26th Annual Grammy Awards
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 28, 1984, at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, and were broadcast live on American television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1983. Michael Jackson who had been recovering from scalp burns sustained due to an accident which occurred during filming of a Pepsi commercial, won a record eight awards during the show. It is notable for garnering the largest Grammy Award television audience ever.
|26th Annual Grammy Awards|
|Date||February 28, 1984|
|Location||Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles|
|Hosted by||John Denver|
|Most awards||Michael Jackson (8)|
|Most nominations||Michael Jackson (12)|
|Viewership||51.67 million viewers|
The 26th Grammys had the highest ratings in its history with 51.67 million viewers, a record unmatched as of 2019, and is the second most watched live awards show in U.S. television history (after the 1998 Academy Awards). Donna Summer opened the show with She Works Hard for the Money, and a tribute to working women.
|Donna Summer||"She Works Hard for the Money"|
|Big Country||"In a Big Country"|
|Bonnie Tyler||"Total Eclipse of the Heart"|
with George Thorogood & Stevie Ray Vaughan
"Roll Over Beethoven"
|The Eurythmics||"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"|
|Phil Driscoll||"Amazing Grace"|
|Albertina Walker||"Spread the Word"|
|Linda Ronstadt||"What's New?"|
|Walter Charles||"We Are What We Are" / "I Am What I Am" |
(from La Cage aux Folles)
|The Oak Ridge Boys||"Love Song"|
|John Denver & a Muppet||Dialogue tune|
|Sheena Easton||"Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)"|
with orchestra and quartet
|Irene Cara||"Flashdance... What a Feeling"|
- Best Orchestral Recording
- Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance
- Best Opera Recording
- Christopher Raeburn (producer), Georg Solti (conductor), Thomas Allen, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kurt Moll, Lucia Popp, Samuel Ramey, Frederica von Stade & the London Philharmonic for Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro
- Jay David Saks, Max Wilcox (producers), James Levine (conductor), Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, Teresa Stratas, & the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for Verdi: La Traviata (Original Soundtrack)
- Best Choral Performance (other than opera)
- Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with orchestra)
- Best Classical Performance - Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (without orchestra)
- Best Chamber Music Performance
- Best Classical Album
Composing and arranging
- Best Instrumental Composition
- Giorgio Moroder (composer) for "Love Theme From Flashdance" performed by various artists
- Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or A Television Special
- Best Arrangement on an Instrumental
- Dave Grusin (arranger) for "Summer Sketches '82"
- Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
- Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices
- Best Country Vocal Performance, Female
- Anne Murray for "A Little Good News"
- Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
- Lee Greenwood for "I.O.U."
- Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Best Country Instrumental Performance
- New South for "Fireball"
- Best Country Song
- Best Gospel Performance, Female
- Amy Grant for "Ageless Medley"
- Best Gospel Performance, Male
- Russ Taff for Walls of Glass
- Best Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group
- Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female
- Sandra Crouch for We Sing Praises
- Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male
- Al Green for I'll Rise Again
- Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group
- Best Inspirational Performance
- Donna Summer for "He's a Rebel"
- Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
- Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
- Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group
- The Manhattan Transfer for "Why Not!"
- Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
- Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Group
- Phil Woods for At the Vanguard
- Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Big Band
- Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental
Packaging and notes
Production and engineering
- Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
- Best Engineered Recording, Classical
- Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)
- Classical Producer of the Year
- Marc Aubort & Joanna Nickrenz
- Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
- Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
- Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Best R&B Instrumental Performance
- "Rockit" – Herbie Hancock
- Best Rhythm & Blues Song
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- "Grammy honors thrill Jackson". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 29 February 1984. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
- "1983 Grammy Award Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011.