Winners

39th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1996)

Just shy of its 40th anniversary, the 39th Annual GRAMMY Awards proved to be a show for young and old — onstage and off. Fourteen-year-old country music sensation LeAnn Rimes became the youngest GRAMMY winner ever when Sheryl Crow, Steve Winwood and Jakob Dylan presented her with the Best New Artist award. Later in the evening, Clint Black appeared to present an award with Rimes and confessed his own feelings of inadequacy. “When I was 14, I had a paper route,” Black explained with a grin. On the other hand, this was the same night that living folk legend Pete Seeger took home the Best Traditional Folk Album at the age of 77 for Pete.

Marking considerable growth for the GRAMMYs, the 39th awards also achieved another big first — playing New York’s famed Madison Square Garden for the first time, also the first time the show moved from an auditorium to a major arena. In addition to a wide range of professional performances, this big Garden party featured a few notable appearances from non-professional musicians. Ellen DeGeneres — returning as GRAMMY host for the second year in a row — kicked things off with a song that could only be called “This Is Ellen’s GRAMMY Song,” and was backed by an all-star, all-female band that featured Bonnie Raitt, Me’Shell NdegéOcello, Shawn Colvin, Chaka Khan and Shelia E. Even earlier in the evening — during the pre-telecast awards — First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton won a GRAMMY for Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album for the audio version of her book It Takes A Village. “I’m amazed,” the future New York senator told the crowd. “I didn’t even know that GRAMMYs were given to tone-deaf singers like me, but I’m very grateful for this.”

Fellow guitar heroes and recent collaborators Eric Clapton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds teamed up for a stunning version of “Change The World” from the Phenomenon film soundtrack just before Bonnie Raitt and Seal presented Clapton with the GRAMMY Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In his acceptance speech, Clapton took time out to praise his own favorite record of the year, Curtis Mayfield’s New World Order. The man they call Slowhand would get more chances to speak his mind, as “Change The World” won Record Of The Year as well as Song Of The Year for writers Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Tommy Sims. Edmonds — who produced “Change The World” — was honored as Producer Of The Year.

Pete Seeger — who won his award during the pre-telecast — reappeared during the telecast to introduce Bruce Springsteen who then performed “The Ghost Of Tom Joad,” the timely and powerful title track of the album that earned the Boss the GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Folk Album. For country music too, this was also a big night in the Big Apple. Vince Gill (a two-time winner for the evening with Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “Worlds Apart” and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for “High Lonesome Sound”) led a lovely, down-home yet high-tech multiple-stage tribute to bluegrass great Bill Monroe that featured Alison Krauss And Union Station (who shared the Best Country Collaboration GRAMMY with Gill) and Patty Loveless.

The Fugees, meanwhile, won two awards and offered a winning take on Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” with the help of Ziggy Marley, the Wailers and the I-Threes. A tribute to jazz vocal giant Ella Fitzgerald — who died on June 15, 1996 — found jazz giants Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Jack DeJohnette and Bunny Brunel backing up Natalie Cole for a rendition of “You’ll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini).” Before she sang, Cole — the daughter of the late great Nat “King” Cole — recalled meeting Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong as a child. Of Lady Ella, Cole said, “She wasn’t just the greatest jazz singer ever, she was the best singer I ever knew.”

Beck, Toni Braxton and Sheryl Crow were among those picking up multiple awards for the year. And this was also a fabulous GRAMMY night for the Beatles, who won Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for their special “reunion” track “Free As A Bird” from Anthology 1. Director Joe Pytka’s video for “Free As A Bird” also won for Best Music Video, Short Form, while the Anthology itself won the honors for Best Music Video, Long Form. Not bad for a band that won their last GRAMMY not yesterday, but nearly 30 years prior.

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Eric Clapton,
Change The World

Eric Clapton, artist. Babyface, producer.

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Falling Into You

Celine Dion

Celine Dion, artist. Aldo Nova, Billy Steinberg, Dan Hill, David Foster, Humberto Gatica, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jeff Bova, Jim Steinman, John Jones, Ric Wake, Rick Hahn, Rick Nowels, Roy Bittan & Steven Rinkoff, producers.

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Change The World

Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims & Wayne Kirkpatrick, songwriters (Eric Clapton AND ALSO Wynonna)

Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims & Wayne Kirkpatrick, songwriters.

Best New Artist
 
winner
LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes, artist.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Un-Break My Heart

Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton, artist.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Eric Clapton
Change The World

Eric Clapton, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
When I Fall In Love

Natalie Cole (& Nat "King" Cole)

Natalie Cole, artist.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Béla Fleck
The Sinister Minister

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

Béla Fleck And The Flecktones (Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Howard Levy, Paul McCandless, Roy Wooten, Victor Lemonte Wooten), artist.

