2006 nominees


To be eligible, recordings must have been released between the dates of Oct. 1, 2005, through Sept. 30, 2006.


Record of the Year

“Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige (Bryan-Michael Cox, producer; Danny Cheung, Tal Herzberg and Dave “Hard-Drive” Pensado, engineers/mixers); “You’re Beautiful,” James Blunt (Tom Rothrock, producer; Tom Rothrock and Mike Tarantino, engineers/mixers); “Not Ready to Make Nice,” Dixie Chicks (Rick Rubin, producer; Richard Dodd, Jim Scott and Chris Testa, engineers/mixers); “Crazy,” Gnarls Barkley (Danger Mouse, producer; Ben H. Allen, Danger Mouse and Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers); “Put Your Records On,” Corinne Bailey Rae (Steve Chrisanthou, producer; Steve Chrisanthou and Jeremy Wheatley, engineers/mixers)


Album of the Year

“Taking the Long Way,” Dixie Chicks (Rick Rubin, producer; Richard Dodd, Jim Scott and Chris Testa, engineers/mixers; Richard Dodd, mastering engineer); “St. Elsewhere,” Gnarls Barkley (Danger Mouse, producer; Ben H. Allen, Danger Mouse and Kennie Takahashi, engineers/mixers; Mike Lazer, mastering engineer); “Continuum,” John Mayer (Steve Jordan and John Mayer, producers; John Alagia, Michael Brauer, Joe Ferla, Chad Franscoviak, Manny Marroquin and Dave O'Donnell, engineers/mixers; Greg Calbi, mastering engineer); “Stadium Arcadium,” Red Hot Chili Peppers (Rick Rubin, producer; Ryan Hewitt, Mark Linette and Andrew Scheps, engineers/mixers; Vlado Meller, mastering engineer); “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” Justin Timberlake (Nate (Danga) Hills, Jawbreakers, Rick Rubin, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass, Serban Ghenea, Padraic Kerin, Jason Lader, Andrew Scheps, Timbaland and Ethan Willoughby, engineers/mixers; Herb Powers Jr., mastering engineer)

Song of the Year

“Be Without You,” Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jason Perry, songwriters (Mary J. Blige); “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, songwriters (Carrie Underwood); “Not Ready to Make Nice,” Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Dan Wilson, songwriters (Dixie Chicks); “Put Your Records On,” John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou and Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriters (Corinne Bailey Rae); “You’re Beautiful,” James Blunt, Amanda Ghost and Sacha Skarbek, songwriters (James Blunt)

New Artist

James Blunt; Chris Brown; Imogen Heap; Corinne Bailey Rae; Carrie Underwood


Female Pop Vocal Performance

“Ain’t No Other Man,” Christina Aguilera; “Unwritten,” Natasha Bedingfield; “You Can Close Your Eyes,” Sheryl Crow; “Stupid Girls,” Pink; “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” KT Tunstall

Male Pop Vocal Performance

“You’re Beautiful,” James Blunt; “Save Room,” John Legend; “Waiting on the World to Change,” John Mayer; “Jenny Wren,” Paul McCartney; “Bad Day,” Daniel Powter

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“My Humps,” The Black Eyed Peas; “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” Death Cab for Cutie; “Over My Head (Cable Car),” The Fray; “Is It Any Wonder?” Keane; “Stickwitu,” The Pussycat Dolls

Pop Collaboration With Vocals

“For Once in My Life,” Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder; “One,” Mary J. Blige and U2; “Always on Your Side,” Sheryl Crow and Sting; “Promiscuous,” Nelly Furtado and Timbaland; “Hips Don’t Lie,” Shakira and Wyclef Jean

Pop Instrumental Performance

“Mornin’,” George Benson (and Al Jarreau); “Drifting,” Enya; “Subterfuge,” Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; “Song H,” Bruce Hornsby; “My Favorite Things,” The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Pop Instrumental Album

“New Beginnings,” Gerald Albright; “Fire Wire,” Larry Carlton; “X,” Fourplay; “Fingerprints,” Peter Frampton; “Wrapped in a Dream,” Spyro Gyra

Pop Vocal Album

“Back to Basics,” Christina Aguilera; “Back to Bedlam,” James Blunt; “The River in Reverse,” Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint; “Continuum,” John Mayer; “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” Justin Timberlake


Dance Recording

“Suffer Well,” Depeche Mode (Ben Hillier, producer; Steve Fitzmaurice and Ben Hillier, mixers); “Ooh La La,” Goldfrapp (Goldfrapp, producers; Mark “Spike” Stent, mixer); “Get Together,” Madonna (Madonna and Stuart Price, producers; Mark “Spike” Stent, mixer); “I’m With Stupid,” Pet Shop Boys (Trevor Horn, producer; Robert Orton, mixer); “Sexy Back,” Justin Timberlake and Timbaland (Danja, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass, mixer)

