proper Education" (Club Mix - Radio Edit)
"Sorry" (Dirty South Mix)
Production, Surround Sound
Best Surround Sound Album
At War With the Mystics 5.1
The Flaming Lips & Dave Fridmann, surround mix engineers; The Flaming Lips & Dave Fridmann, surround mastering engineers; The Flaming Lips & Dave Fridmann, surround producers ( The Flaming Lips)
Fear of a Blank Planet Steven Wilson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Porcupine Tree, surround producers ( Porcupine Tree)
Grechaninov: Passion Week
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Serenade to Music
Best Engineered Album, Classical
Garden of Dreams
Grechaninov: Passion Week
Nielsen: Clarinet & Flute Concertos
Spirit of the Season
Strauss: Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration
Producer of the Year, Classical
Eternal Rest: Mäntyjärvi, Ticheli, Martin, Clausen (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir & Kansas City Chorale)
Grechaninov: Passion Week (Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Bach Choir & Kansas City Chorale)
The Harrington String Quartet: Daniel McCarthy (The Harrington String Quartet)
Hartke: The Greater Good (Stewart Robertson & Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra)
Rider On The Plains: Cello Concertos By Virgil Thomson And Charles Fussell ( Emmanuel Feldman) John Fraser
Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 2, Scherzos (Simon Trpceski)
Great Handel (Ian Bostridge)
Kate Royal (Kate Royal)
Krommer/Spohr: Clarinet Concertos (Julian Bliss, Sabine Meyer & Kenneth Sillito)
Schubert: Piano Sonata D958, Lieder, Fragments (Leif Ove Andsnes & Ian Bostridge) Marina A. Ledin
Balakirev And Russian Folksong (Joseph Banowetz)
Louisiana - A Pianist's Journey (Kenneth Boulton) Piano Impromptus (Jungran Kim Khwarg)
20th Century Piano Sonatas (Allison Brewster Franzetti)
American Virtuosa: Tribute To Maud Powell (Rachel Barton Pine & Matthew Hagle)
From Barrelhouse To Broadway: The Musical Odyssey Of Joe Jordan (Rick Benjamin & The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra) Górecki: String Quartet No. 3 '...Songs Are Sung' (Kronos Quartet)
Strange Imaginary Animals (Eighth Blackbird) Tchaikovsky: Three String Quartets, Souvenir De Florence (Ying Quartet) Robina G. Young
As Steals The Morn...Handel Arias & Scenes For Tenor (Mark Padmore, Andrew Manze & The English Concert) Bach, CPE: Symphonies 1-4, Cello Concerto (Andrew Manze & The English Concert)
Brahms: Variations (Olga Kern)
Music For Compline (Stile Antico) Stockhausen: Stimmung (Paul Hillier & Theatre Of Voices)
Best Short Form Music Video
Best Long Form Music Video
- The Confessions Tour Madonna
Jonas Akerlund, video director; Sara Martin and David May, video producers
Live and Loud at the Fillmore - Dierks Bentley
Russell Thomas, video director; James Whetherly, video producer
- Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22 R. Kelly
R. Kelly, Jim Swaffield and Victor Mignatti, video directors; Ann Carli, video producer
- 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads Kenny Wayne Shepherd and various artists
Noble Jones, video director; Kenny Wayne Shepherd, video producer Liberacion: Songs of the Cuban Underground - Various artists
Reuben Field, video director; Dean Bates, video producer
Brad Delp, Boots Randolph, James B. Davis, Max Roach, Robert Goulet, Lee Hazlewood, Pimp C, Gian Carlo Menotti, Joe Zawinul, Joel Dorn, Ray Evans, Lucky Dube, Al Viola, Mstislav Rostropovich, Joel Brodsky, Hilly Kristal, Diane Ogden-Halder, Joe Hunter, Don Ho, Dan Fogelberg, Porter Wagoner, Beverly Sills, Teresa Brewer, Hy Weiss, Tom Noonan, Bobby Byrd, Tommy Makem, John Stewart, Arthur Shimkin, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Clyde Otis, Luther Ingram, Hank Thompson, Ike Turner, Oscar Peterson and Luciano Pavarotti.