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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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Grammy Award Winners of the ’80s: 1984-1986

Here is a continuation of the Grammy Award Winners of the ’80s. You can also go back and check out the winners from 1980-1983.

1984

This was the Michael Jackson Year. He won Album of the Year and Pop Vocal – Male for Thriller:

Michael Jackson also won Record of the Year and Rock Vocal – Male for “Beat It”:

Irene Cara won Pop Vocal – Female for “Flashdance…What A Feeling”:

Rock Vocal – Female went to Pat Benatar for “Love Is A Battlefield”:

Sting and The Police won Song of the Year and Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for “Every Breath You Take”:

And Best New Artist went to Culture Club:

1985

This was a big Awards show for Tina Turner. She won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Pop Vocal – Female for “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” as well as Rock Vocal – Female for “Better Be Good To Me” :

Album of the Year went to Lionel Richie for Can’t Slow Down:

Phil Collins won Pop Vocal – Male for “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)”:

Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal went to The Pointer Sisters for “Jump (for My Love)”:

Bruce Springsteen won Rock Vocal – Male for “Dancing In The Dark”:

And Cyndi Lauper was the Best New Artist:

1986

“We Are the World” was successful at these Grammy Awards. It won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Pop Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal:

Phil Collins also had a good show, winning Album of the Year and Pop Vocal – Male for No Jacket Required:
Whitney Houston won Pop Vocal – Female for “Saving All My Love For You”:

And Best New Artist went to Sade:

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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.

1980

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:

1981

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”:

1982

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?

1983

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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