Grammy Awards of 1985
The 27th Grammy Awards were held in 1985, and were broadcast live on American
television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1984.
* Record of the Year
o Terry Britten (producer) & Tina Turner for "What's Love Got to
Do with It?"
* Album of the Year
o James Anthony Carmichael (producer) & Lionel Richie (producer &
artist) for Can't Slow Down
* Song of the Year
o Terry Britten & Graham Lyle (songwriters) for "What's Love
Got to Do with It?" performed by Tina Turner
* Best New Artist
o Cyndi Lauper
* Best Traditional Blues Recording
o Sugar Blue, John P. Hammond, J.B. Hutto & the New Hawks, Luther
'Guitar Junior' Johnson, Koko Taylor & the Blues Machine & Stevie
Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble for Blues Explosion
* Best Recording for Children
o Ron Haffkine (producer) & Shel Silverstein for Where the Sidewalk
* Best Classical Orchestral Recording
o Jay David Saks (producer), Leonard Slatkin (conductor) & the Saint
Louis Symphony Orchestra for Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B Flat
* Best Classical Vocal Performance
o Pierre Boulez (conductor), Heather Harper, Jessye Norman & Jose
Van Dam, the BBC Symphony Orchestra & the Ensemble Intercontemporain
for Ravel: Songs of Maurice Ravel
* Best Opera Recording
o Michel Glotz (producer), Lorin Maazel (conductor), the Choeurs et Maitrise
de Radio France & the Orchestre National de France for Bizet: Carmen
* Best Choral Performance (other than opera)
o James Levine (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for Brahms: A German Requiem
* Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with
o Raymond Leppard (conductor), Wynton Marsalis & the English Chamber
Orchestra for Wynton Marsalis, Edita Gruberova: Handel, Purcell, Torelli,
* Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (without
o Yo-Yo Ma for Bach: The Unaccompanied Cello Suites
* Best Chamber Music Performance
o The Juilliard String Quartet for Beethoven: The Late String Quartets
* Best New Classical Composition
o Samuel Barber (composer) & Christian Badea (conductor) for Antony
* Best Classical Album
o John Strauss (producer), Neville Marriner (conductor), the Ambrosian
Opera Chorus, Choristers of Westminster Abbey & the Academy of St.
Martin in the Fields for Amadeus (Original Soundtrack)
* Best Comedy Recording
o "Weird Al" Yankovic for "Eat It"
Composing and arranging
* Best Instrumental Composition
o Randy Newman (composer) for "The Natural"
o John Williams (composer) for "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" the
official music of the XXIII Olympiad
* Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or A Television
o Lisa Coleman, John L. Nelson, Prince & Wendy Melvoin (composers)
for Purple Rain performed by Prince & the Revolution
* Best Arrangement on an Instrumental
o Jeremy Lubbock & Quincy Jones (arrangers) for "Grace (Gymnastics
Theme)" performed by Quincy Jones
* Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
o David Foster & Jeremy Lubbock (arrangers) for "Hard Habit to
Break" performed by Chicago
* Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices
o The Pointer Sisters (arrangers) for "Automatic"
* Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
o Emmylou Harris for "In My Dreams"
* Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
o Merle Haggard for "That's the Way Love Goes"
* Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o The Judds for "Mama He's Crazy"
* Best Country Instrumental Performance
o Ricky Skaggs for "Wheel Hoss"
* Best Country Song
o Steve Goodman (songwriter) for "City of New Orleans" performed
by Willie Nelson
* Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording
o Elizabeth Cotton for Elizabeth Cotten Live!
* Best Gospel Performance, Female
o Amy Grant for "Angels"
* Best Gospel Performance, Male
o Michael W. Smith for Michael W. Smith
* Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group
o Debby Boone & Phil Driscoll for "Keep The Flame Burning"
* Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
o Shirley Caesar for Sailin'
* Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male
o Andrae Crouch for "Always Remember"
* Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group
o Shirley Caesar & Al Green for "Sailin' on the Sea of Your Love"
* Best Inspirational Performance
o Donna Summer for "Forgive Me"
* Best Historical Album
o J.R. Taylor (producer) for Big Band Jazz performed by Count Basie, Tommy
Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Paul Whiteman &
* Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
o Wynton Marsalis for Hot House Flowers
* Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
o Art Blakey for "New York Scene" performed by Art Blakey &
the Jazz Messengers
* Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
o Count Basie for 88 Basie Street
* Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental
o Pat Metheny Group for First Circle
* Best Jazz Vocal Performance
o Joe Williams for Nothin' But the Blues
* Best Latin Pop Performance
o Plácido Domingo for Always in My Heart (Siempre en Mi Corazon)
* Best Tropical Latin Performance
o Eddie Palmieri for Palo Pa Rumba
* Best Mexican-American Performance
o Sheena Easton & Luis Miguel for "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres"
* Best Cast Show Album
o Stephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist), Thomas Z. Shepard (producer)
& the original cast for Sunday In the Park With George
* Best Video, Short Form
o David Bowie for "David Bowie"
* Best Video Album
o Michael Jackson for Making Michael Jackson's Thriller
Packaging and Notes
* Best Album Package
o Janet Perr (art director) for She's So Unusual performed by Cyndi Lauper
* Best Album Notes
o Gunther Schuller & Martin Williams (notes writers) for Big Band
Jazz performed by Paul Whiteman, Fletcher Henderson, Chick Webb, Tommy
Dorsey, Count Basie, Benny Goodman & others
* Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
o Tina Turner for "What's Love Got to Do with It?"
* Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
o Phil Collins for "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
* Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o The Pointer Sisters for "Jump (For My Love)"
* Best Pop Instrumental Performance
o Ray Parker Jr. for "Ghostbusters (Instrumental)"
Production and engineering
* Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
o Humberto Gatica (engineer) for 17 performed by Chicago
* Best Engineered Recording, Classical
o Paul Goodman (engineer), Leonard Slatkin (conductor) & the Saint
Louis Symphony for Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B Flat, Op. 100
* Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)
o James Anthony Carmichael & Lionel Richie
o David Foster
* Classical Producer of the Year
o Steven Epstein
* Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
o Chaka Khan for "I Feel for You"
* Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
o Billy Ocean for "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)"
* Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o James Ingram & Michael McDonald for "Yah Mo B There"
* Best R&B Instrumental Performance
o Herbie Hancock for Sound System
* Best Rhythm & Blues Song
o Prince (songwriter) for "I Feel For You" performed by Chaka
* Best Reggae Recording
o Black Uhuru for Anthem
* Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
o Tina Turner for "Better Be Good to Me"
* Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
o Bruce Springsteen for "Dancing in the Dark"
* Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o Prince & the Revolution for Purple Rain - Music From the Motion
* Best Rock Instrumental Performance
o Yes for "Cinema"
* Best Spoken Word or Non-musical Recording
o Ben Kingsley for The Words of Gandhi