GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees for Best Pop Instrumental Performance

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Best Pop Instrumental Performance

 

53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2010)
 
winner
Jeff Beck

Nessun Dorma

nominees

Gorillaz

Orchestral Intro

Brian Setzer Orchestra

Sleepwalk

Laurie Anderson
Stanley Clarke

No Mystery

52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2009)
 
winner
Béla Fleck

Throw Down Your Heart

nominees

Herb Alpert

Besame Mucho

Imogen Heap

The Fire

Maxwell

Phoenix Rise

Marcus Miller

Funk Joint

51st Annual GRAMMY Awards (2008)
 
winner
Eagles

I Dreamed There Was No War

nominees

Fourplay

Fortune Teller

Stanley Jordan

Steppin' Out

Marcus Miller

Blast!

Steve Cropper
,
Felix Cavaliere

Love Appetite

50th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2007)
 
winner
Joni Mitchell

One Week Last Summer

nominees

Beastie Boys

Off The Grid

Dave Koz

Over The Rainbow

Spyro Gyra

Simple Pleasures

49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)
 
winner
George Benson

Mornin'

George Benson (& Al Jarreau)

nominees

Enya

Drifting

Béla Fleck

Subterfuge

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

Bruce Hornsby

Song H

Brian Setzer Orchestra

My Favorite Things

48th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2005)
 
winner
Les Paul

Caravan

nominees

Burt Bacharach
,
Chris Botti

In Our Time

T-Jam

George Duke

Herbie Hancock
,
Trey Anastasio

Gelo Na Montanha

Daniel Lanois
47th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2004)
 
winner
Ben Harper

11th Commandment

nominees

George Benson

Take You Out

Bruce Hornsby

Song F

Brian Setzer

Rat Pack Boogie

Herb Alpert
,
Jason Miles
46th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2003)
 
winner
George Harrison

Marwa Blues

nominees

Ry Cooder
,
Manuel Galbán
Dave Koz

Honey-Dipped

Randy Newman

Seabiscuit

Brian Setzer Orchestra

The Nutcracker Suite

45th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2002)
 
winner
B.B. King

Auld Lang Syne

nominees

Dave Koz

Blackbird

Pat Metheny Group
Moby

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Kirk Whalum

Playing With Fire

44th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2001)
 
winner
Eric Clapton

Reptile

nominees

Room 335

Larry Carlton & Steve Lukather

Daft Punk

Short Circuit

Kirk Whalum

There You'll Be

43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (2000)
 
winner
Brian Setzer

Caravan

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

nominees

Bjork
,
Vincent Mendoza

Overture (Selmasongs) (Track)

Björk; Vincent Mendoza, conductor

Rebel Heart (Track)

Zona Mona (Track)

Grover Washington Jr.

Camaleao (Track)

42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1999)
 
winner

El Farol

nominees

Jeff Beck

A Day In The Life (Track)

Willie Nelson

Night And Day (Track)

Bruce Hornsby

Song C (Track)

Herb Alpert

The Look Of Love (Track)

41st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1998)
 
winner
Brian Setzer

Sleepwalk

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

nominees

Kenny G

My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)

The X-files Theme (Track)

Big Country (Track)

Pat Metheny Group

Follow Me (Track)

40th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1997)
 
winner
Sarah McLachlan

Last Dance

nominees

The Chieftains

An Gaoth Aneas (Track)

Kenny G

Havana (Single)

George Benson

Song For My Brother (Single)

Grover Washington Jr.

Soulful Strut (Track)

39th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1996)
 
winner
Béla Fleck

The Sinister Minister

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones

nominees

Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (Track)

Lalo Schifrin

Mission Impossible (Track)

Lalo Schifrin With The London Philharmonic Orchestra

Larry Mullen Jr.