Best Pop Album
 
winner
Falling Into You

Celine Dion

Celine Dion, artist.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Tony Bennett
Here's To The Ladies

Tony Bennett, artist.

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
If It Makes You Happy

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow, artist.

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
Where It's At

Beck

Beck, artist.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
So Much To Say

Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band (Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Dave Matthews, Leroi Moore, Boyd Tinsley), artist.

Best Hard Rock Performance
 
winner
Bullet With Butterfly Wings

The Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins (Jimmy Chamberlin, Billy Corgan, D'Arcy, James Iha), artist.

Best Metal Performance
 
winner
Tire Me

Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine (Tim Bob, Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Dr. John
SRV Shuffle

Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Dr. John & Art Neville

Art Neville, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Jimmie Vaughan & Robert Cray, artists.

Best Rock Song
 
winner
Give Me One Reason

Tracy Chapman, songwriter (Tracy Chapman)

Tracy Chapman, songwriter.

Best Rock Album
 
winner
Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow, artist. Sheryl Crow, producer.

Best Alternative Music Performance
 
winner
Odelay

Beck

Beck, artist.

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
You're Makin' Me High

Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton, artist.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Your Secret Love

Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross, artist.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Killing Me Softly With His Song

Fugees

Fugees (Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Prakazrel "Pras" Michel), artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

Babyface, songwriter (Whitney Houston)

Babyface, songwriter.

Best R&B Album
 
winner
Words

The Tony Rich Project

Tony Rich, artist.

Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
LL Cool J
Hey Lover

LL Cool J, artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
Tha Crossroads

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (Anthony "Krazie Bone" Henderson, Steven "Layzie Bone" Howse, Byron "Bizzy Bone" McCane, Charles "Wish Bone" Scruggs), artist.

Best Rap Album
 
winner
The Score

Fugees

Fugees (Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Prakazrel "Pras" Michel), artist. Fugees (Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Prakazrel "Pras" Michel) & Prakazrel "Pras" Michel, producers.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Blue

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes, artist.

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Vince Gill
Worlds Apart

Vince Gill, artist.

Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
My Maria

Brooks & Dunn

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

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner, Alison Krauss & Union Station
High Lonesome Sound

Alison Krauss & Union Station (Barry Bales, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Adam Steffey, Dan Tyminski) & Vince Gill, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Jam Man

Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins, artist.

Best Country Song
 
winner
Blue

Bill Mack, songwriter (LeAnn Rimes)

Bill Mack, songwriter.

Best Country Album
 
winner
The Road To Ensenada

Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett, artist. Billy Williams & Lyle Lovett, producers.

Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
True Life Blues - The Songs Of Bill Monroe

(Various Artists)

Todd Phillips, producer.

Best New Age Album
 
winner
The Memory Of Trees

Enya

Enya, artist.

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
 
winner
High Life

Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter, artist.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance
 
winner
New Moon Daughter

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson, artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Cabin Fever

Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
 
winner
Tales From The Hudson

Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker, artist.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
 
winner
Live At Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

Grover Mitchell

Grover Mitchell, artist.

Best Latin Jazz Performance
 
winner
Portraits Of Cuba

Paquito D'Rivera

Paquito D'Rivera, artist.

Best Rock Gospel Album
 
winner
Jesus Freak

dc Talk

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

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
Tribute - The Songs Of Andrae Crouch

(Various Artists)

Neal Joseph & Norman Miller, producers.

Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
 
winner
I Love To Tell The Story - 25 Timeless Hymns

Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith, artist.

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Face To Face

Cissy Houston

Cissy Houston, artist.

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Kirk Franklin
Whatcha Lookin' 4

Kirk Franklin & The Family

Kirk Franklin, artist.

Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus
 
winner
Shirley Caesar
Just A Word

Shirley Caesar's Outreach Convention Choir

Shirley Caesar, choir director.

Best Latin Pop Performance
 
winner
Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias

Enrique Iglesias, artist.

Best Tropical Latin Performance
 
winner
La Rosa De Los Vientos

Rubén Blades

Rubén Blades, artist.

Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance
 
winner
Un Millon De Rosas

La Mafia

La Mafia (Michael Aguilar, David De La Garza, Oscar De La Rosa, Leonard Gonzales, Armando Lichtenberger Jr.), artist.

Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
Deep In The Blues

James Cotton

James Cotton, artist.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
Just Like You

Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo', artist.

Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
Pete

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger, artist.

Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Bruce Springsteen
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Best Reggae Album
 
winner
Hall Of Fame - A Tribute To Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary

Bunny Wailer

Bunny Wailer, artist.

Best World Music Album
 
winner
Santiago

The Chieftains

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

Best Polka Album
 
winner
Jimmy Sturr
Polka! All Night Long

Jimmy Sturr, artist.

Best Musical Album For Children
 
winner
Dedicated To The One I Love

Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt, artist. George Massenburg & Linda Ronstadt, producers.

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
 
winner
Stellaluna

David Holt

David Holt, narrator. David Holt, Steven Heller & Virginia Callaway, producers.

Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album
 
winner
It Takes A Village

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton, narrator.

Best Spoken Comedy Album
 
winner
Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot

Al Franken

Al Franken, artist.

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Riverdance

Various Artists

Bill Whelan, composer. Bill Whelan, lyricist. Bill Whelan, producer.

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Herbie Hancock
Manhattan (Island Of Lights And Love)

Herbie Hancock & Jean Hancock, composers.

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
Independence Day

David Arnold

David Arnold, composer.

Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
Because You Loved Me (Theme From Up Close & Personal)

Diane Warren, songwriter (Celine Dion)

Diane Warren, songwriter.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
An American Symphony (Mr. Holland's Opus)

Michael Kamen

Michael Kamen, arranger.

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

Natalie Cole [& Nat "King" Cole]

Alan Broadbent & David Foster, arrangers.

Best Recording Package
 
winner
Ultra-Lounge (Leopard Skin Sampler)

Various Artists

Andy Engel & Tommy Steele, art directors.

Best Recording Package - Boxed
 
winner
The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Miles Davis & Gil Evans

Arnold Levine & Chika Azuma, art directors.

Best Album Notes
 
winner
The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Miles Davis & Gil Evans

Bill Kirchner, Bob Belden, George Avakian & Phil Schaap, album notes writers.

Best Historical Album
 
winner
The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings

Miles Davis & Gil Evans

Bob Belden & Phil Schaap, compilation producers. Mark Wilder & Phil Schaap, mastering engineers.

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
 
winner
Al Schmitt
Q's Jook Joint

Quincy Jones

Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien, Francis Buckley & Tommy Vicari, engineers.

Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Babyface

Babyface, producer.

Best Classical Engineered Recording
 
winner
Copland: Dance Symphony; Short Symphony; Organ Symphony

Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Lawrence Rock & William Hoekstra, engineers.

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Joanna Nickrenz

Joanna Nickrenz

Joanna Nickrenz, producer.

Best Classical Album
 
winner
Corigliano: Of Rage And Remembrance

Leonard Slatkin, conductor (Michelle De Young, Various Artists)

Leonard Slatkin, artist. Joanna Nickrenz, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Prokofiev: Romeo And Juliet (Scenes From The Ballet)

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor.

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Britten: Peter Grimes

Richard Hickox, conductor; Philip Langridge, Alan Opie & Janice Watson

Alan Opie, Janice Watson & Philip Langridge, artists. Richard Hickox, conductor. Brian Couzens, producer.

Best Choral Performance
 
winner
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast

Andrew Litton, conductor; Neville Creed, David Hill, chorus masters

David Hill & Neville Creed, chorus masters. Andrew Litton, conductor.

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Bartók: The Three Piano Concertos

Yefim Bronfman

Yefim Bronfman, artist.

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
The Romantic Master - Works Of Saint-Saens, Handel

Earl Wild

Earl Wild, artist.

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Corigliano: String Quartet

Cleveland Quartet

Cleveland Quartet (James Dunham, Paul Katz, William Preucil, Peter Salaff), artist.

Best Small Ensemble Performance (With Or Without Conductor)
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Boulez: ...Explosante-Fixe...

Pierre Boulez, conductor; Ensemble Intercontemporain

Ensemble InterContemporain & Pierre Boulez, artists.

Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
Opera Arias - Works Of Mozart, Wagner, Borodin

Bryn Terfel

Bryn Terfel, artist.

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Corigliano: String Quartet

Cleveland Quartet

John Corigliano, composer.

Best Music Video, Short Form
 
winner
The Beatles, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Free As A Bird

Beatles (George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr), artist. Joe Pytka, video director. Vincent Joliet, video producer.

Best Music Video, Long Form
 
winner
The Beatles, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
The Beatles Anthology

Beatles (George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr), artist. Bob Smeaton & Geoff Wonfor, video directors. Chips Chipperfield & Neil Aspinall, video producers.