1990 Grammy Winners

33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)

The grunge revolution was just about to hit the music world, but the 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards were about more than just teen spirit. Quincy Jones took home the Album Of The Year for his blockbuster Back On The Block album, while Roy Orbison posthumously won the GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, for a re-recording of his classic “Oh, Pretty Woman.” At the same time, younger artists had breakout years, including Mariah Carey, who won the Best New Artist GRAMMY as well as Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female (“Vision Of Love”), and Living Colour, who took home the GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock Performance (“Time’s Up”).

Then there’s the man who had 10 nominations for the night, ultimately winning one big award for Record Of The Year: Phil Collins for “Another Day In Paradise.” It was a good thing that the former Genesis drummer won one as he was becoming a GRAMMY fixture. In his opening monologue at Radio City Music Hall, host Garry Shandling dryly explained, “If you at home want to know, by the way, how they decide each year where to hold the GRAMMYs, it’s simply wherever Phil Collins is already performing.”

With the Persian Gulf War going on, Shandling then made his very own special contribution to the wartime effort. “This is going tonight…to our troops in the Middle East,” the host told the audience. “Fellas, we’ll try to get as many tight shots of Chynna Phillips and Mariah Carey as we can, alright? And for you women in the Gulf, of course, we have Richard Gere and myself you can look at.”

Richard Gere was indeed in attendance to emcee the Lifetime Achievement Award tribute that included Tracy Chapman playing “Imagine” at the piano and Aerosmith rocking up “Come Together” to honor John Lennon. Gere explained that Lennon was being honored “for redefining the subject matter and musical content of popular music and for his extraordinary ability as a musician, singer, songwriter, philosopher, communicator and activist for peace, love and understanding and might I say total nonviolence.” Yoko Ono accepted the award and spoke to the moment. “Pray for the safety and health of this beautiful planet,” she said. “John Lennon would have liked that.” In accepting the Song Of The Year GRAMMY for the spiritually minded “From A Distance” — which Bette Midler made a smash — songwriter Julie Gold made another memorable plea: “To the soldiers everywhere, we pray for your speedy return. We pray for peace on earth.”

You might have thought that Quincy Jones would have been used to winning GRAMMY Awards, but winning Album Of The Year clearly meant a lot to him. “I’ve been in this Academy since 1958 and this is the first time I even dared thinking about having a GRAMMY under my own name, and I’m so proud.” Jones went on to mention the age difference between himself and one of the members of Wilson Phillips, nominated in the same category along with albums by Phil Collins, Mariah Carey and MC Hammer. “When Chynna Phillips was about six months old, Jack Nicholson used to bring her around the house and now we’re in the same category,” he said with a smile. “I was about to retire.” Jones had a great night overall: In addition to Album Of The Year, he took home GRAMMYs for Best Arrangement On An Instrumental and Best Jazz Fusion Performance (“Birdland”), Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal (“The Places You Find Love”), and Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group (“Back On The Block”) and Producer Of The Year — Non-Classical.

The most eloquent words of the night actually came from Nicholson, who introduced Bob Dylan’s performance of “Masters Of War” and presented him with his Lifetime Achievement Award. Of the man he lovingly called “Uncle Bobby,” Nicholson said this: “He’s been called everything from the voice of his generation to the conscience of the world. He rejects both titles and any others that try to categorize him or analyze him. He opened the doors of pop music wider than anybody else, yet returned time and again to the simplicity of basic chords and emotions to express himself. He’s been and still is a disturber of the peace — his own as well as ours.”

Record Of The Year
Phil Collins
Another Day In Paradise

Phil Collins & Hugh Padgham, producers

Album Of The Year
Quincy Jones
Back On The Block

Quincy Jones (And Various Artists)

Quincy Jones, producer

Song Of The Year
From A Distance

Julie Gold, songwriter (Bette Midler)

Best New Artist
Mariah Carey
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
Vision Of Love
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
Roy Orbison
Oh Pretty Woman
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks Theme
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
Alannah Myles
Black Velvet
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Janie's Got A Gun
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Best Hard Rock Performance
Best Metal Performance
Stone Cold Crazy
Best Alternative Music Performance
Sinéad O'Connor
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
Anita Baker
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Ray Charles, Chaka Khan
I'll Be Good To You
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Rick James
U Can't Touch This

M.C. Hammer, Rick James & Alonzo Miller, songwriters (M.C. Hammer)

Best Rap Solo Performance
U Can't Touch This
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Best New Age Performance
Mark Isham
Mark Isham
Best Jazz Fusion Performance
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
We Are In Love

