1995 Grammy Winners

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, “...in 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
 
winner
Kiss From A Rose

Trevor Horn, producer

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Alanis Morissette, GRAMMY winner
Jagged Little Pill

Glen Ballard, producer

Song Of The Year
 
winner
Kiss From A Rose

Seal, songwriter (Seal)

Best New Artist
 
winner
Hootie & The Blowfish
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Annie Lennox
No More "I Love You's"
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Kiss From A Rose
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Let Her Cry

Hootie & The Blowfish

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Mariachi Suite
Best Pop Album
 
winner
Turbulent Indigo
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
 
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
Alanis Morissette, GRAMMY winner
You Oughta Know
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
Tom Petty
You Don't Know How It Feels
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
Best Hard Rock Performance
 
winner
Pearl Jam
Spin The Black Circle
Best Metal Performance
 
winner
Happiness In Slavery
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
Best Rock Song
 
winner
Alanis Morissette, GRAMMY winner
You Oughta Know

Glen Ballard & Alanis Morissette, songwriters (Alanis Morissette)

Best Rock Album
 
winner
Alanis Morissette, GRAMMY winner
Jagged Little Pill
Best Alternative Music Performance
 
winner
MTV Unplugged In New York
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
I Apologize
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Stevie Wonder
For Your Love
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
Stevie Wonder
For Your Love

Stevie Wonder, songwriter (Stevie Wonder)

Best R&B Album
 
winner
Crazysexycool
Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
Gangsta's Paradise
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
Mary J. Blige
I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By
Best Rap Album
 
winner
Poverty's Paradise
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner
Baby, Now That I've Found You
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Vince Gill
Go Rest High On That Mountain
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Mavericks
Here Comes The Rain
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Alison Krauss, GRAMMY winner
Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart
Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
Best Country Song
 
winner
Vince Gill
Go Rest High On That Mountain

Vince Gill, songwriter (Vince Gill)

Best Country Album
 
winner
The Woman In Me
Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
 
Best Jazz Vocal Performance
 
winner
An Evening With Lena Horne
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Impressions

Michael Brecker, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
 
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
 
winner
All Blues

Tom Scott (GRP All-Star Big Band)

Best Latin Jazz Performance
 
winner
Antonio Brasileiro
Best Rock Gospel Album
 
winner
Lesson Of Love
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
I'll Lead You Home
Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
 
winner
Amazing Grace - A Country Salute To Gospel

(Various Artists)

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Shirley Caesar
Shirley Caesar Live - He Will Come
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
CeCe Winans
Alone In His Presence
Best Gospel Album By A Choir Or Chorus
 
winner
Praise Him - Live!

Carol Cymbala, choir director (The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)

Best Latin Pop Performance
 
Best Tropical Latin Performance
 
winner
Gloria Estefan, GRAMMY winner
Abriendo Puertas
Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance
 
winner
Flaco Jimenez
Best Traditional Blues Album
 
Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
Buddy Guy, GRAMMY winner
Slippin' In
Best Traditional Folk Album
 
Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Emmylou Harris
Wrecking Ball
Best Reggae Album
 
winner
Boombastic
Best World Music Album
 
Best Polka Album
 
winner
Jimmy Sturr
I Love To Polka
Best Musical Album For Children
 
winner
Sleepy Time Lullabys

Barbara Bailey Hutchison

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
 
winner
Prokofiev: Peter And The Wolf
Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Album
 
winner
Phenomenal Woman
Best Spoken Comedy Album
 
winner
Crank Calls

Jonathan Winters

Jonathan Winters, artist.

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

Jerry Leiber, Arif Mardin & Mike Stoller, producers (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
A View From The Side

Bill Holman, composer (The Bill Holman Band)

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

Hans Zimmer, composer (Hans Zimmer)

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

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

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Lament

Robert Farnon, arranger (J.J. Johnson & The Robert Farnon Orchestra)

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

Rob McConnell, arranger (Mel Tormé with Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass)

Best Recording Package
 
winner
Turbulent Indigo

Robbie Cavolina & Joni Mitchell, art directors (Joni Mitchell)

Best Recording Package - Boxed
 
winner
Civilization Phaze III

Frank Zappa & Gail Zappa, art directors (Frank Zappa)

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

Rob Bowman, album notes writer (Various Artists)

Best Historical Album
 
winner
The Heifetz Collection

John Pfeiffer, compilation producer; Ray Hall, Thomas MacCluskey, James P. Nichols, Anthony Salvatore, Jon M. Samuels & David Satz, mastering engineers (Jascha Heifetz & Various Artists)

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
 
winner
Wildflowers
Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Babyface
Best Classical Engineered Recording
 
winner
Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra; "Kossuth" - Symphonic Poem

Michael Mailes & Jonathan Stokes, engineers (Herbert Blomstedt, conductor)

Classical Producer Of The Year
 
winner
Steven Epstein
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Debussy: La Mer; Nocturnes; Jeux
Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Debussy: La Mer

Pierre Boulez, conductor (Cleveland Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Berlioz: Les Troyens

Gary Lakes, Francoise Pollet, Gino Quilico & Deborah Voigt; Charles Dutoit, conductor; Raymond Minshull, producer (Chorus De L'Orchestre Symphonie Montreal; L'Orchestra Symphonie Montreal)

Best Choral Performance
 
winner
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Herbert Blomstedt, conductor (San Francisco Symphony Chorus; San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)

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

Itzhak Perlman, artist (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

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

Radu Lupu, artist

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Yo-Yo Ma
Brahms/Beethoven/Mozart: Clarinet Trios
Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
The Echoing Air - The Music Of Henry Purcell

(Academy Of Ancient Music)

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Messiaen: Concert A Quatre

Olivier Messiaen, composer

Best Music Video, Short Form
 
winner
Michael Jackson

Mark Romanek, video director; Cean Chaffin, video producer

Best Music Video, Long Form
 
winner
Peter Gabriel
Secret World Live

Francois Girard, video director; Robert Warr, video producer