2000 Winners

43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)

“Music makes the people come together.”

Rarely has an opening song spoken more directly to the spirit of the GRAMMYs than Madonna’s “Music,” which kick started the 43rd annual show in Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Her Blondness made a big entrance onto the stage in a glittery limo driven by Lil’ Bow Wow. Soon the number took a sexier turn, and at one point, Madonna took off her leather jacket to reveal a Material Girl T-shirt and then seemed to thoroughly enjoy what is perhaps best described as a cargasm.

Host Jon Stewart established his self-deprecating tone right off, talking about how he’s getting older and noting, “As I was watching Madonna writhing around on the hood of the car, all I could think was — that’s really gonna drive up her insurance premiums.”

Yet it was not Madonna providing the biggest controversy du jour on this GRAMMY night. Instead, the big talk of the night was Eminem who had already achieved tremendous commercial success, but not yet the mainstream cultural respectability that would come with the film 8 Mile two years later. Often criticized for homophobic and sexist lyrics, Eminem made huge headlines by agreeing to perform “Stan,” his edgy song about an obsessed fan, with openly gay music legend Elton John.

Stewart both commented on the tension and slyly diffused it, explaining in his monologue, “There’s a tremendous amount of controversy here tonight. I think we have to deal with it right off the top. I don’t know what all the controversy is about, quite frankly. I’ve met Eminem. I met him backstage and he’s really gay. I mean just about the gayest guy you’d ever meet.”

Before the night’s most buzzed about unlikely duo took the stage, a procession of other significant stars took their turn: ’N Sync (introduced by Stewart as including two extra members, “Fredo” and “Kitten”) performed an inventively lit rendition of “This I Promise You.” Sheryl Crow (who took home Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (for “There Goes The Neighborhood” from Live In Central Park) and Shelby Lynne (who won Best New Artist) teamed up for a strong duet on Crow’s “The Difficult Kind.” Moby, Jill Scott and the Blue Man Group pooled their deep talents on Moby’s “Natural Blues” for one of the more beautiful and experimental GRAMMY performances. Destiny’s Child sang “Independent Women, Part 1” and “Say My Name” for a big, sultry three-ring production number. Later, Faith Hill would perform “Breathe” in front of assorted art masterpieces looking very much like a masterpiece herself.

And when Eminem first took to the stage for his acceptance speech for the Best Rap Album GRAMMY for The Marshall Mathers LP, he came across as charming and uncharacteristically diplomatic. “What should I say first?” he asked openly. “I guess, first of all, I want to thank everybody who could look past the controversy or whatever and see the album for what it was...and also for what it isn’t.” Among the many people he thanked was his mentor Dr. Dre, named Producer Of The Year.

“I don’t know how you feel, but I was very impressed by Eminem’s poise,” the host noted later. “I really think this experience is gonna help him grow as a person. As a matter of fact, after doing the duet with Elton John, I’ve heard that he’s agreed to go to the bathroom with George Michael as well.” Despite considerable laughter, Stewart then added, “Can I say something: I feel your scorn and I accept it.”

There was no scorn and a few big awards for U2. The band performed a fittingly radiant version of “Beautiful Day,” which was named Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. During an acceptance speech, Bono said, “It’s a very unusual emotion I’m feeling right now. I think it’s called humility. The whole year’s been humbling — going back to scratch, reapplying for the job. What job? The best band in the world job.” Meanwhile, it was a significantly older band who won Album Of The Year: Steely Dan for their impressive comeback effort, Two Against Nature.

When they finally hit the stage, Eminem and Elton John didn’t seem like two against nature, or even two against the world, but an unbeatable musical team. Academy President Michael Greene introduced the performance, pointing out, “We can’t edit out the art that makes us uncomfortable — remember that’s what our parents tried to do to Elvis, the Stones and the Beatles.” In the end, Eminem and Elton John’s GRAMMY date with destiny was nervy, artistic and a defining moment in GRAMMY history.

