Grammy Awards/50th Grammy Awards

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50th Grammy Awards
Airdate February 10, 2008
Duration 3 and 1/2 hours (projected)
3 hours and 39 minutes (actual)
Network CBS
Host(s) No Overall Host
49th Grammy Awards
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This article is only about the awards show, the nominees and winners are beyond the scope of the wiki. Please see Wikipedia for that information.

The 50th Grammy Awards aired on February 10, 2008. Like the previous year's ceremony, the awards show was not given a general host. Instead, that time is filled with musical performances rather than digressions by a host. The show was presented at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Although the awards show is being broadcast during the Writers Guild strike, the Writers Guild of America agreed to sign a waiver, allowing the show to go on as normal. The reason why the guild chose to waive the Grammys and not the Golden Globe Awards is likely because the Grammys require little writing due to the no-host format and because it isn't as entrenched in Hollywood.




Musical Performances

In Memoriam

In order of presentation.


  • This was the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards and the broadcast was opened by a presentation made by Frank Sinatra explaining what exactly a Grammy is and why it's important. Sinatra also sang "Learnin' the Blues" by Louie Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald for the broadcast, which was turned into a virtual duet with Alicia Keys.
  • The "My Grammy Moment" orchestra, who accompanied the Foo Fighters playing "The Pretender," was conducted by John Paul Jones. Jones is most well known as the bass player for Led Zeppelin.
  • The second song performed by Kanye West was "Hey Mama," a song sung in tribute to his mother, Dr. Donda West. Donda West died due to complications from cosmetic surgery on November 10, 2007. As a result, radio stations began playing the song in respect for her and it became a staple of West's set during his subsequent tour.

Memorable Moments