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The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 20, 1991. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Quincy Jones was the night's biggest winner winning a total of six awards including Album of the Year.
|33rd Annual Grammy Awards|
|Date||February 20, 1991|
|Location||Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York|
|Hosted by||Garry Shandling|
|Most awards||Quincy Jones (6)|
|Most nominations||Quincy Jones|
|Bette Midler||"From a Distance"|
|MC Hammer||"U Can't Touch This"|
|Mariah Carey||"Vision of Love"|
|En Vogue & Take 6||"Who's Loving You" / "Something Within Me"|
|Phil Collins & David Crosby||"Another Day in Paradise"|
|Garth Brooks||"Friends in Low Places"|
|The Judds||"Love Can Build a Bridge"|
|Bob Dylan||"Masters of War"|
|Tony Bennett||"When Do the Bells Ring for Me?"|
|Harry Connick, Jr.||"We Are in Love"|
|Living Colour||"Time's Up"|
|Wilson Phillips||"Hold On"|
|Kathleen Battle||""In the Silence of the Secret Night" |
(from Six Songs Op. 4, no. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff)
- "Another Day in Paradise" – Phil Collins
- Hugh Padgham & Phil Collins, producers
- "Vision of Love" – Mariah Carey
- Rhett Lawrence & Narada Michael Walden, producers
- "U Can't Touch This" – MC Hammer
- MC Hammer, producer
- "From a Distance" – Bette Midler
- Arif Mardin, producer
- "Nothing Compares 2 U" – Sinéad O'Connor
- Sinéad O'Connor & Nellee Hooper, producers
- Quincy Jones (producer & artist) for Back on the Block
- Julie Gold (songwriter) for "From a Distance" performed by Bette Midler
- Best Traditional Blues Recording
- Best Contemporary Blues Recording
- Best Recording for Children
- Alan Menken (composer) & Howard Ashman (lyricist) for The Little Mermaid performed by various artists
- Best Orchestral Performance
- Leonard Bernstein (conductor) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7
- Best Classical Vocal Performance
- Zubin Mehta (conductor), José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, & the Orchestra Del Maggio Musicale for Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti in Concert
- Best Opera Recording
- Cord Garben (producer), James Levine (conductor), Siegfried Jerusalem, Christa Ludwig, Kurt Moll, James Morris, Jan Hendrik Rootering, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Heinz Zednik & the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for Wagner: Das Rheingold
- Best Choral Performance (other than opera)
- Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for Walton: Belshazzar's Feast/Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Missa Brevis
- Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (with orchestra)
- Zubin Mehta (conductor), Itzhak Perlman & the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor/ Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A Minor
- Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist (without orchestra)
- Vladimir Horowitz for The Last Recording
- Best Chamber Music or Other Small Ensemble Performance
- Daniel Barenboim & Itzhak Perlman for Brahms: The Three Violin Sonatas
- Best Contemporary Composition
- Leonard Bernstein (composer), Judy Kaye & William Sharp for Bernstein: Arias & Barcarolles
- Best Classical Album
- Hans Weber (producer), Leonard Bernstein (conductor) & the New York Philharmonic for Ives: Sym. No. 2; Gong on the Hook and Ladder; Central Park in the Dark; The Unanswered Question
Composing and arrangingEdit
- Best Instrumental Composition
- Pat Metheny (composer) for "Change of Heart" performed by Roy Haynes, Dave Holland & Pat Metheny
- Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television
- Alan Menken (composer) & Howard Ashman (lyricist) for "Under the Sea" performed by various artists
- Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
- James Horner (composer) for Glory performed by James Horner & the Boys Choir of Harlem
- Best Arrangement on an Instrumental
- Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones, Ian Prince & Rod Temperton (arrangers) for "Birdland" performed by Quincy Jones
- Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
- Glen Ballard, Jerry Hey, Quincy Jones & Clif Magness (arrangers) for "The Places You Find Love" performed by Siedah Garrett & Chaka Khan
- Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
- Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
- Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Best Country Vocal Collaboration
- Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler for "Poor Boy Blues"
- Best Country Instrumental Performance
- Best Country Song
- Don Henry & Jon Vezner (songwriters) for "Where've You Been" performed by Kathy Mattea
- Best Bluegrass Recording
- Best Traditional Folk Recording