Record Of The Year
 
winner
U2
Beautiful Day

Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois, producers; Steve Lillywhite & Richard Rainey, engineers/mixers

Album Of The Year
 
Song Of The Year
 
winner
U2
Beautiful Day

U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, Edge & Larry Mullen Jr.), songwriters (U2)

Best New Artist
 
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Shelby Lynne
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
 
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
 
winner
Sting
She Walks This Earth (Soberana Rosa)
Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
Cousin Dupree
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
B.B. King, Dr. John
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't (My Baby)
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Caravan

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Best Dance Recording
 
winner
Who Let The Dogs Out
Best Pop Instrumental Album
 
winner
Symphony No. 1

Joe Jackson, producer; Dan Gellert, engineer/mixer

Best Pop Vocal Album
 
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
 
winner
Both Sides Now

Larry Klein & Joni Mitchell, producers; Geoff Foster & Allen Sides, engineers/mixers

Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
 
winner
Sheryl Crow
There Goes The Neighborhood
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
 
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
winner
U2
Beautiful Day
Best Hard Rock Performance
 
Best Metal Performance
 
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Metallica
The Call Of Ktulu

(San Francisco Symphony Orchestra)

Best Rock Song
 
winner
With Arms Wide Open

Scott Stapp & Mark Tremonti, songwriters (Creed)

Best Rock Album
 
winner
Foo Fighters
There Is Nothing Left To Lose

Foo Fighters & Adam Kasper, producers; Adam Kasper, engineer/mixer

Best Alternative Music Album
 
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Radiohead
Kid A

Nigel Godrich & Radiohead, producers; Nigel Godrich, engineer/mixer

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
 
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Toni Braxton
He Wasn't Man Enough
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
 
winner
D'Angelo
Untitled (How Does It Feel)
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
Best R&B Album
 
winner
D'Angelo
Voodoo

D'Angelo, producer; D'Angelo & Russell "The Dragon" Elevado, engineers/mixers

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Album
 
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Ear-Resistible
Best Rap Solo Performance
 
winner
Eminem
The Real Slim Shady
Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group
 
winner
Dr. Dre, Eminem
Forgot About Dre

Dr. Dre Featuring Eminem

Best Rap Album
 
winner
Eminem, Dr. Dre
The Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem, producer; Dr. Dre & Richard Huredia, engineers/mixers

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
 
Best Male Country Vocal Performance
 
winner
Johnny Cash
Solitary Man
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
 
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
 
winner
Faith Hill, Tim McGraw
Let's Make Love
Best Country Instrumental Performance
 
winner
Béla Fleck
Leaving Cottondale
Best Country Song
 
winner
I Hope You Dance

Mark D. Sanders & Tia Sillers, songwriters (Lee Ann Womack)

Best Country Album
 
winner
Faith Hill
Breathe

Byron Gallimore & Faith Hill, producers; Julian King & Mike Shipley, engineers/mixers

Best Bluegrass Album
 
winner
Dolly Parton
The Grass Is Blue

Steve Buckingham, producer; Gary Paczosa, engineer/mixer

Best New Age Album
 
winner
Thinking Of You

Kitaro, producer; Gary Barlough & Peter R. Kelsey, engineers/mixers

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
 
winner
Béla Fleck
Outbound

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

Béla Fleck, producer; Richard Battaglia, Robert Battaglia & Béla Fleck, engineers/mixers

Best Jazz Vocal Album
 
winner
In The Moment - Live In Concert

George Duke, producer; Erik Zobler, engineer/mixer

Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
 
winner
Pat Metheny
(Go) Get It

Pat Metheny, soloist

Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
 
winner
Contemporary Jazz

Rob "Wacko!" Hunter & Branford Marsalis, producers; Rob "Wacko!" Hunter, engineer/mixer

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
 
winner
Joe Lovano
52nd Street Themes

Joe Lovano, producer; James Farber, engineer/mixer

Best Latin Jazz Album
 
winner
Live At The Village Vanguard

Jon Fausty, engineer/mixer

Best Rock Gospel Album
 
winner
Double Take

Dino Elefante & John Elefante, producers; David Hall & J.R. McNeely, engineers/mixers

