1993 Grammy Winners

36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)

Whitney Houston was already a star for many years by the time of the 35th Annual Grammy Awards, winning her first Grammy eight years earlier. Yet it was this night that represented a stunning high point in Houston’s career. The singer and newly popular actress opened the show with a breathtakingly glamorous and suitably movie star-like performance of “I Will Always Love You” — the Dolly Parton classic Houston made her own on The Bodyguard soundtrack. Throughout the night, the audience would get to see a lot more of Houston — in the end, she won the awards for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, while her producer, David Foster, took home the award for Producer Of The Year.

There were other notable winners at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards show, including Toni Braxton, who won Best New Artist and actually triumphed over Houston in the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female, category (“Another Sad Love Song”). It was also an extremely animated evening for composer Alan Menken, who won four awards for music connected to the animated movie smash Aladdin: Song Of The Year for “A Whole New World” (sung by Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson), which Menken wrote with Tim Rice; Best Musical Album For Children; Best Instrumental Composition For A Motion Picture Or For Television; and Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television.

But it was the fascinating mutual admiration society of U2’s Bono and Frank Sinatra that created a good deal of buzz regarding this Grammy night. First, Bono surprised many by dropping the “F-bomb” into his solo acceptance speech for the Best Alternative Music Album award for Zooropa. Perhaps surprised to have won the award over such nominees as Nirvana, R.E.M. and the Smashing Pumpkins, Bono proclaimed, “I think I’d like to give a message to the young people of America — and that is we shall continue to abuse our position and fuck up the mainstream. God bless you.”

Later, Bono would strike a different tone in presenting Frank Sinatra with his Grammy Legend Award. Bono began his brilliant tone poem salute like this:

“Frank never did like rock and roll. He’s not crazy about guys wearing earrings either, but he doesn’t hold it against me and, anyway, the feeling is not mutual. Rock and roll people love Frank Sinatra because Frank Sinatra’s got what we want: swagger and attitude. He’s big on attitude, serious attitude, bad attitude. Frank’s Chairman of the Bad. Rock and roll plays at being tough, but this guy, well, he’s the Boss. The Boss of Bosses. The Man. The Big Bang of Pop. I’m not gonna mess with him, are you?”

Sinatra’s own comments would prove significantly more controversial. Sinatra — now approaching the age of 80 — was clearly moved by the huge standing ovation that he received — a reaction that seemed in the moment like a massive expression of respect and multigenerational reckoning. “Thank you very much,” he said when he finally spoke. “That’s the best welcome I ever had.” Sinatra’s comments from then on were a fascinating mix of vintage Rat Pack jokes (“This is more applause than Dean heard in his whole career”), personal thanks to his wife Barbara and even hurt feelings that he was not being asked to sing on this night. Yet for the record, even the aging Chairman’s rambling revealed singular phrasing.

Controversy ensued when Sinatra was cut off and the broadcast was taken to a commercial break before wrapping things up. Later The Academy let it be known that the decision had come from Sinatra’s camp, but the impression of disrespect had already been made. Even the Grammy host felt the need to distance himself on air from the decision, albeit with a memorable wink in the end. “Before I go on, I think you’d join me going on record that Mr. Sinatra should have finished his speech,” Garry Shandling told the audience. “I think that was a slight mistake. This is live television and I’m sure Mr. Sinatra will get even by cutting this show off in another hour.”

Sinatra wasn’t the only legend honored this night. Danny Glover set the stage before Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Aretha Franklin performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” noting that “There’s been a 27-year love affair going on between the Grammy voters and the Queen of Soul…[which] has produced offspring in the shape of Grammys numbering 15 so far.” Upon receiving her award, Franklin proclaimed, “I’m happy. I’m honored. I’m humbled.”

One of the true kings of soul — Curtis Mayfield — was also honored by a suitably soulful medley of his hits performed by Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Vernon Reid, Steve Cropper, Narada Michael Walden, and Tony! Toni! Toné! before receiving a richly deserved GRAMMY Legend Award, followed by an all-together fitting version of “Amen.”

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Whitney Houston, David Foster
I Will Always Love You

David Foster, producer

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Whitney Houston, GRAMMYs, David Cole, David Foster, BeBe Winans
The Bodyguard - Original Soundtrack Album
Song Of The Year
 
winner
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, songwriters (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)

Best New Artist
 
winner
Toni Braxton
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Whitney Houston
I Will Always Love You
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Sting
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle
A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Tony Bennett
Steppin' Out
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo
 
winner
Meat Loaf
I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
GRAMMYs
Livin' On The Edge
Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal
 
Best Metal Performance With Vocal
 
winner
Ozzy Osbourne
I Don't Want To Change The World
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
Best Rock Song
 
winner
Runaway Train

David Pirner, songwriter (Soul Asylum)

