Winners

33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)

The grunge revolution was just about to hit the music world, but the 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were about more than just teen spirit. Quincy Jones took home the Album Of The Year for his blockbuster Back On The Block album, while Roy Orbison posthumously won the GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, for a re-recording of his classic “Oh, Pretty Woman.” At the same time, younger artists had breakout years, including Mariah Carey, who won the Best New Artist GRAMMY as well as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female (“Vision Of Love”), and Living Colour, who took home the GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock Performance (“Time’s Up”).

Then there’s the man who had 10 nominations for the night, ultimately winning one big award for Record Of The Year: Phil Collins for “Another Day In Paradise.” It was a good thing that the former Genesis drummer won one as he was becoming a GRAMMY fixture. In his opening monologue at Radio City Music Hall, host Garry Shandling dryly explained, “If you at home want to know, by the way, how they decide each year where to hold the GRAMMYs, it’s simply wherever Phil Collins is already performing.”

With the Persian Gulf War going on, Shandling then made his very own special contribution to the wartime effort. “This is going tonight…to our troops in the Middle East,” the host told the audience. “Fellas, we’ll try to get as many tight shots of Chynna Phillips and Mariah Carey as we can, alright? And for you women in the Gulf, of course, we have Richard Gere and myself you can look at.”

Richard Gere was indeed in attendance to emcee the Lifetime Achievement Award tribute that included Tracy Chapman playing “Imagine” at the piano and Aerosmith rocking up “Come Together” to honor John Lennon. Gere explained that Lennon was being honored “for redefining the subject matter and musical content of popular music and for his extraordinary ability as a musician, singer, songwriter, philosopher, communicator and activist for peace, love and understanding and might I say total nonviolence.” Yoko Ono accepted the award and spoke to the moment. “Pray for the safety and health of this beautiful planet,” she said. “John Lennon would have liked that.” In accepting the Song Of The Year GRAMMY for the spiritually minded “From A Distance” — which Bette Midler made a smash — songwriter Julie Gold made another memorable plea: “To the soldiers everywhere, we pray for your speedy return. We pray for peace on earth.”

You might have thought that Quincy Jones would have been used to winning GRAMMY Awards, but winning Album Of The Year clearly meant a lot to him. “I’ve been in this Academy since 1958 and this is the first time I even dared thinking about having a GRAMMY under my own name, and I’m so proud.” Jones went on to mention the age difference between himself and one of the members of Wilson Phillips, nominated in the same category along with albums by Phil Collins, Mariah Carey and MC Hammer. “When Chynna Phillips was about six months old, Jack Nicholson used to bring her around the house and now we’re in the same category,” he said with a smile. “I was about to retire.” Jones had a great night overall: In addition to Album Of The Year, he took home GRAMMYs for Best Arrangement On An Instrumental and Best Jazz Fusion Performance (“Birdland”), Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal (“The Places You Find Love”), and Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group (“Back On The Block”) and Producer Of The Year — Non-Classical.

The most eloquent words of the night actually came from Nicholson, who introduced Bob Dylan’s performance of “Masters Of War” and presented him with his Lifetime Achievement Award. Of the man he lovingly called “Uncle Bobby,” Nicholson said this: “He’s been called everything from the voice of his generation to the conscience of the world. He rejects both titles and any others that try to categorize him or analyze him. He opened the doors of pop music wider than anybody else, yet returned time and again to the simplicity of basic chords and emotions to express himself. He’s been and still is a disturber of the peace — his own as well as ours.”

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Another Day In Paradise

Phil Collins, artist. Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins, producers.

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Quincy Jones, GRAMMY winner
Back On The Block

Quincy Jones, artist. Quincy Jones, producer.

Song Of The Year
 
winner
From A Distance

Julie Gold, songwriter.

Best New Artist
 
winner
Mariah Carey, GRAMMY winner
Mariah Carey
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Mariah Carey, GRAMMY winner
Vision Of Love

Mariah Carey, artist.

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Oh Pretty Woman

Roy Orbison, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
All My Life

Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt, artists.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Twin Peaks Theme

Angelo Badalamenti, artist.

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Black Velvet

Alannah Myles, artist.

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Eric Clapton, GRAMMY winner
Bad Love

Eric Clapton, artist.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Janie's Got A Gun

Aerosmith (Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Brad Whitford), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
D/FW

Vaughan Brothers (Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan), artist.

Best Hard Rock Performance
 
winner
Time's Up

Living Colour (William Calhoun, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, Muzz Skillings), artist.

Best Metal Performance
 
winner
Metallica, GRAMMY winners
Stone Cold Crazy

Metallica (Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Jason Newsted, Lars Ulrich), artist.

Best Alternative Music Performance
 
winner
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

Sinéad O'Connor, artist.

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Compositions

Anita Baker, artist.

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Here And Now

Luther Vandross, artist.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
I'll Be Good To You

Chaka Khan & Ray Charles, artists.

Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
U Can't Touch This

Alonzo Miller, M.C. Hammer & Rick James, songwriters.

Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
U Can't Touch This

M.C. Hammer, artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
Quincy Jones, GRAMMY winner
Back On The Block

Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Quincy D. III & Quincy Jones, artists.

Best New Age Performance
 
winner
Mark Isham

Mark Isham, artist.

