38th Annual Grammy Awards

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 28, 1996, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. The awards recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Alanis Morissette was the main recipient, being awarded four trophies, including Album of the Year.[1] Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men opened the show with their Record of the Year nominated "One Sweet Day".

38th Annual Grammy Awards
DateFebruary 28, 1996
LocationShrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
Hosted byEllen DeGeneres
Television/radio coverage

The ceremony was controversial for its unexpected snub of Mariah Carey's Daydream album, which proved to be one of the bestselling and most acclaimed albums of 1995.[2] When the Grammy Award nominees were announced, and Daydream was nominated for six different awards, critics began raving how it would be "cleaning up" that year.[3] Carey, being a multiple award nominee, was one of the headlining performers. Together with Boyz II Men, she sang a live rendition of "One Sweet Day", to a very positive response.[4] However, as the award winners were announced one by one, Carey watched as her name was not called up even once.[2] Daydream had lost all of its six nominations, shocking most critics who branded it the "album of the year".[5] With every passing loss, the television cameras continued to zoom on Carey's face, who was finding it more difficult to retain her smile. By the end of the night, Carey had not won a single award. The disappointment on her face was painfully obvious. Carey did not perform again until the 2006 ceremony, when she was nominated for eight awards (winning three) for The Emancipation of Mimi.[6]

The ceremony is also significant for Tupac Shakur introducing Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, and Paul Stanley of Kiss for the first time in full makeup and costume since 1979. Shakur said “And I’ve seen just about everything now,” in response to seeing Kiss walk on stage to announce the nominees for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal.[7]

Award winnersEdit


Record of the Year
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist






  • From 1994 through 2003, see "Best Spoken Comedy Album" under the "Spoken" field, below.

Composing and arrangingEdit







Musical showEdit

Music videoEdit

New AgeEdit

Packaging and notesEdit



Production and engineeringEdit



Best Rap Solo Performance
Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
Best Rap Album




Traditional popEdit


Special merit awardsEdit

MusiCares Person of the YearEdit


  1. ^ "1995 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b Nickson, Chris (1998). Mariah Carey revisited : her story. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 152. ISBN 0-312-19512-5. OCLC 39024852.
  3. ^ Nickson, Chris (1998). Mariah Carey revisited : her story. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. p. 154. ISBN 0-312-19512-5. OCLC 39024852.
  4. ^ "Watch 11 unforgettable moments from the '96 Grammys". Today. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  5. ^ "Five of the Biggest Snubs in the History of Grammy Awards". The Lifestyle. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  6. ^ Cinquemani, Sal. "Screaming Mimi: 48th Annual Grammy Awards Recap". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  7. ^ Christopher, Michael. "When Kiss Made a Surprise Comeback at the Grammys". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2020-04-16.