Best Alternative Music Album
 
winner
U2
Zooropa
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
 
winner
Toni Braxton
Another Sad Love Song
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Ray Charles
A Song For You
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Sade
No Ordinary Love
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam
That's The Way Love Goes

Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, songwriters (Janet Jackson)

Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
Dr. Dre
Let Me Ride
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
Digable Planets
Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (Instrumental)
 
winner
Pat Metheny Group
The Road To You
Best Jazz Vocal Performance
 
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Miles Ahead

Joe Henderson, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
 
winner
So Near, So Far (Musings For Miles)
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
 
winner
Miles Davis, Quincy Jones
Miles And Quincy Live At Montreux
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
 
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
 
winner
Dwight Yoakam
Ain't That Lonely Yet
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Brooks & Dunn
Hard Workin' Man
Best Country Vocal Collaboration
 
winner
Reba McEntire, Linda Davis
Does He Love You
Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
Nashville Bluegrass Band
Waitin' For The Hard Times To Go
Best Country Song
 
winner
Lucinda Williams
Passionate Kisses

Lucinda Williams, songwriter (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

Best Rock Gospel Album
 
winner
dc Talk
Free At Last
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
Steven Curtis Chapman
The Live Adventure
Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
 
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
All Out

The Winans

Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus
 
winner
Live...We Come Rejoicing

Carol Cymbala, choir director (Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)

Best Tropical Latin Album
 
Best Mexican-American Album
 
Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
B.B. King
Blues Summit
Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
Buddy Guy, GRAMMY winner
Feels Like Rain
Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
The Chieftains
The Celtic Harp
Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Nanci Griffith
Other Voices/Other Rooms
Best World Music Album
 
winner
Ry Cooder
A Meeting By The River
Best Polka Album
 
winner
Accordionally Yours

Walter Ostanek & His Band

Best Musical Album For Children
 
winner
Aladdin - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

(Various Artists)

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
 
winner
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn's Enchanted Tales
Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album
 
winner
On The Pulse Of Morning
Best Spoken Comedy Album
 
winner
Jammin' In New York

George Carlin

George Carlin, artist.

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Pete Townshend, George Martin
The Who's Tommy

Pete Townshend, composer; Pete Townshend, lyricist; George Martin, producer (Original Cast Recording)

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Kenny G
Forever In Love

Kenny G, composer (Kenny G)

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
Aladdin

Alan Menken, composer (Various Artists)

Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme) (From Aladdin)

Alan Menken & Tim Rice, songwriters (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)

Best Music Video - Short Form
 
winner
Peter Gabriel, Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson, video director; Prudence Fenton, video producer

Best Music Video-Long Form
 
winner
Sting
Ten Summoner's Tales

Doug Nichol, video director; Julie Fong, video producer

Best Arrangement On An Instrumental
 
winner
Dave Grusin
Mood Indigo

Dave Grusin, arranger (Dave Grusin)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
 
winner
David Foster
When I Fall In Love

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

Best Recording Package
 
winner
The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959

David Lau, art director (Billie Holiday)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959

Buck Clayton, Phil Schaap & Joel E. Siegel, album notes writers (Billie Holiday)

Best Historical Album
 
winner
Michael Lang
The Complete Billie Holiday On Verve 1945-1959

Michael Lang & Phil Schaap, compilation producers (Billie Holiday)

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
 
winner
Ten Summoner's Tales

Hugh Padgham, engineer (Sting)

Producer Of The Year
 
winner
David Foster
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Bartók: The Wooden Prince & Cantata Profana

Pierre Boulez, conductor; John Aler & John Tomlinson, artists; Karl-August Naegler, producer

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Bartók: The Wooden Prince

Pierre Boulez, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Kathleen Battle, Mark S. Doss, Sylvia McNair, Steven Paul
Handel: Semele

John Aler, Kathleen Battle, Michael Chance, Mark S. Doss, Marilyn Horne, Neil Mackie, Sylvia McNair & Samuel Ramey; John Nelson, conductor; Steven Paul, producer (Ambrosian Opera Chorus; English Chamber Orchestra)

Best Performance Of A Choral Work
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Bartók: Cantata Profana

Pierre Boulez, conductor (Chicago Symphony Chorus; Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance-Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Anne-Sophie Mutter
Berg: Violin Concerto/Rihm: Time Chant

Anne-Sophie Mutter, artist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Performance-Instrumental Soloist (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Barber: The Complete Solo Piano Music

John Browning, artist

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Emerson String Quartet
Ives: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2/Barber: String Quartet Op. 11 (American Originals)

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel & Philip Setzer), artists

Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
The Art Of Arleen Auger (Works Of Larsen, Purcell, Schumann, Mozart)
Best Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Elliott Carter
Carter: Violin Concerto

Elliott Carter, composer

Best Engineered Recording, Classical
 
winner
Bartók: The Wooden Prince & Cantata Profana

Rainer Maillard, engineer (Pierre Boulez, conductor; Margaret Hillis, choral director)

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Judith Sherman