1982 Grammy Winners

25th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1982)

To celebrate GRAMMY’s first quarter century, the 25th Annual GRAMMY Awards featured all the excitement of a big anniversary celebration...and Toto, too.

Toto — a musically accomplished group of top Los Angeles session musicians that received relatively little credit from the major rock press of the day — got some GRAMMY love this year, winning not only Record Of The Year for their smash “Rosanna,” but also Album Of The Year for Toto IV, as well as GRAMMYs for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals to Jerry Hey and the group’s David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, and Best Vocal Arrangement For Two Or More Voices to David Paich, both for the track “Rosanna.” And in a surprisingly rare GRAMMY call out for a nay-saying rock critic, Paich got a laugh from the crowd by sarcastically acknowledging from the stage, “We’d like to thank Robert Hilburn for believing in us,” when in fact the longtime Los Angeles Times rock critic had done absolutely nothing of the sort.

Still, the 25th Annual GRAMMY Awards were for the most part an appropriately positive affair. “This is a milestone in the life of the GRAMMY Awards, and a celebration is definitely in order and in store,” host John Denver explained, adding that “some of GRAMMY’s greatest moments” from the past would be replayed throughout the night. Some new history was made on this GRAMMY night with an altogether remarkable live performance organized by then new GRAMMY producer Ken Ehrlich that featured Ray Charles, Count Basie, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard running through some of their greatest hits at four pianos — a true musical Fab Four for the ages. The ensemble started with Charles’ “What’d I Say,” then worked through Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump,” Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” Little Richard’s gospel-fueled “Joy, Joy, Joy,” and Charles’ “Wish You Were Here Tonight,” before reprising “What’d I Say.”

The second performance of the night found Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes dueting on “Up Where We Belong,” their smash hit from the film An Officer And A Gentleman. This was a duet with a little GRAMMY history itself. Warnes had performed way back on the 11th Annual GRAMMY Awards’ “The Best On Record” broadcast as part of the Los Angeles company of Hair, while Cocker’s performance with the Crusaders at the 24th Annual GRAMMY Awards had helped inspire director Taylor Hackford to choose Cocker to sing “Up Where We Belong.” Cocker and Warnes would then win the GRAMMY for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.

After some intelligent musical history offered by Recording Academy Chairman/President Bill Ivey, guitar pioneer Les Paul was presented with a Trustees Award. “I’m sorry that Mary isn’t here to accept this with me,” Paul said of his late great partner Mary Ford. “And I want to thank all the people that are watching on their radios.”

Les Paul wasn’t the only one getting in a good line. Eddie Murphy — who was all the rage on “Saturday Night Live” in 1982, the same year that would see his big-screen breakthrough in 48 Hrs. — had some stand-up fun speaking about the tension of being nominated for a GRAMMY. “You know what’s funny about this?” Murphy told the crowd. “A lot of people gonna lose tonight — and you got your tuxedos on and you’re losing and it’s funny.” Murphy then pretended to not know that he himself had in fact lost Best Comedy Recording to Richard Pryor during the pre-telecast, and declared, “See, I ain’t leaving here without a GRAMMY.” Later, when Lionel Richie won the GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, for his early solo hit “Truly,” Murphy got a standing ovation for crashing the stage and temporarily relieving the former Commodore of his glittering prize. “Who was that masked man?” Richie joked. For the record, Murphy did in fact give the GRAMMY back.

At a quarter century, the GRAMMY Awards inevitably reflected popular music in the early ’80s as MTV was just beginning to make its impact. The Best New Artist GRAMMY, for instance, went to early MTV favorites Men At Work, while the other nominees included early video stars the Stray Cats, Human League and Asia, as well as Jennifer Holliday who became a star from the original Broadway recording of Dreamgirls. Yet there was also a deep sense of history throughout the night, including a stunning R&B segment that featured an excellent run of performances from Harvey & The Moonglows, Gladys Knight & The Pips, the Spinners and, finally, Marvin Gaye who marked what would be his tragically short-lived comeback with a rousing and, yes, arousing rendition of “Sexual Healing” — for which he won two GRAMMYs.

