During almost the entire performance of "Swagga Like Us" (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil'Wayne, T.I. and M.I.A.), the screen was in black and white.
This year's edition won the 2009 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special", and it was nominated for:
-"Outstanding Music Direction".
-"Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming".
-"Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special".