1998 Grammy Winners

41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1998)

“There are so many women nominated this year, Fox is backstage filming their own TV special — ‘When Divas Attack,’” host Rosie O’Donnell joked early in her first appearance as a GRAMMY host. In truth, this GRAMMY night at the Shrine Auditorium would turn out to be a big night for female artists. Most notably, Lauryn Hill won five GRAMMY awards — Album Of The Year (a first for any hip-hop artist), Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Rhythm & Blues Song and Best R&B Album — and delivered a stunning version of “To Zion” (with a little help from Carlos Santana) from The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.

Hill had plenty of female company at the top of the world. Coming off a Titanic smash, Celine Dion won Record Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “My Heart Will Go On,” which was also honored as Song Of The Year for songwriters Will Jennings and James Horner. And Madonna — who won three awards herself during the night — opened the televised festivities with her first GRAMMY performance, singing “Nothing Really Matters” from her acclaimed Ray Of Light album with a decidedly Asian look.

O’Donnell followed suit, entering along with two sushi chefs who eventually revealed themselves to have written “Soy” and “Sauce” on their chests — a sly reference to the previous year’s Soy Bomb disturbance. O’Donnell then introduced Alanis Morissette’s performance of “Uninvited” from the City of Angels soundtrack — which won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song — by saying, “Some of us take our broken, obsessive relationships to therapy, she’s taken hers to number one.”

Other standout performances by women included a rocking performance of “There Goes The Neighborhood” by Sheryl Crow, whose The Globe Sessions then took home the award for Best Rock Album. Country diva Shania Twain — who won two awards — made a vivid impression in an ultra-sexy black outfit that didn’t exactly conjure up images of the Grand Ole Opry. It was the Dixie Chicks, however, who received the award for Best Country Album for Wide Open Spaces, a fact that seemed to totally surprise them. “We thought for sure Shania got it,” Dixie Chick Martie Maguire explained. “We’re freaking out.”

For the record, there were men on the show too. In fact, for many, the 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be remembered as the night that Ricky Martin became a star in any language with a completely winning performance of “The Cup Of Life.” O’Donnell jokingly translated the title as “I Survived Menudo” before Martin’s performance, but spoke for millions afterwards when she sang his praises. Moments later he won the award for Best Latin Pop Performance for “Vuelve.”

Aerosmith — winner of Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for “Pink” — performed their Armageddon soundtrack smash ballad “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Director George Lucas introduced a segment on the power of film music that featured James Horner and John Williams conducting selections from the scores to Titanic and Star Wars, respectively. A year after his last-minute cancellation and replacement by Aretha Franklin, Luciano Pavarotti returned to offer his “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s opera Turandot. And Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner brought the Shrine audience to their feet when they prevailed over Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Jeff Foxworthy and the Firesign Theatre to win Best Spoken Comedy Album for The 2000 Year Old Man In The Year 2000. Of their fellow nominees, Brooks praised them as, “All good — not as good as us, but all good.” Carl Reiner then explained, “Thirty-nine years ago we were nominated for [a] GRAMMY and didn’t win. We can’t wait another 39 years — they can.”

Yet it was Will Smith who might have provided the biggest laugh of the GRAMMY night. Accepting the award for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” Smith explained that he had been to his first parent-teacher meeting earlier in the day, and that the teacher expressed pleasure with his young son Trey’s progress...except for his rhyming skills. “That’s just pure parental neglect,” Smith joked. “So I want to dedicate this award to my son Trey. And Trey, there’s always law school, baby.” 

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Celine Dion, Simon Franglen
My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)

Walter Afanasieff, Simon Franglen & James Horner, producers; Simon Franglen, Humberto Gatica & David Gleeson, engineers/mixers

Album Of The Year
 
winner
Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Song Of The Year
 
winner
My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)

James Horner & Will Jennings, songwriters (Celine Dion)

Best New Artist
 
winner
Lauryn Hill
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Celine Dion
My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Eric Clapton
My Father's Eyes
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Brian Setzer
Jump Jive An' Wail

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach
I Still Have That Other Girl
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Brian Setzer
Sleepwalk

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Best Dance Recording
 
winner
Madonna, William Orbit
Ray Of Light

Madonna & William Orbit, producers; Pat McCarthy, mixer

Best Pop Album
 
winner
Madonna
Ray Of Light
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Patti Page
Live At Carnegie Hall - The 50th Anniversary Concert
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
 
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
 
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
Best Hard Rock Performance
 
Best Metal Performance
 
winner
Metallica
Better Than You
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Pat Metheny Group
The Roots Of Coincidence
Best Rock Song
 
winner
Alanis Morissette, GRAMMY winner
Uninvited

Alanis Morissette, songwriter (Alanis Morissette)

Best Rock Album
 
winner
Sheryl Crow
The Globe Sessions
Best Alternative Music Performance
 
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Lauryn Hill
Doo Wop (That Thing)
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Stevie Wonder
St. Louis Blues
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Brandy, Monica
The Boy Is Mine
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
Lauryn Hill
Doo Wop (That Thing)

Lauryn Hill, songwriter (Lauryn Hill)

Best R&B Album
 
winner
Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Patti LaBelle
Live! - One Night Only
Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
Will Smith
Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
Beastie Boys
Intergalactic
Best Rap Album
 
winner
Jay-Z
Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Shania Twain
You're Still The One
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Vince Gill
If You Ever Have Forever In Mind
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Dixie Chicks
There's Your Trouble
Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
Best Country Song
 
winner
Shania Twain
You're Still The One

Robert John "Mutt" Lange & Shania Twain, songwriters (Shania Twain)

Best Country Album
 
winner
Dixie Chicks
Wide Open Spaces
Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
Ricky Skaggs
Bluegrass Rules!