Mission: Impossible (Theme From) (Track)

Stevie Wonder

Kiss Lonely Goodbye (Harmonica With Orchestra) (Track)

38th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1995)
 
winner
Los Lobos

Mariachi Suite

nominees

Kenny G

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Track)

Allman Brothers Band

In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (Track)

Bruce Hornsby

Song B (Single)

Dave Grusin

Yesterday (Track)

37th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1994)
 
winner

Cruisin'

Booker T & The MG's

nominees

I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump (The Feather Theme) (Track)

Kenny G

Sentimental (Single)

Branford Marsalis
,
Bruce Hornsby

The Star Spangled Banner (Track)

Theme From NYPD Blue (Track)

36th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1993)
 
winner
Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis

Barcelona Mona

nominees

Beauty And The Beast (Track)

James Galway Conducting The Galway Pops Orchestra

Kenny G

Forever In Love (Single)

George Benson

Got To Be There (Single)

The Phantom Of The Opera (Track)

Anthony Inglis, cond; London Symphony Orchestra

35th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1992)
 
winner

Beauty And The Beast

nominees

Bob James
,
Earl Klugh

Cool (Album)

John Williams
The Chieftains
,
Chet Atkins

Tahitian Skies (Track)

34th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1991)
 
winner

Robin Hood - Prince Of Thieves

nominees

Kenny G

Theme From Dying Young (Track)

Dave Grusin

Havana (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album)

John Williams

John Williams Conducts John Williams/ The Star Wars Trilogy (Album)

Candy Dulfer

Saxuality (Album)

33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1990)
 
winner
Angelo Badalamenti

Twin Peaks Theme

nominees

Kenny G

Going Home (Track)

Phil Collins

Saturday Night And Sunday Morning (Track)

Quincy Jones

Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song) (Track)

Quincy Jones And Various Artists

What's Goin' On (Track)

Stanley Jordon

32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1989)
 
winner

Healing Chant

nominees

Paul Shaffer

Late Night (Track)

Earl Klugh

Whispers And Promises (Album)

Kenny G

Breadline Blues (Track)

Dancing With The Lion (Single)

31st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1988)
 
winner
David Sanborn

Close-up

nominees

Joe Satriani

Always With Me, Always With You (Single)

Music From La Law And Otherwise

Pump Up The Volume (Single)

M/A/R/R/S

Kenny G

Silhouette (Album)

30th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1987)
 
winner

Minute By Minute

nominees

Herb Alpert

Keep Your Eye On Me (Album)

Light Years (Track)

Art Of Noise

Dragnet (Track)

Dave Grusin

It Might Be You (Track)

29th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1986)
 
winner
Steve Stevens

nominees

David Foster

David Foster (Album)

Doc Severinsen

Johnny's Theme (The Tonight Show Theme) (Track)

Stanley Clarke

Overjoyed (Track)

Genesis

The Brazilian (Track)

28th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1985)
 
winner
Jan Hammer

Miami Vice Theme

nominees

David Foster

Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire (Single)

Spyro Gyra

Shake Down (Single)

Axel F (Single)

Dave Grusin
,
Lee Ritenour

Harlequin (Album)

27th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1984)
 
winner

Ghostbusters (Instrumental)

Ray Parker, Jr.

nominees

Stevie Wonder

I Just Called To Say I Love You (Instrumental) (Single)

Richard Perry
,
Steve Mitchell

Jump (For My Love) (Instrumental) (Single)

Earl Klugh

Nightsongs (Album)

Randy Newman

The Natural (Album)

26th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1983)
 
winner
George Benson

Being With You

nominees

Herb Alpert

Blow Your Own Horn (Album)

Joe Jackson

Breakdown (Track)

Friends (Album)

Larry Cartlon

Love Theme From Flashdance (Track)

25th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1982)
 
winner
Ernie Watts

Chariots Of Fire Theme (Dance Version)

nominees

David Sanborn

As We Speak (Track)

Earl Klugh

Crazy For You (Album)

John Williams

E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial

Hooked On Classics (Album)

