43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)

“Music makes the people come together.”

Rarely has an opening song spoken more directly to the spirit of the GRAMMYs than Madonna’s “Music,” which kick started the 43rd annual show in Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Her Blondness made a big entrance onto the stage in a glittery limo driven by Lil’ Bow Wow. Soon the number took a sexier turn, and at one point, Madonna took off her leather jacket to reveal a Material Girl T-shirt and then seemed to thoroughly enjoy what is perhaps best described as a cargasm.

Host Jon Stewart established his self-deprecating tone right off, talking about how he’s getting older and noting, “As I was watching Madonna writhing around on the hood of the car, all I could think was — that’s really gonna drive up her insurance premiums.”

Yet it was not Madonna providing the biggest controversy du jour on this GRAMMY night. Instead, the big talk of the night was Eminem who had already achieved tremendous commercial success, but not yet the mainstream cultural respectability that would come with the film 8 Mile two years later. Often criticized for homophobic and sexist lyrics, Eminem made huge headlines by agreeing to perform “Stan,” his edgy song about an obsessed fan, with openly gay music legend Elton John.

Stewart both commented on the tension and slyly diffused it, explaining in his monologue, “There’s a tremendous amount of controversy here tonight. I think we have to deal with it right off the top. I don’t know what all the controversy is about, quite frankly. I’ve met Eminem. I met him backstage and he’s really gay. I mean just about the gayest guy you’d ever meet.”

Before the night’s most buzzed about unlikely duo took the stage, a procession of other significant stars took their turn: ’N Sync (introduced by Stewart as including two extra members, “Fredo” and “Kitten”) performed an inventively lit rendition of “This I Promise You.” Sheryl Crow (who took home Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (for “There Goes The Neighborhood” from Live In Central Park) and Shelby Lynne (who won Best New Artist) teamed up for a strong duet on Crow’s “The Difficult Kind.” Moby, Jill Scott and the Blue Man Group pooled their deep talents on Moby’s “Natural Blues” for one of the more beautiful and experimental GRAMMY performances. Destiny’s Child sang “Independent Women, Part 1” and “Say My Name” for a big, sultry three-ring production number. Later, Faith Hill would perform “Breathe” in front of assorted art masterpieces looking very much like a masterpiece herself.

And when Eminem first took to the stage for his acceptance speech for the Best Rap Album GRAMMY for The Marshall Mathers LP, he came across as charming and uncharacteristically diplomatic. “What should I say first?” he asked openly. “I guess, first of all, I want to thank everybody who could look past the controversy or whatever and see the album for what it was...and also for what it isn’t.” Among the many people he thanked was his mentor Dr. Dre, named Producer Of The Year.

“I don’t know how you feel, but I was very impressed by Eminem’s poise,” the host noted later. “I really think this experience is gonna help him grow as a person. As a matter of fact, after doing the duet with Elton John, I’ve heard that he’s agreed to go to the bathroom with George Michael as well.” Despite considerable laughter, Stewart then added, “Can I say something: I feel your scorn and I accept it.”

There was no scorn and a few big awards for U2. The band performed a fittingly radiant version of “Beautiful Day,” which was named Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. During an acceptance speech, Bono said, “It’s a very unusual emotion I’m feeling right now. I think it’s called humility. The whole year’s been humbling — going back to scratch, reapplying for the job. What job? The best band in the world job.” Meanwhile, it was a significantly older band who won Album Of The Year: Steely Dan for their impressive comeback effort, Two Against Nature.

When they finally hit the stage, Eminem and Elton John didn’t seem like two against nature, or even two against the world, but an unbeatable musical team. Academy President Michael Greene introduced the performance, pointing out, “We can’t edit out the art that makes us uncomfortable — remember that’s what our parents tried to do to Elvis, the Stones and the Beatles.” In the end, Eminem and Elton John’s GRAMMY date with destiny was nervy, artistic and a defining moment in GRAMMY history.

Record Of The Year
Beautiful Day

U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.), artist. Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite, engineers/mixers. Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois, producers.

Album Of The Year
Two Against Nature

Steely Dan

Steely Dan (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen), artist. Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner, Phil Burnett & Roger Nichols, engineers/mixers. Donald Fagen & Walter Becker, producers.

Song Of The Year
Beautiful Day

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

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

Best New Artist
Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne, artist.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
I Try

Macy Gray

Macy Gray, artist.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
She Walks This Earth (Soberana Rosa)

Sting, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Cousin Dupree

Steely Dan

Steely Dan (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen), artist.

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
B.B. King, Dr. John
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)

B.B. King & Dr. John, artists.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Brian Setzer, artist.

