1980 Grammy Winners

23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1980)

The first GRAMMY show honoring the music of the ’80s (and the first ever held at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall) was hosted by one of the most important singer/songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s, and all the years that have followed for that matter — Paul Simon. After slyly telling the Radio City crowd that both of his parents were Rockettes, Simon said, “I am very happy to be here. It’s not only a great honor to be asked, but I think it’s a very nice career move as well.”

Yet starting with the first award of the night presented on air, Best New Artist, it became clear that this night would belong, award-wise at least, to another singer/songwriter — a previously less heralded artist from Texas named Christopher Cross. At the time Cross was enjoying tremendous success with his 1980 debut album that featured such smashes as “Sailing,” “Ride Like The Wind” and “Never Be The Same.” And by the end of this GRAMMY night, the soft-spoken Texan would pick up five GRAMMY Awards including the so-called “Big Four” — Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best New Artist. For the record, no artist thus far has repeated that achievement.

Standout performances varied widely on the show from Irene Cara’s opening rendition of “Fame,” which started outside of Radio City and found the singer and dancers working their way down the aisle to the stage, to George Jones’ short but heartbreaking rendition of the country classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which earned a GRAMMY for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male. The night also featured a multiracial gospel supergroup (including the Archers, Andrae Crouch, Reba Rambo and B.J. Thomas) coming together to perform a kind of disco/gospel version of “The Lord’s Prayer” and Chuck Mangione and the Manhattan Transfer jazzing things up together on a medley of “Birdland” and “Give It All You Got.”

Appropriately enough Paul Simon played the stirring “Late In The Evening” late in the evening, and kept things moving along throughout in his own low-key and witty way. “Our next two presenters are not only great performers and legends in their own time, they’re also well-known bigots and drug abusers,” he announced at one point. Pausing for a big laugh, Simon then added, “I just wanted to say that as an introduction. Nobody ever gives that introduction actually.”

An even bigger laugh came from presenters Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb — winners in the Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Taking the stage, Streisand and Gibb, both dressed in white as on her hugely successful Guilty album cover, looked a little sheepish.

“Barry, do you feel guilty?” Streisand asked.

“No,” Gibb told her shyly.

“No?” she said. “I do.”

“Why?” Gibb asked her. “Why would you feel like that?”

“I don’t know — I feel like I’m cheating on Neil Diamond,” she said, referring to the man with whom she famously sang “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” on the 22nd GRAMMY Awards show.

The pair then presented Billy Joel with the GRAMMY for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male, for his Glass Houses album — a category in which his fellow nominees were Jackson Browne, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Kenny Loggins. Phil Ramone — who had produced recent efforts by both Billy Joel and Paul Simon — won Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical. In his acceptance speech, Ramone took time to thank “my little Ramones...not the ones who make records — the other ones.”

One innovative moment came at the end of the show. Many years before shows like MTV’s “Unplugged” or VH1’s “Storytellers,” this GRAMMY show presented a group of songwriters nominated for Song Of The Year — including Amanda McBroom (“The Rose”), Christopher Cross (“Sailing”), Fred Ebb and John Kander (“New York, New York”), Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore (“Fame”), and Lionel Richie (“Lady”) — to both explain and perform stripped down versions of the songs. It was a vivid reminder of the power of the songwriter.

Finally, before closing the show, Paul Simon took the stage of Radio City to recall the impact of one of the greatest songwriters of all time — John Lennon, who had been killed outside New York’s Dakota apartments only months prior to the show. As Simon put it simply and powerfully, “We’ll miss his music, his humor and his common sense.”

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross

Michael Omartian, producer

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Christopher Cross
Sailing

Christopher Cross, songwriter (Christopher Cross)

Best New Artist
 
winner
Christopher Cross
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
 
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
 
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Crimes Of Passion
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Billy Joel
Glass Houses
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Against The Wind

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Reggatta De Blanc

The Police

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Never Knew Love Like This Before
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
George Benson
Give Me The Night
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Shining Star
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
 
winner
George Benson
Off Broadway
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
Never Knew Love Like This Before

Reggie Lucas & James Mtume, songwriters (Stephanie Mills)

Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Istrumental
 
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Could I Have This Dance?
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
He Stopped Loving Her Today
Best Country Performance Duo Or Group
 
winner
Emmylou Harris
That Lovin' You Feelin' Again
Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Orange Blossom Special/Hoedown
Best Country Song
 
winner
Willie Nelson
On The Road Again

Willie Nelson, songwriter (Willie Nelson)

Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary Or Inspirational
 
Best Gospel Performance, Traditional
 
winner
We Come To Worship
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
 
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional
 
winner
Lord, Let Me Be An Instrument
Best Inspirational Performance
 
winner
With My Song I Will Praise Him
Best Ethnic Or Traditional Recording
 
winner
Rare Blues

(Various Artists)

Best Latin Recording
 
winner
La Onda Va Bien
Best Recording For Children
 
winner
In Harmony/A Sesame Street Record

(Various Artists)

Best Spoken Word, Documentary Or Drama
 
winner
Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein, Gertrude Stein
Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
John Williams
The Empire Strikes Back

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special
 
winner
John Williams
The Empire Strikes Back

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

Best Cast Show Album
 
winner
Evita - Premier American Recording

Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer; Tim Rice, lyricist; Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, producers (Various Artists)

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Ella Fitzgerald
A Perfect Match - Ella And Basie
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
George Benson
Moody's Mood
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
 
winner
I Will Say Goodbye

Bill Evans, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
 
winner
We Will Meet Again
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
 
winner
On The Road
Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Quincy Jones
Dinorah, Dinorah

Jerry Hey & Quincy Jones, arrangers (George Benson)

Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
 
winner
Christopher Cross
Sailing

Christopher Cross & Michael Omartian, arrangers (Christopher Cross)

Best Arrangement For Voices
 
winner
Birdland

Janis Siegel, arranger (Manhattan Transfer)

Best Album Package
 
winner
Against The Wind

Roy Kohara, art director (Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Trilogy: Past, Present And Future

David McClintick, album notes writer (Frank Sinatra)

Best Historical Reissue Album
 
winner
Segovia - The EMI Recordings 1927-39

(Andres Segovia)

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
 
winner
The Wall

James Guthrie, engineer (Pink Floyd)

Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical)
 
winner
Phil Ramone
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Berg: Lulu (Complete Version)
Best Classical Orchestral Recording
 
winner
Georg Solti
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 In A

Georg Solti, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Berg: Lulu (Complete Version)

Pierre Boulez, conductor; Gunther Breest & Michael Horwath, producers (Orchestre De L'Opera De Paris)

Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera)
 
winner
Mozart: Requiem

Norbert Balatsch, chorus master; Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor (Philharmonia Chorus; Philharmonia Orchestra)

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Play Music For Two Violins (Moszkowski: Suite For Two Violins/Shostakovich: Duets/Prokofiev: Sonata For Two Violins)
Best Classical Performance- Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Berg: Violin Concerto/Stravinsky: Violin Concerto In D

Itzhak Perlman, artist (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist OR Soloists (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Brahms: Violin And Cello Concerto In A Minor (Double Concerto)

Itzhak Perlman & Mstislav Rostropovich, artists (Concertgebouw Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
The Spanish Album
Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
 
winner
Prima Donna, Vol. 5 - Great Soprano Arias From Handel To Britten

(Henry Lewis; Philharmonia Orchestra)

Best Engineered Recording, Classical
 
winner
Berg: Lulu (Complete Version)

Karl-August Naegler, engineer (Pierre Boulez, conductor)

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Robert Woods