Winners

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1992)

In the midst of the 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards, host Garry Shandling considered the way things were going and told the star-studded audience at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, “Okay, I’ll go out on a limb and say if you’re up against Eric Clapton in any other categories, I’d go home now. It’s a feeling I have.”

Shandling’s hunch would prove to be a very solid one. In recognition of Clapton’s deeply moving song “Tears In Heaven” — inspired by the death of his 4-year-old son Conor — and for his successful Unplugged album, he received a grand total of six GRAMMY Awards: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male, and Best Rock Song. Throughout the night, Clapton seemed surprised by the outpouring and remained rather low-key. But when he won the night’s final award for Record Of The Year, Clapton plainly but powerfully explained, “The one person I want to thank is my son for the love he gave me and the song he gave me.”

Clearly, this was an emotional night for the veteran rock guitar god, and rock stars of a certain age seemed to be on Shandling’s mind as well right from the start. Referencing the recent election of President Bill Clinton, Shandling noted, “My generation’s becoming the mainstream here. It’s very weird. Mick Jagger is older than the president of the United States. It’s a very spooky time.” Shandling also offered a brilliant bit of stand-up comedy/political commentary about Clinton, referencing the president’s famous campaign sound bite regarding whether or not he smoked pot: “He plays the sax. He plays it, sort of. He plays like a guy who never inhaled, but hey...”

Ultimately, though, the spirit of the GRAMMYs is nothing if not multigenerational and the night’s other big winners included the upstart hip-hop group Arrested Development who took home not only the Best New Artist award, but also the GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or A Group (“Tennessee”). A still up-and-coming Celine Dion won the Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal along with Peabo Bryson for “Beauty And The Beast” from the Disney film of the same name (the soundtrack album would help generate five awards on this night). The GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers who provided the GRAMMY show with perhaps its most freewheeling highlight — a version of “Give It Away” that found a creatively attired Peppers joined by their longtime influence and onetime producer George Clinton along with his P-Funk All-Stars. Another memorable performance was Peter Gabriel’s telecast-opening version of “Steam” that featured Cirque du Soleil; Gabriel won Best Music Video — Short Form for “Digging In The Dirt.” Another altogether jazzy standout performance came from Arturo Sandoval and the GRP All-Stars who served up a searing version of “Cherokee.”

Even without performing, Michael Jackson provided a significant amount of the evening’s entertainment. First, Jackson’s recent highly rated, 90-minute prime-time interview with Oprah Winfrey provided Shandling with one of his biggest laughs. “To insure higher ratings this year on the GRAMMYs, I will be interviewing him the last 90 minutes of the show. And I’ll be asking him hard-hitting questions too, things like, ‘Hey Michael, [can I] get you anything?’”

Remarkably, Jackson may have actually topped Shandling when he accepted his GRAMMY Legend Award from his sister Janet Jackson. Before launching into a fascinating speech about his childhood being stolen from him, Jackson pulled off a completely surprising punch line. “I hope this finally puts to rest another rumor that’s been in the press for too many years,” Jackson said standing next to his chart-topping sibling. “Me and Janet really are two different people.”

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Eric Clapton, GRAMMY winner
Tears In Heaven

Eric Clapton, artist. Russ Titelman, producer.

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Eric Clapton, GRAMMY winner
Unplugged

Eric Clapton, artist. Russ Titelman, producer.

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Eric Clapton, GRAMMY winner
Tears In Heaven

Eric Clapton & Will Jennings, songwriters.

Best New Artist
 
winner
Arrested Development
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Constant Craving

k.d. lang, artist.

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Eric Clapton, GRAMMY winner
Tears In Heaven

Eric Clapton, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Beauty And The Beast

Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson, artists.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Tony Bennett
Perfectly Frank

Tony Bennett, artist.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Beauty And The Beast

Richard Kaufman, artist.

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Ain't It Heavy

Melissa Etheridge, artist.

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Eric Clapton, GRAMMY winner
Unplugged

Eric Clapton, artist.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
U2
Achtung Baby

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

Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal
 
winner
Red Hot Chili Peppers, GRAMMY winners
Give It Away

Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith), artist.

Best Metal Performance
 
winner
Wish

Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Little Wing

Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble (Chris "Whipper" Layton, Tommy Shannon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Reese Wynans), artist.

Best Rock Song
 
winner
Eric Clapton, GRAMMY winner
Layla

Eric Clapton & Jim Gordon, songwriters.

Best Alternative Music Album
 
winner
Bone Machine

Tom Waits, artist.

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
The Woman I Am

Chaka Khan, artist.

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Heaven And Earth

Al Jarreau, artist.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
End Of The Road

Boyz II Men (Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman), artist.

Best R&B Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Doo-Bop

Miles Davis, artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
End Of The Road

Babyface, Daryl Simmons & L.A. Reid, songwriters.

Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
Baby Got Back

Sir Mix-A-Lot, artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
Tennessee

Arrested Development (Baba Oje, Rasa Don, Headliner, Montsho Eshe, Rasa Don, Speech), artist.

Best New Age Album
 
winner
Shepherd Moons

Enya, artist.

