GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement

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Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement

 

63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2020)
 
winner
GRAMMYs

He Won't Hold You

Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Rapsody)

Track From: Djesse Vol.3

nominees

Alan Broadbent
,
Pat Metheny

From This Place

Talia Billig
,
Becca Stevens

Slow Burn

John Beasley
,
Maria Mendes

Asas Fechadas

Erin Bentlage
,
Sara Gazarek
,
Amanda Taylor

Desert Song

62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2019)
 
winner
GRAMMYs

All Night Long

Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier Featuring Jules Buckley, Take 6 & Metropole Orkest)

nominees

Geoffrey Keezer

Jolene

Cyrille Aimée
,
Diego Figueiredo

Marry Me A Little

Vincent Mendoza

Over The Rainbow

Esperanza Spalding

12 Little Spells (Thoracic Spine)

61st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2018)
 
winner

Spiderman Theme

Mark Kibble, Randy Waldman & Justin Wilson, arrangers (Randy Waldman Featuring Take 6 & Chris Potter)

nominees

Vincent Mendoza

Mona Lisa

Gonzalo Grau

Niña

Matt Rollings

It Was A Very Good Year

Jolene

60th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2017)
 
winner
Randy Newman

Putin

Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)

nominees

Another Day Of Sun

Every Time We Say Goodbye

I Like Myself

Shelly Berg
,
Clint Holmes

I Loves You Porgy/There's A Boat That's Leavin' Soon For New York

59th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2016)
 
winner
GRAMMYs

Flintstones

Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

nominees

John Daversa

Do You Want To Know A Secret

Alan Broadbent

I'm A Fool To Want You

Billy Childs
,
Larry Klein

Somewhere (Dirty Blvd) (Extended Version)

Do You Hear What I Hear?

58th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2015)
 
winner
Maria Schneider

Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)

Maria Schneider, arranger (David Bowie)

nominees

Shelly Berg

Be My Muse

52nd & Broadway

Otmaro Ruiz

Garota De Ipanema

Jimmy Greene

When I Come Home

57th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2014)
 
winner
Billy Childs

New York Tendaberry

Billy Childs, arranger (Billy Childs Featuring Renée Fleming & Yo-Yo Ma)

nominees

All My Tomorrows

Vincent Mendoza

Goodnight America

Judith Hill

Party Rockers

What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2013)
 
winner
Gil Goldstein

Swing Low

Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)

nominees

La Vida Nos Espera

Let's Fall In Love

John Hollenbeck

The Moon's A Harsh Mistress

Shelly Berg

What A Wonderful World

55th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2012)
 
winner
Esperanza Spalding

City Of Roses

Thara Memory & Esperanza Spalding, arrangers (Esperanza Spalding)

nominees

Gil Evans

Look To The Rainbow

Shelly Berg

Out There

Vincent Mendoza

Spain (I Can Recall)

Wild Is The Wind

54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2011)
 
winner

Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah)

nominees

Vincent Mendoza

Ao Mar

Nicola Tescari

Moon Over Bourbon Street

Tierney Sutton

On Broadway

William Ross

The Windmills Of Your Mind

53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2010)
 
winner
Christopher Tin

Baba Yetu

Christopher Tin, arranger (Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

nominees

Roger Treece

Baby

Vincent Mendoza

Based On A Thousand True Stories

Geoffrey Keezer

Don't Explain

Herbie Hancock
,
Larry Klein

Imagine

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)
 
winner

Quiet Nights

Claus Ogerman, arranger (Diana Krall)

nominees

David Foster

A Change Is Gonna Come

Dedicated To You

In The Still Of The Night

Vincent Mendoza

My One And Only Thrill

51st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2008)
 
winner

Here's That Rainy Day

Nan Schwartz, arranger (Natalie Cole)

nominees

Grace

Johnny One Note

Lazy Afternoon

Vincent Mendoza

Alfie

50th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2007)
 
winner
John Clayton

I'm Gonna Live Till I Die

John Clayton, arranger (Queen Latifah)

nominees

Cry Me A River

Kim Nazarian

In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

Michael Abene

Overture/Gershwin Medley

Smile

49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)
 
winner

For Once In My Life

Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Stevie Wonder)

nominees

Gil Goldstein
,
Greg Phillinganes

Good Morning Heartache

Vincent Mendoza

My Flame Burns Blue (Blood Count)

Slide Hampton

Stardust

Gil Goldstein

Suninga

48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2005)
 
winner
Billy Childs, Gil Goldstein, Heitor Pereira

What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?

