Winners

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1997)

The GRAMMYs threw itself a pretty wild 40th birthday party at New York’s Radio City Music Hall — a night of great highs and even some interesting lows. This was the evening that a resurgent Bob Dylan gave arguably his greatest televised performance ever with a focused and mysterious version of “Love Sick” from the Album Of The Year-winning Time Out Of Mind — only to find himself joined by an unwelcome stage crasher with the curious words “Soy Bomb” scrawled on his torso. The latter was not alone in rushing the stage — rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan fame decided to take the stage during Shawn Colvin’s acceptance speech for Song Of The Year (“Sunny Came Home”) to declare, among other things, “Wu-Tang are for the children.” Somehow it all added up to an entertaining night of surprises — pleasant or otherwise.

Hosting in a tuxedo with tails, “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer formally addressed the matter right up front: “The GRAMMYs turn 40 tonight and who better to guide her into middle age than a mature, sober individual such as myself. And given the fact that four out of five of you will not get GRAMMYs tonight, it didn’t seem like a bad idea to have a psychiatrist on hand.” Right he turned out to be.

It was a particularly big night for Will Smith, who opened the evening Big Willie Style performing both “Men In Black” and “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” Even more moving was his acceptance speech for Best Rap Solo Performance. “This is actually the first time that I’ve ever been on a GRAMMY stage,” Smith said, explaining that as part of D.J. Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince, he had won the first GRAMMY ever given to a rap artist at the 31st show. “But the GRAMMYs, they weren’t televising the rap portion, you know, so we boycotted,” he said. Three years later, the pair won another GRAMMY, but didn’t think they had a chance, so they didn’t attend. He then spoke movingly about feeling disconnected from the music during “the rap dark ages” a few years earlier, but that artists like Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. had inspired him to make music again. After threatening to give the speeches from the shows he missed, Smith then dedicated this GRAMMY victory to the late rappers’ memories, and said their deaths had reminded him and other artists that they “have a responsibility…for what goes into the impressionable ears of the people listening to the music we make.”

Other performance highlights included everything from a crowd-pleasing medley of Rumours hits from Fleetwood Mac — the album had been named Album Of The Year exactly 20 years earlier — to Wyclef Jean and Erykah Badu powerfully merging his “Gone Till November” and her “On & On” (which won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance). R. Kelly soared performing “I Believe I Can Fly” before winning in the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance category and thanking everyone from Michael Jordan to Bugs Bunny for his big Space Jam hit.

After all the commotion and fun, Bob Dylan — a three-time winner on the night — had a way of bringing it all back to the music. When Sheryl Crow, Usher and John Fogerty presented him with the night’s final award for Album Of The Year, Dylan reflected back in time. “One time when I was about 16 or 17 years old, I went to see Buddy Holly play at a Duluth National Guard Armory and I was three feet away from him and he looked at me,” Dylan recalled. “And I just have some kind of feeling that he was — I don’t know how or why — but I know he was with us all the time when we were making this record in some kind of way. In the words of the immortal Robert Johnson, ‘The stuff we got will bust your brains out.’” And on this historic night, Dylan did just that.

Finally, the 40th Annual GRAMMYs also featured what is considered to be the greatest last-second substitution act in GRAMMY history. When GRAMMY Legend Award recipient Luciano Pavarotti’s throat problems caused him to cancel his performance of “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s opera Turandot just a few hours before showtime, the GRAMMY production team was able to get Aretha Franklin — who had sung the same piece at the MusiCares Person Of The Year fundraiser two nights earlier — to step in “literally at a moment’s notice,” as Sting said in his introduction. Fortunately, the Queen of Soul showed a new side of her extraordinary talent to a watching world, and helped save this GRAMMY performance.

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Sunny Came Home

Shawn Colvin, artist. John Leventhal, producer.

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Bob Dylan
Time Out Of Mind

Bob Dylan, artist. Daniel Lanois, producer.

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Sunny Came Home

John Leventhal & Shawn Colvin, songwriters.

Best New Artist
 
winner
Paula Cole
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Building A Mystery

Sarah McLachlan, artist.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Elton John, GRAMMY winner
Candle In The Wind 1997

Elton John, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Virtual Insanity

Jamiroquai (Wallis Buchanal, Simon Katz, Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie, Toby Smith, Stuart Zender), artist.

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Don't Look Back

John Lee Hooker & Van Morrison, artists.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Last Dance

Sarah McLachlan, artist.

