1992 Grammy 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
Tears In Heaven

Russ Titelman, producer

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Eric Clapton
Unplugged

Russ Titelman, producer

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Eric Clapton
Tears In Heaven

Eric Clapton & Will Jennings, songwriters (Eric Clapton)

Best New Artist
 
winner
Arrested Development
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Constant Craving
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Eric Clapton
Tears In Heaven
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Celine Dion
Beauty And The Beast
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Tony Bennett
Perfectly Frank
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Beauty And The Beast
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
 
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
 
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
U2
Achtung Baby
Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal
 
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Little Wing

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Best Rock Song
 
winner
Eric Clapton
Layla

Eric Clapton & Jim Gordon, songwriters (Eric Clapton)

Best Alternative Music Album
 
winner
Bone Machine
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
The Woman I Am
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Heaven And Earth
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
End Of The Road
Best R&B Instrumental Performance
 
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
End Of The Road

Babyface, L.A. Reid & Daryl Simmons, songwriters (Boyz II Men)

Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
Baby Got Back
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
Best New Age Album
 
winner
Shepherd Moons
Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (Instrumental)
 
winner
Pat Metheny
Secret Story
Best Jazz Vocal Performance
 
winner
'Round Midnight
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
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
 
winner
The Turning Point

McCoy Tyner Big Band

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
 
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Vince Gill
I Still Believe In You
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris & The Nash Ramblers At The Ryman
Best Country Vocal Collaboration
 
winner
The Whiskey Ain't Workin'
Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Sneakin' Around
Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner
Every Time You Say Goodbye

Alison Krauss & Union Station

Best Country Song
 
winner
Vince Gill
I Still Believe In You

Vince Gill & John Jarvis, songwriters (Vince Gill)

Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
Unseen Power
Best Pop Gospel Album
 
winner
The Great Adventure
Best Southern Gospel Album
 
winner
Sometimes Miracles Hide
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Shirley Caesar
He's Working It Out For You
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Handel's Messiah - A Soulful Celebration

(Various Artists)

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 (Music & Arts Seminar Mass Choir)

Best Latin Pop Album
 
winner
Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte
Best Tropical Latin Album
 
Best Mexican-American Album
 
winner
Linda Ronstadt
Mas Canciones
Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
Dr. John
Goin' Back To New Orleans
Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
The Sky Is Crying

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
An Irish Evening - Live At The Grand Opera House, Belfast
Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Another Country
Best Reggae Album
 
Best World Music Album
 
Best Polka Album
 
winner
35th Anniversary

Walter Ostanek & His Band

Best Album For Children
 
winner
Beauty And The Beast - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

(Various Artists)

Best Comedy Album
 
winner
P.D.Q. Bach: Music For An Awful Lot Of Winds & Percussion
Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album
 
winner
What You Can Do To Avoid AIDS
Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Guys And Dolls - The New Broadway Cast Recording

Jay David Saks, producer (The New Broadway Cast)

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Harlem Renaissance Suite

Benny Carter, composer (Benny Carter)

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

Alan Menken, composer (Various Artists)

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)

Howard Ashman & Alan Menken, songwriters (Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson)

Best Music Video - Short Form
 
winner
Peter Gabriel
Digging In The Dirt

John Downer, video director; John Downer, video producer

Best Music Video - Long Form
 
winner
Annie Lennox

Sophie Muller, video director; Rob Small, video producer

Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
 
winner
Strike Up The Band

Rob McConnell, arranger (Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass)

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

Johnny Mandel, arranger (Shirley Horn)

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
 
winner
Dangerous

Teddy Riley & Bruce Swedien, engineers (Michael Jackson)

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 (Paula Abdul)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Queen Of Soul - The Atlantic Recordings

Thulani Davis, Tom Dowd, Ahmet Ertegun, Arif Mardin, Dave Marsh, David Ritz & Jerry Wexler, album notes writers (Aretha Franklin)

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

(Nat "King" Cole Trio)

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 (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Georg Solti
R. Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten
Best Performance Of A Choral Work
 
winner
Orff: Carmina Burana

Herbert Blomstedt, conductor (San Francisco Symphony Boys Choir & San Francisco Symphony Girls Choir; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)

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

Yo-Yo Ma, artist (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

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.)
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, Philip Siney & Jonathan Stokes, engineers (Georg Solti, conductor)

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Michael Fine