Harry Connick, Jr.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
Oscar Peterson
The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live At The Blue Note

Oscar Peterson, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live At The Blue Note
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
Kathy Mattea
Where've You Been
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
Vince Gill
When I Call Your Name
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Pickin' On Nashville
Best Country Vocal Collaboration
Best Country Instrumental Performance
Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler
So Soft, Your Goodbye
Best Bluegrass Recording
Alison Krauss
I've Got That Old Feeling
Best Country Song
Don Henry, Jon Vezner
Where've You Been

Don Henry & Jon Vezner, songwriters (Kathy Mattea)

Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album
Beyond Belief
Best Pop Gospel Album
Another Time... Another Place
Best Southern Gospel Album
Bruce Carroll
The Great Exchange
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Performance
Tramaine Hawkins
Tramaine Hawkins Live
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
Take 6
So Much 2 Say
Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus
Having Church

James Cleveland, choir director (The Southern California Community Choir)

Best Latin Pop Performance
Jose Feliciano
Por Que Te Tengo Que Olvidar?
Best Tropical Latin Performance
Tito Puente
Lambada Timbales
Best Mexican-American Performance
Texas Tornados
Soy De San Luis
Best Traditional Blues Recording
B.B. King
Live At San Quentin
Best Contemporary Blues Recording
Best Traditional Folk Recording
Doc Watson
On Praying Ground
Best Contemporary Folk Recording
Best Reggae Recording
Bunny Wailer
Time Will Tell - A Tribute To Bob Marley
Best Polka Recording
Jimmy Sturr
When It's Polka Time At Your House
Best Recording For Children
The Little Mermaid

(Various Artists)

Best Comedy Recording
Peter Schickele
P.D.Q. Bach: Oedipus Tex And Other Choral Calamities
Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Recording
Gracie - A Love Story
Best Musical Cast Show Album
Les Miserables - The Complete Symphonic Recording

David Caddick, producer (Garry Morris & Cast Members)

Best Instrumental Composition
Pat Metheny
Change Of Heart

Pat Metheny, composer (Pat Metheny, Dave Holland & Roy Haynes)

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television

James Horner, composer (James Horner & The Boys Choir of Harlem)

Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Alan Menken
Under The Sea (From The Little Mermaid)

Howard Ashman & Alan Menken, songwriters (Various Artists)

Best Music Video - Short Form
Paula Abdul
Opposites Attract

Michael Patterson & Candice Reckinger, video directors; Sharon Oreck, video producer

Best Music Video - Long Form
Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em - The Movie

Rupert Wainwright, video director; John Oetjen, video producer

Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
Quincy Jones

Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones, Ian Prince & Rod Temperton, arrangers (Quincy Jones)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
Glen Ballard, Quincy Jones, Clif Magness
The Places You Find Love

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

Best Engineered Recording - Non-Classical
Bruce Swedien
Back On The Block

Bruce Swedien, engineer (Quincy Jones)

Producer Of The Year (Non-Classical)
Quincy Jones
Best Album Package
Jeff Gold, Suzanne Vega
Days Of Open Hand

Jeffrey Gold, Len Peltier & Suzanne Vega, art directors (Suzanne Vega)

Best Album Notes
Brownie - The Complete Emarcy Recordings Of Clifford Brown

Dan Morgenstern, album notes writer (Clifford Brown)

Best Historical Album
Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings

(Robert Johnson)

Best Classical Album
Leonard Bernstein
Ives: Sym. No. 2; Gong On The Hook And Ladder; Central Park In The Dark; The Unanswered Question

Leonard Bernstein, artist; Hans Weber, producer

Best Orchestral Performance
Leonard Bernstein
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7

Leonard Bernstein, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
Siegfried Jerusalem, Christa Ludwig, James Morris
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)
Walton: Belshazzar's Feast/Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Missa Brevis

Robert Shaw, conductor (Atlanta Symphony Chorus; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (With Orchestra)
Itzhak Perlman
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 In A Minor/Glazunov: Violin Concerto In A Minor

Itzhak Perlman, artist (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra)
Vladimir Horowitz
The Last Recording
Best Chamber Music Or Other Small Ensemble Performance
Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman
Brahms: The Three Violin Sonatas
Best Classical Vocal Performance
Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti In Concert

(Orchestra Del Maggio Musicale)

Best Contemporary Composition
Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein: Arias & Barcarolles
Best Engineered Recording - Classical
Rachmaninoff: Vespers

Jack Renner, engineer (Robert Shaw conductor; Robert Shaw Festival Singers)

Classical Producer Of The Year
Adam Stern