Best Dance Recording
 
winner
Carry On

Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder, artists. Giorgio Moroder, producer.

Best Pop Album
 
winner
Hourglass

James Taylor, artist. Frank Filipetti & James Taylor, producers.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett On Holiday

Tony Bennett, artist.

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
Criminal

Fiona Apple, artist.

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
Bob Dylan
Cold Irons Bound

Bob Dylan, artist.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
One Headlight

Wallflowers (Mario Calire, Jakob Dylan, Rami Jaffee, Greg Richling, Michael Ward), artist.

Best Hard Rock Performance
 
winner
The End Is The Beginning Is The End

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

Best Metal Performance
 
winner
Aenema

Tool (Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Adam Jones, Maynard James Keenan), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Block Rockin' Beats

Chemical Brothers (Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons), artist.

Best Rock Song
 
winner
One Headlight

Jakob Dylan, songwriter.

Best Rock Album
 
winner
Blue Moon Swamp

John Fogerty, artist. John Fogerty, producer.

Best Alternative Music Performance
 
winner
Radiohead, GRAMMY winner
Ok Computer

Radiohead (Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway, Thom Yorke), artist.

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
On & On

Erykah Badu, artist.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
I Believe I Can Fly

R. Kelly, artist.

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

Blackstreet (Chauncey "Black" Hannibal, Mark L. Middleton, Teddy Riley, Eric "E" Williams), artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
I Believe I Can Fly

R. Kelly, songwriter.

Best R&B Album
 
winner
Baduizm

Erykah Badu, artist.

Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
Men In Black

Will Smith, artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
I'll Be Missing You

112 (Daron Jones, Michael Keith, Quinnes Parker, Marvin Scandrick), Faith Evans & Sean "Puffy" Combs, artists.

Best Rap Album
 
winner
No Way Out

Puff Daddy And The Family (Sean "Puffy" Combs), artist. Puff Daddy And The Family (Sean "Puffy" Combs) & Stevie J., producers.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
How Do I Live

Trisha Yearwood, artist.

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Vince Gill
Pretty Little Adriana

Vince Gill, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner, Alison Krauss & Union Station
Looking In The Eyes Of Love

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

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
In Another's Eyes

Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner, Alison Krauss & Union Station
Little Liza Jane

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

Best Country Song
 
winner
Butterfly Kisses

Bob Carlisle & Randy Thomas, songwriters.

Best Country Album
 
winner
Unchained

Johnny Cash, artist. Rick Rubin, producer.

Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner, Alison Krauss & Union Station
So Long So Wrong

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

Best New Age Album
 
winner
Oracle

Michael Hedges, artist.

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
 
winner
Into The Sun

Randy Brecker, artist.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance
 
winner
Dear Ella

Dee Dee Bridgewater, artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Stardust

Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton, soloists.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
 
winner
Pat Metheny, GRAMMY winner
Beyond The Missouri Sky

Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny, artists.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
 
winner
Joe Henderson Big Band

Joe Henderson, artist.

Best Latin Jazz Performance
 
winner
Habana

Roy Hargrove's Crisol (Gary Bartz, John Benitez, Miguel "Anga" Diaz, Roy Hargrove, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Frank Lacy, Russell Malone, David Sanchez, Chucho Valdes), artist.

Best Rock Gospel Album
 
winner
Welcome To The Freak Show - dc Talk Live In Concert

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

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
Much Afraid

Jars Of Clay (Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Stephen Mason, Matthew Odmark), artist.

Best Southern, Country Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
 
winner
Amazing Grace 2 - A Country Salute To Gospel

David Corlew & Peter York, compilation producers.

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray

Fairfield Four (Isaac Freeman, Robert Hamlett, James Hill, Joseph Rice, Walter Settles, Wilson Waters Jr.), artist.

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Brothers

Take 6 (Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, Joel Kibble, Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight III, David Thomas), artist.

Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album
 
winner
God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation

Kirk Franklin, Myron Butler & Robert Searight II, choir directors.

Best Latin Pop Performance
 
winner
Romances

Luis Miguel, artist.

Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance
 
winner
Fabulosos Calavera

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (Fernando Albareda, Flavio Cianciarulo, Gabriel Fernandez-Capello, Daniel Lozano, Fernando Ricciardi, Anibal Rigozzi, Gerardo Rotblat, Sergio Rotman, Ariel Sanzo, Mario Siperman), artist.

Best Tropical Latin Performance
 
winner
Buena Vista Social Club

Ry Cooder, artist.

Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance
 
winner
En Tus Manos

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

Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
Don't Look Back

John Lee Hooker, artist.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
Señor Blues

Taj Mahal, artist.

Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
L'amour Ou La Folie

Beausoleil (Tommy Alesi, Jimmy Breaux, David Doucet, Michael Doucet, Al Tharp, Billy Ware), artist.

Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Bob Dylan
Time Out Of Mind

Bob Dylan, artist.

Best Reggae Album
 
winner
Ziggy Marley
Fallen Is Babylon

Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers (Cedella Marley, Sharon Marley, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley), artist.

Best World Music Album
 
winner
Nascimento

Milton Nascimento, artist.

Best Polka Album
 
winner
Living On Polka Time

Jimmy Sturr, artist.

Best Musical Album For Children
 
winner
All Aboard!

John Denver, artist. John Denver, Kris O'Connor & Roger Nichols, producers.

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
 
winner
Winnie-The-Pooh

Charles Kuralt, narrator. John McElroy, producer.

Best Spoken Word Album
 
winner
Charles Kuralt's Spring

Charles Kuralt, narrator. John McElroy, producer.

Best Spoken Comedy Album
 
winner
Roll With The New

Chris Rock, artist.

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Chicago - The Musical

Jay David Saks, producer.

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Aung San Suu Kyi

Wayne Shorter, composer.

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
The English Patient

Gabriel Yared, composer.

Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
I Believe I Can Fly (From Space Jam)

R. Kelly, songwriter.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Straight, No Chaser

Bill Holman, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
 
winner
Cotton Tail

Slide Hampton, arranger.

Best Recording Package
 
winner
Titanic - Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Al Quattrocchi, Hugh Brown & Jeff Smith, art directors.

Best Boxed Recording Package
 
winner
Beg Scream And Shout! - The Big Ol' Box Of '60s Soul

David Gorman, Hugh Brown & Rachel Gutek, art directors.

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Anthology Of American Folk Music - 1997 Expanded Edition

Chuck Pirtle, Eric von Schmidt, Jeff Place, John Fahey, Jon Pankake, Kip Lornell, Luc Sante, Luis Kemnitzer, Neil V. Rosenberg & Peter Stampfel, album notes writers.

Best Historical Album
 
winner
Anthology Of American Folk Music - 1997 Expanded Edition

Amy Horowitz, Jeff Place & Pete Reiniger, compilation producers. Charlie Pilzer & David Glasser, mastering engineers.

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
 
winner
Hourglass

Frank Filipetti, engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
 
winner
Babyface
Remixer Of The Year, Non-Classical
 
winner

Frankie Knuckles, remixer.

Best Engineered Album, Classical
 
winner
Copland: The Music Of America (Fanfare For The Common Man; Rodeo)

Jack Renner & Michael Bishop, engineers.

Producer Of The Year, Classical
 
winner
Steven Epstein
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Yo-Yo Ma
Premieres - Cello Concertos (Works Of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse)

David Zinman & Yo-Yo Ma, artists. Steven Epstein, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Pierre Boulez, GRAMMY winner
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Tristia

Pierre Boulez, conductor.

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Georg Solti, GRAMMY winner
Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg

Alan Opie, Ben Heppner, Herbert Lippert, Iris Vermillion, Jose Van Dam, Karita Mattila & Rene Pape, artists. Georg Solti, conductor. Michael Woolcock, producer.

Best Choral Performance
 
winner
Adams: Harmonium/Rachmaninoff: The Bells

Robert Shaw, conductor.

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Yo-Yo Ma
Premieres - Cello Concertos (Works Of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse)

Yo-Yo Ma, artist. David Zinman, conductor.

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Bach: Suites For Solo Cello Nos. 1-6

Janos Starker, artist.

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Beethoven: The String Quartets

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

Best Small Ensemble Performance (With Or Without Conductor)
 
winner
Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1 With Finale 1921, Op. 24 No. 1

Claudio Abbado, artist.

Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
An Italian Songbook - Works Of Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini

Cecilia Bartoli, artist.

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Adams: El Dorado

John Adams, composer.

Best Short Form Music Video
 
winner
Got 'Till It's Gone

Janet Jackson, artist. Mark Romanek, video director. Aris McGarry, video producer.

Best Long Form Music Video
 
winner
Jagged Little Pill - Live

Alanis Morissette, artist. Alanis Morissette & Steve Purcell, video directors. Alanis Morissette, David May, Glen Ballard & Steve Purcell, video producers.