Billy Childs, Gil Goldstein & Heitor Pereira, arrangers (Chris Botti & Sting)

nominees

John Clayton
,
David Foster

Can't Buy Me Love

I Should Care

Scary Things

Time To Smile

47th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2004)
 
winner

Over The Rainbow

Victor Vanacore, arranger (Ray Charles & Johnny Mathis)

nominees

Vincent Mendoza

Dancing In The Dark

Joseph Joubert

Joy To The World

John Clayton
,
David Foster

Summertime

Cyndi Lauper

Unchained Melody

46th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2003)
 
winner
Vincent Mendoza

Woodstock

Vincent Mendoza, arranger (Joni Mitchell)

nominees

Chick Corea
,
Bobby McFerrin

Armando's Rhumba

Chega De Saudade

Comes Love

John Patitucci

In The Bleak Midwinter

45th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2002)
 
winner
Dave Grusin

Mean Old Man

Dave Grusin, arranger (James Taylor)

nominees

Esta Tarde Vi Llover

Alan Broadbent

I'm Glad There Is You

Vincent Mendoza

Since You've Asked

Vanessa Carlton
,
Ron Fair

A Thousand Miles

44th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2001)
 
winner

Drops Of Jupiter

Paul Buckmaster, arranger (Train)

nominees

You're My Thrill

Kurt Elling

Easy Living

Billy Childs

Fascinating Rhythm

Love Letters

43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)
 
winner
Vincent Mendoza

Both Sides Now

Vincent Mendoza, arranger (Joni Mitchell)

nominees

Vincent Mendoza

A Case Of You (Track)

Nnenna Freelon

Button Up Your Overcoat (Track)

Dream (Track)

Bjork
,
Vincent Mendoza
,
Guy Sigsworth

I've Seen It All (Track)

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1999)
 
winner
Alan Broadbent

Lonely Town

Alan Broadbent, arranger (Charlie Haden Quartet West Featuring Shirley Horn)

nominees

David Foster
,
William Ross

The Prayer (Track)

Day Dream (Track)

In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning (Track)

Livin' La Vida Loca (Single)

41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1998)
 
winner
Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder

St. Louis Blues

Herbie Hancock, Robert Sadin & Stevie Wonder, arrangers (Herbie Hancock)

nominees

Breath Of Heaven (Mary's Song) (Track)

I Believe/You'll Never Walk Alone (Track)

Nessun Dorma (Single)

George Duke

The Look Of Love (Track)

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1997)
 
winner
Slide Hampton

Cotton Tail

Slide Hampton, arranger (Dee Dee Bridgewater)

nominees

Our Love Is Here To Stay (Track)

The Summer Knows (Track)

Laura (Track)

John Clayton

My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Track)

39th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1996)
 
winner
Alan Broadbent, David Foster

When I Fall In Love

Alan Broadbent & David Foster, arrangers (Natalie Cole [& Nat "King" Cole])

nominees

Quincy Jones

Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Track)

Clare Fischer

In The Still Of The Night (Track)

John Clayton

Teach Me Tonight (Track)

Take 6

When You Wish Upon A Star (Track)

38th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1995)
 
winner
Rob McConnell

I Get A Kick Out Of You

Rob McConnell, arranger (Mel Tormé with Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass)

nominees

Bobby McFerrin

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song) (Track)

Tom Scott

Stormy Monday Blues (Track)

'Round Midnight (Track)

Alegria (Track)

37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1994)
 
winner
Hans Zimmer

Circle Of Life

Lebo Morake & Hans Zimmer, arrangers (Carmen Twillie)

nominees

Patti Austin
,
Bob James
,
Lee Ritenour

Ability To Swing (Track)

I Can't Make You Love Me (Track)

David Foster

I've Got A Crush On You (Track)

Alan Broadbent

Without A Word Of Warning (Track)

Young At Heart (Track)

36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)
 
winner
David Foster

When I Fall In Love

David Foster & Jeremy Lubbock, arrangers (Celine Dion & Clive Griffin)

nominees

David Foster

Some Enchanted Evening (Track)

David Foster

I Have Nothing (Single)

Luck Be A Lady (Track)

Santa's Coming To Town (Track)

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1992)
 
winner

Here's To Life

Johnny Mandel, arranger (Shirley Horn)

nominees

Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry (Track)

Lush Live (Track)

Stella By Starlight (Track)

Why Do The Nations So Furiously Rage? (Track)

34th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1991)
 
winner

Unforgettable

Johnny Mandel, arranger (Natalie Cole)

nominees

Harry Connick Jr.