Electronic/Dance Album

“Supernature,” Goldfrapp; “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” Madonna; “A Lively Mind,” Oakenfold; “Fundamental,” Pet Shop Boys; “The Garden,” Zero 7


Traditional Pop Vocal Album

“Duets: An American Classic,” Tony Bennett; “Caught in the Act,” Michael Buble; “Wintersong,” Sarah McLachlan; “Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook,” Bette Midler; “Timeless Love,” Smokey Robinson


Solo Rock Vocal Performance

“Nausea,” Beck; “Someday Baby,” Bob Dylan; “Route 66,” John Mayer; “Saving Grace,” Tom Petty; “Lookin’ for a Leader,” Neil Young

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“Talk,” Coldplay; “How to Save a Life,” The Fray; “Steady, as She Goes,” The Raconteurs; “Dani California,” Red Hot Chili Peppers; “The Saints are Coming,” U2 and Green Day

Hard Rock Performance

“Crazy Bitch,” Buckcherry; “Every Day Is Exactly the Same,” Nine Inch Nails; “Lonely Day,” System of a Down; “Vicarious,” Tool; “Woman,” Wolfmother

Metal Performance

“Redneck,” Lamb of God; “Colony of Birchmen,” Mastodon; “Lies, Lies, Lies,” Ministry; “Eyes of the Insane,” Slayer; “30/30-150,” Stone Sour

Rock Instrumental Performance

“Chun Li’s Flying Bird Kick,” Arctic Monkeys; “The Wizard Turns On ... ,” The Flaming Lips; “Black Hole Sun,” Peter Frampton; “Catsellorizon,” David Gilmour; “Super Colossal,” Joe Satriani

Rock Song

“Chasing Cars,” Nathan Connolly, Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn, Tom Simpson and Paul Wilson, songwriters (Snow Patrol); “Dani California,” Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith, songwriters (Red Hot Chili Peppers); “Lookin’ for a Leader,” Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young); “Someday Baby,” Bob Dylan, songwriter (Bob Dylan); “When You Were Young,” Brandon Flowers, Dave Keuning, Mark Stoermer and Ronnie Vannucci, songwriters (The Killers)

Rock Album

“Try!” John Mayer Trio; “Highway Companion,” Tom Petty; “Broken Boy Soldiers,” The Raconteurs; “Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers; “Living With War,” Neil Young


Alternative Music Album

“Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not,” Arctic Monkeys; “At War With the Mystics,” The Flaming Lips; “St. Elsewhere,” Gnarls Barkley; “Show Your Bones,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs; “The Eraser,” Thom Yorke


Female R&B; Vocal Performance

“Ring the Alarm,” Beyonce; “Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige; “Don’t Forget About Us,” Mariah Carey; “Day Dreaming,” Natalie Cole; “I Am Not My Hair,” India.Arie

Male R&B; Vocal Performance

“Heaven,” John Legend; “So Sick,” Ne-Yo; “Black Sweat,” Prince; “I Call It Love,” Lionel Richie; “Got You Home,” Luther Vandross

R&B; Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals

“Breezin’,” George Benson and Al Jarreau; “Love Changes,” Jamie Foxx featuring Mary J. Blige; “Everyday (Family Reunion),” Chaka Khan, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams and Carl Thomas; “Family Affair,” (Sly and the Family Stone), John Legend, Joss Stone with Van Hunt; “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed,” Prince and Tamar

Traditional R&B; Vocal Performance

“Christmas Time Is Here,” Anita Baker; “God Bless the Child,” George Benson and Al Jarreau featuring Jill Scott; “I Found My Everything,” Mary J. Blige featuring Raphael Saadiq; “You Are So Beautiful,” Sam Moore featuring Billy Preston, Zucchero, Eric Clapton and Robert Randolph; “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” The Temptations

Urban/Alternative Performance

“Crazy,” Gnarls Barkley; “That Heat,” Sergio Mendes featuring Erykah Badu and; “Mas Que Nada,” Sergio Mendes featuring the Black Eyed Peas; “Idlewild Blue (Don’t Chu Worry ‘Bout Me),” OutKast; “3121,” Prince

R&B; Song

“Be Without You,” Johnta Austin, Mary J. Blige, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jason Perry, songwriters (Mary J. Blige); “Black Sweat,” Prince, songwriter (Prince); “Deja Vu,” Shawn Carter, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Beyonce Knowles, Makeba, Keli Nicole Price and Delisha Thomas, songwriters (Beyonce featuring Jay-Z); “Don’t Forget About Us,” Johnta Austin, Mariah Carey, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri, songwriters (Mariah Carey); “I Am Not My Hair,” Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders and India Arie Simpson, songwriters (India.Arie)

