The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards took place on January 31, 2010, at Staples Center in Los Angeles honoring the best in music for the recording year beginning October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009. Neil Young was honored as the 2010 MusiCares Person of the Year on January 29, two days prior to the Grammy telecast. Nominations announced on December 2, 2009. The show was moved to January to avoid competing against the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Only ten of the 109 awards were received during the broadcast. The remaining awards were given during the un-televised portion of the ceremony which preceded the broadcast.
Beyoncé, who also received the most nominations, with ten, won a total of six awards breaking the record for most wins by a female artist in one night. Taylor Swift won four while The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z and Kings of Leon won three. Artists who won two awards include A. R. Rahman, Colbie Caillat, Eminem, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Maxwell, Jason Mraz and Rihanna. Judas Priest, AC/DC, and Imogen Heap each won a Grammy for the first time in their careers.
Taylor Swift's Fearless was awarded the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, at the time the youngest to win the award at age 20. "Use Somebody" by rock band Kings of Leon won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, while "Single Ladies" by songwriters Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash and Christopher Stewart, was honored with Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Zac Brown Band was presented with the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, becoming the fourth country music act to ever win the award. They follow behind LeAnn Rimes in 1997, Shelby Lynne in 2001 and Carrie Underwood in 2007.
The following performed:
The following presented:
- Album of the Year
- Fearless - Taylor Swift
- Colbie Caillat, featured artist; Nathan Chapman & Taylor Swift, producers; Chad Carlson, Nathan Chapman & Justin Niebank, engineers/mixers; Hank Williams, mastering engineer
- I Am... Sasha Fierce - Beyoncé
- Bangladesh, Ian Dench, D-Town, Toby Gad, Sean Garrett, Amanda Ghost, Jim Jonsin, Beyoncé Knowles, Rico Love, Dave McCracken, Terius Nash, Radio Killa, Stargate, Christopher Stewart, Ryan Tedder & Wayne Wilkins, producers; Jim Caruana, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Toby Gad, Kuk Harrell, Jim Jonsin, Jaycen Joshua, Dave Pensado, Radio Killa, Mark "Spike" Stent, Ryan Tedder, Brian Thomas, Marcos Továr, Miles Walker & Wayne Wilkins, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer
- The E.N.D. - The Black Eyed Peas
- apl.de.ap, Jean Baptiste, Printz Board, DJ Replay, Funkagenda, David Guetta, Keith Harris, & will.i.am, producers; Dylan Dresdow, Padraic Kerin & will.i.am, engineers/mixers; Chris Bellman, mastering engineer
- The Fame - Lady Gaga
- Flo Rida, Colby O'Donis & Space Cowboy, featured artists; Brian & Josh, Rob Fusari, Martin Kierszenbaum, RedOne & Space Cowboy, producers; 4Mil, Robert Orton, RedOne, Dave Russell & Tony Ugval, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
- Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King - Dave Matthews Band
- Record of the Year
- Song of the Year
- Best New Artist
- Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
- Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
- Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
- Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
- Best Pop Instrumental Performance
- Best Pop Instrumental Album
- Best Pop Vocal Album
- Best Dance Recording
- Best Electronic/Dance Album
- Best Traditional Pop Vocal 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 Alternative Music Album
- Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
- Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
- 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 Female Country Vocal Performance
- Best Male Country Vocal Performance
- Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
- Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
- Best Country Instrumental Performance
- Best Country Song
- Best Country Album
- Best New Age Album
- Best Contemporary Jazz Instrumental Album
- Best Jazz Vocal Album
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance
- Best Jazz Instrumental Album
- Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
- Best Latin Jazz Album
- Best Gospel Performance
- Best Gospel Song
- Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album
- Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
- Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album
- Best Traditional Gospel Album
- Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
- Best Latin Pop Album
- Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album
- Best Tropical Latin Album
- Best Regional Mexican Album
- Best Tejano Album
- Borders y Bailes - Los Texmaniacs
- Divina - Stefani Montiel
- All the Way Live - Jay Perez
