|28th Annual Grammy Awards|
|Date||February 25, 1986|
|Location||Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|Hosted by||Kenny Rogers|
The night's big winner was USA For Africa's "We Are The World", which won four awards, including Song of the Year. The latter was awarded to its songwriters, Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson. This was a sweet victory for both, as it marked the first time in their respective careers that they won the coveted Song of the Year category. For Richie, it was his sixth attempt in eight years. The other three awards for the charity single were not given to the performing artist (as is usually the case), but to the song's producer, Quincy Jones. These three Grammy's brought his career total to 19, just one shy of the (then) record holder in the popular genres, Henry Mancini.
There were a number of remarkable wins in the classical field. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's recording of Berlioz: Requiem won three awards, while a different recording by the same orchestra won the Best Orchestral Performance award. These four wins were the result of an unusually large number of nominations for the orchestra (12 in total), including four in the Best Classical Album category which normally holds five nominees (the Recording Academy decided to add a number of nominations to this list to lessen the domination of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in this category). Several sources from the American classical community - including record labels - expressed their dismay with the situation, suggesting that this was the result of many members of the orchestra and other associates joining the Recording Academy in force to be able to vote on nominations and Grammy winners. Despite the controversy, the orchestra's conductor Robert Shaw and their album producer (and record label owner) Robert Woods won three Grammy's each.
Another success story was that of the Manhattan Transfer and their album Vocalese. It had received twelve nominations, which was the second highest number of nominations ever for an album, three fewer than the then-record holder Thriller by Michael Jackson, which was nominated fifteen times in 1984. Their twelve nominations eventually resulted in three Grammy wins, including two for the song "Another Night in Tunisia" (performed and arranged on the album by guest vocalists Jon Hendricks and Bobby McFerrin)
Stevie Wonder finally managed to add another Grammy to his total. After winning fifteen awards in the mid-1970s, he won his first Grammy in nine years for his album In Square Circle. Songwriter Jimmy Webb had to wait even longer as his song "Highwayman" won him his first Grammy in 17 years (after 1969's Up, Up and Away).
There was one new category, Best Polka Recording. It would run until 2009. Of the 24 winning albums, eighteen were made by polka legend Jimmy Sturr.
- 1 Performers
- 2 Award winners
- 2.1 Blues
- 2.2 Children's
- 2.3 Classical
- 2.4 Comedy
- 2.5 Composing and arranging
- 2.6 Country
- 2.7 Folk
- 2.8 Gospel
- 2.9 Historical
- 2.10 Jazz
- 2.11 Latin
- 2.12 Musical show
- 2.13 Music video
- 2.14 Packaging and notes
- 2.15 Polka
- 2.16 Pop
- 2.17 Production and engineering
- 2.18 R&B
- 2.19 Reggae
- 2.20 Rock
- 2.21 Spoken
- 2.22 Special awards
- 3 References
- 4 External links
- Record of the Year
- Album of the Year
- Song of the Year
- Best New Artist
- "My Guitar Sings the Blues" - B.B. King
- Best Recording for Children
- Best Classical Orchestral Recording
- Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
- Best Opera Recording
- Best Choral Performance (other than opera)
- Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with orchestra)
- Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (without orchestra)
- Best Chamber Music Performance
- Best Classical Contemporary Composition
- Best Classical Album
- Best New Classical Artist
Composing and arranging
- Best Instrumental Composition
- Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special
- Best Arrangement on an Instrumental
- Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
- Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices
- Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
- Rosanne Cash for "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me"
- Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
- Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Best Country Instrumental Performance (orchestra, group or soloist)
- Best Country Song
- Best Gospel Performance, Female
- Amy Grant for Unguarded
- Best Gospel Performance, Male
- Larnelle Harris for "How Excellent Is Thy Name"
- Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
- Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
- Shirley Caesar for "Martin"
- Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male
- Marvin Winans for "Bring Back the Days of Yea and Nay"
- Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
- The Winans for Tomorrow
- Best Inspirational Performance
- Jennifer Holliday for "Come Sunday"
- Best Historical Album
- John Pfeiffer (producer) for RCA/Met - 100 Singers - 100 Years performed by various artists
- Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
- Cleo Laine for Cleo at Carnegie - The 10th Anniversary Concert
- Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
- Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
- Wynton Marsalis for Black Codes From the Underground
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
- Wynton Marsalis for Black Codes From the Underground performed by the Wynton Marsalis Group
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
- Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental
- David Sanborn for Straight To The Heart
- Best Latin Pop Performance
- Lani Hall for Es Facil Amar
- Best Tropical Latin Performance
- Best Mexican-American Performance
- Vikki Carr for Simplemente Mujer
- Best Music Video, Short Form
- Best Music Video, Long Form
Packaging and notes
- Best Album Package
- Best Album Notes
- Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
- Whitney Houston for "Saving All My Love for You"
- Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
- Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Production and engineering
- Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
- Best Engineered Recording, Classical
- Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)
- Classical Producer of the Year
- Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
- Aretha Franklin for "Freeway of Love"
- Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
- Stevie Wonder for In Square Circle
- Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Commodores for "Nightshift"
- Best R&B Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)
- Ernie Watts for Musician
- Best Rhythm & Blues Song
- Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
- Tina Turner for "One Of The Living"
- Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
- Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Best Rock Instrumental Performance
- Jeff Beck for "Escape"
- Best Spoken Word or Non-musical Recording
- Mike Berniker (producer) & the original Broadway cast for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
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- 28th Grammy Awards at the Internet Movie Database