R&B; Album

“The Breakthrough,” Mary J. Blige; “Unpredictable,” Jamie Foxx; “Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship,” India.Arie; “3121,” Prince; “Coming Home,” Lionel Richie

Contemporary R&B; Album

“B'Day,” Beyonce; “Chris Brown,” Chris Brown; “20 Y.O.,” Janet Jackson; “Kelis Was Here,” Kelis; “In My Own Words,” Ne-Yo


Rap Solo Performance

“Touch It,” Busta Rhymes; “We Run This,” Missy Elliott; “Kick, Push,” Lupe Fiasco; “Undeniable,” Mos Def; “What You Know,” T.I.

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

“Ridin’,” Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone; “Georgia,” Ludacris and Field Mob (featuring Jamie Foxx); “Grillz,” Nelly featuring Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp; “Mighty ‘O,’ ” OutKast; “Don’t Feel Right,” the Roots

Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Smack That,” Akon featuring Eminem; “Deja Vu,” Beyonce featuring Jay-Z; “Shake That,” Eminem featuring Nate Dogg; “Unpredictable,” Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris; “My Love,” Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.

Rap Song

“It’s Goin’ Down,” Chadron Moore and Jasiel Robinson, songwriters (Yung Joc); “Kick, Push,” Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, songwriter (Lupe Fiasco); “Money Maker,” Christopher Bridges and Pharrell Williams, songwriters (Ludacris featuring Pharrell); “Ridin’,” Anthony Henderson, J. Slainas, O. Salinas and Hakeem Seriki, songwriters (Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone); “What You Know,” A. Davis and Clifford Harris, songwriters; (Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson and Curtis Mayfield, songwriters) (T.I.)

Rap Album

“Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor,” Lupe Fiasco; “Release Therapy,” Ludacris; “In My Mind,” Pharrell; “Game Theory,” the Roots; “King,” T.I.


Female Country Vocal Performance

“Kerosene,” Miranda Lambert; “I Still Miss Someone,” Martina McBride; “Something’s Gotta Give,” LeAnn Rimes; “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” Carrie Underwood; “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today,” Gretchen Wilson

Male Country Vocal Performance

“Every Mile a Memory,” Dierks Bentley; “The Reason Why,” Vince Gill; “The Seashores of Old Mexico,” George Strait; “Would You Go With Me,” Josh Turner; “Once in a Lifetime,” Keith Urban

Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

“Not Ready to Make Nice,” Dixie Chicks; “Heaven’s My Home,” the Duhks; “Boondocks,” Little Big Town; “What Hurts the Most,” Rascal Flatts; “Leave the Pieces,” the Wreckers

Country Collaboration With Vocals

“Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles; “Tomorrow Is Forever,” Solomon Burke and Dolly Parton; “Calling Me,” Kenny Rogers and Don Henley; “Midnight Angel,” Rhonda Vincent and Bobby Osborne; “Love Will Always Win,” Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks

Country Instrumental Performance

“Jerusalem Ridge,” Casey Driessen; “Gameshow Rag/Cannonball Rag,” Tommy Emmanuel; “Whiskey Before Breakfast,” Bryan Sutton and Doc Watson; “The Eleventh Reel,” Chris Thile; “Nature of the Beast,” Jim VanCleve

Country Song

“Every Mile a Memory,” Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley and Steve Bogard, songwriters (Dierks Bentley); “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today,” Matraca Berg and Jim Collins, songwriters (Gretchen Wilson); “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, songwriters (Carrie Underwood); “Like Red on a Rose,” Melanie Castleman and Robert Lee Castleman, songwriters (Alan Jackson); “What Hurts the Most,” Steve Robson and Jeffrey Steele, songwriters (Rascal Flatts)

Country Album

“Taking the Long Way,” Dixie Chicks; “Like Red on a Rose,” Alan Jackson; “The Road to Here,” Little Big Town; “You Don’t Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker,” Willie Nelson; “Your Man,” Josh Turner

Bluegrass Album

“Long List of Heartaches,” the Grascals; “Bluegrass,” Jim Lauderdale; “Instrumentals,” Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder; “Live at the Ryman,” Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives; “All American Bluegrass Girl,” Rhonda Vincent


New Age Album

“A Posteriori,” Enigma; “Amarantine,” Enya; “Beyond Words,” Gentle Thunder with Will Clipman and AmoChip Dabney; “Elements Series: Fire,” Peter Kater; “The Magical Journeys of Andreas Vollenweider,” Andreas Vollenweider