Best Dance Recording
Who Let The Dogs Out

Baha Men

Baha Men (Patrick Carey, Rick Carey, Jeffrey Chea, Anthony "Monks" Flowers, Colyn "Mo" Grant, Omerit Hield, Marvin Prosper, Herschel Small, Isaiah Taylor), artist. Michael Mangini & Steve Greenberg, producers/mixers.

Best Pop Instrumental Album
Symphony No. 1

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson, artist. Dan Gellert, engineer/mixer.

Best Pop Vocal Album
Two Against Nature

Steely Dan

Steely Dan (Walter Becker, Donald Fagen), artist. Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner, Phil Burnett & Roger Nichols, engineers/mixers.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Both Sides Now

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell, artist. Allen Sides & Geoff Foster, engineers/mixers. Larry Klein, producer.

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
There Goes The Neighborhood

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow, artist.

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz, artist.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Beautiful Day

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

Best Hard Rock Performance
Guerrilla Radio

Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine (Zack De La Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, Y.tim.K), artist.

Best Metal Performance


Deftones (Stephen Carpenter, Chi Cheng, Abe Cunningham, Frank Delgado, Chino Moreno), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
The Call Of Ktulu

Metallica & Michael Kamen

Metallica (Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Jason Newsted, Lars Ulrich) & Michael Kamen, artists.

Best Rock Song
With Arms Wide Open

Mark Tremonti & Scott Stapp, songwriters (Creed)

Mark Tremonti & Scott Stapp, songwriters.

Best Rock Album
Foo Fighters
There Is Nothing Left To Lose

Foo Fighters (David Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel), artist. Adam Kasper, engineer/mixer. Adam Kasper, producer.

Best Alternative Music Album
Kid A

Radiohead (Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway, Thom Yorke), artist. Nigel Godrich, engineer/mixer. Nigel Godrich, producer.

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
He Wasn't Man Enough

Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton, artist.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Untitled (How Does It Feel)

D'Angelo, artist.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Say My Name

Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child (Beyoncé Knowles, Le Toya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson, Kelendria Rowland), artist.

Best R&B Song
Say My Name

Beyoncé Knowles, Fred Jerkins III, Kelendria Rowland, LaShawn Daniels, LaTavia Roberson, Le Toya Luckett & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters (Destiny's Child)

Beyoncé Knowles, Fred Jerkins III, Kelendria Rowland, LaShawn Daniels, LaTavia Roberson, Le Toya Luckett & Rodney Jerkins, songwriters.

Best R&B Album

D'Angelo, artist. Russell "The Dragon" Elevado, engineer/mixer.

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album

The Temptations

Temptations (Barrington Scot Henderson, Harry McGilberry Jr., Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Otis Williams), artist.

Best Rap Solo Performance
The Real Slim Shady

Eminem, artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Dr. Dre, Eminem
Forgot About Dre

Dr. Dre Featuring Eminem

Dr. Dre & Eminem, artists.

Best Rap Album
Eminem, Dr. Dre
The Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem, artist. Dr. Dre & Richard Huredia, engineers/mixers.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Faith Hill

Faith Hill, artist.

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Solitary Man

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Cherokee Maiden

Asleep At The Wheel

Asleep At The Wheel (Ray Benson, Chris Booher, Cindy Cashdollar, Michael Francis, David Miller, Jason Roberts, David Sanger), artist.

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Faith Hill, Tim McGraw
Let's Make Love

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
Béla Fleck
Leaving Cottondale

Alison Brown & Béla Fleck

Alison Brown & Béla Fleck, artists.

Best Country Song
I Hope You Dance

Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)

Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers, songwriters.

Best Country Album
Faith Hill

Faith Hill, artist. Julian King & Mike Shipley, engineers/mixers. Byron Gallimore, producer.

Best Bluegrass Album
The Grass Is Blue

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton, artist. Gary Paczosa, engineer/mixer. Steve Buckingham, producer.

Best New Age Album
Thinking Of You


Kitaro, artist. Gary Barlough & Peter R. Kelsey, engineers/mixers.

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Béla Fleck

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

Béla Fleck And The Flecktones (Jeff Coffin, Béla Fleck, Future Man, Victor Lemonte Wooten), artist. Richard Battaglia & Robert Battaglia, engineers/mixers.

Best Jazz Vocal Album
In The Moment - Live In Concert

Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves, artist. Erik Zobler, engineer/mixer. George Duke, producer.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Pat Metheny
(Go) Get It

Pat Metheny, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Contemporary Jazz

Branford Marsalis Quartet

Branford Marsalis Quartet (Joey Calderazzo, Branford Marsalis, Eric Revis, Jeff "Tain" Watts), artist. Rob "Wacko!" Hunter, engineer/mixer. Rob "Wacko!" Hunter, producer.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
52nd Street Themes

Joe Lovano

Joe Lovano, artist. James Farber, engineer/mixer.