Louis Clark, conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

24th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1981)
 
winner

The Theme From Hill Street Blues

nominees

Hooked On Classics (Single)

Louis Clark, conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Earl Klugh

Late Night Guitar (Album)

Lee Ritenour

RIT (Side 2-Instrumentals) (Album)

Quincy Jones

Velas (Track)

23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1980)
 
winner
Bob James, Earl Klugh

One On One

nominees

Herb Alpert

Beyond (Single)

Henry Mancini

Ravel's Bolero (Single)

Henry Mancini, conductor

South Bay Strut (Track)

John Williams

Yoda's Theme

22nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1979)
 
winner
Herb Alpert

nominees

Chuck Mangione

An Evening Of Magic (Album)

Zubin Mehta

Manhattan - Music From The Woody Allen Film

Zubin Mehta And The New York Philharmonic

Music Box Dancer (Track)

John Williams

Superman - Main Title

21st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1978)
 
winner
Chuck Mangione

Children Of Sanchez

nominees

John Williams

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Chet Atkins
,
Les Paul

Guitar Monsters (Album)

Zubin Mehta

Star Wars And Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Album)

Zubin Mehta, Conducting The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Henry Mancini

The Pink Panther Theme ('78) (Single)

20th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1977)
 
winner
John Williams

Star Wars

nominees

Bill Conti

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)

Nadia's Theme (The Young And The Restless) (Album)

Meco

Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band (Single)

Maynard Ferguson

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky")

19th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1976)
 
winner
George Benson

Breezin'

nominees

A Fifth Of Beethoven (Single)

Walter Murphy And The Big Apple Band

Brecker Brothers

Back To Back (Album)

Stevie Wonder

Contusion (Track)

Jeff Beck

Wired (Album)

18th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1975)
 
winner
Van McCoy

The Hustle

nominees

Chuck Mangione

Chase The Clouds Away (Single)

The Rockford Files

Tom Scott

Tom Cat (Album)

Tom Scott And The L.A. Express

Brazil (Single)

17th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1974)
 
winner

The Entertainer

nominees

Love Unlimited Orchestra

Rhapsody In White (Album)

Quincy Jones

Along Came Betty (Track)

Herbie Hancock

Head Hunters (Album)

Rick Wakeman

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (Album)

16th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1973)
 
winner
Eumir Deodato

Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)

nominees

John McLaughlin

Birds Of Fire (Track)

John McLaughlin Conducting Mahavishnu Orchestra

Edgar Winter

Frankenstein (Single)

Billy Preston

Space Race (Single)

Quincy Jones

You've Got It Bad Girl (Instrumental Portions) (Album)

15th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1972)
 
winner
Billy Preston

Outa-Space

winner
Isaac Hayes

Black Moses

nominees

Doc Severinsen

Doc (Album)

Joy (Single)

John McLaughlin

The Inner Mounting Flame (Album)

Mahavishnu Orchestra With John McLaughlin

Henry Mancini
,
Doc Severinsen

Brass On Ivory (Album)

Caravanserai

Quincy Jones

Money Runner (Single)

Pictures At An Exhibition (Album)

Emerson, Lake And Palmer

Theme From The Garden Of The Finzi Continis (Single)

(Various Artists)

Amazing Grace (Album)

Pipes And Drums And Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragon Guards

14th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1971)
 
winner
Quincy Jones

Smackwater Jack

nominees

Burt Bacharach

Burt Bacharach (Album)

Henry Mancini

Theme From Love Story

Theme From Summer Of '42

Peter Nero

Theme From Summer Of '42

10th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1967)
 
winner
Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins Picks The Best

nominees

Herb Alpert

Casino Royale

Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass

Cannonball Adderley

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Lalo Schifrin

Mission: Impossible (Album)

Bob Crewe

Music To Watch Girls By

Bob Crewe Generation

9th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1966)
 
winner
Herb Alpert

What Now My Love

Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass

nominees

Batman Theme (Album)

