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2008 Grammy Awards Wrap-Up: Album of the Year Shocker

By February 11, 2008

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I'll forgive pop music fans if the musical legend, and Album of the Year winner, pictured at right is not instantly familiar. It looked like the night was sailing along as a clean sweep of top awards for Amy Winehouse. Her hit "Rehab" had already picked up Record of the Year and Song of the Year honors. Despite a stunning live performance with Daft Punk, it clearly looked like Kanye West would head home as Album of the Year loser for a third time. Usher and Quincy Jones headed to the stage to present Album of the Year, the final award of the evening. Jones spoke for most viewers when he said "Unbelievable" as Herbie Hancock's jazz tribute to Joni Mitchell, River: The Joni Letters, was announced as Album of the Year. It was the first jazz winner as Album of the Year in 43 years.

In addition to the awards, this year's Grammy celebration included its share of stellar stage performances. 68 year old Tina Turner delivered a stunning set accompanied by Beyonce. A re-united Time blended past and present in a medley with Rihanna. Making their argument for being considered America's best rock band, the Foo Fighters performed their Grammy-nominated hit "The Pretender" outside the Staples Center for a horde of adoring fans. In the most hyped performance of the evening, Amy Winehouse sang live via a satellite feed from London showing, despite her raft of personal difficulties, her stunning voice is definitely intact.

At age 50, the Recording Academy proved the Grammy Awards is still the global music industry's biggest night bringing together stars across a range of genres unmatched by any other moment in the year's musical calendar. Check below for winners in key categories.

  • Album of the Year - Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters
  • Record of the Year - Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
  • Song of the Year - Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
  • Best New Artist - Amy Winehouse
  • Female Pop Vocal - Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
  • Male Pop Vocal - Justin Timberlake, "What Goes Around...Comes Around"
  • Pop Duo or Group with Vocal - Maroon 5, "Makes Me Wonder"
  • Pop Collaboration with Vocals - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)"

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