Contemporary Jazz Album

“The Hidden Land,” Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; “People People Music Music,” Groove Collective; “Rewind That,” Christian Scott; “Sexotica,” Sex Mob; “Who Let the Cats Out?,” Mike Stern

Jazz Vocal Album

“Footprints,” Karrin Allyson; “Easy to Love,” Roberta Gambarini; “Live at Jazz Standard With Fred Hersch,” Nancy King; “From This Moment On,” Diana Krall; “Turned to Blue,” Nancy Wilson

Jazz Instrumental Solo

“Some Skunk Funk,” Michael Brecker, soloist; “Paq Man,” Paquito D'Rivera, soloist; “Freedom Jazz Dance,” Taylor Eigsti, soloist; “Hippidy Hop (Drum Solo),” Roy Haynes, soloist; “Hope,” Branford Marsalis, soloist

Jazz Instrumental Album

“Sound Grammar,” Ornette Coleman; “The Ultimate Adventure,” Chick Corea; “Trio Beyond -- Saudades,” Jack DeJohnette, Larry Goldings and John Scofield; “Beyond the Wall,” Kenny Garrett; “Sonny, Please,” Sonny Rollins

Large Jazz Ensemble Album

“Some Skunk Funk,” Randy Brecker with Michael Brecker, Jim Beard, Will Lee, Peter Erskine, Marcio Doctor and Vince Mendoza conducting the WDR Big Band Koln; “Spirit Music,” Bob Brookmeyer -- New Art Orchestra; “Streams of Expression,” Joe Lovano Ensemble; “Live in Tokyo at the Blue Note,” Mingus Big Band; “Up From the Skies -- Music of Jim McNeely,” the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Latin Jazz Album

“Codes,” Ignacio Berroa; “Cubist Music,” Edsel Gomez; “Simpatico,” The Brian Lynch/Eddie Palmieri Project; “Absolute Quintet,” Dafnis Prieto; “Viva,” Diego Urcola, Edward Simon, Avishai Cohen, Antonio Sanchez and Pernell Saturnino


Engineered Album

Elgar: “Enigma Variations,” Britten, engineer: “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” “Four Sea Interludes,” Michael Bishop, engineer; “Latigo,” Leslie Ann Jones, engineer; “Mahler: Symphony No. 2,” Wolf-Dieter Karwatky and Rainer Maillard, engineers; “Requiem,” John Newton engineer; “Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor and Other a Cappella Works,” Jack Renner, engineer

Producer of the Year

Manfred Eicher; Stephen Johns; James Mallinson; Elaine Martone; Sid McLauchlan

Classical Album

Beethoven: “Symphonies Nos. 1-9” (Bernard Haitink, conductor; James Mallinson, producer); Lieberson: “Rilke Songs,” “The Six Realms,” Horn Concerto (Justin Brown and Donald Palma, conductors; Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, William Purvis, Peter Serkin; David Starobin, producer); Mahler: “Symphony No. 7” (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor; Andreas Neubronner, producer); “Martha Argerich and Friends: Live From the Lugano Festival 2005” (Ulrich Ruscher, producer); Mozart: “La Clemenza di Tito” (Rene Jacobs, conductor; Marie-Claude Chappuis, Bernarda Fink, Sergio Foresti, Sunhae Im, Mark Padmore, Alexandrina Pendatchanska; Martin Sauer, producer)

Orchestral Performance

Bax: Tone Poems, Vernon Handley; Glazunov: Symphonies 4 and 7, Jose Serebrier; Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, Ivan Fischer; Mahler: Symphony No. 7, Michael Tilson Thomas; Prokofiev: The Complete Symphonies, Valery Gergiev

Opera Recording

Bennett: “The Mines of Sulphur,” Stewart Robertson; Golijov: “Ainadamar: Fountain of Tears,” Robert Spano; Mozart: “La Clemenza di Tito,” Rene Jacobs; Smetana: “The Bartered Bride,” Charles Mackerras; Verdi: “La Traviata,” Carlo Rizzi

Choral Performance

“Immortal Nystedt,” Oystein Fevang; Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, Paul McCreesh; Part: “Da Pacem,” Paul Hillier; Requiem, Craig Hella Johnson; Whitacre: “Cloudburst and Other Choral Works,” Stephen Layton

Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)

Brahms: The Piano Concertos (Riccardo Chailly; Nelson Freire); Henze: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 (Christopher Lyndon-Gee; Peter Sheppard Skaerved); Messiaen: “Oiseaux Exotiques” (“Exotic Birds”) (John McLaughlin Williams; Angelin Chang); Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 1 and 2 (Antonio Pappano; Leif Ove Andsnes); Schmidt: Concertos, (Ole Schmidt; Ulla Miilmann)

Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)

Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, Gidon Kremer; Bacheler: “The Bachelar’s Delight,” Paul O'Dette; Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas, Vol. II, Andras Schiff; Chopin: Nocturnes, Maurizio Pollini; Primrose: Viola Transcriptions, Roberto Diaz

Chamber Music Performance

Mozart: Chamber Works for Winds and Strings, the Chicago Chamber Musicians; Corigliano: Violin Sonata, Etude Fantasy, Andrew Russo, Corey Cerovsek and Steven Heyman; “Intimate Voices,” Emerson String Quartet; “Martha Argerich and Friends: Live From the Lugano Festival 2005,” Martha Argerich and Friends; Shostakovich: Piano Trios 1 and 2, “Seven Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok,” Beaux Arts Trio

Small Ensemble Performance

“Angel Dances,” 12 Cellists of Berliner Philharmoniker; “Ikon” (Harry Christophers; the Sixteen); “Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quijote de La Mancha -- Romances y Musicas” (Jordi Savall; Hesperion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya); Padilla: “Sun of Justice” (Peter Rutenberg; Los Angeles Chamber Singers’ Cappella); Shostakovich/Sviridov/Vainberg: Chamber Symphonies (Yuri Bashmet; Moscow Soloists)

Classical Vocal Performance

Britten: “Song Cycles,” Ian Bostridge; “Canciones Argentinas,” Bernarda Fink and Marcos Fink; “Consider, My Soul,” Thomas Quasthoff; “Rilke Songs,” Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; “Songs of Amy Beach,” Patrick Mason

Classical Contemporary Composition

Elliott Carter: “Boston Concerto”; Osvaldo Golijov: “Ainadamar: Fountain of Tears”; Christopher Theofanidis: “The Here and Now”; David Del Tredici: “Paul Revere’s Ride”; James MacMillan: “A Scotch Bestiary”

Classical Crossover Album

“The Film Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold,” Rumon Gamba; “Invention & Alchemy” (David Lockington; Deborah Henson-Conant); “Latigo,” Quartet San Francisco; “Simple Gifts,” Bryn Terfel; Song Zu Ying: “The Diva Goes to the Movies,” Song Zu Ying


Gospel Performance

“Victory,” Yolanda Adams; “Not Forgotten,” Israel & New Breed; “The Blessing of Abraham,” Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers; “Made to Worship,” Chris Tomlin; “Victory,” Tye Tribbett & G.A.

Gospel Song

“The Blessing of Abraham,” Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers); “Imagine Me,” Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin); “Mountain of God Brown Bannister & Mac Powell, songwriters (Third Day); “Not Forgotten,” Israel Houghton & Aaron Lindsey, songwriters (Israel & New Breed); “Victory,” Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett & G.A.)

Rock or Rap Gospel Album

“DecembeRadio,” DecembeRadio; “Where the Past Meets Today,” Sarah Kelly; “Turn Around,” Jonny Lang; “End of Silence,” Red; “Bone-A-Fide,” T-Bone

Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

“Sound of Melodies,” Leeland; “Coming Up to Breathe,” MercyMe; “Wherever You Are,” Third Day; “See the Morning,” Chris Tomlin; “Introducing Ayiesha Woods,” Ayiesha Woods

Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album

“Kenny Bishop,” Kenny Bishop; “Give It Away,” Gaither Vocal Band; “Precious Memories,” Alan Jackson; “The Promised Land,” The Del McCoury Band; “Glory Train,” Randy Travis

Traditional Gospel Album

“An Invitation to Worship,” Byron Cage; “Paved the Way,” The Caravans; “Still Keeping It Real,” The Dixie Hummingbirds; “Alive in South Africa,” Israel & New Breed; “Finale Act One,” Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers

Contemporary R&B; Gospel Album

“Set Me Free,” Myron Butler & Levi; “Hero,” Kirk Franklin; “A Timeless Christmas,” Israel & New Breed; “This Is Me,” Kierra Kiki Sheard; “Victory Live!” Tye Tribbett & G.A.


Latin Pop Album

“Adentro,” Arjona; “Lo Que Trajo el Barco,” Obie Bermudez; “Individual,” Fulano; “Trozos de Mi Alma 2,” Marco Antonio Solis; “Limon y Sal,” Julieta Venegas

Latin Rock/Alternative Album

“Lo Demas Es Plastico,” Black:Guayaba; “The Underdog/El Subestimado,” Tego Calderon; “Calle 13,” Calle 13; “Superpop Venezuela,” Los Amigos Invisibles; “Amar Es Combatir,” Mana

Tropical Latin Album

“Fuzionando,” Oscar D'Leon; “Salsaton: Salsa Con Reggaeton,” Andy Montanez; “Hoy, Manana y Siempre,” Tito Nieves; “Directo al Corazon,” Gilberto Santa Rosa; “What You’ve Been Waiting for -- Lo Que Esperabas,” Tiempo Libre

Mexican/Mexican American Album

“Historias de Mi Tierra,” Pepe Aguilar; “No Es Brujeria,” Ana Barbara; “25 Aniversario,” Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez; “A Toda Ley,” Pablo Montero; “Orgullo de Mujer,” Alicia Villarreal

Tejano Album

“Sigue El Taconazo,” Chente Barrera; “It’s ... All Right,” Jimmy Edward; “Live in Session,” Bob Gallarza; “All of Me,” Jay Perez; “Rebecca Valadez,” Rebecca Valadez

Norteno Album

“Algo de Mi,” Conjunto Primavera; “Puro Pa’ Arriba,” Los Huracanes del Norte; “Historias Que Contar,” Los Tigres del Norte; “Piensame un Momento,” Pesado; “Prefiero la Soledad,” Retono

Banda Album

“20 Mil Heridas,” Banda Machos; “Mas Fuerte Que Nunca,” Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga; “Amor Gitano,” Cuisillos; “A Mucha Honra,” Ezequiel Pena; “Mas Alla del Sol,” Joan Sebastian


Traditional Blues Album

“Brother to the Blues,” Tab Benoit With Louisiana’s Leroux; “Bronx in Blue,” Dion; “People Gonna Talk,” James Hunter; “Guitar Groove-A-Rama,” Duke Robillard; “Risin’ With the Blues,” Ike Turner

Contemporary Blues Album

“Live From Across the Pond,” Robert Cray Band; “Sippiana Hericane,” Dr. John & the Lower 911; “Suitcase,” Keb’ Mo’; “Hope and Desire,” Susan Tedeschi; “After the Rain,” Irma Thomas


Traditional Folk Album

“I Stand Alone,” Ramblin’ Jack Elliott; “Gonna Let It Shine,” Odetta; “Adieu False Heart,” Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy; “We Shall Overcome -- The Seeger Sessions,” Bruce Springsteen; “A Distant Land to Roam,” Ralph Stanley

Contemporary Folk/Americana Album

“Solo Acoustic Vol. 1,” Jackson Browne; “Black Cadillac,” Rosanne Cash; “Workbench Songs,” Guy Clark; “Modern Times,” Bob Dylan; “All the Roadrunning,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris

Native American Music


“Voice of the Drum,” Black Eagle; “Heart of the Wind,” Robert Tree Cody and Will Clipman; “American Indian Story,” Jana; “Long Winter Nights,” Northern Cree & Friends; “Dance With the Wind,” Mary Youngblood

Hawaiian Music Album

“Generation Hawai’i,” Amy Hanaiali’i; “Grandmaster Slack Key Guitar,” Ledward Ka'apana; “The Wild Hawaiian,” Henry Kapono; “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings,” various artists; “Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar -- Live From Maui,” various artists


Best Reggae Album

“Too Bad,” Buju Banton; “Love Is My Religion,” Ziggy Marley; “Youth,” Matisyahu; “Rhythm Doubles,” Sly & Robbie; “Who You Fighting For,” UB40


Traditional World Music


“Music of Central Asia Vol. 2: Invisible Face of the Beloved: Classical Music of the Tajiks and Uzbeks,” the Academy of Maqam; “Endless Vision,” Hossein Alizadeh and Djivan Gasparyan; “Hambo in the Snow,” Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley and Charlie Pilzer; “Golden Strings of the Sarode,” Aashish Khan and Zakir Hussain; “Blessed,” Soweto Gospel Choir

Contemporary World Music Album

“Tiki,” Richard Bona; “M'Bemba,” Salif Keita; “Wonder Wheel,” the Klezmatics; “Long Walk to Freedom,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo; “Savane,” Ali Farka Toure


Polka Album

“Batteries Not Included,” Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones; “As Sweet as Candy,” Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push; “Party Dress,” LynnMarie & the Boxhounds; “Good Friends Good Music,” Walter Ostanek and Fred Ziwich; “Polka in Paradise,” Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra


Musical Album for Children

“Baby Einstein Meet the Orchestra,” various artists; “Beethoven’s Wig 3: Many More Sing Along Symphonies,” Beethoven’s Wig; “Catch That Train!” Dan Zanes and Friends; “My Best Day,” Trout Fishing in America; “The Sunny Side of the Street,” John Lithgow

Spoken Word Album for Children

“Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates & Dogs,” Bill Harley; “Christmas in the Trenches,” John McCutcheon; “Disney’s Little Einstein’s Musical Missions,” various artists; “Peter Pan,” Jim Dale; “The Witches,” Lynn Redgrave


Spoken Word Album

“I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!” Bob Newhart; “New Rules -- Polite Musings From a Timid Observer,” Bill Maher; “Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis,” Jimmy Carter; “The Truth (With Jokes),” Al Franken; “With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together,” Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.