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
 
winner
If I Left The Zoo

Dennis Herring, producer; Rich Hasal & Dennis Herring, engineers/mixers

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
 
winner
Soldier Of The Cross

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Ricky Skaggs, producer; Brent King & Alan Shulman, engineers/mixers

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
 
winner
Shirley Caesar
You Can Make It

Shirley Caesar, Michael E. Mathis & Bubba Smith, producers

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
 
Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album
 
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Live - God Is Working

Carol Cymbala, choir director; Carol Cymbala, Brent King & Oliver Wells, producers; Rob Burrell & Brent King, engineers/mixers (The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)

Best Latin Pop Album
 
winner
Shakira
Shakira - MTV Unplugged
Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album
 
winner
Uno

Humberto Gatica, producer; Humberto Gatica, engineer

Best Salsa Album
 
winner
Masterpiece/Obra Maestra

Eddie Palmieri & Tito Puente, producers; Jon Fausty, engineer/mixer

Best Merengue Album
 
winner
Olga Viva, Viva Olga

Olga Tañón, producer; David Hewitt & Hector Ivan Rosa, engineers/mixers

Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album
 
winner
Pepe Aguilar
Por Una Mujer Bonita

Pepe Aguilar, producer; Carlos Ceballos, engineer/mixer

Best Tejano Album
 
winner
¿Qué Es Música Tejana?

Hugo Guerrero & Freddie Martínez, Sr., producers; Greg García, Hugo Guerrero, Freddie Martínez, Sr. & Edward Pérez, engineers

Best Traditional Blues Album
 
winner
B.B. King, Eric Clapton
Riding With The King

Eric Clapton & Simon Climie, producers; Alan Douglas, engineer

Best Contemporary Blues Album
 
winner

Tony Braunagel, producer; Terry Becker & Joe McGrath, engineers/mixers

Best Traditional Folk Album
 
winner
Public Domain - Songs From The Wild Land

Dave Alvin, producer; Mark Linett, engineer

Best Contemporary Folk Album
 
winner
Emmylou Harris
Red Dirt Girl

Malcolm Burn, producer; Malcolm Burn & Jim Watts, engineers/mixers

Best Native American Music Album
 
winner
Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow

(Various Artists)

Tom Bee & Douglas Spotted Eagle, producers; Douglas Spotted Eagle, engineer/mixer

Best Reggae Album
 
winner
Art And Life
Best World Music Album
 
winner
João Voz E Violão

Antônio "Moogie" Canàzio & Caetano Veloso, producers; Antônio "Moogie" Canàzio, engineer/mixer

Best Polka Album
 
winner
Jimmy Sturr
Touched By A Polka

Tom Pick & Jimmy Sturr, producers; Jon Dickson, Ken Irwin, Tom Pick & Jimmy Sturr, engineers

Best Musical Album For Children
 
winner
Woody's Roundup Featuring Riders In The Sky

Joseph Miskulin, producer; Riders In The Sky (Paul Chrisman, Douglas Green, Fred LaBour & Joseph Miskulin)

Best Spoken Word Album for Children
 
winner
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

David Rapkin, producer

Best Spoken Word Album
 
winner
The Measure Of A Man
Best Spoken Comedy Album
 
winner
Braindroppings

George Carlin

George Carlin, artist. John Runnette, producer.

Best Musical Show Album
 
winner
Elton John
Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida

Elton John, composer; Tim Rice, lyricist; Guy Babylon, Paul Bogaev, Frank Filipetti & Chris Montan, producers; Frank Filipetti, engineer/mixer (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
 
winner
Almost Famous

(Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
 
winner
American Beauty

Thomas Newman, composer; Bill Bernstein & Thomas Newman, producers (Thomas Newman)

Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media.
 
winner
When She Loved Me (From Toy Story 2)

Randy Newman, songwriter (Sarah McLachlan)

Best Instrumental Composition
 
winner
John Williams
Theme From Angela's Ashes

John Williams, composer (John Williams)