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (Instrumental)
 
winner
Pat Metheny, GRAMMY winner
Secret Story

Pat Metheny, artist.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance
 
winner
'Round Midnight

Bobby McFerrin, artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Lush Life

Joe Henderson, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
 
winner
I Heard You Twice The First Time

Branford Marsalis, artist.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
 
winner
The Turning Point

McCoy Tyner, artist.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
I Feel Lucky

Mary Chapin Carpenter, artist.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Vince Gill
I Still Believe In You

Vince Gill, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Emmylou Harris, GRAMMY winner
Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers At The Ryman

Emmylou Harris & Nash Ramblers (Larry Altamanuik, Sam Bush, Roy Huskey Jr., Al Perkins, John Randall Stewart), artists.

Best Country Vocal Collaboration
 
winner
The Whiskey Ain't Workin'

Marty Stuart & Travis Tritt, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Sneakin' Around

Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed, artists.

Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner, Alison Krauss & Union Station
Every Time You Say Goodbye

Alison Krauss And Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Tim Stafford, Adam Steffey), artist.

Best Country Song
 
winner
Vince Gill
I Still Believe In You

John Jarvis & Vince Gill, songwriters.

Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
Unseen Power

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

Best Pop Gospel Album
 
winner
The Great Adventure

Steven Curtis Chapman, artist.

Best Southern Gospel Album
 
winner
Sometimes Miracles Hide

Bruce Carroll, artist.

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Shirley Caesar, GRAMMY winner
He's Working It Out For You

Shirley Caesar, artist.

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Handel's Messiah - A Soulful Celebration

Mervyn E. Warren, producer.

Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus
 
winner
Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir - Recorded Live In Los Angeles

Edwin Hawkins, choir director.

Best Latin Pop Album
 
winner
Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte

Jon Secada, artist.

Best Tropical Latin Album
 
winner
Frenesi

Linda Ronstadt, artist.

Best Mexican-American Album
 
winner
Mas Canciones

Linda Ronstadt, artist.

Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
Dr. John, GRAMMY winner
Goin' Back To New Orleans

Dr. John, artist.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
The Sky Is Crying

Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble (Chris "Whipper" Layton, Tommy Shannon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Reese Wynans), artist.

Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
An Irish Evening - Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast

Chieftains (Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, Martin Fay, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney), artist.

Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Another Country

Chieftains (Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, Martin Fay, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney), artist.

Best Reggae Album
 
winner
X-tra Naked

Shabba Ranks, artist.

Best World Music Album
 
winner
Brasileiro

Sergio Mendes, artist.

Best Polka Album
 
winner
35th Anniversary

Walter Ostanek, artist.

Best Album For Children
 
winner
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
Beauty And The Beast - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Alan Menken & Howard Ashman, songwriters.

Best Comedy Album
 
winner
P.D.Q. Bach: Music For An Awful Lot Of Winds & Percussion

Peter Schickele, artist.

Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album
 
winner
What You Can Do To Avoid AIDS

Earvin "Magic" Johnson & Robert O'Keefe, narrators.

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Guys And Dolls - The New Broadway Cast Recording

Jay David Saks, producer.

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Harlem Renaissance Suite

Benny Carter, composer.

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
Beauty And The Beast

Alan Menken, composer.

Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
Beauty And The Beast (From Beauty And The Beast)

Alan Menken & Howard Ashman, songwriters.

Best Music Video - Short Form
 
winner
Digging In The Dirt

Peter Gabriel, artist. John Downer, video director. John Downer, video producer.

Best Music Video - Long Form
 
winner
Diva

Annie Lennox, artist. Sophie Muller, video director. Rob Small, video producer.

Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
 
winner
Strike Up The Band

Rob McConnell, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
 
winner
Here's To Life

Johnny Mandel, arranger.

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
 
winner
Dangerous

Bruce Swedien & Teddy Riley, engineers.

Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical)
 
winner
Babyface & L.A. Reid
winner
Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois
Best Album Package
 
winner
Spellbound - Compact

Melanie Nissen, art director.

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Queen Of Soul - The Atlantic Recordings

Ahmet Ertegun, Arif Mardin, Dave Marsh, David Ritz, Jerry Wexler, Thulani Davis & Tom Dowd, album notes writers.

Best Historical Album
 
winner
The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat "King" Cole Trio

Michael Cuscuna, producer.

Best Classical Album
 
winner
Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Leonard Bernstein, conductor. Horst Dittberner, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Leonard Bernstein, conductor.

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Georg Solti, GRAMMY winner
R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten

Hildegard Behrens, Jose Van Dam, Julia Varady, Placido Domingo, Reinhild Runkel & Sumi Jo, artists. Georg Solti, conductor. Christopher Raeburn, Morten Winding & Stephen Trainor, producers.

Best Performance Of A Choral Work
 
winner
Orff: Carmina Burana

Vance George, choir director. Herbert Blomstedt, conductor.

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Solo With Orchestra
 
winner
Yo-Yo Ma
Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante/Tchaikovsky: Variations On A Rococo Theme

Yo-Yo Ma, artist.

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Solo Without Orchestra
 
winner
Vladimir Horowitz
Horowitz - Discovered Treasures (Chopin, Liszt, Scarlatti, Scriabin, Clementi)
Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Yo-Yo Ma
Brahms: Sonatas For Cello & Piano

Emanuel Ax & Yo-Yo Ma, artists.

Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
Kathleen Battle At Carnegie Hall (Handel, Mozart, Liszt, Strauss, etc.)

Kathleen Battle, artist.

Best Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Barber: The Lovers

Samuel Barber, composer.

Best Engineered Recording, Classical
 
winner
R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten

James Lock, John Pellowe, Jonathan Stokes & Philip Siney, engineers.

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Michael Fine