Winners

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
 
winner
Whitney Houston
I Will Always Love You

Whitney Houston, artist. David Foster, producer.

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

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, songwriters.

Best New Artist
 
winner
Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Whitney Houston
I Will Always Love You

Whitney Houston, artist.

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

Sting, artist.

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

Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle, artists.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Tony Bennett
Steppin' Out

Tony Bennett, artist.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Barcelona Mona

Branford Marsalis & Bruce Hornsby, artists.

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

Meat Loaf, artist.

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

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

Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal
 
winner
Plush

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

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

Ozzy Osbourne, artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Sofa

Steve Vai, artist.

Best Rock Song
 
winner
Runaway Train

David Pirner, songwriter.

Best Alternative Music Album
 
winner
U2
Zooropa

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

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

Toni Braxton, artist.

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

Ray Charles, artist.

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

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

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

Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, songwriters.

Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
Dr. Dre, GRAMMY winner
Let Me Ride

Dr. Dre, artist.

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

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

Best New Age Album
 
winner
Spanish Angel

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

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

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

Best Jazz Vocal Performance
 
winner
Take A Look

Natalie Cole, artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Miles Ahead

Joe Henderson, soloist.

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

Joe Henderson, artist.

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

Miles Davis & Quincy Jones, artists.

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Passionate Kisses

Mary Chapin Carpenter, artist.

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

Dwight Yoakam, artist.

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

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

Best Country Vocal Collaboration
 
winner
Does He Love You

Linda Davis & Reba McEntire, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Vince Gill
Red Wing

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
 
winner
Waitin' For The Hard Times To Go

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

Best Country Song
 
winner
Passionate Kisses

Lucinda Williams, songwriter.

Best Rock Gospel Album
 
winner
Free At Last

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

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
The Live Adventure

Steven Curtis Chapman, artist.

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

Kathy Mattea, artist.

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Shirley Caesar, GRAMMY winner
Stand Still

Shirley Caesar, artist.

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
All Out

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

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

Carol Cymbala, choir director.

Best Latin Pop Album
 
winner
Aries

Luis Miguel, artist.

Best Tropical Latin Album
 
winner
Mi Tierra

Gloria Estefan, artist.

Best Mexican-American Album
 
winner
Live

Selena, artist.

Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
B.B. King
Blues Summit

B.B. King, artist.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
Feels Like Rain

Buddy Guy, artist.

Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
The Celtic Harp

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

Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Other Voices/Other Rooms

Nanci Griffith, artist.

Best Reggae Album
 
winner
Bad Boys

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

Best World Music Album
 
winner
A Meeting By The River

Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt, artists.

Best Polka Album
 
winner
Accordionally Yours

Walter Ostanek, artist.

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

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, producers.

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

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

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

Maya Angelou, narrator.

Best Spoken Comedy Album
 
winner
Jammin' In New York

George Carlin, artist.

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
The Who's Tommy

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

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Forever In Love

Kenny G, composer.

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

Alan Menken, composer.

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

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, songwriters.

Best Music Video - Short Form
 
winner
Steam

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

Best Music Video-Long Form
 
winner
Sting, GRAMMY winner
Ten Summoner's Tales

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

Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
 
winner
Mood Indigo

Dave Grusin, arranger.

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

David Foster & Jeremy Lubbock, arrangers.

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

David Lau, art director.

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

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

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

Michael Lang & Phil Schaap, compilation producers.

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

Hugh Padgham, engineer.

Producer Of The Year
 
winner
David Foster
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Pierre Boulez, GRAMMY winner
Bartók: The Wooden Prince & Cantata Profana

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

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Pierre Boulez, GRAMMY winner
Bartók: The Wooden Prince

Pierre Boulez, conductor.

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Handel: Semele

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
 
winner
Pierre Boulez, GRAMMY winner
Bartók: Cantata Profana

Margaret Hillis, choir director. Pierre Boulez, conductor.

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

Anne-Sophie Mutter, artist.

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

John Browning, artist.

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

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

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

Arleen Auger, artist.

Best Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Carter: Violin Concerto

Elliott Carter, composer.

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

Rainer Maillard, engineer.

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Judith Sherman