Best Jazz Fusion Performance
 
winner
Quincy Jones, GRAMMY winner
Birdland

Quincy Jones, artist.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Ella Fitzgerald, GRAMMY winner
All That Jazz

Ella Fitzgerald, artist.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
We Are In Love

Harry Connick Jr., artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
 
winner
The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live At The Blue Note

Oscar Peterson, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
 
winner
The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live At The Blue Note

Oscar Peterson Trio (Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Oscar Peterson), artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
 
winner
Basie's Bag

Frank Foster, artist.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Where've You Been

Kathy Mattea, artist.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Vince Gill
When I Call Your Name

Vince Gill, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Pickin' On Nashville

Kentucky Headhunters (Greg Martin, Doug Phelps, Ricky Lee Phelps, Fred Young, Richard Young), artist.

Best Country Vocal Collaboration
 
winner
Poor Boy Blues

Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
So Soft, Your Goodbye

Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler, artists.

Best Bluegrass Recording
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner
I've Got That Old Feeling

Alison Krauss, artist.

Best Country Song
 
winner
Where've You Been

Don Henry & Jon Vezner, songwriters.

Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
Beyond Belief

Petra (Ronny Cates, Bob Hartman, John Lawry, John Schlitt, Louie Weaver), artist.

Best Pop Gospel Album
 
winner
Another Time... Another Place

Sandi Patti, artist.

Best Southern Gospel Album
 
winner
The Great Exchange

Bruce Carroll, artist.

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Performance
 
winner
Tramaine Hawkins Live

Tramaine Hawkins, artist.

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
So Much 2 Say

Take 6 (Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight III, David Thomas, Mervyn E. Warren), artist.

Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus
 
winner
Having Church

James Cleveland, choir director.

Best Latin Pop Performance
 
winner
Por Que Te Tengo Que Olvidar?

Jose Feliciano, artist.

Best Tropical Latin Performance
 
winner
Lambada Timbales

Tito Puente, artist.

Best Mexican-American Performance
 
winner
Soy De San Luis

Texas Tornados (Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, Doug Sahm), artist.

Best Traditional Blues Recording
 
winner
B.B. King
Live At San Quentin

B.B. King, artist.

Best Contemporary Blues Recording
 
winner
Family Style

Vaughan Brothers (Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan), artist.

Best Traditional Folk Recording
 
winner
On Praying Ground

Doc Watson, artist.

Best Contemporary Folk Recording
 
winner
Steady On

Shawn Colvin, artist.

Best Reggae Recording
 
winner
Time Will Tell - A Tribute To Bob Marley

Bunny Wailer, artist.

Best Polka Recording
 
winner
When It's Polka Time At Your House

Jimmy Sturr, artist.

Best Recording For Children
 
winner
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
The Little Mermaid

Alan Menken, composer. Howard Ashman, lyricist.

Best Comedy Recording
 
winner
P.D.Q. Bach: Oedipus Tex And Other Choral Calamities

Peter Schickele, artist.

Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Recording
 
winner
Gracie - A Love Story

George Burns, narrator.

Best Musical Cast Show Album
 
winner
Les Miserables - The Complete Symphonic Recording

David Caddick, producer.

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Pat Metheny, GRAMMY winner
Change Of Heart

Pat Metheny, composer.

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
Glory

James Horner, composer.

Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
Under The Sea (From The Little Mermaid)

Alan Menken, composer. Howard Ashman, lyricist.

Best Music Video - Short Form
 
winner
Opposites Attract

Paula Abdul, artist. Candice Reckinger & Michael Patterson, video directors. Sharon Oreck, video producer.

Best Music Video - Long Form
 
winner
Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em - The Movie

M.C. Hammer, artist. Rupert Wainwright, video director. John Oetjen, video producer.

Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
 
winner
Quincy Jones, GRAMMY winner
Birdland

Ian Prince, Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones & Rod Temperton, arrangers.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
 
winner
Quincy Jones, GRAMMY winner
The Places You Find Love

Clif Magness, Glen Ballard, Jerry Hey & Quincy Jones, arrangers.

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
 
winner
Back On The Block

Bruce Swedien, engineer.

Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical)
 
winner
Quincy Jones, GRAMMY winner
Quincy Jones
Best Album Package
 
winner
Days Of Open Hand

Jeffrey Gold, Len Peltier & Suzanne Vega, art directors.

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Brownie - The Complete Emarcy Recordings Of Clifford Brown

Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer.

Best Historical Album
 
winner
Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings

Lawrence Cohn & Stephen Lavere, producers.

Best Classical Album
 
winner
Ives: Sym. No. 2; Gong On The Hook And Ladder; Central Park In The Dark; The Unanswered Question

Leonard Bernstein, artist. Hans Weber, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7

Leonard Bernstein, conductor.

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Wagner: Das Rheingold

Christa Ludwig, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Heinz Zednik, James Morris, Jan Hendrik Rootering, Kurt Moll & Siegfried Jerusalem, artists. James Levine, conductor. Cord Garben, producer.

Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
 
winner
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast/Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Missa Brevis

Robert Shaw, conductor.

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 In A Minor/Glazunov: Violin Concerto In A Minor

Itzhak Perlman, artist.

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Vladimir Horowitz
The Last Recording
Best Chamber Music Or Other Small Ensemble Performance
 
winner
Brahms: The Three Violin Sonatas

Daniel Barenboim & Itzhak Perlman, artists.

Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti In Concert

Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti & Placido Domingo, artists.

Best Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Bernstein: Arias & Barcarolles

Leonard Bernstein, composer.

Best Engineered Recording - Classical
 
winner
Rachmaninoff: Vespers

Jack Renner, engineer.

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Adam Stern