Comedy Album

“Blue Collar Comedy Tour -- One for the Road,” Bill Engvall, Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy; “The Carnegie Hall Performance,” Lewis Black; “Life Is Worth Losing,” George Carlin; “Straight Outta Lynwood,” “Weird Al” Yankovic; “You Can’t Fix Stupid,” Ron White


Musical Show Album

“The Color Purple,” Jay David Saks, producer; Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell and Allee Willis, composers/lyricists; “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Kurt Deutsch, Joel Moss and Phil Reno, producers; Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, composers/lyricists; “Jersey Boys,” Bob Gaudio, producer (Bob Gaudio, composer; Bob Crewe, lyricist); “The Pajama Game,” Harry Connick Jr. and Tracey Freeman, producers (Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, composers/lyricists); “Sweeney Todd -- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” Tommy Krasker, producer (Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist)


Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

“Brokeback Mountain,” various artists; “Cars,” various artists; “Grey’s Anatomy -- Volume 2,” various artists; “Little Miss Sunshine,” various artists; “Walk the Line,” Joaquin Phoenix and various artists

Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

“The Chronicles of Narnia -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Harry Gregson-Williams, composer; “The Da Vinci Code,” Hans Zimmer, composer; “Memoirs of a Geisha,” John Williams, composer; “Munich,” John Williams, composer; “Pirates of the Caribbean -- Dead Man’s Chest,” Hans Zimmer, composer

Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

“Can’t Take It In,” Imogen Heap, songwriter, track from “The Chronicles of Narnia -- The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe”; “I Need to Wake Up,” Melissa Etheridge, songwriter, track from “An Inconvenient Truth”; “Our Town,” Randy Newman, songwriter, track from “Cars”; “There’s Nothing Like a Show on Broadway,” Mel Brooks, songwriter, track from “The Producers”; “Travelin’ Thru,” Dolly Parton, songwriter, track from “Transamerica”


Instrumental Composition

“Argument,” Taylor Eigsti, composer (Taylor Eigsti), track from “Lucky to Be Me”; “A Concerto in Swing,” Patrick Williams, composer (The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra & Big Band), track from “Elevation”; “A Prayer for Peace,” John Williams, composer (John Williams), track from “Munich -- Soundtrack”; “Sayuri’s Theme and End Credits,” John Williams, composer (John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman), track from “Memoirs of a Geisha -- Soundtrack”; “Valentine,” Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch), track from “In Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis”

Instrumental Arrangement

“Attack of the Killer Tomatoes,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band), track from “The Phat Pack”; “Three Ghouls,” Chick Corea, arranger (Chick Corea), track from “The Ultimate Adventure”; “Three Women,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Gil Goldstein), track from “Under Rousseau’s Moon”; “Tom and Eddie,” Patrick Williams, arranger (The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra & Big Band), track from “Elevation”; “Up From the Skies,” Jim McNeely, arranger (The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra), track from “Up From the Skies -- Music of Jim McNeely”

Instrumental Arrangement

Accompanying Vocalist(s)

“For Once in My Life,” Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder), track from “Duets: An American Classic”; “Good Morning Heartache,” Gil Goldstein and Greg Phillinganes, arrangers (Chris Botti and Jill Scott), track from “To Love Again -- The Duets”; “My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count),” Vince Mendoza, arranger (Elvis Costello with the Metropole Orkest), track from “My Flame Burns Blue”; “Stardust,” Slide Hampton, arranger (Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band), track from “Dizzy’s Business”; “Suninga,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Gil Goldstein), track from “Under Rousseau’s Moon”


Recording Package

“The Best Worst-Case Scenario,” Ryan Clark, art director (Fair); “Personal File,” Randall Martin, art director (Johnny Cash); “Reprieve,” Ani DiFranco and Brian Grunert, art directors (Ani DiFranco); “10,000 Days,” Adam Jones, art director (Tool); “Versions,” Neal Ashby and Matthew Curry, art directors (Thievery Corporation)

Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

“The Cellar Door Sessions 1970,” Howard Fritzson, Dan Ichimoto and Seth Rothstein, art directors (Miles Davis); “Fonotone Records,” Susan Archie and Henry Owings, art directors (various artists); “A Life Less Lived -- The Gothic Box,” Hugh Brown and Jean Krikorian, art directors (various artists); “One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found,” Hugh Brown, Sheryl Farber and Maria Villar, art directors (various artists); “Stadium Arcadium,” Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and Matt Taylor, art directors (Red Hot Chili Peppers)


