Grammy Awards of 1989
The 31st Grammy Awards were held in 1989. They recognized accomplishments by musicians
from the previous year.
* Record of the Year
o Linda Goldstein (producer) & Bobby McFerrin for "Don't Worry,
* Album of the Year
o George Michael (producer & artist) for Faith
* Song of the Year
o Bobby McFerrin for "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
* Best New Artist
o Tracy Chapman
* Best Traditional Blues Recording
o Willie Dixon for Hidden Charms
* Best Contemporary Blues Recording
o The Robert Cray Band for "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark "
* Best Recording for Children
o Ry Cooder (producer & composer), Mark Sottnick (producer) &
Robin Williams for Pecos Bill
* Best Orchestral Recording
o Robert Woods (producer), Louis Lane, Robert Shaw (conductors) &
the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Rorem: String Symphony; Sunday Morning;
* Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
o Emerson Buckley (conductor), Luciano Pavarotti & the Symphony Orchestra
of Amelia Romangna for Luciano Pavarotti in Concert
* Best Opera Recording
o Christopher Raeburn (producer), Georg Solti (conductor), Plácido Domingo,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Siegmund Nimsgern, Jessye Norman, Eva Randova,
Hans Sotin, & the Vienna State Opera Orchestra for Wagner: Lohengrin
* Best Choral Performance (other than opera)
o Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
for Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses
* Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist(s) (with orchestra)
o Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor), Vladimir Horowitz & the La Scala
Opera Orchestra for Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
* Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist (without orchestra)
o Alicia De Larrocha for Albeniz: Iberia, Navarra, Suite Espagnola
* Best Chamber Music Performance
o David Corkhill, Evelyn Glennie, Murray Perahia & Georg Solti for
Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion
* Best Contemporary Composition
o John Adams (composer), Edo de Waart (conductor) & the San Francisco
Symphony for Adams: Nixon in China
* Best Classical Album
o Robert Woods (producer), Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra & Chorus for Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses
* Best Comedy Recording
o Robin Williams for Good Morning Vietnam
Composing and arranging
* Best Instrumental Composition
o Mike Post (composer) for "The Theme From LA Law"
* Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television
o Phil Collins and Lamont Dozier (songwriters) for "Two Hearts"
performed by Phil Collins
* Best Album or Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion
Picture or Television
o David Byrne, Cong Su, and Ryuichi Sakamoto (composers) for The Last
* Best Arrangement on an Instrumental
o Roger Kellaway (arranger) for "Memos From Paradise" performed
by Eddie Daniels
* Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
o Jonathan Tunick (arranger) for "No One Is Alone" performed
by Cleo Laine
* Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
o K.T. Oslin for "Hold Me"
* Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
o Randy Travis for Old 8x10
* Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o The Judds for "Give a Little Love"
* Best Country Vocal Collaboration
o k.d. lang & Roy Orbison for "Crying"
* Best Country Instrumental Performance (orchestra, group or soloist)
o Asleep at the Wheel for "Sugarfoot Rag"
* Best Country Song
o K.T. Oslin (songwriter) for "Hold Me"
* Best Bluegrass Recording (vocal or instrumental)
o Bill Monroe for Southern Flavor
* Best Traditional Folk Recording
o Don DeVito, Harold Leventhal, Joe McEwen & Ralph Rinzler (producers)
for Folkways - A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie & Leadbelly
performed by various artists
* Best Contemporary Folk Recording
o Tracy Chapman for Tracy Chapman
* Best Gospel Performance, Female
o Amy Grant for Lead Me On
* Best Gospel Performance, Male
o Larnelle Harris for Christmas
* Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
o The Winans for The Winans Live at Carnegie Hall
* Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
o Aretha Franklin for One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism
* Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male
o BeBe Winans for "Abundant Life"
* Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus
o Take 6 for Take 6
* Best Historical Album
o Bill Levenson (producer) for Crossroads performed by Eric Clapton
* Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
o Betty Carter for Look What I Got!
* Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
o Bobby McFerrin for Brothers
* Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group
o Take 6 for "Spread Love"
* Best Jazz Instrumental Performance Soloist (On a Jazz Recording)
o Michael Brecker for Don't Try This at Home
* Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group
o Roy Haynes, Cecil McBee, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders & McCoy Tyner
for Blues for Coltrane: A Tribute to John Coltrane
* Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band
o Gil Evans for Bud & Bird performed by Gil Evans & the Monday
* Best Jazz Fusion Performance
o Yellowjackets for Politics
* Best Latin Pop Performance
o Roberto Carlos for Roberto Carlos
* Best Tropical Latin Performance
o Rubén Blades for Antecedente
* Best Mexican-American Performance
o Linda Ronstadt for Canciones de Mi Padre
* Best Musical Cast Show Album
o Stephen Sondheim (composer & lyricist), Jay David Saks (producer),
& various artists for Into the Woods
* Best Concept Music Video
o Susan Zwerman (video producer), Jay Levey (video director) & "Weird
Al" Yankovic for "Fat"
* Best Performance Music Video
o Michael Hamlyn, Ben Dossett (video producers), Meiert Avis (video director)
& U2 for "Where the Streets Have No Name"
* Best New Age Performance
o Shadowfax for Folksongs for a Nuclear Village
Packaging and Notes
* Best Album Package
o Bill Johnson (art director) for Tired of Runnin' performed by O'Kanes
* Best Album Notes
o Anthony DeCurtis (notes writer) for Crossroads performed by Eric Clapton
* Best Polka Recording
o Jimmy Sturr for Born to Polka
* Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female
o Tracy Chapman for "Fast Car"
* Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
o Bobby McFerrin for "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
* Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o The Manhattan Transfer for Brasil
* Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group Or Soloist)
o David Sanborn for Close-up
Production and engineering
* Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
o Tom Lord-Alge (engineer) for Roll With It performed by Steve Winwood
* Best Engineered Recording, Classical
o Jack Renner (engineer), Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra for Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses
* Producer of the Year, (Non-Classical)
o Neil Dorfsman
* Classical Producer of the Year
o Robert Woods
* Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
o Anita Baker for "Giving You the Best That I Got"
* Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
o Terence Trent D'Arby for Introducing the Hardline According to Terence
* Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o Gladys Knight & The Pips for "Love Overboard"
* Best R&B Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)
o Chick Corea for "Light Years"
* Best Rhythm & Blues Song
o Anita Baker, Randy Holland & Skip Scarborough (songwriters) for
"Giving You the Best That I Got" performed by Anita Baker
* Best Rap Performance
o DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince for "Parent's Just Don't Understand"
* Best Reggae Recording
o Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers for Conscious Party
* Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female
o Tina Turner for Tina Live in Europe
* Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male
o Robert Palmer for "Simply Irresistible"
* Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o U2 for "Desire"
* Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)
o Carlos Santana for Blues for Salvador
* Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental
o Jethro Tull for Crest of a Knave
* Best Spoken Word or Non-musical Recording
o Jesse Jackson for Speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson