38th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1995)

“This is not your father’s GRAMMYs,” host Ellen DeGeneres told the crowd at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles during the 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and how could it be with Alanis Morissette taking home GRAMMY Awards for Album Of The Year and Best Rock Album for Jagged Little Pill as well as Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song for “You Oughta Know”— a song that could make some fathers blush.

Considerably less blush-inducing was Hootie & The Blowfish who won Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group for “Let Her Cry.” Elsewhere, GRAMMY winners ranged from distinguished musical veterans including Frank Sinatra (who won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance for Duets II, his first win in GRAMMY competition since the 9th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1966) to edgier acts like Nine Inch Nails (Best Metal Performance for “Happiness In Slavery” from Woodstock 94) and Nirvana (Best Alternative Music Performance for MTV Unplugged In New York).

This would prove to be an especially interesting night for acceptance speeches as well. Morissette went out of her way in repeated appearances to make clear that she did not feel winning the awards meant she was better than the other nominees, but rather an acknowledgement of the connection her music had made with so many listeners.  However, the unofficial award for most ambivalent GRAMMY acceptance speech of the year had to go to Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder when the band won Best Hard Rock Performance for “Spin The Black Circle.” As Vedder said, “I just wanted to watch the show. I don’t know what this means. I don’t think it means anything. That’s just how I feel…you’ve heard it all before. My dad would have liked it, but my dad died before I got to know him...Thanks, I guess…”

Yet it was still another acceptance that was most memorable on this evening. When Joni Mitchell’s Turbulent Indigo was named Best Pop Album, the singer/songwriter seemed genuinely surprised, and remarked that she and her co-producer and one-time husband Larry Klein “made [the] album in the state of divorcing.” Klein, for his part, struck a warm and witty note when he added, “I’d like to thank Joan who is, I think, the best songwriter around these days, and thank her for 10 years of instruction.” Klein then quickly added, “ the art,” lest there be any confusion about Mitchell’s lessons.

Of course, there was also no shortage of great musical art on display here, including three Lifetime Achievement Award recipient tributes: honoree Dave Brubeck performing a gorgeous rendition of “Blue Rondo A La Turk” with the help of newer jazz greats Roy Hargrove on trumpet and Joshua Redman on saxophone; a stunningly soulful salute to Stevie Wonder by D’Angelo and Tony Rich on dueling keyboards; and a unique pairing of soulful Brits Annie Lennox and Seal (the latter won Record and Song Of The Year as well as Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Kiss From A Rose”) to honor Marvin Gaye. The night also offered a more subdued version of “You Oughta Know” by Morissette with her band and a string section, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s opening, gospel-tinged rendition of “One Sweet Day.” Even more uplifting was a gospel segment introduced by and featuring Whitney Houston, along with CeCe Winans and gospel great Shirley Caesar, who together brought the assembled GRAMMY congregation to its feet.

There was much talk on this GRAMMY night about recent cuts in music programs in schools, highlighted by Richard Dreyfuss, star of Mr. Holland’s Opus, a recent movie that touched upon the importance of music education. Bobby McFerrin also spoke powerfully to this problem, telling teachers to grab a boom box and expose young minds to music by all means necessary. “Don’t wait for some kind of grant to fall from the sky,” he explained with the sort of clear passion for music that GRAMMY night has come to define.

Record Of The Year
Kiss From A Rose


Seal, artist. Trevor Horn, producer.

Album Of The Year
Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette, artist. Glen Ballard, producer.

Song Of The Year
Kiss From A Rose

Seal, songwriter (Seal)

Seal, songwriter.

Best New Artist
Darius Rucker
Hootie & The Blowfish

Hootie & The Blowfish

Hootie & The Blowfish (Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld), artist.

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
No More "I Love You's"

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox, artist.

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Kiss From A Rose


Seal, artist.

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Darius Rucker
Let Her Cry

Hootie & The Blowfish

Hootie And The Blowfish (Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker, Jim "Soni" Sonefeld), artist.

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

The Chieftains & Van Morrison

Chieftains (Derek Bell, Kevin Conneff, Martin Fay, Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney) & Van Morrison, artists.

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Mariachi Suite

Los Lobos

Los Lobos (Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas), artist.

Best Pop Album
Turbulent Indigo

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell, artist. Joni Mitchell & Larry Klein, producers.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
Frank Sinatra
Duets II

Frank Sinatra, artist.

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
You Oughta Know

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette, artist.

Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
You Don't Know How It Feels

Tom Petty

Tom Petty, artist.

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

Blues Traveler

Blues Traveler (Brendan Hill, Chan Kinchla, John Popper, Bob Sheehan), artist.