Best Instrumental Arrangement
 
winner
Chick Corea
Spain For Sextet & Orchestra

Chick Corea, arranger (Chick Corea)

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist(s)
 
winner
Both Sides Now

Vincent Mendoza, arranger (Joni Mitchell)

Best Recording Package
 
winner
Music

Kevin Reagan, art director (Madonna)

Best Boxed Recording Package
 
winner
Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961

Frank Harkins & Arnold Levine, art directors (Miles Davis & John Coltrane)

Best Album Notes
 
winner
Miles Davis & John Coltrane - The Complete Columbia Recordings 1955-1961

Bob Blumenthal, album notes writer (Miles Davis & John Coltrane)

Best Historical Album
 
winner
Louis Armstrong - The Complete Hot Five & Hot Seven Recordings

Steve Berkowitz, Seth Rothstein & Phil Schaap, compilation producers; Michael Brooks, Seth Foster, Andreas Meyer, Woody Pornpitaksuk, Ken Robertson, Tom Ruff, Phil Schaap & Mark Wilder, mastering engineers (Louis Armstrong)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
 
winner
Two Against Nature
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
 
winner
Dr. Dre
Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical
 
Best Engineered Album, Classical
 
winner
Dvorák: Requiem, Op. 89; Sym. No. 9, Op. 95 "From the New World"

John Eargle, engineer (Zdenek Macal)

Producer Of The Year, Classical
 
winner
Steven Epstein
Best Classical Album
 
winner
Shostakovich: The String Quartets

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel & Philip Setzer), artists; Da-Hong Seetoo & Max Wilcox, producers

Best Orchestral Performance
 
winner
Mahler: Sym. No. 10

Sir Simon Rattle, conductor; Stephen Johns, producer; Mike Clements, engineer (Berliner Philharmonic)

Best Opera Recording
 
winner
Busoni: Doktor Faust

Kim Begley, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich Henschel, Markus Hollop, Eva Jenis & Torsten Kerl; Kent Nagano, conductor; Martin Sauer, producer; Jean Chatauret, engineer (Orchestre De L'Opera Nationale De Lyon)

Best Choral Performance
 
winner
Penderecki: Credo

Helmuth Rilling, conductor; Karen Wilson, producer; Don Harder, engineer (Oregon Bach Festival Chorus; Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra)

Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)
 
winner
Maw: Violin Concerto

Joshua Bell, artist; Grace Row, producer; Charles Harbutt, engineer (London Philharmonic)

Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra)
 
winner
Dreams Of A World - Works Of Lauro, Ruiz-Pipo & Duarte

Sharon Isbin, artist; Tobias Lehmann, producer; Jens Schünemann, engineer

Best Chamber Music Performance
 
winner
Shostakovich: The String Quartets

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, Lawrence Dutton, David Finckel & Philip Setzer), artists; Da-Hong Seetoo & Max Wilcox, producers; Da-Hong Seetoo & Max Wilcox, engineers

Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor)
 
winner
Shadow Dances - Stravinsky Miniatures, Tango, Suite No. 1 & Octet
Best Classical Vocal Performance
 
winner
The Vivaldi Album - Dell'aura al sussurrar, Alma oppressa

Christopher Raeburn, producer; Jonathan Stokes, engineer (Il Giardino Armonico)

Best Classical Contemporary Composition
 
winner
Crumb: Star-Child

George Crumb, composer

Best Classical Crossover Album
 
winner
Yo-Yo Ma, Richard King
Appalachian Journey

Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor & Various Artists

Steven Epstein, producer; Richard King, engineer

Best Short Form Music Video
 
winner
Foo Fighters
Learn To Fly

Jesse Peretz, video director; Tina Nakane, video producer

Best Long Form Music Video
 
winner
Gimme Some Truth - The Making Of John Lennon's Imagine Album

(John Lennon)

Andrew Solt, video director; Yoko Ono, Andrew Solt, Leslie Tong & Greg Vines, video producers