1999 Grammy Winners

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1999)

The first GRAMMY Awards ceremony held during the 21st century is perhaps best remembered as a supernaturally smooth evening for Carlos Santana. Remarkably, the veteran guitar great and bandleader had previously won only one GRAMMY — under his own name at the 31st Annual GRAMMY Awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist) for “Blues For Salvador.” At the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, Santana made up for lost time, winning eight awards: Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Rock Album. As if that wasn’t all quite enough, Santana’s “Smooth” vocal guest Rob Thomas and Itaal Shur — who wrote the song together — took home the GRAMMY for Song Of The Year.

When Bob Dylan and Lauryn Hill presented the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year for Supernatural at the end of the night, Carlos Santana spoke up for “love, understanding and oneness.” But it was one of Supernatural’s producers — and longtime Santana friend and mentor — Clive Davis who summed things up beautifully. “You’re an inspiration to every young musician throughout the globe,” Davis said of Santana. “Because when they break in they don’t know how long a career can not only last, but how long it can soar.” On this night, there could be no question that Santana was soaring.

Also making headlines this night was Jennifer Lopez whose rather minimalist green gown was much talked about. As Lopez’s co-presenter David Duchovny quipped onstage, “This is the first time in five or six years that I’m sure that nobody is looking at me.”

Among the others the crowd at Staples was looking at: Will Smith, who opened the show, the Dixie Chicks, TLC, Kid Rock and Britney Spears, whose performance began with a little girl watching the 32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards dreaming of someday performing on the show. There was also a rousing segment dedicated to the wide world of Latin music (celebrating the launch of the first Latin GRAMMY Awards in September of 2000) with fine performances from Marc Anthony, Poncho Sanchez, Ibrahim Ferrer of Buena Vista Social Club fame and Ricky Martin, a year after his triumphant performance of “The Cup Of Life.”

But it wasn’t all good vibes, revealing dresses and cool performances at the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Despite at the time having established a reputation as “The Queen of Nice,” Rosie O’Donnell had quite a barbed turn as host this year. In particular, she took aim at Whitney Houston. The host made repeated allusions to Houston’s recent arrest for marijuana possession at a Hawaiian airport, both in her opening monologue and with this introduction to the singer’s performance of “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”: “Our next performer is a huge fan of the doobies,” O’Donnell said. Houston surmounted the jabs with a soulful version of the song and a win for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Perhaps more uplifting was the chance to watch one legendary piano man salute another. Billy Joel took the stage to honor Elton John, the recipient of a GRAMMY Legend Award. “In an age of Stratocasters and wah-wah pedals, Elton John made it cool to be a piano player,” Joel explained, before Elton John performed “Philadelphia Freedom” with a little vocal support from the Backstreet Boys. “Now he is a knight, and in the United Kingdom he should be addressed as Sir Elton, but here in the good ol’ USA his friends can still call him Sharon.”

Record Of The Year
 
winner
Smooth

Santana Featuring Rob Thomas

Matt Serletic, producer; David Thoener, engineer/mixer

Album Of The Year
 
Song Of The Year
 
winner
Smooth

Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas, songwriters (Santana Featuring Rob Thomas)

Best New Artist
 
winner
Christina Aguilera
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Sarah McLachlan
I Will Remember You
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Sting
Brand New Day
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Maria Maria
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Smooth

Santana Featuring Rob Thomas

Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
El Farol
Best Dance Recording
 
winner
Believe

Brian Rawling & Mark Taylor, producers; Mark Taylor, mixer

Best Pop Album
 
winner
Sting
Brand New Day
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Tony Bennett
Bennett Sings Ellington - Hot & Cool
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
Sheryl Crow
Sweet Child O' Mine
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
American Woman
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Put Your Lights On

Santana Featuring Everlast

Best Hard Rock Performance
 
winner
Metallica
Whiskey In The Jar
Best Metal Performance
 
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Eric Clapton
The Calling
Best Rock Song
 
winner
Scar Tissue

Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis & Chad Smith, songwriters (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Best Rock Album
 
winner
Supernatural
Best Alternative Music Performance
 
winner
Beck
Mutations
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Whitney Houston
It's Not Right But It's Okay
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Staying Power
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
No Scrubs
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
 
winner
No Scrubs
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
Staying Power
Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
Eminem
My Name Is
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
The Roots
You Got Me
Best Rap Album
 
winner
Eminem
The Slim Shady LP
Best Female Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Man! I Feel Like A Woman!
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
 
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Dixie Chicks
Ready To Run
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
 
Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
Best Country Song
 
winner
Come On Over

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

Best Country Album
 
Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
Ancient Tones

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Best New Age Album
 
winner
Celtic Solstice

Paul Winter & Friends

Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
 
Best Jazz Vocal Performance
 
winner
When I Look In Your Eyes
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
In Walked Wayne

