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The 1961 Grammy Awards
The awards given in 1962 were for recordings made in 1961.

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Record of the Year

Henry Mancini
For: Moon River


Album of the Year

Judy Garland
For: Judy at Carnegie Hall


Song of the Year

Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
For: Moon River


Best New Artist

Peter Nero


Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male

Jack Jones
For: Lollipops and Roses


Best Vocal Performance Album - Male

Ray Charles
For: Genius of Ray Charles


Best Solo Vocal Performance, Female

Judy Garland
For: Judy at Carnegie Hall


Best Performance by a Vocal Group

Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross
For: High Flying


Best Performance by a Chorus

Johnny Mann Singers
For: Great Band With Great Voices


Best Rock & Roll Recording

Chubby Checker
For: Let's Twist Again


Best Rhythm and Blues Recording

Ray Charles
For: Hit the Road Jack


Best Original Jazz Composition

Galt MacDermot
For: African Waltz


Best Jazz Performance, Solo or Small Group

Andre Previn
For: Andre Previn Plays Harold Arlen


Best Jazz Performance, Large Group

Stan Kenton
For: West Side Story


Best Country & Western Recording

Jimmy Dean
For: Big Bad John


Best Folk Recording

Belafonte Folk Singers
For: Belafonte Folk Singers at Home and Abroad


Best Gospel or Other Religious Recording

Mahalia Jackson
For: Every Time I Feel the Spirit


Best Performance by an Orchestra For Dancing

Si Zentner
For: Up a Lazy River


Best Performance by an Orchestra Other Than For Dancing

Henry Mancini
For: Breakfast at Tiffany's


Best Instrumental Theme or Instrumental Version of Song (composer award)

Galt MacDermot
For: African Waltz


Best Original Cast Show Album

Frank Loesser
For: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying


Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Original Cast From a Motion Picture or TV

Johnny Green, Saul Chapman, Sid Ramen, Irwin Kostal
For: West Side Story


Best Soundtrack Album or Recording of Music Score From a Motion Picture or TV

Henry Mancini
For: Breakfast at Tiffany's


Best Arrangement

Henry Mancini
For: Moon River


Album of the Year, Classical

Igor Stravinsky
For: Stravinsky conducts 1960: Le Sacre du Printemps, Petruchka


Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Laurindo Almeida
For: Discantos


Best Classical Performance, (conductors award)

Charles Munch
For: Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe


Best Chamber Music Performance

Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, William Primrose
For: Beethoven: Serenade, Op. 8; Kodaly: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7


Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist or Duo (with orchestral accompaniment)

Isaac Stern
For: Bartok: Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra


Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist or Duo (without orchestral accompaniment)

Laurindo Almeida
For: Reverie for Spanish Guitars


Best Opera Recording

Gabriele Santini conducting the Rome Opera Chorus and Orchestra (solos: de Los Angeles, Bjoring, Pirazzini, Sereni)
For: Madama Butterfly


Best Classical Performance, Choral (other than opera)

Robert Shaw Chorale
For: Bach: B Minor Mass


Best Classical Performance, Vocal Soloist

Joan Sutherland
For: The Art of the Prima Donna


Best Album Cover, Classical

Marvin Schwartz
For: Madama Butterfly


Best Documentary or Spoken Word Recording

Leonard Bernstein
For: Humor in Music


Best Comedy Performance

Mike Nichols, Elaine May
For: An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May


Best Recording For Children

Leonard Bernstein
For: Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf


Best Engineering Contribution, Popular Recording

Robert Arnold
For: Judy at Carnegie Hall


Best Engineered Recording, Novelty

John Kraus
For: Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America


Best Album Cover (Art Director's Award)

Jim Silke
For: Judy at Carnegie Hall (Judy Garland)

 



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