- Point of View - Joe Posada
- Radiación Musical - Sunny Sauceda y Todo Eso
- Best Norteño Album
- Best Banda Album
- Best Americana Album
- Best Bluegrass Album
- Best Traditional Blues Album
- Best Contemporary Blues Album
- Best Traditional Folk Album
- Best Contemporary Folk Album
- Best Hawaiian Music Album
- Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 - Various Artists
- Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku, Jr., Paul Konwiser & Wayne Wong, producers
- He Nani - Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho
- Friends & Family Of Hawaiʻi - Amy Hanaialiʻi
- Nani Mau Loa: Everlasting Beauty- Ho'okena
- Best Native American Music Album
- Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album
- Best Reggae Album
- Best Traditional World Music Album
- Best Contemporary World Music Album
- Best Children's Music Album
- Best Children's Spoken Word Album
- Best Spoken Word Album
- Best Comedy Album
- Best Musical Show Album
Film, TV and other visual media
- Best Compilation Soundtrack Album
- Best Score Soundtrack Album
- Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Composing and arranging
- Best Instrumental Composition
- "Married Life" (From Up)
- "Borat in Syracuse"
- "Counting To Infinity"
- Best Instrumental Arrangement
- "West Side Story Medley"
- Vince Mendoza, arranger (Jim Beard With Vince Mendoza & The Metropole Orchestra)
- "Slings And Arrows"
- Vince Mendoza, arranger (Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge)
- "Up With End Credits" (From Up)
- Michael Giacchino & Tim Simonec, arrangers (Michael Giacchino)
- Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
- "Quiet Nights"
- "A Change Is Gonna Come"
- "Dedicated To You"
- "In The Still of the Night"
- Thomas Zink, arranger (Anne Walsh)
- "My One And Only Thrill"
- Vince Mendoza, arranger (Melody Gardot)
- Best Recording Package
- Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
- Best Album Notes
- Best Historical Album
- The Complete Chess Masters (1950-1967)
- Andy McKaie, compilation producer; Erick Labson, mastering engineer (Little Walter)
- My Dusty Road
- Scott Billington, Michael Creamer & Bill Nowlin, compilation producers; Doug Pomeroy, mastering engineer (Woody Guthrie)
- Origins of the Red Hot Mama, 1910-1922
- Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Richard Martin, mastering engineer (Sophie Tucker)
- Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism In Vintage Music And Photography 1890-1950
- Steven Lance Ledbetter & Jim Linderman, compilation producers; Robert Vosgien, mastering engineer (Various Artists)
- Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm
- Best Engineered Album, Non Classical
- Producer of the Year, Non Classical
- Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Production, surround sound
- Best Surround Sound Album
- Michael Bishop, surround mix engineer; Michael Bishop, surround mastering engineer; Elaine Martone, surround producer (Robert Spano, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choruses)
- David Miles Huber, surround mix engineer; David Miles Huber, surround mastering engineer; David Miles Huber, surround producer (David Miles Huber, Allen Hart, DJ Muad'Deep, Seren Wen, Musetta, Henta, Marcell Marias & Gail Pettis)
- Flute Mystery
- Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L'Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Emily Beynon, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fred Johnny Berg, Catherine Beynon & Philharmonia Orchestra)
- Kleiberg: Treble & Bass
- Morten Lindberg & Hans Peter L'Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Daniel Reuss, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Marianne Thorsen & Göran Sjölin)
- Genesis 1970-1975
- Nick Davis, surround mix engineer; Tony Cousins, surround mastering engineer; Nick Davis, surround producer (Genesis)
- Best Engineered Album, Classical
- Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10 - Peter Laenger, engineer (Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony)
- Britten: Billy Budd - Neil Hutchinson & Jonathan Stokes, engineers (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
- QSF Plays Brubeck - Judy Kirschner, engineer (Quartet San Francisco)
- Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé - Jesse Lewis & John Newton, engineers (James Levine, Tanglewood Festival Chorus & Boston Symphony Orchestra)
- Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 - John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre)
- Producer of the Year, Classical
- Steven Epstein
- Adams: Doctor Atomic Symphony (David Robertson & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)
- Bernstein: Mass (Marin Alsop, Jubilant Sykes, Asher Edward Wulfman, Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children's Chorus & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
- Corigliano: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy (Leonard Slatkin, George Mabry, Sir Thomas Allen, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
