Grammy Award Winners of the ’80s: 1987-1989

Here is the conclusion of the Grammy Award winners of the ’80s:

1987

Steve Winwood had a good night at the 1987 Grammy Awards. He won Record of the Year and Pop Vocal – Male for his hit “Higher Love”.

The song “That’s What Friends Are For”, by Dionne Warwick and Friends (Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight) was also successful winning Song of the Year and Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:

The Best New Artist was Bruce Hornsby & The Range

And Paul Simon capped off a successful comeback by winning Album of the Year for Graceland.

1988

U2 won Album of the Year and Rock Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for The Joshua Tree.

Song of the Year was “Somewhere Out There” (written by James Horner, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil). This song was from the movie An American Tail, and was a duet between Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram.

Pop Vocal – Male was Sting for Bring On the Night

Pop Vocal – Female was the late, great Whitney Houston for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”

Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal went to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes for “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, from Dirty Dancing.

Best New Artist was Jody Watley

1989

Somehow, Bobby McFerrin was a huge winner with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. The song was annoying back then, and is still annoying today. But, it won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Pop Vocal – Male.

Tracy Chapman also had a good night by winning Best New Artist and Pop Vocal – Female for “Fast Car”:

Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal went to The Manhattan Transfer for Brasil

And George Michael – in his better days – won Album of the Year for Faith:

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