1986 Grammy Winners

29th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1986)

Paul Simon’s performance of “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes” with Ladysmith Black Mambazo from the Graceland album opened the 29th Annual GRAMMY Awards on a boldly beautiful and global note, offering a soulful reaffirmation of the reach and relevance of truly great music. It also provided first time host Billy Crystal with a devilishly funny opening line. “Is it just me,” the comedian wondered aloud, “or did Art Garfunkel look different?”

Simon — still sans Garfunkel — would ultimately return to the stage when Whoopi Goldberg and Don Johnson — in matching Miami Vice suits — presented him with the final award of the evening, Album Of The Year. In his gracious acceptance speech, Simon ended by expressing “my deep admiration and love for the singers and musicians from South Africa who worked with me on Graceland… They live — along with other South African artists and their countryman — under one of the most repressive regimes on the planet today and still they are able to produce music of great power and nuance and joy. And I find that just extraordinary, and they have my great respect and love.”

Simon wasn’t the only rock veteran winning on this GRAMMY night. Steve Winwood, in the midst of a major comeback, also felt some “higher love” from The Academy. The Bangles and Live Aid leader Bob Geldof presented the former Traffic leader with the first GRAMMY of the night for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Winwood also won Record Of The Year for “Higher Love,” the soulful single on which he was joined by Chaka Khan. Meanwhile, the GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, went to Barbra Streisand for The Broadway Album. For Streisand, this validation represented “a reaffirmation of the stature and quality of this timeless material.” She also pointed out that she had a hunch she might win since the show was on Feb. 24 and 24 was her lucky number — that she had been born on the 24th, had her son at 24 and won her first GRAMMY 24 years earlier. “So with your continued support and a little bit of luck, I might just see you again 24 years from tonight.”

Even by the eclectic standards of the GRAMMY Awards telecast, this show offered some wild stylistic shifts. Billy Idol beat out his Stax remake “To Be A Lover” in a boxing ring that could barely contain his post-punk energy. The fast-rising Beastie Boys behavior in presenting the GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance, Male, to Robert Palmer was such that the New York Times’ John J. O’Connor wrote, “Among the sprinkling of younger faces, a group called the Beastie Boys did its best to be outrageous while presenting an award, but ended up looking like the Three Stooges.”

But it wasn’t all Beastie. One of the biggest ovations of the evening came for legendary lyric soprano Kathleen Battle and classical guitarist Christopher Parkening for a stunning rendition of “Ave Maria.” The audience also gave a well-earned standing ovation for an inspired and inspiring group of R&B greats — B.B. King, Albert King, Etta James, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Big Jay McNealy, Dr. John and recent sensation Robert Cray — who managed to let the good times roll during a salute to the blues that featured the backing of guitarist Ry Cooder, bassist Tim Drummond and drummer Jim Keltner. Also impressive were three of country’s bright new male stars — Steve Earle, Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam — who all gave strong performances before the Best Country Vocal Solo Performance, Male, award for which they were nominated went to veteran Ronnie Milsap.

The award for Song Of The Year went to Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager for “That’s What Friends Are For” — which became a heartening, conscious and inescapable fundraising response to the AIDS crisis as recorded by the fabulous foursome of Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder (according to Sager this night, the song had raised $750,000). That recording was also recognized with the GRAMMY for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. And on this night, Warwick, Knight and Wonder performed it with the accompaniment of Bacharach himself on piano.

Accepting the Song Of The Year award, Bacharach seemed genuinely moved. “Of all the songs that I’ve written, [this is] the one song when I still hear on the radio or hear in performance, I get a little teary in my eyes and a little touched — goose bumps,” Bacharach confessed. “I think it goes way beyond the song — it’s a good song, I’m proud of the song. I think it goes to the outer fringe of what that song has meant to so many people — in joy, sadness, heartbreak and hope and friendship and love.” 