- Best Contemporary Folk Recording
- Best Pop Gospel Album
- Sandi Patti for Another Time... Another Place
- Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album
- Petra for Beyond Belief
- Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
- Tramaine Hawkins for Tramaine Hawkins Live
- Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
- Take 6 for So Much 2 Say
- Best Southern Gospel Album
- Bruce Carroll for The Great Exchange
- Best Gospel Album by a Choir or Chorus
- James Cleveland (choir director) for Having Church performed by the Southern California Community Choir
- Best Historical Album
- Lawrence Cohn & Stephen Lavere (producers) for Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings
- Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
- Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
- Frank Foster for "Basie's Bag"
- Best Jazz Fusion Performance
- Quincy Jones for "Birdland"
- Best Latin Pop Performance
- Best Tropical Latin Performance
- Tito Puente for "Lambada Timbales"
- Best Mexican-American Performance
- The Texas Tornados for "Soy de San Luis"
- Best Musical Cast Show Album
- David Caddick (producer) & cast members with Gary Morris for Les Misérables - The Complete Symphonic Recording
- Best Music Video, Short Form
- Sharon Oreck (video producer), Candice Reckinger, Michael Patterson (video directors) & Paula Abdul for "Opposites Attract"
- Best Music Video, Long Form
- John Oetjen (video producer), Rupert Wainwright (video director) & M.C. Hammer for Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em: The Movie
Packaging and notesEdit
- Best Album Package
- Jeffrey Gold, Len Peltier & Suzanne Vega (art directors) for Days of Open Hand performed by Suzanne Vega
- Best Album Notes
- Dan Morgenstern (notes writer) for Brownie - The Complete Emarcy Recordings of Clifford Brown performed by Clifford Brown
- Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
- Mariah Carey for "Vision of Love"
- Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
- Roy Orbison for "Oh Pretty Woman"
- Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt for "All My Life"
- Best Pop Instrumental Performance
- Angelo Badalamenti for "Twin Peaks Theme"
Production and engineeringEdit
- Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
- Bruce Swedien (engineer) for Back On the Block performed by Quincy Jones
- Best Engineered Recording, Classical
- Jack Renner (engineer), Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Robert Shaw Festival Singers for Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vespers
- Producer of the Year, (Non-Classical)
- Classical Producer of the Year
- Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
- Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
- Luther Vandross for "Here and Now"
- Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Ray Charles & Chaka Khan for "I'll Be Good to You"
- Best Rhythm & Blues Song
- M.C. Hammer, Rick James & Alonzo Miller (songwriters) for "U Can't Touch This" performed by M.C. Hammer
- Best Rap Solo Performance
- Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
- Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T, Kool Moe Dee, Melle Mel, Quincy D. III & Quincy Jones for "Back on the Block"
- Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
- Alannah Myles for "Black Velvet"
- Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
- Eric Clapton for "Bad Love"
- Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Aerosmith for "Janie's Got a Gun"
- Best Rock Instrumental Performance
- Vaughan Brothers for "D/FW"
- Best Hard Rock Performance
- Best Metal Performance
- Metallica for "Stone Cold Crazy"
Special merit awardsEdit
- Bob Dylan was given a lifetime award presented by Jack Nicholson and sang "Masters of War" on the night of the first US invasion of Iraq.
- John Lennon was granted a posthumous lifetime achievement award, one year after his partner, Paul McCartney.
- The Chairman's Merit Award to Harry Everett Smith for the "Anthology of American Folk Music
MusiCares Person of the YearEdit
In a contemporary review, Variety described the telecast was "one of the most unmemorable in memory" and that "This year's telecast was doomed from the moment Sinead O'Connor, the artist behind the year's most compelling record, announced that she would boycott the show because the awards celebrate commercialism." The review critiqued the performers stating that Garth Brooks stage set up resembled a "Noël Coward play", Billy Idol changed a lyric of "Cradle of Love" to state "This song is so cheesy" and that MC Hammer appeared to be wrapped in aluminium foil.
The review spoke positively about performance of En Vogue and Take 6 and the a cappella performance by Tracy Chapman.
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