Best Hard Rock Performance
Spin The Black Circle

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam (Dave Abbruzzese, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder), artist.

Best Metal Performance
Happiness In Slavery

Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails (Robin Finck, Danny Lohner, Trent Reznor, Chris Vrenna, James Woolley), artist.

Best Rock Instrumental Performance

The Allman Brothers Band

Allman Brothers Band (Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Jaimoe, Marc Quinones, Butch Trucks, Allen Woody), artist.

Best Rock Song
You Oughta Know

Alanis Morissette & Glen Ballard, songwriters (Alanis Morissette)

Alanis Morissette & Glen Ballard, songwriters.

Best Rock Album
Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette, artist. Glen Ballard, producer.

Best Alternative Music Performance
MTV Unplugged In New York


Nirvana (Kurt Cobain, David Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear), artist.

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
I Apologize

Anita Baker

Anita Baker, artist.

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
Stevie Wonder
For Your Love

Stevie Wonder, artist.

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal


TLC (Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins), artist.

Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Stevie Wonder
For Your Love

Stevie Wonder, songwriter.

Best R&B Album


TLC (Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins), artist.

Best Rap Solo Performance
Gangsta's Paradise


Coolio, artist.

Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
Mary J. Blige
I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By

Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige & Method Man, artists.

Best Rap Album
Poverty's Paradise

Naughty By Nature

Naughty By Nature (Vincent "Vinnie" Brown, Anthony "Trech" Criss, Kier "KG" Gist), artist.

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner
Baby, Now That I've Found You

Alison Krauss, artist.

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
Vince Gill
Go Rest High On That Mountain

Vince Gill, artist.

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Here Comes The Rain

The Mavericks

Mavericks (Paul Deakin, Nick Kane, Raul Malo, Robert Reynolds), artist.

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner
Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart

Shenandoah & Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss & Shenandoah (Ralph Ezell, Mike McGuire, Marty Raybon, Jim Seales, Stan Thorn), artists.

Best Country Instrumental Performance
Béla Fleck

Asleep At The Wheel Featuring Béla Fleck & Johnny Gimble

Asleep At The Wheel (Tim Alexander, Ray Benson, Cindy Cashdollar, Michael Francis), Béla Fleck & Johnny Gimble, artists.

Best Country Song
Vince Gill
Go Rest High On That Mountain

Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)

Vince Gill, songwriter.

Best Country Album
The Woman In Me

Shania Twain

Shania Twain, artist. Robert John "Mutt" Lange, producer.

Best Bluegrass Album

The Nashville Bluegrass Band

Nashville Bluegrass Band (Stuart Duncan, Pat Enright, Gene Libbea, Alan O'Bryant, Roland White), artist.

Best New Age Album

George Winston

George Winston, artist.

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
Pat Metheny
We Live Here

Pat Metheny Group

Pat Metheny Group (David Blamires, Luis Conte, Mark Ledford, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico), artist.

Best Jazz Vocal Performance
An Evening With Lena Horne

Lena Horne

Lena Horne, artist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo

Michael Brecker

Michael Brecker, soloist.

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group

McCoy Tyner Trio & Michael Brecker

McCoy Tyner Trio (Aaron Scott, Avery Sharpe, McCoy Tyner) & Michael Brecker, artists.

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
All Blues

Tom Scott (GRP All-Star Big Band)

Tom Scott, artist.

Best Latin Jazz Performance
Antonio Brasileiro


Jobim (Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paulo Jobim), artist.

Best Rock Gospel Album
Lesson Of Love

Ashley Cleveland

Ashley Cleveland, artist.

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
I'll Lead You Home

Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith, artist.

Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Amazing Grace - A Country Salute To Gospel

(Various Artists)

Bill Hearn, compilation producer.

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
Shirley Caesar
Shirley Caesar Live - He Will Come

Shirley Caesar, artist.

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
CeCe Winans
Alone In His Presence

CeCe Winans, artist.

Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus
Praise Him - Live!

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Carol Cymbala, choir director.

Best Latin Pop Performance

Jon Secada

Jon Secada, artist.

Best Tropical Latin Performance
Abriendo Puertas

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan, artist.

Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance
Flaco Jimenez

Flaco Jimenez

Flaco Jimenez, artist.

Best Traditional Blues Album
Chill Out

John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker, artist.

Best Contemporary Blues Album
Slippin' In

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy, artist.

Best Traditional Folk Album
South Coast

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Ramblin' Jack Elliott, artist.

Best Contemporary Folk Album
Emmylou Harris
Wrecking Ball

Emmylou Harris, artist.

Best Reggae Album


Shaggy, artist.

