36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)

Whitney Houston was already a star for many years by the time of the 35th Annual Grammy Awards, winning her first Grammy eight years earlier. Yet it was this night that represented a stunning high point in Houston’s career. The singer and newly popular actress opened the show with a breathtakingly glamorous and suitably movie star-like performance of “I Will Always Love You” — the Dolly Parton classic Houston made her own on The Bodyguard soundtrack. Throughout the night, the audience would get to see a lot more of Houston — in the end, she won the awards for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, while her producer, David Foster, took home the award for Producer Of The Year.

There were other notable winners at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards show, including Toni Braxton, who won Best New Artist and actually triumphed over Houston in the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female, category (“Another Sad Love Song”). It was also an extremely animated evening for composer Alan Menken, who won four awards for music connected to the animated movie smash Aladdin: Song Of The Year for “A Whole New World” (sung by Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson), which Menken wrote with Tim Rice; Best Musical Album For Children; Best Instrumental Composition For A Motion Picture Or For Television; and Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television.

But it was the fascinating mutual admiration society of U2’s Bono and Frank Sinatra that created a good deal of buzz regarding this Grammy night. First, Bono surprised many by dropping the “F-bomb” into his solo acceptance speech for the Best Alternative Music Album award for Zooropa. Perhaps surprised to have won the award over such nominees as Nirvana, R.E.M. and the Smashing Pumpkins, Bono proclaimed, “I think I’d like to give a message to the young people of America — and that is we shall continue to abuse our position and fuck up the mainstream. God bless you.”

Later, Bono would strike a different tone in presenting Frank Sinatra with his Grammy Legend Award. Bono began his brilliant tone poem salute like this:

“Frank never did like rock and roll. He’s not crazy about guys wearing earrings either, but he doesn’t hold it against me and, anyway, the feeling is not mutual. Rock and roll people love Frank Sinatra because Frank Sinatra’s got what we want: swagger and attitude. He’s big on attitude, serious attitude, bad attitude. Frank’s Chairman of the Bad. Rock and roll plays at being tough, but this guy, well, he’s the Boss. The Boss of Bosses. The Man. The Big Bang of Pop. I’m not gonna mess with him, are you?”

Sinatra’s own comments would prove significantly more controversial. Sinatra — now approaching the age of 80 — was clearly moved by the huge standing ovation that he received — a reaction that seemed in the moment like a massive expression of respect and multigenerational reckoning. “Thank you very much,” he said when he finally spoke. “That’s the best welcome I ever had.” Sinatra’s comments from then on were a fascinating mix of vintage Rat Pack jokes (“This is more applause than Dean heard in his whole career”), personal thanks to his wife Barbara and even hurt feelings that he was not being asked to sing on this night. Yet for the record, even the aging Chairman’s rambling revealed singular phrasing.

Controversy ensued when Sinatra was cut off and the broadcast was taken to a commercial break before wrapping things up. Later The Academy let it be known that the decision had come from Sinatra’s camp, but the impression of disrespect had already been made. Even the Grammy host felt the need to distance himself on air from the decision, albeit with a memorable wink in the end. “Before I go on, I think you’d join me going on record that Mr. Sinatra should have finished his speech,” Garry Shandling told the audience. “I think that was a slight mistake. This is live television and I’m sure Mr. Sinatra will get even by cutting this show off in another hour.”

Sinatra wasn’t the only legend honored this night. Danny Glover set the stage before Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Aretha Franklin performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” noting that “There’s been a 27-year love affair going on between the Grammy voters and the Queen of Soul…[which] has produced offspring in the shape of Grammys numbering 15 so far.” Upon receiving her award, Franklin proclaimed, “I’m happy. I’m honored. I’m humbled.”

One of the true kings of soul — Curtis Mayfield — was also honored by a suitably soulful medley of his hits performed by Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Vernon Reid, Steve Cropper, Narada Michael Walden, and Tony! Toni! Toné! before receiving a richly deserved GRAMMY Legend Award, followed by an all-together fitting version of “Amen.”

Record Of The Year
Whitney Houston
I Will Always Love You

Whitney Houston, artist. David Foster, producer.

