GRAMMY Rewind: 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards

Eric Clapton wins Album, Record and Song Of The Year against these nominees
  • Eric Clapton, Unplugged
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    Arrested Development
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    Billy Ray Cyrus
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    Celine Dion
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    Eric Clapton
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    k.d. lang
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    Sophie B. Hawkins
January 26, 2012 -- 5:05 pm PST

(For a list of 54th GRAMMY Awards nominees, click here.)

Music's Biggest Night, the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

In the weeks leading up to the telecast, we will take a stroll through some of the golden moments in GRAMMY history with the GRAMMY Rewind, highlighting the "big four" categories — Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist — in 10-year increments before capping off with a look at the last five years. In the process, we'll discuss the winners and the nominees who just missed taking home a GRAMMY, while also shining a light on the artists' careers and the eras in which the recordings were born.

Join us as we take an abbreviated journey through the trajectory of pop music from the 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1959 to last year's 52nd telecast. Today, the GRAMMY Awards celebrates its 35th anniversary.

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Feb. 24, 1993

Album Of The Year
Winner: Eric Clapton, Unplugged
k.d. lang, Ingenue
Annie Lennox, Diva
U2, Achtung Baby
Various Artists, Beauty And The Beast

Clapton won his second Album Of The Year award (and his first on his own) for Unplugged. (Clapton had won 20 years before as one of the all-star players on The Concert For Bangladesh). This was the first album from MTV's "Unplugged" series to be named Album Of The Year. Another, by Tony Bennett, would win two years later, followed by a win for Nirvana's MTV Unplugged In New York in 1995. U2, who won the award in 1987 for The Joshua Tree (and would win again with 2005's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb), made the finals with Achtung Baby. The album, which spawned the hits "Mysterious Ways" and "One," won a GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Lennox, who was half of the GRAMMY-winning duo Eurythmics, scored with her solo debut Diva. The album spawned the hits "Why" and "Walking On Broken Glass." Lennox's video, also titled Diva, won a GRAMMY for Best Music Video — Long Form. Lang received a nod for Ingenue, which spawned the hit "Constant Craving." The soundtrack to the animated movie Beauty And The Beast rounded out the category. It was the first soundtrack to make the finals since Flashdancein 1983.

Record Of The Year
Winner: Eric Clapton, "Tears In Heaven"
Billy Ray Cyrus, "Achy Breaky Heart"
Celine Dion And Peabo Bryson, "Beauty And The Beast"
k.d. lang, "Constant Craving"
Vanessa Williams, "Save The Best For Last"

Clapton received his first Record Of The Year award for the heartbreaking "Tears In Heaven," his reflection on the tragic death of his four-year-old son, Conor. Clapton would win again in the category four years later for "Change The World." Dion and Bryson were nominated for "Beauty And The Beast," which was featured during the end credits in the animated movie of the same name. Dion and Bryson won a GRAMMY for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the track. Dion has since returned to the Record Of The Year finals with two more movie themes: "Because You Loved Me (Theme From Up Close & Personal)" and "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)." Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" was the first country hit to receive a Record Of The Year nomination since Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind" 10 years before. The field was rounded out by lang's "Constant Craving," which won a GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; and Williams' "Save The Best For Last," which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1992.

Song Of The Year
Winner: Eric Clapton, "Tears In Heaven"
Billy Ray Cyrus, "Achy Breaky Heart"
Celine Dion And Peabo Bryson, "Beauty And The Beast"
k.d. lang, "Constant Craving"
Vanessa Williams, "Save The Best For Last"

For the first time in GRAMMY history, the nominees for Record and Song Of The Year were exactly the same. Clapton and co-writer Will Jennings took the Song Of The Year prize for "Tears In Heaven." Clapton was the first artist to win GRAMMYs for Album, Record and Song Of The Year in the same year since Christopher Cross achieved the feat a dozen years before. Jennings would win Song Of The Year again six years later for co-writing "My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)." "Tears In Heaven" was featured in the movie Rush. "Beauty And The Beast" brought Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman a GRAMMY for Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song. (It was a posthumous award for Ashman, who died of AIDS in March 1991.) Menken won Song Of The Year the following year for "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)," which he co-wrote with Tim Rice. "Achy Breaky Heart" was penned by Don Von Tress and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1992. The category was rounded out by "Constant Craving" (co-written by lang and Ben Mink) and "Save The Best For Last" (co-written by Wendy Waldman, Jon Lind and Phil Galdston).

Best New Artist
Winner: Arrested Development
Billy Ray Cyrus
Sophie B. Hawkins
Kris Kross
Jon Secada

Arrested Development was the first hip-hop act to win the GRAMMY for Best New Artist. The seven-member group was also the largest ensemble to win the award. "Tennessee" brought the group a second GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group. Another hip-hop act, Kris Kross, made the Best New Artist finals. The teen duo topped the chart with "Jump" in 1992. The field was rounded out by Cyrus, whose debut album, Some Gave All, topped the Billboard 200 and the Country Albums chart in 1992; Hawkins, who had a hit with "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover"; and Secada, who had a hit with "Just Another Day." Secada was a Cuban-born protégé of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. The latter sang background vocals on the song.

Come back to on Jan. 31 as we revisit the 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Meanwhile, visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Facebook and Twitter for updates and breaking GRAMMY news.

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