Blue Light, Red Light (Someone's There) (Track)

Nature Boy

A Medley Of: For Sentimental Reasons/Tenderly/Autumn Leaves (Track)

Alone In The World (Track)

33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)
 
winner
Glen Ballard, Quincy Jones, Clif Magness

The Places You Find Love

Glen Ballard, Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones & Clif Magness, arrangers (Siedah Garrett & Chaka Khan)

nominees

Body And Soul (Track)

Come Sunday (Track)

George Duke

Fumilayo (Track)

Harry Connick Jr.

Recipe For Love (Track)

32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1989)
 
winner
Dave Grusin

My Funny Valentine

Dave Grusin, arranger (Michelle Pfeiffer)

nominees

Carlotta's Heart (Track)

It Had To Be You (Track)

Janet Jackson
,
GRAMMYs

Rhythm Nation

Frank Foster

Bring On The Raindrops (Track)

31st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1988)
 
winner

No One Is Alone

Jonathan Tunick, arranger (Cleo Laine)

nominees

Marcus Miller

Funny (Track)

I Wish I'd Met You (Track)

Thomas Dolby

The Key To Her Ferrari

Henry Mancini

Volare (Track)

30th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1987)
 
winner
Frank Foster

Deedles' Blues

Frank Foster, arranger (Diane Schuur & The Count Basie Orchestra)

nominees

Jack Walrath

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Track)

Henry Mancini

It Might As Well Be Spring (Track)

Randy Kerber

Over The Rainbow (Track)

Van Dyke Parks

A Singer Must Die (Track)

29th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1986)
 
winner
David Foster

Somewhere

David Foster, arranger (Barbra Streisand)

nominees

A Time For Love (Track)

Rob McConnell

Duke Ellington Medley (Track)

Forget The Woman (Track)

Clare Fischer

Free Fall (Track)

28th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1985)
 
winner
Nelson Riddle

Lush Life

Nelson Riddle, arranger (Linda Ronstadt)

nominees

Dave Grusin
,
Lee Ritenour

Harlequin (Track)

David Foster

Through The Fire (Single)

Peter Wolf

Why Do People Fall In Love (Track)

Frank Foster

Beyond The Sea (Track)

27th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1984)
 
winner
David Foster

Hard Habit To Break

David Foster & Jeremy Lubbock, arrangers (Chicago)

nominees

Laurie Anderson

Gravity's Angel (Track)

I Feel For You (Track)

Thomas Dolby

Mulu The Rain Forest (Track)

Papa, Can You Hear Me?

26th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1983)
 
winner
Nelson Riddle

What's New

Nelson Riddle, arranger (Linda Ronstadt)

nominees

David Foster
,
Jay Graydon

Mornin' (Track)

Jay Graydon
,
Al Jarreau

Step By Step (Track)

Lionel Richie

All Night Long (All Night) (Single)

Be Bop Medley (Track)

25th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1982)
 
winner

Rosanna

Jerry Hey, David Paich & Jeff Porcaro, arrangers (Toto)

nominees

Stevie Wonder

Do I Do (Track)

Easy To Love (Track)

Donald Fagen

I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World) (Single)

Only A Miracle (Track)

24th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1981)
 
winner
Quincy Jones

Ai No Corrida

Jerry Hey & Quincy Jones, arrangers (Quincy Jones)

nominees

Clare Fischer

Du, Du - 2 + 2 (Track)

Gino Vannelli

Living Inside Myself (Track)

What Is Hip (Track)

And The Melody Still Lingers On (Night In Tunisia) (Track)

23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1980)
 
winner
Christopher Cross

Sailing

Christopher Cross & Michael Omartian, arrangers (Christopher Cross)

nominees

Burleigh Drummond

Biggest Part Of Me

Money

Rob McConnell

Tangerine (Single)

Theme From New York, New York

22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1979)
 
winner
Michael McDonald

What A Fool Believes

Michael McDonald, arranger (The Doobie Brothers)

nominees

Barry Manilow

I'll Never Love This Way Again (Single)

Round Midnight (Single)

September

David Foster

After The Love Has Gone

Everything Must Change

21st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1978)
 
winner
Maurice White

Got To Get You Into My Life

Maurice White, arranger (Earth, Wind & Fire)

nominees

Chick Corea

Falling Alice (Track)

Fantasy

It Happens Very Softly (Single)

We Three Kings (Album)

20th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1977)
 
winner

Love Theme From A Star Is Born (Evergreen)

