Grammy Awards of 1998
The 40th Grammy Awards were held on February 25, 1998. They recognized accomplishments
by musicians from the previous year.
Unlike many Grammy award ceremonies, which are often criticized for being
staid and boring, the 1998 Grammys had several memorable moments. Among
* Wu-Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard drunkenly interrupts Shawn Colvin's
acceptance speech to protest the Clan's loss in the Best Rap Album category.
* LeAnn Rimes performs the song "How Do I Live," and then immediately
afterwards, loses the award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance
to Trisha Yearwood's version of the same song
* Aretha Franklin performs a stunning version of the aria Nessun Dorma
after substituting in for Luciano Pavarotti at the last minute
* During a Bob Dylan performance, a shirtless backup dancer named Michael
Portnoy rushes to the front of the stage with the words "Soy Bomb"
written on his chest
* Record of the Year
o John Leventhal (producer) & Shawn Colvin for "Sunny Came Home"
* Album of the Year
o Daniel Lanois (producer) & Bob Dylan for Time Out of Mind
* Song of the Year
o John Leventhal & Shawn Colvin (songwriters) for "Sunny Came
Home" performed by Shawn Colvin
* Best New Artist
o Paula Cole
* Best Alternative Music Performance
o Radiohead for OK Computer
* Best Traditional Blues Album
o John Lee Hooker for Don't Look Back
* Best Contemporary Blues Album
o Taj Mahal for Señor Blues
* Best Musical Album for Children
o Roger Nichols, Kris O'Connor (producers) & John Denver (producer
& artist) for All Aboard!
* Best Spoken Word Album for Children
o John McElroy (producer) & Charles Kuralt for Winnie-the-Pooh
* Best Orchestral Performance
o Pierre Boulez (conductor) & the Cleveland Orchestra for Berlioz:
Symphonie Fantastique; Tristia
* Best Classical Vocal Performance
o Cecilia Bartoli for An Italian Songbook (Works of Bellini, Donizetti,
* Best Opera Recording
o Michael Woolcock (producer), Georg Solti (conductor), José van Dam,
Ben Heppner, Herbert Lippert, Karita Mattila, Alan Opie, Rene Pape, Iris
Vermillion & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Wagner: Die Meistersinger
* Best Choral Performance
o Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
for Adams: Harmonium/Rachmaninoff: The Bells
* Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)
o David Zinman (conductor), Yo-Yo Ma & the Philadelphia Orchestra
for Premieres - Cello Concertos (Works of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse)
* Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)
o Janos Starker for Bach: Suites for Solo Cello Nos. 1 - 6
* Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor)
o Claudio Abbado (conductor) for "Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1 With
Finale 1921, Op. 24 No. 1" performed by members of the Berliner Philharmonic
* Best Chamber Music Performance
o Emerson String Quartet for Beethoven: The String Quartets
* Best Classical Contemporary Composition
o John Adams (composer), Kent Nagano (conductor) & the Hallé Orchestra
for "Adams: El Dorado"
* Best Classical Album
o Steven Epstein (producer), David Zinman (conductor), Yo-Yo Ma &
the Philadelphia Orchestra for Premieres - Cello Concertos (Works of Danielpour,
Composing and arranging
* Best Instrumental Composition
o Wayne Shorter (composer) for "Aung San Suu Kyi" performed
by Herbie Hancock & Wayne Shorter
* Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television
o R. Kelly (songwriter) for "I Believe I Can Fly" (from Space
* Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
o Gabriel Yared (composer) for The English Patient
* Best Instrumental Arrangement
o Bill Holman (arranger) for "Straight, No Chaser" performed
by The Bill Holman Band
* Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
o Slide Hampton (arranger) for "Cotton Tail" performed by Dee
* Best Female Country Vocal Performance
o Trisha Yearwood for "How Do I Live"
* Best Male Country Vocal Performance
o Vince Gill for "Pretty Little Adriana"
* Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o Alison Krauss & Union Station for "Looking in the Eyes of Love"
* Best Country Collaboration with Vocals
o Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood for "In Another's Eyes"
* Best Country Instrumental Performance
o Alison Krauss & Union Station for "Little Liza Jane"
* Best Country Song
o Bob Carlisle & Randy Thomas (songwriters) for "Butterfly Kisses"
performed by Bob Carlisle / Jeff Carson / the Raybon Brothers
* Best Country Album
o Rick Rubin (producer) & Johnny Cash for Unchained
* Best Bluegrass Album
o Alison Krauss & Union Station for So Long So Wrong
* Best Traditional Folk Album
o Beausoleil for L'amour ou la Folie
* Best Contemporary Folk Album
o Bob Dylan for Time Out of Mind
* Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album
o Jars Of Clay for Much Afraid
* Best Rock Gospel Album
o dc Talk for Welcome to the Freak Show: dc Talk Live in Concert
* Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album
o The Fairfield Four for I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
* Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
o Take 6 for Brothers
* Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album
o Peter York (producer) for Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute to Gospel
performed by various artists
* Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album
