Grammy Award Winners of the ’80s: 1980-1983

Wow, that snuck up on me! The Grammy Awards are being held tonight (February 8, 2013).
This is a repost. There are many more readers here than when I first published this 3 years ago. Enjoy!

I don’t think I’ve actually sat down and watched the show since the ’80s. So let’s Return to the ’80s, and see who won some of the major awards. I will pretty much just include Pop performances. If I include Rock and Country, this will be too long, even though I prefer Rock and Country.


Billy Joel did pretty well, winning Album of the Year, and Pop Vocal – Male award for 52nd Street – which had the hits “Big Shot”, “Honesty”, and “My Life”.

Record of the Year, and Song of the Year went to the Doobie Brothers’ “What A Fool Believes”:

Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female went to Dionne Warwick for “I’ll Never Love This Way Again”

Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group went to the Doobie Brothers again. This time, it was for “Minute By Minute”.

Best New Artist went to Rickie Lee Jones for her debut, self-titled album. Here is “Chuck E’s In Love” from that album:

One other award of note was the one and only Best Disco Recording. The winner was “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor:


Christopher Cross owned the Grammy Awards this year. He won – Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year for “Sailing”, as well as Best New Artist:

Kenny Loggins, the future movie soundtrack king of the ’80s, won Pop Vocal – Male for “This Is It”:

Pop Vocal – Female went to Bette Midler for “The Rose”:

Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal went to Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb for “Guilty”:


If Album of the Year did not go to John Lennon, there may have been riots. John Lennon and Yoko Ono did indeed win for Double Fantasy. Here is Yoko and Sean Lennon accepting the award:

Record of the Year and Song of the Year went to “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes:

Pop Vocal – Male went to Al Jarreau for “Breakin’ Away”:

Pop Vocal – Female went to Lena Horne for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live on Broadway

Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal went to The Manhattan Transfer for “Boy from New York City”:

Best New Artist went to Sheena Easton. The Pointer Sisters do an awesome job presenting the awards. Does anybody present awards like this anymore?


Toto won Album of the Year for Toto IV and Record of the Year for “Rosanna”:

Song of the Year was “Always On My Mind”, by Johnny Christopher, Mark James, and Wayne Thompson and performed by Willie Nelson:

Lionel Richie won Pop Vocal – Male for “Truly”:

Pop Vocal – Female went to Melissa Manchester for “You Should Hear How He Talks About You”:

Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal went to Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for their duet “Up Where We Belong”:

Best New Artist went to Men At Work:

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4 thoughts on “Grammy Award Winners of the ’80s: 1980-1983”

  1. Glad to see “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” got a Grammy. Great song.

    I can’t remember the last time I watched an awards show, either.

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