Ian Freebairn-Smith, arranger (Barbra Streisand)

nominees

Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft

Nature Boy

Seawind

The Devil Is A Liar

Besame Mucho

19th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1976)
 
winner

If You Leave Me Now

James William Guercio & Jimmie Haskell, arrangers (Chicago)

nominees

Boto (Porpoise)

Clare Fischer

Green Dolphin Street

Paul McCartney

Let 'em In (Single)

Sentimental Journey

18th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1975)
 
winner
Ray Stevens

Misty

Ray Stevens, arranger (Ray Stevens)

nominees

Autumn In New York

Mel Tormé

Gershwin Medley

Killing Me Softly With His Song

April In Paris

17th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1974)
 
winner
Joni Mitchell, Tom Scott

Down To You

Joni Mitchell & Tom Scott, arrangers (Joni Mitchell)

nominees

Chuck Mangione

Land Of Make Believe (Track)

Michael Gibbs

Smile Of The Beyond (Track)

We've Only Just Begun (Track)

Where Is Love (Track)

16th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1973)
 
winner
George Martin

Live And Let Die

George Martin, arranger (Paul McCartney & Wings)

nominees

Michelle (Track)

Dave Grusin

Rashida (Track)

Sing (Track)

Tom Baird
,
Gene Page

Touch Me In The Morning (Single)

Dave Grusin

Lady Love (Track)

15th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1972)
 
winner

What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?

Michel Legrand, arranger (Sarah Vaughan)

nominees

Thom Bell

Betcha By Golly, Wow

Day By Day

Lazy Afternoon

The Summer Knows

14th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1971)
 
winner
Paul McCartney

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Paul McCartney, arranger (Paul & Linda McCartney)

nominees

Freedom And Fear (Track)

Burt Bacharach

Long Ago Tomorrow (Single)

Superstar (Single)

What's Going On

13th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1970)
 
winner
Ernie Freeman, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Ernie Freeman, Art Garfunkel, Jimmie Haskell, Larry Knechtel & Paul Simon, arrangers (Simon And Garfunkel)

nominees

Close To You (Single)

Ray Stevens

Everything Is Beautiful (Single)

Lucretia Mac Evil (Single)

12th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1969)
 
winner

Spinning Wheel

Fred Lipsius, arranger (Blood, Sweat And Tears)

nominees

Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)

I've Gotta Be Me

Randy Newman

Is That All There Is?

You've Made Me So Very Happy

11th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1968)
 
winner

Mac Arthur Park

Jimmy L. Webb, arranger (Richard Harris)

nominees

Yesterday I Heard The Rain (Single)

Dave Grusin

Fool On The Hill

Light My Fire (Single)

Wichita Lineman (Single)

10th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1967)
 
winner

Ode To Billie Joe

Jimmie Haskell, arranger (Bobbie Gentry)

nominees

The Beatles
,
George Martin

A Day In The Life (Album)

By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Single)

Don't Sleep In The Subway (Single)

Windy (Single)

9th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1966)
 
winner
Ernie Freeman

Strangers In The Night

Ernie Freeman, arranger (Frank Sinatra)

nominees

These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

George Martin

Eleanor Rigby

Oliver Nelson

Goin' Out Of My Head

Brian Wilson

Good Vibrations (Single)

If He Walked Into My Life

8th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1965)
 
winner
Gordon Jenkins

It Was A Very Good Year

Gordon Jenkins, arranger (Frank Sinatra)

nominees

Bob Florence

Everything I've Got (Single)

Gil Evans

Greensleeves (Single)

He Touched Me (Single)

It's Not Unusual (Single)

Burt Bacharach

What The World Needs Now Is Love (Single)

George Martin

Yesterday (Single)

Day By Day (Single)

7th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1964)
 
winner

People

Peter Matz, arranger (Barbra Streisand)

nominees

Oliver Nelson

How Glad I Am (Single)

Ringo

We'll Sing In The Sunshine

Pete King

Where Love Has Gone

Who Can I Turn To (Single)

6th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1963)
 
winner
Henry Mancini

Days Of Wine And Roses

Henry Mancini, arranger (Henry Mancini)

nominees

Gerald Wilson

Tell Me The Truth

Pete King

Wives And Lovers

Blame It On The Bossa Nova (Single)

Benny Carter

Busted

Nelson Riddle

Call Me Irresponsible (Single)

5th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1962)
 
winner

I Left My Heart In San Francisco

Marty Manning, arranger (Tony Bennett)

nominees

Born To Lose

Go Away Little Girl (Single)

I Can't Stop Loving You

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Joao Gilberto (Single)

My Ship (Single)

What Kind Of Fool Am I