In a rare serious moment onstage, Eddie Murphy summed up the night and the state of the GRAMMYs at 25. “You guys are not like doctors or nothing like that,” he said, “but you’re real important to people’s lives because you give people’s lives atmosphere…I thank you for being what you are and keep kicking butt in the ’80s.” As Murphy said this, GRAMMY director Walter C. Miller cut wonderfully to a sprightly Ella Fitzgerald clapping along enthusiastically.

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Rosanna

Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Michael Porcaro & Steve Porcaro), producers

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Toto IV

Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Michael Porcaro & Steve Porcaro), producers

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Always On My Mind

Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher & Mark James, songwriters (Willie Nelson)

Best New Artist
 
winner
Men At Work
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
You Should Hear How She Talks About You
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
 
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Up Where We Belong
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Chariots Of Fire Theme (Dance Version)
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Shadows Of The Night
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
 
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Eye Of The Tiger
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Sexual Healing
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Let It Whip
winner
Earth, Wind & Fire
Wanna Be With You
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Sexual Healing (Instrumental Version)
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
Turn Your Love Around

Bill Champlin, Jay Graydon & Steve Lukather, songwriters (George Benson)

Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
 
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Break It To Me Gently
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Willie Nelson
Always On My Mind
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Mountain Music
Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Alabama Jubilee
Best Country Song
 
winner
Always On My Mind

Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher & Mark James, songwriters (Willie Nelson)

Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary
 
winner
Age To Age
Best Gospel Performance, Traditional
 
winner
I'm Following You
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
 
winner
Higher Plane
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional
 
winner
Precious Lord
Best Inspirational Performance
 
winner
He Set My Life To Music
Best Traditional Blues Recording
 
Best Ethnic Or Traditional Folk Recording
 
winner
Queen Ida & The Bon Temps Zydeco Band On Tour

Queen Ida

Best Latin Recording
 
winner
Machito & His Salsa Big Band '82
Best Recording For Children
 
winner
In Harmony 2

(Various Artists)

Best Comedy Recording
 
winner
Live On The Sunset Strip
Best Spoken Word, Documentary Or Drama Recording
 
winner
Raiders Of The Lost Ark - The Movie On Record

(Various Artists)

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
John Williams
Flying - Theme From E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television Special
 
winner
John Williams
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

Best Cast Show Album
 
winner
David Foster
Dreamgirls

Henry Krieger, composer; Tom Eyen, lyricist; David Foster, producer (Various Artists)

Video Of The Year
 
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Gershwin Live!
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
An Evening With George Shearing & Mel Tormé
Best Jazz Vocal Performance Duo Or Group
 
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
 
winner
Miles Davis
We Want Miles

Miles Davis, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
 
winner
More Live

Phil Woods Quartet

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
 
winner
Warm Breeze
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental Recording
 
winner
John Williams
Flying

John Williams, arranger (John Williams)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
 
winner
Rosanna

Jerry Hey, David Paich & Jeff Porcaro, arrangers (Toto)

Best Vocal Arrangement For Two Or More Voices
 
winner
Rosanna

David Paich, arranger (Toto)

Best Album Package
 
winner
Get Closer

John Kosh & Ron Larson, art directors (Linda Ronstadt)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Bunny Berigan - Giants Of Jazz

John Chilton & Richard M. Sudhalter, album notes writers (Bunny Berigan)

Best Historical Album
 
winner
The Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra Sessions - Vols. 1 ,2 & 3

(Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra)

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
 
winner
Al Schmitt
Toto IV
Producer Of The Year
 
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Bach: The Goldberg Variations

Glenn Gould, artist; Samuel H. Carter, producer

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Mahler: Sym. No. 7 In E Min. (Song Of The Night)

James Levine, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
 
winner
Georg Solti
Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust

Georg Solti, conductor (Chicago Symphony Chorus; Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Brahms: The Sonatas For Clarinet & Piano, Op. 120
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Elgar: Violin Concerto In B Minor

Itzhak Perlman, artist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Bach: The Goldberg Variations

Glenn Gould, artist

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
 
winner
Verdi: Arias (Leontyne Price Sings Verdi)

(Zubin Mehta; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

Best Engineered Recording, Classical
 
winner
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 In E Minor (Song Of The Night)

Paul Goodman, engineer (James Levine, conductor)

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Robert Woods