Album Notes

“Good for What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows, 1926-1937,” Marshall Wyatt, album notes writer (various artists); “If You Got to Ask, You Ain’t Got It!” Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer (Fats Waller); “Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1891-1922,” Tim Brooks, album notes writer (various artists); “Pirate Radio,” Ben Edmonds, album notes writer (Pretenders); “There Is a Season,” David Fricke, album notes writer (The Byrds)


Historical Album

“Good for What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows, 1926-1937,” Marshall Wyatt, compilation producer; Christopher King, mastering engineer (various artists); “Lost Sounds: Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry 1891-1922,” Meagan Hennessey and Richard Martin, compilation producers; Tim Brooks, David Giovannoni and Richard Martin, mastering engineers (various artists); “One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found,” Sheryl Farber and Gary Stewart, compilation producers; Dan Hersch, Bill Inglot and Dave Schultz, mastering engineers (various artists); “Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006),” Rebekah Presson Mosby, compilation producer; Randy Perry, mastering engineer (various artists); “Rockin’ Bones: 1950’s Punk & Rockabilly,” James Austin and Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Bill Inglot and Dave Schultz, mastering engineers (various artists)


Engineered Album, Non-Classical

“Adieu False Heart,” Gary Paczosa, engineer (Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy); “At War With the Mystics,” The Flaming Lips and Dave Fridmann, engineers (The Flaming Lips); “Like Red on a Rose,” Brandon Bell, Terry Christian and Gary Paczosa, engineers (Alan Jackson); “The Phat Pack,” Marcelo Penell, Dave Sharenow and Tommy Vicari, engineers (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band); “Suitcase,” Rik Pekkonen and John Porter, engineers (Keb’ Mo’)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Howard Benson, T Bone Burnett, Danger Mouse, Rick Rubin,

Best Remixed Recording,


“Be Without You (Moto Blanco Vocal Mix),” Moto Blanco, remixer (Mary J. Blige); “Damage Thorn (Buick Project Remix),” Buick Project, remixers (Tiefschwarz and Tracey Thorn); “Deja Vu (Freemasons Club Mix -- No Rap),” Russell Small and James Wiltshire, remixers (Beyonce); “Talk (Thin White Duke Mix),” Jacques Lu Cont, remixer (Coldplay), track from “Talk Remix EP”; “World Hold On (E-Smoove Remix),” E-Smoove, remixer (Bob Sinclair).


Surround Sound Album

“Immortal Nystedt,” Morten Lindberg and Hans Peter L'Orange, surround mix engineers; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Ensemble 96 Conducted by Oystein Fevang); “Long Walk to Freedom,” Martin Walters, surround mix engineer; Martin Walters, surround mastering engineer; Martin Walters, surround producer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo); “Morph the Cat,” Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Donald Fagen, surround producer (Donald Fagen); “Straight Outta Lynwood,” Tony Papa, surround mix engineer; Bernie Grundman, surround mastering engineer; Al Yankovic, surround producer (“Weird Al” Yankovic); “A Valid Path,” P.J. Olsson and Alan Parsons, surround mix engineers; Bob Michaels, surround mastering engineer; Alan Parsons, surround producer (Alan Parsons)


Short-Form Music Video

“8th of November,” Big & Rich (Robert Deaton, George Flanigen and Marc Oswald, video directors; Robert Deaton, George Flanigen, Steve Lamar and Marc Oswald, video producers); “When You Were Young,” the Killers (Anthony Mandler, video director; Gina Leonard, video producer); “Here It Goes Again,” OK Go (Dan Konopka, Damian Kulash Jr., Timothy Nordwind, Andy Ross and Trish Sie, video directors; Dan Konopka, Damien Kulash Jr., Timothy Nordwind, Andy Ross and Trish Sie, video producers); “Dani California,” Red Hot Chili Peppers (Tony Kaye, video director; Rachel Curl, video producer); “Writing on the Walls,” Underoath (Thom Zimny, video director; Thom Zimny, video producer)

Long-Form Music Video

“Flow: Living in the Stream of Music,” Terence Blanchard (Jim Gabour, video director; Robin Burgess and Jim Gabour, video producers); “Directions,” Death Cab for Cutie (Noah Gelb, video producer); “Demon Days -- Live in Manchester,” Gorillaz (J.C. Hewlett, video director); “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret,” Madonna (Jonas Akerlund, video director; Susan Applegate, Angela Becker, Keeley Gould, Shelli Jury and David May, video producers); “Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen (Thom Zimny, video director; Thom Zimny, video producer)