Wayne Shorter, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
 
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
 
winner
Serendipity 18

The Bob Florence Limited Edition

Best Latin Jazz Performance
 
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
 
winner
Kennedy Center Homecoming

Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Shirley Caesar
Christmas With Shirley Caesar
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Yolanda Adams
Mountain High...Valley Low
Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album
 
winner
High And Lifted Up

Carol Cymbala, choir director (The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)

Best Latin Pop Performance
 
Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance
 
Best Traditional Tropical Latin Performance
 
winner
Mambo Birdland
Best Salsa Performance
 
winner
Llego...Van Van - Van Van Is Here
Best Merengue Performance
 
Best Mexican-American Performance
 
winner
100 Años De Mariachi
Best Tejano Performance
 
winner
Por Eso Te Amo
Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
B.B. King
Blues On The Bayou
Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner
Take Your Shoes Off
Best Traditional Folk Album
 
Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Mule Variations
Best Reggae Album
 
winner
Calling Rastafari
Best Musical Album For Children
 
winner
The Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland

(Various Artists)

Best Spoken Word Album For Children
 
winner
Listen To The Storyteller
Best Spoken Word Album
 
winner
The Autobiography Of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Best Spoken Comedy Album
 
winner
Bigger And Blacker

Chris Rock

Chris Rock, artist.

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Annie Get Your Gun

Stephen Ferrera & John McDaniel, producers (The New Broadway Cast Including Bernadette Peters & Tom Wopat)

Best Soundtrack Album
 
winner
Phil Collins
Tarzan

Phil Collins & Mark Mancina, producers

Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.
 
winner
A Bug's Life

Randy Newman, composer (Randy Newman)

Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.
 
winner
Madonna
Beautiful Stranger (From Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me)

Madonna & William Orbit, songwriters (Madonna)

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
Joyful Noise Suite

Don Sebesky, composer (Don Sebesky)

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Chelsea Bridge

Don Sebesky, arranger (Don Sebesky)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
 
winner
Lonely Town

Alan Broadbent, arranger (Charlie Haden Quartet West Featuring Shirley Horn)

Best Recording Package
 
winner
Ride With Bob

Ray Benson, Sally Carns & Buddy Jackson, art directors (Asleep At The Wheel)

Best Boxed Recording Package
 
winner
Miles Davis - The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions

Ron Jaramillo & Arnold Levine, art directors (Miles Davis)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
John Coltrane - The Classic Quartet: Complete Impulse! Studio Recordings

Bob Blumenthal, album notes writer (John Coltrane)

Best Historical Album
 
winner
The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition - The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973)

Orrin Keepnews & Steven Lasker, compilation producers; Paul Brizzi, Dennis Ferrante & Steven Lasker, mastering engineers (Duke Ellington)

Best Engineered Album - Non-Classical
 
winner
Al Schmitt
When I Look In Your Eyes

Al Schmitt, engineer (Diana Krall)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
 
winner
Walter Afanasieff
Remixer Of The Year, Non-Classical
 
Best Engineered Album, Classical
 
winner
Stravinsky: Firebird; The Rite Of Spring; Perséphone

Markus Heiland, engineer (Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
 
winner
Adam Abeshouse
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Stravinsky: Firebird; The Rite Of Spring; Perséphone
Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Stravinsky: Firebird; The Rite Of Spring; Perséphone

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Ian Bostridge, Bryn Terfel, Anne Sofie von Otter & Deborah York; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor; Nicholas Parker, producer (Monteverdi Choir; London Symphony Orchestra)

Best Choral Performance
 
winner
Britten: War Requiem

Robert Shafer, conductor (Maryland Boys Choir, Shenandoah Conservatory Chorus & Washington Choir)

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra)
 
winner
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3/Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3

Martha Argerich, artist (Orchestre Symphonie De Montréal)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra)
 
winner
Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87
Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas (Nos. 1-3, Op. 12; Nos. 1-3, Op. 30; "Spring" Sonata)
Best Small Ensemble Performance (With Or Without Conductor)
 
winner
Colors Of Love - Works Of Thomas, Stucky, Tavener & Rands
Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn

(Berliner Philharmonic)

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Pierre Boulez
Boulez: Répons

Pierre Boulez, composer

Best Classical Crossover Album
 
winner
Schickele: Hornsmoke (Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Major "Ole"; Brass Calendar; Hornsmoke - A Horse Opera)
Best Short Form Music Video
 
winner
Korn
Freak On A Leash
Best Long Form Music Video
 
winner
Band Of Gypsys - Live At Fillmore East

(Jimi Hendrix)

Bob Smeaton, video director; Neil Aspinall & Chips Chipperfield, video producers