Record Of The Year
Steve Winwood
Higher Love

Russ Titelman & Steve Winwood, producers

Album Of The Year
Paul Simon

Paul Simon, producer

Song Of The Year
Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager
That's What Friends Are For

Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager, songwriters (Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder)

Best New Artist
Bruce Hornsby & The Range
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
Barbra Streisand
The Broadway Album
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder
That's What Friends Are For
Best Pop Instrumental Performance, (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
Best New Age Recording
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
Tina Turner
Back Where You Started
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
Robert Palmer
Addicted To Love
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Missionary Man
Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
Art Of Noise, Duane Eddy
Peter Gunn

The Art Of Noise Featuring Duane Eddy

Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Living In America
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Prince & The Revolution

Best R&B Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
And You Know That
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Anita Baker, Gary Bias
Sweet Love

Anita Baker, Gary Bias & Louis A. Johnson, songwriters (Anita Baker)

Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
David Sanborn, Bob James
Double Vision
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
Bobby McFerrin
'Round Midnight
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group
Free Fall
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
Miles Davis

Miles Davis, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
Doc Severinsen
The Tonight Show Band With Doc Severinsen

The Tonight Show Band With Doc Severinsen

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
Reba McEntire
Whoever's In New England
Best Country Vocal Solo Performance, Male
Ronnie Milsap
Lost In The Fifties Tonight
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days)

The Judds

Best Country Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
Ricky Skaggs
Raisin' The Dickins
Best Country Song
Jamie O'Hara
Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout The Good Old Days)

Jamie O'Hara, songwriter (The Judds)

Best Gospel Performance, Female
Morning Like This
Best Gospel Performance, Male
Best Gospel Performance By A Duo Or Group, Choir Or Chorus
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
Deniece Williams
I Surrender All
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male
Al Green
Going Away
Best Soul Gospel Performance By A Duo, Group, Choir Or Chorus
Let My People Go

The Winans

Best Latin Pop Performance
Best Tropical Latin Performance
Best Mexican-American Performance
Flaco Jimenez
Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio
Best Traditional Blues Recording
Best Traditional Folk Recording
Doc Watson
Riding The Midnight Train
Best Contemporary Folk Recording
Tribute To Steve Goodman

Al Bunetta, Dan Einstein & Hank Neuberger, producers; (Arlo Guthrie, John Hartford, Richie Havens, Bonnie Koloc, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Prine and Others)

Best Polka Recording
Another Polka Celebration

Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones

Jimmy Sturr
I Remember Warsaw

Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra

Best Reggae Recording
Steel Pulse
Babylon The Bandit
Best Recording For Children
The Alphabet

(The Sesame Street Muppets)

Best Comedy Recording
Bill Cosby
Those Of You With Or Without Children, You'll Understand
Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Recording
Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Chips Moman
Interviews From The Class Of '55 Recording Sessions
Best Musical Cast Show Album
Follies In Concert

Thomas Z. Shepard, producer (Original 1986 Cast)

Best Instrumental Composition
John Barry
Out Of Africa

John Barry, composer (John Barry)

Best Music Video, Short Form
Dire Straits
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Best Music Video, Long Form
Sting, Michael Apted
Bring On The Night

Michael Apted, video director; Sting, video producer

Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
Suite Memories

Pat Williams, arranger (Bill Watrous & Patrick Williams)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals
David Foster

David Foster, arranger (Barbra Streisand)

Best Album Package

Eiko Ishioka, art director (Miles Davis)

Best Album Notes
The Voice - The Columbia Years 1943-1952
Best Historical Album
Atlantic Rhythm And Blues 1947-1974, Vols. 1-7

(Brook Benton, Ray Charles, The Coasters, The Drifters, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding & Others)

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
Back In The High Life

Jason Corsaro & Tom Lord-Alge, engineers (Steve Winwood)

Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical)
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Best Classical Album
Vladimir Horowitz
Horowitz - The Studio Recordings, New York 1985

Vladimir Horowitz, artist; Thomas Frost, producer

Best Classical Orchestral Recording
Georg Solti
Liszt: A Faust Symphony

Georg Solti, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
John Mauceri
Bernstein: Candide
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
Orff: Carmina Burana

James Levine, conductor (Chicago Symphony Chorus; Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist Or Soloists (With Or Without Orchestra)
Horowitz - The Studio Recordings, New York 1985
Best Chamber Music Performance
Yo-Yo Ma
Beethoven: Cello And Piano Sonata No. 4 In C & Variations

Emanuel Ax & Yo-Yo Ma, artists

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
Mozart: Kathleen Battle Sings Mozart

(Andre Previn; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

Best Contemporary Composition
Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3
Best Engineered Recording, Classical
Horowitz - The Studio Recordings, New York 1985

Paul Goodman, engineer (Vladimir Horowitz, piano)

Classical Producer Of The Year
Thomas Frost