"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. 

 

Herbie Hancock

"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. 

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Herbie Hancock

Collapse All Results Show All Results
 
Nominations
Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award - 2016
 
Wins
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Imagine
Best Improvised Jazz Solo
A Change Is Gonna Come
Nominations
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
Imagine
 
Wins
Album Of The Year
River: The Joni Letters
Best Contemporary Jazz Album
River: The Joni Letters
Nominations
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Both Sides Now
 
Nominations
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
A Song For You
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Gelo Na Montanha
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
The Source
 
Wins
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Speak Like A Child
 
Wins
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
My Ship
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Directions In Music
 
Wins
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
Gershwin's World
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
St. Louis Blues
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Composition
Manhattan (Island Of Lights And Love)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
The Way You Look Tonight (Track)
Best Music Video, Short Form
Dis Is Da Drum
 
Wins
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
A Tribute To Miles
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Brasil (Aquarela Do Brasil) (Track)
 
Wins
Best Instrumental Composition
Call Sheet Blues
Nominations
Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
Wipe Out (Track)
 
Wins
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Sound System
 
Wins
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Rockit
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition
Rockit
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
Quartet (Album)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Ready Or Not (Track)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Doin' It (Single)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
Hang Up Your Hangups
 
Nominations
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Head Hunters (Album)
Best Instrumental Composition
Chameleon (Single)
Album Of Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
Death Wish (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Performance By A Group
Mwandishi (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Performance - Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group
Fat Albert Rotunda
 
Nominations
Best Instrumental Jazz Performance - Small Group Or Soloist With Small Group
Miles In The Sky