Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

The Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement (and its subsequent name changes) has been awarded since 1963. The award is presented to the arranger(s) of the music. Only songs or tracks are eligible, no longer works (e.g. albums). The performing artist does not receive a Grammy, except if he/she is also the arranger.

Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Awarded forQuality arrangements of instrumental or a cappella compositions
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1963
Currently held byJohn Beasley, "Donna Lee" (2021)

There have been several minor changes to the name of the award:

  • From 1963 to 1981 the award was known as Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • From 1982 to 1983 it was awarded as Best Arrangement on an Instrumental Recording
  • From 1984 to 1994 it was awarded as Best Arrangement on an Instrumental
  • From 1995 to 2014 it was again awarded as Best Instrumental Arrangement
  • From 2015 it has been awarded as Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, which also includes vocal arrangements for a cappella performances.[1]

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.




  • Hildur Guðnadóttir for "Bathroom Dance", performed by Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Remy Le Boeuf for "Honeymooners", performed by Remy Le Boeuf's Assembly Of Shadows
  • Alvin Chea & Jarrett Johnson for "Lift Every Voice and Sing", performed by Jarrett Johnson Featuring Alvin Chea
  • Jeremy Levy for "Uranus: The Magician", performed by Jeremy Levy Jazz Orchestra




  • 2019
    • John Daversa for "Stars and Stripes Forever", performed by John Daversa Big Band ft. DACA Artists
  • Nominees
    • Randy Waldman & Justin Wilson for Batman Theme (TV), performed by Randy Waldman ft. Wynton Marsalis
    • Mark Kibble for Change The World, performed by Take 6
    • John Powell for Madrid Finale, performed by John Powell
    • Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water, performed by Alexandre Desplat

  • 2018
    • John Williams for "Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra from Catch Me If You Can", performed by John Williams
  • Nominees:
    • Chuck Owen for All Hat, No Saddle, performed by Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge
    • Nate Smith for Home Free (For Peter Joe), performed by Nate Smith
    • John Beasley for Ugly Beauty/Pannonica, performed by John Beasley
    • Chris Walden for White Christmas, performed by Herb Alpert
  • 58th Annual Grammy Awards (2016)
    • Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado & Kevin Olusola for Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, performed by Pentatonix
    • Nominees
      • Paul Allen, Troy Hayes, Evin Martin & J Moss for Bruno Mars, performed by Vocally Challenged
      • Armand Hutton for Do You Hear What I Hear?, performed by Committed
      • Bob James for Ghost of a Chance, performed by Bob James & Nathan East
      • John Fedchock for You and The Night and The Music, performed by The John Fedchock New York Big Band