Album Of The Year
Whitney Houston, , BeBe Winans
The Bodyguard - Original Soundtrack Album

Whitney Houston, artist. Babyface, BeBe Winans, David Cole, David Foster, L.A. Reid, Narada Michael Walden & Robert Clivilles, producers.

Song Of The Year
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, songwriters (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, songwriters.

Best New Artist
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton, artist.

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
Whitney Houston
I Will Always Love You

Whitney Houston, artist.

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You

Sting, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)

Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle

Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle, artists.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
Tony Bennett
Steppin' Out

Tony Bennett, artist.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Barcelona Mona

Bruce Hornsby & Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis & Bruce Hornsby, artists.

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo
I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf, artist.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Livin' On The Edge

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

Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal

Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots (Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, Scott Weiland), artist.

Best Metal Performance With Vocal
I Don't Want To Change The World

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne, artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Steve Vai

Steve Vai, artist.

Best Rock Song
Runaway Train

David Pirner, songwriter (Soul Asylum)

David Pirner, songwriter.

Best Alternative Music Album

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

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
Toni Braxton
Another Sad Love Song

Toni Braxton, artist.

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
A Song For You

Ray Charles

Ray Charles, artist.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
No Ordinary Love


Sade (Sade Adu, Paul S. Denman, Andrew Hale, Stuart Matthewman), artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Song
That's The Way Love Goes

Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, songwriters (Janet Jackson)

Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, songwriters.

Best Rap Solo Performance
Dr. Dre
Let Me Ride

Dr. Dre, artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

Digable Planets

Digable Planets (Butterfly, Doodle Bug, Ladybug), artist.

Best New Age Album
Spanish Angel

Paul Winter Consort

Paul Winter Consort (Eugene Friesen, Paul Halley, Rhonda Larson, Glen Velez, Eliot Wadopian, Paul Winter), artist.

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (Instrumental)
Pat Metheny
The Road To You

Pat Metheny Group

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

Best Jazz Vocal Performance
Take A Look

Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole, artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Miles Ahead

Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
So Near, So Far (Musings For Miles)

Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson, artist.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
Quincy Jones
Miles And Quincy Live At Montreux

Miles Davis & Quincy Jones

Miles Davis & Quincy Jones, artists.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
Passionate Kisses

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter, artist.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
Ain't That Lonely Yet

Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Hard Workin' Man

Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn (Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn), artist.

Best Country Vocal Collaboration
Does He Love You

Reba McEntire & Linda Davis

Linda Davis & Reba McEntire, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
Vince Gill
Red Wing

Asleep At The Wheel Featuring Eldon Shamblin, Johnny Gimble, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart & Reuben "Lucky Oceans" Gosfield

Asleep At The Wheel (Tim Alexander, Ray Benson, Cindy Cashdollar, Michael Francis, David Miller, Lucky Oceans, David Sanger, Ricky Turpin), Chet Atkins, Eldon Shamblin, Johnny Gimble, Marty Stuart, Reuben "Lucky Oceans" Gosfield & Vince Gill, artists.

Best Bluegrass Album
Waitin' For The Hard Times To Go

The Nashville Bluegrass Band

Nashville Bluegrass Band (Stuart Duncan, Pat Enright, Gene Libbea, Alan O'Bryant, Roland White), artist.

Best Country Song
Passionate Kisses

Lucinda Williams, songwriter (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

Lucinda Williams, songwriter.

Best Rock Gospel Album
Free At Last

dc Talk

dc Talk (Toby McKeehan, Kevin Max Smith, Michael Tait), artist.

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
The Live Adventure

Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman, artist.

Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Good News

Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea, artist.

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
All Out

The Winans

Winans (Carvin Winans, Marvin Winans, Michael Winans, Ronald Winans), artist.

Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus
Live...We Come Rejoicing

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Carol Cymbala, choir director.

Best Latin Pop Album

Luis Miguel

Luis Miguel, artist.

Best Tropical Latin Album
Mi Tierra

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan, artist.

Best Mexican-American Album


Selena, artist.

Best Traditional Blues Album
B.B. King
Blues Summit

B.B. King, artist.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Feels Like Rain

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy, artist.

Best Traditional Folk Album
The Celtic Harp

The Chieftains

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

Best Contemporary Folk Album
Other Voices/Other Rooms

Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith, artist.

Best Reggae Album
Bad Boys

Inner Circle

Inner Circle (Lester Adderly, Calton Coffie, Lancelot Hall, Bernard (Touter) Harvey, Ian Lewis, Roger Lewis), artist.

Best World Music Album
A Meeting By The River

Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt

Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt, artists.

Best Polka Album
Accordionally Yours

Walter Ostanek & His Band

Walter Ostanek, artist.

Best Musical Album For Children
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
Aladdin - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

(Various Artists)

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, producers.

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn, narrator. Deborah Raffin & Michael Viner, producers.

Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album
On The Pulse Of Morning

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, narrator.

Best Spoken Comedy Album
Jammin' In New York

George Carlin

George Carlin, artist.

Best Musical Show Album
The Who's Tommy

Original Cast Recording

Pete Townshend, composer. Pete Townshend, lyricist. George Martin, producer.

Best Instrumental Composition
Forever In Love

Kenny G

Kenny G, composer.

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner

Various Artists

Alan Menken, composer.

Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) (From Aladdin)

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, songwriters (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, songwriters.

Best Music Video - Short Form

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel, artist. Stephen Johnson, video director. Prudence Fenton, video producer.

Best Music Video-Long Form
Ten Summoner's Tales

Sting, artist. Doug Nichol, video director. Julie Fong, video producer.

Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
Mood Indigo

Dave Grusin

Dave Grusin, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
When I Fall In Love

Celine Dion & Clive Griffin

David Foster & Jeremy Lubbock, arrangers.

Best Recording Package
The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959

Billie Holiday

David Lau, art director.

Best Album Notes
The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959

Billie Holiday

Buck Clayton, Joel E. Siegel & Phil Schaap, album notes writers.

Best Historical Album
The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959

Billie Holiday

Michael Lang & Phil Schaap, compilation producers.

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
Ten Summoner's Tales


Hugh Padgham, engineer.

Producer Of The Year
David Foster

David Foster

David Foster, producer.

Best Classical Album
Pierre Boulez
Bartók: The Wooden Prince & Cantata Profana

Pierre Boulez conductor; John Aler, John Tomlinson, Margaret Hillis, choral director

John Aler & John Tomlinson, artists. Pierre Boulez, conductor. Karl-August Naegler, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
Pierre Boulez
Bartók: The Wooden Prince

Pierre Boulez, conductor

Pierre Boulez, conductor.

Best Opera Recording
Handel: Semele

John Nelson, conductor; Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Samuel Ramey, John Aler, Sylvia McNair, Michael Chance, Neil Mackie & Mark S. Doss

John Aler, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Mark S. Doss, Michael Chance, Neil Mackie, Samuel Ramey & Sylvia McNair, artists. John Nelson, conductor. Steven Paul, producer.

Best Performance Of A Choral Work
Pierre Boulez
Bartók: Cantata Profana

Pierre Boulez, conductor; Margaret Hillis, choral director

Margaret Hillis, choir director. Pierre Boulez, conductor.

Best Classical Performance-Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra)
Berg: Violin Concerto/Rihm: Time Chant

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter, artist.

Best Classical Performance-Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra)
Barber: The Complete Solo Piano Music

John Browning

John Browning, artist.

Best Chamber Music Performance
Ives: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2/Barber: String Quartet Op. 11 (American Originals)

Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel, Philip Setzer), artist.

Best Classical Vocal Performance
The Art Of Arleen Auger (Works Of Larsen, Purcell, Schumann, Mozart)

Arleen Auger

Arleen Auger, artist.

Best Contemporary Composition
Carter: Violin Concerto

Oliver Knussen, conductor

Elliott Carter, composer.

Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Bartók: The Wooden Prince & Cantata Profana

Pierre Boulez, conductor; Margaret Hillis, choral director

Rainer Maillard, engineer.

Classical Producer Of The Year
Judith Sherman

Judith Sherman

Judith Sherman, producer.