- Fauré: Piano Quintets (Fine Arts Quartet & Cristina Ortiz)
- Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace (Yo-Yo Ma & Various Artists)
- Blanton Alspaugh
- Carlson, David: Anna Karenina (Stewart Robertson, Christine Abraham, Sarah Colburn, Robert Gierlach, Christian Van Horn, Kelly Kaduce, Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra)
- Menotti: Amahl And The Night Visitors; My Christmas (Alastair Willis, Ike Hawkersmith, Kirsten Gunlogson, Dean Anthony, Todd Thomas, Kevin Short, Bart LeFan, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
- Ravel: L'Enfant Et Les Sortilèges (Alastair Willis, Julie Boulianne, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chattanooga Boys Choir, Nashville Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Orchestra)
- Schubert: Death And The Maiden (JoAnn Falletta &; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
- Sierra, Roberto: Missa Latina 'Pro Pace' (Andreas Delfs, Nathaniel Webster, Heidi Grant Murphy, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus & Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
- John Fraser
- Britten: Billy Budd (Daniel Harding, Nathan Gunn, Ian Bostridge, Gidon Saks, Neal Davies, Jonathan Lemalu, Matthew Rose, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
- Midsummer Night (Kate Royal, Edward Gardner, Crouch End Festival Chorus & Orchestra Of English National Opera)
- Schubert: Schwanengesang (Ian Bostridge & Antonio Pappano)
- Shadows Of Silence (Leif Ove Andsnes, Franz Welzer-Möst & Sinfonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
- David Frost
- An American Journey (Eroica Trio)
- Journey to the New World (Sharon Isbin, Mark O'Connor & Joan Baez)
- Korngold: Violin Concerto; Schauspiel Overture; Much Ado About Nothing (Philippe Quint, Carlos Miguel Prieto & Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria)
- Mozart: Piano Concertos 21 & 22 (Jonathan Biss & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)
- O'Connor, Mark: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3 (Ida Kavafian, Mark O'Connor, Paul Neubauer & Matt Haimovitz)
- James Mallinson
- MacMillan, James: St. John Passion (Sir Colin Davis, Christopher Maltman, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
- Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Valery Gergiev, Choir Of Eltham College, Choral Arts Society of Washington, London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra)
- Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15 (Valery Gergiev & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
- Shostakovich: The Nose (Valery Gergiev, Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur, Vladislav Sulimsky, Chorus Of The Mariinsky Theatre & Orchestra Of The Mariinsky Theatre)
- Best Classical Album
- Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10
- Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors; Andreas Neubronner, producer; Peter Laenger, engineer/mixer; Andreas Neubronner, mastering engineer (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef, Elza van den Heever & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Girls Chorus & San Francisco Symphony Chorus)
- Bernstein: Mass
- Marin Alsop, conductor; Jubilant Sykes; Steven Epstein, producer; Richard King, engineer/mixer (Asher Edward Wulfman; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Morgan State University Choir & Peabody Children's Chorus)
- Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé
- Ravel: L'Enfant et les Sortilèges
- Alastair Willis, conductor; Julie Boulianne; Blanton Alspaugh, producer; Mark Donahue & John Hill, engineers/mixers (Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Chattanooga Boys Choir, Chicago Symphony Chorus & Nashville Symphony Chorus)
- Shostakovich: The Nose
- Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky; James Mallinson, producer; John Newton & Dirk Sobotka, engineers/mixers; Mark Donahue, mastering engineer (Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre)
- Best Orchestra Performance
- "Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloé"
- James Levine, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus)
- "Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique"
- "Bruckner: Symphony No. 5"
- "Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 15"
- "Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4"
- Best Opera Recording
- "Britten: Billy Budd"
- "Messiaen: Saint François D'Assise"
- Ingo Metzmacher, conductor; Armand Arapian, Hubert Delamboye, Rod Gilfry, Henk Neven, Tom Randle & Camilla Tilling; Ferenc van Damme, producer (The Hague Philharmonic; Chorus of de Nederlandse Opera)
- "Musto, John: Volpone"
- Sara Jobin, conductor; Lisa Hopkins, Joshua Jeremiah, Museop Kim, Jeremy Little, Rodell Rosel & Faith Sherman; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (Wolf Trap Opera Company)
- "Shostakovich: The Nose"
- Valery Gergiev, conductor; Andrei Popov, Sergei Semishkur & Vladislav Sulimsky; James Mallinson, producer (Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre)
