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Herbie Hancock


Herbie Hancock





53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards


Improvised Jazz Solo

A Change Is Gonna Come

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Through the 66th GRAMMY Awards

"I think risk-taking is a great adventure. And life should be full of adventures."

  • Born Herbert Jeffrey Hancock on April 12, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois
  • After establishing himself as a top jazz musician in the 1960s, Herbie Hancock experienced crossover success with the 1973 solo album, Head Hunters, which reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200. He achieved another breakthrough with 1983's electro-funk hit "Rockit," which was certified gold.
  • Hancock won his first career GRAMMY for 1983 for Best R&B Instrumental Performance for "Rockit." He played the song during his GRAMMY debut at the 26th GRAMMY Awards.
  • At age 11, he performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 26 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  • Hancock's seminal 1965 album, Maiden Voyage, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1999. He was honored with The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
  • Hancock performed "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" at the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Barbra Streisand. The annual gala raises funds for MusiCares, which provides services and resources that cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies for music people.
  • Hancock has served as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, helping to foster mutual understanding between global cultures and encouraging creativity among youth around the world. 


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Improvised Jazz Solo

A Change Is Gonna Come

Pop Collaboration With Vocals



Instrumental Arrangement With Vocalist(s)