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Track: "Imagine" (iTunes>)
Artist: Herbie Hancock
Won for: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Previous wins: Fourteen total wins, including Best R&B Instrumental Performance for "Rockit" in 1983, Best Jazz Instrumental Performance for A Tribute To Miles in 1994 and Album Of The Year for River: The Joni Letters in 2007
Did you know?: Herbie Hancock's winning take on John Lennon's "Imagine" features, like the album it's from, The Imagine Project, a diverse team of guest artists, including Jeff Beck, India.Arie, African combo Konono No. 1, Pink, Seal, and Malian singer Oumou Sangare. Though named after the Lennon song, The Imagine Project (which was recorded in seven different countries) includes covers of songs from a wide range of artists, from Peter Gabriel and Bob Dylan to Bob Marley and Sam Cooke, and also features additional guest artists such as Dave Matthews, Anoushka Shankar and Wayne Shorter. Hancock's version of Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" also won the Best Improvised Jazz Solo GRAMMY this year. Hancock studied engineering and has perhaps not surprisingly been one of the leading innovators in jazz's fusion with electronic-based instruments and music. As an early protégé of Miles Davis, Hancock has followed his mentor's eclectic and adventurous footsteps, making music in the jazz, pop, electronic, and classical genres, and in the process, becoming one of the contemporary giants of jazz.
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