Born Free

Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins Picks On The Beatles

Maurice Jarre

Dr. Zhivago (Soundtrack)

8th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1965)
 
winner
Herb Alpert

A Taste Of Honey

Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass

nominees

Girl Talk (Album)

Henry Mancini

The Great Race

Horst Jankowski

Walk In The Black Forest

Chet Atkins

Yakety Axe

7th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1964)
 
winner
Henry Mancini

The Pink Panther

nominees

Peter Nero

As Long As He Needs Me

Cotton Candy

Quincy Jones

Golden Boy (String Version)

The Beatles Song Book (Album)

Hollyridge Strings Conducted By Stu Phillips

6th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1963)
 
winner

Java

winner
Count Basie

This Time By Basie! Hits Of The 50's And 60's

nominees

André Previn

Andre Previn In Hollywood (Album)

Henry Mancini

Our Man In Hollywood

Peter Nero

Hail The Conquering Nero

Kai Winding

Encore: Woody Herman, 1963

Percy Faith

Themes For Young Lovers

Joe Harnell

Fly Me To The Moon And The Bossa Nova Pops

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones Plays The Hip Hits

Les Brown

Richard Rodgers Bandbook

The Page 7...An Explosion In Pop Music

5th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1962)
 
winner
Peter Nero

The Colorful Peter Nero

winner
Joe Harnell

Fly Me To The Moon Bossa Nova

nominees

Henry Mancini

Hatari!

Hoedown! (Album)

Stranger On The Shore

Elmer Bernstein

Walk On The Wild Side (Album)

Stan Getz

Big Band Bossa Nova

Jazz Pops (Single)

The Stripper (Album)

Viva Bossa Nova! (Album)

Quincy Jones

Big Band Bossa Nova

4th Annual GRAMMY Awards (1961)
 
winner
Henry Mancini

Breakfast At Tiffany's

winner

Up A Lazy River

nominees

André Previn

A Touch Of Elegance

The Greatest Horn In The World

Stan Kenton

West Side Story

Lawrence Welk

Calcutta

Quincy Jones

I Dig Dancers

Henry Mancini

Mr. Lucky Goes Latin

Glen Gray

Shall We Swing?

Les Brown

The Lerner And Loewe Bandbook

Gerry Mulligan

A Concert In Jazz

3rd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1960)
 
winner
Henry Mancini

Mr. Lucky

winner
Count Basie

Dance With Basie

nominees

Gerry Mulligan

The Concert Jazz Band

Count Basie

The Count Basie Story

Percy Faith

Theme From A Summer Place (Single)

Les Brown

Bandland

Perez Prado

Big Hits By Prado (Album)

Girls And Boys On Broadway

Henry Mancini

The Blues And The Beat (Album)

Infinity In Sound

2nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (1959)
 
winner
André Previn

Like Young

David Rose And His Orchestra With Andre Previn

winner
Duke Ellington

Anatomy Of A Murder

nominees

Henry Mancini

More Music From Peter Gunn (Album)

Music From M Squad

Strings Aflame

Two Sides Of Winterhalter (Album)

Count Basie

Breakfast Dance And Barbecue

Glenn Miller

For The Very First Time

New Sounds At The Roosevelt

Perez Prado

Pops And Prado (Album)

GRAMMYs

Sound Spectacular

Bob Thompson

Just For Kicks

1st Annual GRAMMY Awards (1958)
 
winner

Billy May's Big Fat Brass

winner
Count Basie

Basie

nominees

Perez Prado

Patricia (Album)

GRAMMYs

Peter Gunn

George Shearing

Burnished Brass (Album)

Tea For Two Cha Cha

Warren Covington And Tommy Dorsey Orcehstra

Cross Country Suite

I Want To Live

Kane Is Able

Other Worlds, Other Sounds (Album)

Henry Mancini

Peter Gunn (Album)

André Previn

Young Man's Lament

Andre Previn, Dave Rose

Jonah Jones

Baubles, Bangles And Beads