Best World Music Album

Deep Forest

Deep Forest (Eric Mouquet, Michael Sanchez), artist.

Best Polka Album
Jimmy Sturr
I Love To Polka

Jimmy Sturr, artist.

Best Musical Album For Children
Sleepy Time Lullabys

Barbara Bailey Hutchison

Barbara Bailey Hutchison, artist. David R. Lehman & J. Aaron Brown, producers.

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart, narrator. Dan Broatman & Martin Sauer, producers.

Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album
Phenomenal Woman

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, narrator.

Best Spoken Comedy Album
Crank Calls

Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters, artist.

Best Musical Show Album
Smokey Joe's Cafe - The Songs Of Leiber & Stoller

Original Broadway Cast

Arif Mardin, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, producers.

Best Instrumental Composition
A View From The Side

The Bill Holman Band

Bill Holman, composer.

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Crimson Tide

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer, composer.

Best Song Written Specifically For A Motion Picture Or For Television
Alan Menken, GRAMMY winner
Colors Of The Wind (From Pocahontas)

Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters (Vanessa Williams & Judy Kuhn)

Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz, songwriters.

Best Instrumental Arrangement

J.J. Johnson & The Robert Farnon Orchestra

Robert Farnon, arranger.

Best Instrumental Arrangement With Accompanying Vocal(s)
I Get A Kick Out Of You

Mel Tormé with Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass

Rob McConnell, arranger.

Best Recording Package
Turbulent Indigo

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell & Robbie Cavolina, art directors.

Best Recording Package - Boxed
Civilization Phaze III

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa & Gail Zappa, art directors.

Best Album Notes
The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975

Various Artists

Rob Bowman, album notes writer.

Best Historical Album
The Heifetz Collection

Jascha Heifetz & Various Artists

J.J. Stelmach, art director. John Pfeiffer, compilation producer. Anthony Salvatore, David Satz, James P. Nichols, Jon M. Samuels, Ray Hall & Thomas MacCluskey, mastering engineers. Brooks Smith, Erick Friedman, Gabriel Banat, George Jellinek, Grant Beglarian, Harris Goldsmith, Irving Kolodin, Jacob Lateiner, John Anthony Maltese, John Maltese, John Pfeiffer, Josefa Heifetz, Laurence Lesser, Leonard Pennario, Mortimer W. Frank, Myra C. Livingston, Richard Freed & Robert Cowan, album notes writers.

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical

Tom Petty

David Bianco, Jim Scott, Richard Dodd & Stephen McLaughlin, engineers.

Producer Of The Year

Babyface, producer.

Best Classical Engineered Recording
Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra; "Kossuth" - Symphonic Poem

Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

Jonathan Stokes & Michael Mailes, engineers.

Classical Producer Of The Year
Steven Epstein

Steven Epstein

Steven Epstein, producer.

Best Classical Album
Pierre Boulez
Debussy: La Mer; Nocturnes; Jeux

Pierre Boulez, conductor

Pierre Boulez, artist. Karl-August Naegler, producer.

Best Orchestral Performance
Pierre Boulez
Debussy: La Mer

Pierre Boulez, conductor

Pierre Boulez, conductor.

Best Opera Recording
Berlioz: Les Troyens

Charles Dutoit, conductor; Gary Lakes, Francoise Pollet, Gino Quilico & Deborah Voigt

Deborah Voigt, Francoise Pollet, Gary Lakes & Gino Quilico, artists. Charles Dutoit, conductor. Raymond Minshull, producer.

Best Choral Performance
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Herbert Blomstedt, conductor; Vance George, choral director

Vance George, choir director. Herbert Blomstedt, conductor.

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
The American Album - Works Of Bernstein, Barber, Foss

Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman, artist.

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
Schubert: Piano Sonatas (B Flat Major And A Major)

Radu Lupu

Radu Lupu, artist.

Best Chamber Music Performance
Yo-Yo Ma
Brahms/Beethoven/Mozart: Clarinet Trios

Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma & Richard Stoltzman

Emanuel Ax, Richard Stoltzman & Yo-Yo Ma, artists.

Best Classical Vocal Performance
The Echoing Air - The Music Of Henry Purcell

Sylvia McNair

Sylvia McNair, artist.

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
Messiaen: Concert A Quatre

Myung-Whun Chung, conductor; Various Artists

Olivier Messiaen, composer.

Best Music Video, Short Form
Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson & Michael Jackson, artists. Mark Romanek, video director. Cean Chaffin, video producer.

Best Music Video, Long Form
Secret World Live

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel, artist. Francois Girard, video director. Robert Warr, video producer.