Winners

30th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1987)

On March 2, 1988, the GRAMMY Awards returned for the first time in seven years to New York City for its 30th birthday party. “This is a historic building,” host Billy Crystal explained, talking about Radio City Music Hall. “Because it’s the only building Donald Trump doesn’t own...yet.”

No single star owned the night of the 30th Annual GRAMMY Awards show, but in terms of both awards and performances, this proved to be a very good night for many of music’s elite. Take U2: The Irish rock gods won Album Of The Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for The Joshua Tree. Accepting the latter award, U2 guitarist The Edge offered the most memorable run of thank yous in GRAMMY history, proclaiming, “I’d like to thank Desmond Tutu for his courage, Martin Luther King, Bob Dylan for ‘Tangled Up In Blue,’ Flannery O’Connor, Jimi Hendrix, Walt Disney, John the Baptist, Georgie Best, Gregory Peck, James T. Kirk, Morris Pratt, Dr. Ruth, Fawn Hall, Batman and Robin, Lucky the Dog, Pee Wee Herman, the YMCA, Eddie the Eagle, sumo wrestlers throughout the world, and, of course, Ronald Reagan.”

Bono — never one to be outdone in the speaking department — took a more serious tone in accepting the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, explaining that U2 set out to make soul music. “It’s not about being black or white, or the instruments you play or whether you use a drum machine or not. It’s a decision to reveal or conceal. And without it people like Prince would be nothing more than [the] brilliant song-and-dance man that he is, but he’s much more than that. People like Bruce Springsteen would be nothing more than a great storyteller, but he’s much more than that. Without it...U2 certainly wouldn’t be here, and we are here, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than New York City tonight.”

New York City figured prominently in many of the night’s most magical moments, including an incredible Big Apple music segment that featured wonderful turns for George Benson performing his hit cover of “On Broadway,” a remarkably energetic Cab Calloway doing “Minnie The Moocher,” Tito Puente and Celia Cruz (“Quimbara”), Lou Reed (“Walk On The Wild Side”), Run-D.M.C. (“Tougher Than Leather”), Michael Brecker (substituting for an ailing Miles Davis), Marcus Miller and David Sanborn (“Tutu”), and Billy Joel performing “New York State Of Mind.” Later, Billy Crystal revealed that he and homeboy Billy Joel had more than a first name in common. “My first paying job as a comedian was opening for Billy Joel at Fairleigh Dickinson in Teaneck, New Jersey,” Crystal explained. “Now I’m here doing this show and he’s a five-time GRAMMY-winner.”

Also winning was a big celebration of doo-wop — “the stuff we sang in the men’s room in high school because the echo was so great,” as Crystal said in the introduction. With famed New York disc jockey Jocko Henderson as the narrator, the extended, harmonic convergence included appearances by the Angels, the Cadillacs, Dion, the Flamingos and the Regents, along with Lou Reed, Ruben Blades and Buster Poindexter.

An even earlier rock great, Little Richard, made a brilliantly hysterical and rapturously received commotion in co-presenting with Poindexter the Best New Artist award to Jody Watley. Before announcing the actual winner, Little Richard repeatedly declared himself the winner, as well as a “brown Jew from Georgia” and “the architect of rock and roll.” Later, Crystal announced that Little Richard would be releasing new versions of his old hits — “Long Tall Shirley,” “Good Golly Miss Molly Goldberg” and “Tutti Frutti, So Sue Me.”

Somewhat less winning was the often hilarious Jackie Mason whose stand-up performance met considerable audience resistance when he came across to many as being less than properly respectful to the rightly beloved Quincy Jones. On the other hand, Jones’ collaborator Michael Jackson nearly stole the show performing “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Man In The Mirror” with great finesse and style. Whitney Houston also made a big impression — opening the telecast with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” the same song that earned her the Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, GRAMMY later in the evening.

All in all, the GRAMMYs’ 30th anniversary party in Radio City turned out to be something Bono would approve of — a pretty soulful night of music. 

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Paul Simon, GRAMMY winner
Graceland

Paul Simon, artist. Paul Simon, producer.

Album Of The Year
 
winner
U2
The Joshua Tree

U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.), artist. Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois, producers.

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Somewhere Out There

Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil & James Horner, songwriters.

Best New Artist
 
winner
Jody Watley
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Whitney Houston
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Whitney Houston, artist.

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Sting, GRAMMY winner
Bring On The Night

Sting, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
(I've Had) The Time Of My Life

Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes, artists.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
 
winner
Minute By Minute

Larry Carlton, artist.

Best New Age Performance
 
winner
Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony

Yusef Lateef, artist.

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo
 
winner
Bruce Springsteen
Tunnel Of Love
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
U2
The Joshua Tree

U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
 
winner
Jazz From Hell

Frank Zappa, artist.

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Aretha

Aretha Franklin, artist.

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Just To See Her

Smokey Robinson, artist.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

Aretha Franklin & George Michael, artists.

Best R&B Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
 
winner
Chicago Song

David Sanborn, artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
Lean On Me

Bill Withers, songwriter.

Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
 
winner
Pat Metheny, GRAMMY winner
Still Life (Talking)

Pat Metheny Group (Pedro Aznar, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico), artist.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra

Diane Schuur, artist.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
What Is This Thing Called Love

Bobby McFerrin, artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
 
winner
The Other Side Of Round Midnight

Dexter Gordon, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
 
winner
Marsalis Standard Time - Volume I

Wynton Marsalis, artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
 
winner
Digital Duke

Mercer Ellington, artist.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
80's Ladies

K.T. Oslin, artist.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Always & Forever

Randy Travis, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Emmylou Harris, GRAMMY winner
Trio

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt, artists.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Duet
 
winner
Make No Mistake, She's Mine

Kenny Rogers & Ronnie Milsap, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
 
winner
String Of Pars

Asleep At The Wheel (Tim Alexander, Ray Benson, David Dawson, John Ely, Michael Francis, Larry Franklin, David Sanger), artist.

Best Country Song
 
winner
Forever And Ever, Amen

Don Schlitz & Paul Overstreet, songwriters.

Best Gospel Performance, Female
 
winner
I Believe In You

Deniece Williams, artist.

Best Gospel Performance, Male
 
winner
The Father Hath Provided

Larnelle Harris, artist.

Best Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group, Choir Or Chorus
 
winner
Crack The Sky

Mylon LeFevre And Broken Heart (Scott Allen, Kenny Bentley, Stan Coates, Dean Harrington, Ben Hewitt, Mylon LeFevre), artist.

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
 
winner
CeCe Winans
For Always

CeCe Winans, artist.

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male
 
winner
Everything's Gonna Be Alright

Al Green, artist.

Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir Or Chorus
 
winner
Ain't No Need To Worry

Anita Baker & Winans (Carvin Winans, Marvin Winans, Michael Winans, Ronald Winans), artists.

Best Latin Pop Performance
 
winner
Un Hombre Solo

Julio Iglesias, artist.

Best Tropical Latin Performance
 
winner
La Verdad - The Truth

Eddie Palmieri, artist.

Best Mexican-American Performance
 
winner
Gracias! America Sin Fronteras

Los Tigres Del Norte (Herman Hernandez, Jorge Hernández, Raul Hernandez, Oscar Lara, Guadalupe Olivo), artist.

Best Traditional Blues Recording
 
winner
Houseparty New Orleans Style

Professor Longhair, artist.

Best Contemporary Blues Recording
 
winner
Strong Persuader

Robert Cray Band (Peter Boe, Richard Cousins, Robert Cray, David Olson), artist.

Best Traditional Folk Recording
 
winner
Shaka Zulu

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, artist.

Best Contemporary Folk Recording
 
winner
Unfinished Business

Steve Goodman, artist.

Best Polka Recording
 
winner
A Polka Just For Me

Jimmy Sturr, artist.

Best Reggae Recording
 
winner
No Nuclear War

Peter Tosh, artist.

Best Recording For Children
 
winner
The Elephant's Child

Bobby McFerrin & Jack Nicholson, artists. Bobby McFerrin, Mark Sottnick & Tom Bradshaw, producers.

Best Comedy Recording
 
winner
A Night At The Met

Robin Williams, artist.

Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Recording
 
winner
Lake Wobegon Days

Garrison Keillor, narrator.

Best Musical Cast Show Album
 
winner
Les Miserables

Claude-Michel Schonberg, composer. Herbert Kretzmer, lyricist. Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg, producers.

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Herbie Hancock, GRAMMY winner
Call Sheet Blues

Billy Higgins, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter & Wayne Shorter, composers.

Best Album Or Original Instrumental Background Score Written For A Motion Picture Or Television
 
winner
The Untouchables

Ennio Morricone, composer.

Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or Television
 
winner
Somewhere Out There (From An American Tail)

Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil & James Horner, songwriters.

Best Performance Music Video
 
winner
The Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert

Anthony Eaton, video producer.

Best Concept Music Video
 
winner
Land Of Confusion

Genesis (Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford), artist. Jim Yukich & John Lloyd, video directors. Jon Blair, video producer.

Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
 
winner
Take The "A" Train

Bill Holman, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
 
winner
Deedles' Blues

Frank Foster, arranger.

Best Album Package
 
winner
King's Record Shop

Bill Johnson, art director.

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Thelonious Monk - The Complete Riverside Recordings

Orrin Keepnews, album notes writer.

Best Historical Album
 
winner
Thelonious Monk - The Complete Riverside Recordings

Orrin Keepnews, producer.

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
 
winner
Bad

Bruce Swedien & Humberto Gatica, engineers.

Producer Of The Year, (Non Classical)
 
winner
Narada Michael Walden
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Vladimir Horowitz
Horowitz In Moscow

Vladimir Horowitz, artist. Thomas Frost, producer.

Best Orchestral Recording
 
winner
Georg Solti, GRAMMY winner
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 In D Minor

Georg Solti, conductor. Michael Haas, producer.

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
R. Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos

Agnes Baltsa, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Gary Lakes, Hermann Prey & Kathleen Battle, artists. James Levine, conductor. Cord Garben, producer.

Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
 
winner
Hindemith: When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloom'd

Robert Shaw, conductor.

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 And 4

Itzhak Perlman, artist.

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Vladimir Horowitz
Horowitz In Moscow
Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Beethoven: The Complete Piano Trios

Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell & Vladimir Ashkenazy, artists.

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
 
winner
Kathleen Battle - Salzburg Recital

Kathleen Battle, artist.

Best Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Penderecki: Cello Concerto No. 2

Krzysztof Penderecki, composer.

Best Engineered Recording - Classical
 
winner
Faure: Requiem/Durufle: Requiem

Jack Renner, engineer.

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Robert Woods, GRAMMY winner
Robert Woods