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Best New Age Album
 
winner
Landmarks
Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
 
Best Jazz Vocal Performance
 
winner
Shirley Horn
I Remember Miles
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Gary Burton, Chick Corea
Rhumbata
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
 
winner
Herbie Hancock
Gershwin's World
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
 
winner
Count Plays Duke

Count Basie Orchestra; Grover Mitchell, director

Best Latin Jazz Performance
 
Best Rock Gospel Album
 
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
Deniece Williams
This Is My Song
Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
 
winner
The Apostle - Soundtrack

(Various Artists)

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Cissy Houston
He Leadeth Me
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Kirk Franklin
The Nu Nation Project
Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album
 
winner
Reflections

O'Landa Draper, choir director (O'Landa Draper & The Associates Choir)

Best Latin Pop Performance
 
Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance
 
winner
Mana
Sueños Liquidos
Best Tropical Latin Performance
 
winner
Marc Anthony
Contra La Corriente
Best Mexican-American Music Performance
 
winner
Los Super Seven
Best Tejano Music Performance
 
winner
Flaco Jimenez
Said And Done
Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
Any Place I'm Going
Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
Keb'Mo'
Slow Down
Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
The Chieftains
Long Journey Home
Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Lucinda Williams
Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Best World Music Album
 
Best Polka Album
 
winner
Jimmy Sturr
Dance With Me

Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra

Best Musical Album For Children
 
winner
Elmopalooza!

(The Sesame Street Muppets & Various Artists)

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
 
winner
The Children's Shakespeare

(Various Artists)

Best Spoken Comedy Album
 
winner
The 2000 Year Old Man In The Year 2000

Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks, artists.

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Mark Mancina
The Lion King

Mark Mancina, producer (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten
Almost 12

Béla Fleck, Future Man & Victor Lemonte Wooten, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
John Williams
Saving Private Ryan

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

Best Song Written For A Motion Picture Or For Television
 
winner
My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)

James Horner & Will Jennings, songwriters (Celine Dion)

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Waltz For Debby

Don Sebesky, arranger (Don Sebesky)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
 
winner
Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder
St. Louis Blues

Herbie Hancock, Robert Sadin & Stevie Wonder, arrangers (Herbie Hancock)

Best Recording Package
 
winner
Ray Of Light

Kevin Reagan, art director (Madonna)

Best Boxed Recording Package
 
winner
The Complete Hank Williams

Jim Kemp & Virginia Team, art directors (Hank Williams)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Miles Davis Quintet 1965-1968

Bob Belden, Todd Coolman & Michael Cuscuna, album notes writers (Miles Davis Quintet)

Best Historical Album
 
winner
The Complete Hank Williams

Colin Escott, Kira Florita & Kyle Young, compilation producers; Joseph M. Palmaccio & Tom Ruff, mastering engineers (Hank Williams)

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
 
winner
The Globe Sessions

Tchad Blake, Trina Shoemaker & Andy Wallace, engineers (Sheryl Crow)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
 
winner
Rob Cavallo
Remixer Of The Year, Non-classical
 
Best Engineered Album, Classical
 
winner
Barber: Prayers Of Kierkegaard/Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem/Bartok: Cantata Profana

Jack Renner, engineer (Robert Shaw, conductor)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
 
winner
Steven Epstein
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Barber: Prayers Of Kierkegaard/Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem/Bartok: Cantata Profana

Robert Shaw, artist; James Mallinson, producer

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Mahler: Symphony No. 9

Pierre Boulez, conductor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle

Jessye Norman & Laszlo Polgar; Pierre Boulez, conductor; Karl-August Naegler, producer (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Best Choral Performance
 
winner
Barber: Prayers Of Kierkegaard/Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem/Bartok: Cantata Profana

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

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Anne-Sophie Mutter
Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 2 "Metamorphosen"

Anne-Sophie Mutter, artist (London Symphony Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Murray Perahia
Bach: English Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 6
Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
André Previn, Gil Shaham
American Scenes - Works Of Copland, Previn, Barber & Gershwin
Best Small Ensemble Performance (With Or Without Conductor)
 
winner
Reich: Music For 18 Musicians
Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
The Beautiful Voice - Works Of Charpentier, Gounod, Massenet & Flotow

(English Chamber Orchestra)

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Krzysztof Penderecki
Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 2 "Metamorphosen"
Best Classical Crossover Album
 
winner
Yo-Yo Ma
Soul Of The Tango - The Music Of Astor Piazzolla
Best Short Form Music Video
 
winner
Madonna, Jonas Akerlund
Ray Of Light

Jonas Akerlund, video director; Nicola Doring & Billy Poveda, video producers

Best Long Form Music Video
 
winner
Lou Reed
American Masters - Lou Reed: Rock And Roll Heart

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, video director; Karen Bernstein, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Tamar Hacker & Susan Lacy, video producers