o Myron Butler, Kirk Franklin & Robert Searight II (choir directors)
for God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation performed by God's Property
* Best Historical Album
o Amy Horowitz, Jeff Place & Pete Reiniger (producers), David Glasser
& Charlie Pilzer (engineers) for Anthology of American Folk Music
(1997 Edition Expanded) performed by various artists
* Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
o Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton for "Stardust"
* Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group
o Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny for Beyond the Missouri Sky
* Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance
o Joe Henderson for Joe Henderson Big Band performed by the Joe Henderson
* Best Jazz Vocal Performance
o Dee Dee Bridgewater for Dear Ella
* Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
o Randy Brecker for Into the Sun
* Best Latin Jazz Performance
o Roy Hargrove's Crisol for Habana
* Best Latin Pop Performance
o Luis Miguel for Romances
* Best Tropical Latin Performance
o Ry Cooder for Buena Vista Social Club
* Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance
o La Mafia for En Tus Manos
* Best Latin Rock/Alternative Performance
o Los Fabulosos Cadillacs for Fabulosos Calavera
* Best Musical Show Album
o Jay David Saks (producer) for Chicago the Musical performed by Various
Artists featuring Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton & Joel
* Best Short Form Music Video
o Aris McGarry (video producer), Mark Romanek (video director) & Janet
Jackson for "Got 'Till It's Gone"
* Best Long Form Music Video
o David May, Glen Ballard (video producers), Steve Purcell (video producer
& director) & Alanis Morissette (video producers, director &
artist) for Jagged Little Pill, Live
* Best New Age Album
o Michael Hedges for Oracle
Packaging and Notes
* Best Recording Package
o Al Quattrocchi, Hugh Brown & Jeff Smith (art directors) for Titanic
- Music as Heard on the Fateful Voyage performed by various artists
* Best Recording Package - Boxed
o David Gorman, Hugh Brown & Rachel Gutek (art directors) for Beg
Scream and Shout! The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul performed by various artists
* Best Album Notes
o Chuck Pirtle, Eric von Schmidt, Jeff Place, John Fahey, Jon Pankake,
Kip Lornell, Luc Sante, Luis Kemnitzer, Neil V. Rosenberg & Peter
Stampfel (notes writers) for Anthology of American Folk Music (1997 Edition
Expanded) performed by various artists
* Best Polka Album
o Jimmy Sturr for Living on Polka Time
* Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
o Sarah McLachlan for "Building a Mystery"
* Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
o Elton John for "Candle in the Wind 1997"
* Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o Jamiroquai for "Virtual Insanity"
* Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
o John Lee Hooker & Van Morrison for "Don't Look Back"
* Best Pop Instrumental Performance
o Sarah McLachlan for "Last Dance"
* Best Dance Recording
o Giorgio Moroder (producer & artist) & Donna Summer for "Carry
* Best Pop Album
o Frank Filipetti (producer) & James Taylor (producer & artist)
Production and engineering
* Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
o Frank Filipetti (engineer) for Hourglass performed by James Taylor
* Best Engineered Album, Classical
o Michael J. Bishop, Jack Renner (engineers), Erich Kunzel (conductor)
& the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for Copland: The Music of America
(Fanfare for the Common Man; Rodeo, etc.)
* Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
* Producer of the Year, Classical
o Steven Epstein
* Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical
o Frankie Knuckles
* Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
o Erykah Badu for "On & On"
* Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
o R. Kelly for "I Believe I Can Fly"
* Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o Blackstreet for "No Diggity"
* Best Rhythm & Blues Song
o R. Kelly (songwriter) for "I Believe I Can Fly"
* Best R&B Album
o Erykah Badu for Baduizm
* Best Rap Solo Performance
o Will Smith for "Men in Black"
* Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
o Puff Daddy, Faith Evans & 112 for "I'll Be Missing You"
* Best Rap Album
o Stevie J. (producer) & Puff Daddy & the Family (producer &
artist) for "No Way Out"
* Best Reggae Album
o Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers for Fallen is Babylon
* Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
o Fiona Apple for "Criminal"
* Best Male Rock Vocal Performance
o Bob Dylan for "Cold Irons Bound"
* Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
o The Wallflowers for "One Headlight"
* Best Rock Instrumental Performance
o The Chemical Brothers for "Block Rockin' Beats"
* Best Hard Rock Performance
o Smashing Pumpkins for "The End is the Beginning is the End"
* Best Metal Performance
o Tool for "Ænima"
* Best Rock Song
o Jakob Dylan (songwriter) for "One Headlight" performed by
* Best Rock Album
o John Fogerty (producer & artist) for Blue Moon Swamp
* Best Spoken Word Album
o Charles Kuralt for Charles Kuralt's Spring
* Best Spoken Comedy Album
o Chris Rock for Roll With the New
* Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance
o Tony Bennett for Tony Bennett on Holiday
* Best World Music Album
o Milton Nascimento for Nascimento