Best Latin Jazz Album
Live At The Village Vanguard

Chucho Valdés

Chucho Valdés, artist. Jon Fausty, engineer/mixer.

Best Rock Gospel Album
Double Take


Petra (Lonnie Chapin, Pete Orta, John Schlitt, Trent Thomason, Louie Weaver), artist. David Hall & J.R. McNeely, engineers/mixers. Dino Elefante & John Elefante, producers.

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
If I Left The Zoo

Jars Of Clay

Jars Of Clay (Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Stephen Mason, Matthew Odmark), artist. Dennis Herring & Rich Hasal, engineers/mixers. Dennis Herring, producer.

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Soldier Of The Cross

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder (Paul Brewster, Luke Bulla, Mark Fain, Clay Hess, Bobby Hicks, Ricky Skaggs, Darrin Vincent), artist. Alan Shulman & Brent King, engineers.

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
Shirley Caesar
You Can Make It

Shirley Caesar, artist. Bubba Smith & Michael E. Mathis, producers.

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
Mary Mary

Mary Mary (Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins), artist. Manny Marroquin, engineer/mixer. Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, producer.

Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album
Live - God Is Working

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Carol Cymbala, choir director. Brent King & Rob Burrell, engineers. Brent King & Oliver Wells, producers.

Best Latin Pop Album
Shakira - MTV Unplugged

Shakira, artist. Adam Blackburn, Eric Schilling, Marcelo Añez & Sebastián Krys, engineers. Tim Mitchell, producer.

Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album

La Ley

La Ley (Mauricio Clavería, Beto Cuevas, Pedro Frugone), artist. Humberto Gatica, engineer. Humberto Gatica, producer.

Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album
Alma Caribeña

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan, artist. Freddy Piñero Jr., Gustavo Celis, Javier Garza, Mauricio Guerrero, Scott Canto & Sebastián Krys, engineers. Emilio Estefan Jr., George Noriega & Robert Blades, producers.

Best Salsa Album
Masterpiece/Obra Maestra

Tito Puente & Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri & Tito Puente, artists. Jon Fausty, engineer/mixer.

Best Merengue Album
Olga Viva, Viva Olga

Olga Tañón

Olga Tañón, artist. David Hewitt & Hector Ivan Rosa, engineers/mixers.

Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
Por Una Mujer Bonita

Pepe Aguilar

Pepe Aguilar, artist. Carlos Ceballos, engineer/mixer.

Best Tejano Album
¿Qué Es Música Tejana?

The Legends

The Legends (Carlos Guzman, Freddie Martínez, Sr., Sunny Ozuna, Augustin Ramirez), artist. Edward Pérez, Greg García & Hugo Guerrero, engineers. Hugo Guerrero, producer.

Best Traditional Blues Album
B.B. King, Eric Clapton
Riding With The King

B.B. King & Eric Clapton, artists. Alan Douglas, engineer. Simon Climie, producer.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Shoutin’ In Key

Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band

Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band (Tony Braunagel, Denny Freeman, Larry Fulcher, Darrell Leonard, Taj Mahal, Joe Sublett, Mick Weaver), artist. Joe McGrath & Terry Becker, engineers/mixers.

Best Traditional Folk Album
Public Domain - Songs From The Wild Land

Dave Alvin

Dave Alvin, artist. Mark Linett, engineer.

Best Contemporary Folk Album
Emmylou Harris
Red Dirt Girl

Emmylou Harris, artist. Jim Watts & Malcolm Burn, engineers. Malcolm Burn, producer.

Best Native American Music Album
Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow

(Various Artists)

Douglas Spotted Eagle & Tom Bee, producers.

Best Reggae Album
Art And Life

Beenie Man

Beenie Man, artist.

Best World Music Album
João Voz E Violão

Antônio "Moogie" Canàzio & Caetano Veloso, producers; Antônio "Moogie" Canàzio, engineer/mixer

Best Polka Album
Jimmy Sturr
Touched By A Polka

Jimmy Sturr, artist. Jon Dickson, Ken Irwin & Tom Pick, engineers. Tom Pick, producer.

Best Musical Album For Children
Woody's Roundup Featuring Riders In The Sky

Riders In The Sky

Riders In The Sky (Paul Chrisman, Douglas Green, Fred LaBour, Joseph Miskulin), artist. Brent Truitt & Dan Rudin, engineers/mixers.

Best Spoken Word Album for Children
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Jim Dale

Jim Dale, narrator. David Rapkin, producer.

Best Spoken Word Album
The Measure Of A Man

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier, narrator. John Runnette & Rick Harris, producers.

Best Spoken Comedy Album

George Carlin

George Carlin, artist. John Runnette, producer.

