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The 1979 Grammy Awards
The awards given in 1980 were for recordings made in 1979.

Notes & Highlights: The Rock categories were added.

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Album of the Year

Billy Joel
For: 52nd Street


Record of the Year

The Doobie Brothers
For: What a Fool Believes


Song of the Year

Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins (songwriter)
For: What a Fool Believes


Best New Artist

Rickie Lee Jones


Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male

Billy Joel
For: 52nd Street


Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female

Dionne Warwick
For: I'll Never Love This Way Again


Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

Doobie Brothers
For: Minute by Minute


Best Pop Instrumental Performance

Herb Alpert
For: Rise


Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male

Bob Dylan
For: Gotta Serve Somebody


Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female

Donna Summer
For: Hot Stuff


Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

Eagles
For: Heartache Tonight


Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Wings
For: Rockestra Theme


Best Rhythm and Blues Song

David Foster, Jay Graydon, Bill Champlin (songwriters)
For: After the Love Has gone


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, male

Michael Jackson
For: Don't Stop Till You Get Enough


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, female

Dionne Warwick
For: Deja Vu


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

Earth, Wind and Fire
For: After the Love Has Gone


Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance

Earth, Wind and Fire
For: Boogie Wonderland


Best Disco Recording

Gloria Gaynor
For: I Will Survive


Best Jazz Fusion Performance (vocal or instrumental)

Weather Report
For: 8:30


Best Jazz Vocal Performance

Ella Fitzgerald
For: Fine and Mellow


Best Jazz Performance by a Soloist

Oscar Peterson
For: Jousts


Best Jazz Performance by a Group

Jerry Burton, Chick Corea
For: Duet


Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band

Duke Ellington
For: At Fargo, 1940 Live


Best Country Song

Bob Morrison, Debbie Hupp (songwriter award)
For: You Decorated My Life


Best Country Vocal Performance, Male

Kenny Rogers
For: The Gambler


Best Country Vocal Performance, Female

Emmylou Harris
For: Blue Kentucky Girl


Best Country Performance by duo or group

Charlie Daniels Band
For: The Devil Went Down to Georgia


Best Country Instrumental Performance

Doc & Merle Watson
For: Big Sandy/Leather Britches


Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational

Imperials
For: Heed the Call


Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary

Andrae Crouch
For: I'll Be Thinking of You


Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional

Mighty Clouds of Joy
For: Changing Times


Best Gospel Performance, Traditional

Blackwood Brothers
For: Lift Up the Name of Jesus


Best Inspirational Recording

B. J. Thomas
For: You Gave Me Love (When Nobody Gave Me a Prayer)


Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording

Muddy Waters
For: Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live


Best Latin Recording

Irakere
For: Irakere


Best Instrumental Arrangement

Claus Ogerman
For: Soulful Strut (George Benson)


Best Instrumental Composition

John Williams (composer)
For: Theme from Superman (Main Title)


Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Michael McDonald
For: What a Fool Believes (Doobie Brothers)


Best Cast Show Album

Stephen Sondheim
For: Sweeney Todd


Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Show

John Williams
For: Superman


Album of the Year, Classical

Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
For: Brahms: Symphonies (4) (Complete)


Best Classical Orchestral Recording, (conductors award)

Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
For: Brahms: Symphonies (4) (Complete)


Best Chamber Music Performance (instrumental or solo)

Dennis Russell Davies conducting the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
For: Copland: Appalachian Spring


Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (with orchestra)

Maurizio Pollini (Abbado conducting the Chicago Symphony)
For: Bartok: Concertos for Piano, Nos 1 and 2


Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (without orchestra)

Vladimir Horowitz
For: The Horowitz Concerts 1978/79


Best Opera Recording

Colin Davis conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House
For: Britten: Peter Grimes


Best Classical Performance, Choral (other than opera)

Sir Georg Solti, conductor, Margaret Hillis, choral director, Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
For: Brahms: A German Requiem


Best Classical Performance, Vocal Soloist

Luciano Pavarotti
For: O Sole Mio (Favorite Neapolitan Songs)


Best Engineered Recording, Classical

Anthony Salvatore
For: Sondheim: Sweeney Todd


Classical Producer of the Year

James Mallinson


Best Spoken Word: Documentary or Drama Recording

Sir John Gielgud
For: The Ages of Man (Readings from Shakespeare)


Best Comedy Recording

Robin Williams
For: Reality...What a Concept


Best Recording for Children

Jim Henson, creator
For: The Muppet Movie


Best Engineered Recording

Peter Henderson
For: Breakfast in America (Supertramp)


Best Album Package

Mike Doud, Mick Haggerty
For: Breakfast in America (Supertramp)


Best Album Notes

Bob Porter, James Patrick
For: Charlie Parker: The Complete Savoy Sessions


Best Historical Reissue

Billie Holiday (Giants of Jazz)


Producer of the Year

Larry Butler



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