The 2009 Grammy Awards were chock full of folk, bluegrass, and Americana artists. Not only were there a number of great nominees in the typical folk and bluegrass categories, but folk artists are dominating other categories, as well. The nominees for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced on December 3, 2008. The awards were presented in ceremonies on February 8, 2009, which were be televised on CBS. The nominees in folk categories—and folk artists nominated in other categories—are listed below (winners are printed in bold):
Best Bluegrass Album
- Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe
Del McCoury Band
— Live At The 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
With Family & Friends - The Ultimate Collection / Live At The Ryman
: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
- Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass: Tribute To 1946 And 1947
Best Traditional Folk Album
Kathy Mattea - Coal
Tom Paxton - Comedians & Angels
Peggy Seeger - Bring Me Home
: Pete Seeger - At 89
Rosalie Sorrels - Strangers In Another Country
Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album
Joan Baez - Day After Tomorrow
Ry Cooder - I, Flathead
Rodney Crowell - Sex & Gasoline
Emmylou Harris - All I Intended To Be
: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Cherryholmes - "Sumatra" (Cherryholmes III: Don't Believe
Jerry Douglas & Lloyd Green - "Two Small Cars In Rome" (Glide
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones - "Sleigh Ride" (Jingle All the Way
Charlie Haden, Pat Metheny, Jerry Douglas & Bruce Hornsby - "Is This America? (Katrina 2005)" (Family & Friends — Rambling Boy
: Brad Paisley, James Burton, Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert & Steve Wariner - "Cluster Pluck"
Folk and Bluegrass Artists Nominated in Other Categories
Winner: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss won Record of the year ("Please Read the Letter"), Best Country Collaboration With Vocals ("Killing the Blues"), Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals ("Rich Woman"), and Album of the Year.
The Steeldrivers were nominated for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals ("Blue Side of the Mountain").
James Taylor was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance ("Wichita Lineman") and Best Pop Vocal Album (Covers).
Winner: Bela Fleck & the Flecktones won for Best Pop Instrumental Album (Jingle All the Way).
Sheryl Crow was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album (Detours).
Neil Young was nominated for Best Solo Rock Performance ("No Hidden Path").
The Ditty Bops were nominated for Best Recording Package (Summer Rains).
Aimee Mann was nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package (@#%&*! Smilers).
Winner: Art Of Field Recording Volume I: Fifty Years Of Traditional American Music Documented By Art Rosenbaum won Best Album Notes and Best Historical Album.