Best Musical Show Album
Elton John
Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida

Original Broadway Cast

Elton John, composer. Tim Rice, lyricist. Chris Montan, Frank Filipetti, Guy Babylon & Paul Bogaev, producers. Frank Filipetti, engineer/mixer.

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
Almost Famous

Various Artists

Cameron Crowe & Danny Bramson, producers.

Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
American Beauty

Thomas Newman

Thomas Newman, composer. Dennis Sands, engineer. Bill Bernstein, producer.

Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.
When She Loved Me (From Toy Story 2)

Randy Newman, songwriter (Sarah McLachlan)

Randy Newman, songwriter.

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams
Theme From Angela's Ashes

John Williams, composer.

Best Instrumental Arrangement
Chick Corea
Spain For Sextet & Orchestra

Chick Corea, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist(s)
Both Sides Now

Joni Mitchell

Vince Mendoza, arranger.

Best Recording Package


Kevin Reagan, art director.

Best Boxed Recording Package
Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961

Miles Davis & John Coltrane

Arnold Levine & Frank Harkins, art directors.

Best Album Notes
Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961

Miles Davis & John Coltrane

Bob Blumenthal, album notes writer.

Best Historical Album
Louis Armstrong - The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings

Louis Armstrong

Phil Schaap, Seth Rothstein & Steve Berkowitz, compilation producers. Andreas Meyer, Ken Robertson, Mark Wilder, Michael Brooks, Phil Schaap, Seth Foster, Tom Ruff & Woody Pornpitaksuk, mastering engineers.

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Two Against Nature

Steely Dan

Dave Russell, Elliot Scheiner, Phil Burnett & Roger Nichols, engineers.

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre, producer.

Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical

Hex Hector

Hex Hector, remixer.

Best Engineered Album, Classical
Dvorák: Requiem, Op. 89; Sym. No. 9, Op. 95 "From the New World"

Zdenek Macal

John Eargle, engineer.

Producer Of The Year, Classical
Steven Epstein

Steven Epstein

Steven Epstein, producer.

Best Classical Album
Shostakovich: The String Quartets

Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel, Philip Setzer), artist. Da-Hong Seetoo & Max Wilcox, producers. Da-Hong Seetoo & Max Wilcox, engineers.

Best Orchestral Performance
Mahler: Sym. No. 10

Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor. Mike Clements, engineer. Stephen Johns, producer.

Best Opera Recording
Busoni: Doktor Faust

Kent Nagano, conductor; Markus Hollop, Torsten Kerl, Eva Jenis, Dietrich Henschel, Kim Begley & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich Henschel, Eva Jenis, Kim Begley, Markus Hollop & Torsten Kerl, artists. Kent Nagano, conductor. Martin Sauer, producer. Jean Chatauret, engineer.

Best Choral Performance
Penderecki: Credo

Helmuth Rilling, conductor

Helmuth Rilling, conductor. Don Harder, engineer. Karen Wilson, producer.

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
Maw: Violin Concerto

Joshua Bell; Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

Joshua Bell, artist. Sir Roger Norrington, conductor. Charles Harbutt, engineer. Grace Row, producer.

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
Dreams Of A World - Works Of Lauro, Ruiz-Pipo & Duarte

Sharon Isbin

Sharon Isbin, artist. Jens Schünemann, engineer. Tobias Lehmann, producer.

Best Chamber Music Performance
Shostakovich: The String Quartets

Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel, Philip Setzer), artist. Da-Hong Seetoo & Max Wilcox, engineers. Da-Hong Seetoo & Max Wilcox, producers.

Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor)
Shadow Dances - Stravinsky Miniatures, Tango, Suite No. 1 & Octet

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

Orpheus Chamber Orch., artist. Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, engineer. Christian Gansch, producer.

Best Classical Vocal Performance
The Vivaldi Album - Dell'aura al sussurrar, Alma oppressa

Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli, artist. Jonathan Stokes, engineer. Christopher Raeburn, producer.

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Crumb: Star-Child

Susan Narucki, soprano; Thomas Conlin, conductor

George Crumb, composer.

Best Classical Crossover Album
Yo-Yo Ma, Richard King
Appalachian Journey

Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor & Various Artists

Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor & Yo-Yo Ma, artists. Richard King, engineer. Steven Epstein, producer.

Best Short Form Music Video
Foo Fighters
Learn To Fly

Foo Fighters (David Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel), artist. Jesse Peretz, video director. Tina Nakane, video producer.

Best Long Form Music Video
Gimme Some Truth - The Making Of John Lennon's Imagine Album

(John Lennon)

Andrew Solt, video director. Andrew Solt, Greg Vines, Leslie Tong & Yoko Ono, video producers.