- "Tan Dun: Marco Polo"
- Tan Dun, conductor; Stephen Bryant, Sarah Castle, Zhang Jun, Nancy Allen Lundy, Stephen Richardson & Charles Workman; Ferenc van Damme, producer (Netherlands Chamber Orchestra; Cappella Amsterdam)
- Best Choral Performance
- "Mahler: Symphony No. 8; Adagio From Symphony No. 10"
- Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Ragnar Bohlin, Kevin Fox & Susan McMane, choir directors (Laura Claycomb, Anthony Dean Griffey, Elza van den Heever, Katarina Karnéus, Quinn Kelsey, James Morris, Yvonne Naef & Erin Wall; San Francisco Symphony; Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Symphony Chorus & San Francisco Girls Chorus)
- "Handel: Coronation Anthems"
- "Penderecki: Utrenja"
- Antoni Wit, conductor (Gennady Bezzubenkov, Iwona Hossa, Piotr Kusiewicz, Piotr Nowacki & Agnieszka Rehlis; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Boys' Choir & Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)
- "Song of the Stars: Granados, Casals & Blancafort"
- Dennis Keene, conductor (Erica Kiesewetter; Mark Kruczek & Douglas Riva; Voices Of Ascension)
- "A Spotless Rose"
Paul McCreesh, conductor (The Gabrieli Consort)
- Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
- "Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3"
- "Bartók: 3 Concertos"
- "Bermel, Derek: Voices For Solo Clarinet And Orchestra"
- Gil Rose, conductor; Derek Bermel (Boston Modern Orchestra Project)
- "Korngold: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35"
- "Salonen, Esa-Pekka: Piano Concerto"
- Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
- Best Chamber Music Performance
- Best Small Ensemble Performance
- "Lang, David: The Little Match Girl Passion"
- Paul Hillier, conductor; Ars Nova Copenhagen & Theatre Of Voices
- "Bach: Orchestral Suites For A Young Prince"
- "Josquin: Missa Malheur Me Bat"
- "Song Of Songs"
- "Vivaldi: Concertos"
- Best Classical Vocal Performance
- "Verismo Arias" - Renée Fleming (Marco Armiliato; Jonas Kaufmann; Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; Coro Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppe Verdi)
- "Bach" - Anne Sofie von Otter (Lars Ulrik Mortensen; Anders J. Dahlin, Jakob Bloch Jespersen, Tomas Medici & Karin Roman; Concerto Copenhagen)
- "Bel Canto Spectacular" - Juan Diego Flórez (Daniel Oren; Daniella Barcellona, Patrizia Ciofi, Plácido Domingo, Mariusz Kwiecien, Anna Netrebko & Fernando Piqueras; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana; Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana)
- "Recital at Ravinia" - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (Drew Minter; Peter Serkin)
- "Un Frisson Français" - Susan Graham (Malcolm Martineau)
- Best Classical Contemporary Composition
- Best Classical Crossover Album
- Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs of Joy & Peace - Yo-Yo Ma (Odair Assad, Sergio Assad, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Matt Brubeck, John Clayton, Paquito d'Rivera, Renée Fleming, Diana Krall, Alison Krauss, Natalie McMaster, Edgar Meyer, Cristina Pato, Joshua Redman, Jake Shimabukuro, Silk Road Ensemble, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Wu Tong, Alon Yavnai and Amelia Zirin-Brown)
- A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert
- Jazz-Clazz - Paquito D'Rivera Quintet (Trio Clarone)
- The Melody Of Rhythm
- QSF Plays Brubeck - Quartet San Francisco
- Twelve Songs by Charles Ives
- Best Short Form Music Video
- Best Long Form Music Video
Special merit awards
- MusiCares Person of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
- Trustees Award Winners
- Technical Grammy Award Winners
- President's Merit Award
Artists with multiple nominations and awards
The following artists received nominations more than two:
A tribute to the music personalities lost in 2009: Mary Travers, Mike Seeger, Kate McGarrigle, Alan W. Livingston, Allen Klein, Pop Winans, Sami Bradley, Willie Mitchell, Snooks Eaglin, Koko Taylor, Louie Bellson, Gerry Niewood, Sam Butera, Hank Crawford, Dan Seals, Kenny Rankin, Vern Gosdin, Shelby Singleton, Larry Knechtel, Barry Beckett, Teddy Pendergrass, Hal Gaba, Skip Miller, Uriel Jones, Jim Dickinson, DJ AM, Stephen Bruton, Jay Bennett, Vic Chesnutt, Bob Bogle, Tom Wilkes, Maurice Jarre, Vic Mizzy, Ali Akbar Khan, George Russell, Arthur Ferrante, Lukas Foss, Erich Kunzel, Alicia de Larrocha, Wilma Cozart Fine, Mercedes Sosa, Orlando "Cachaíto" López, Ellie Greenwich, Greg Ladanyi, Al Martino, Pierre Cossette and Les Paul.
Note: Michael Jackson and Les Paul were given special tributes.
- ^[I] "The Climb", written by Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe and featured in Hannah Montana: The Movie, was originally nominated but was withdrawn by Walt Disney Records because it had not been written specifically for a film as the category's eligibility rules require. NARAS released a statement thanking Disney for its honesty and announcing that "The Climb" had been replaced by "All Is Love", with the fifth highest initial votes.