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The 1981 Grammy Awards
The awards given in 1982 were for recordings made in 1981.

Notes & Highlights: One-time Monkee Michael Nesmith wins the first video category award.

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Album of the Year

John Lennon & Yoko Ono
For: Double Fantasy


Record of the Year

Kim Carnes
For: Bette Davis Eyes


Song of the Year

Donna Weiss, Jackie DeShannon (songwriters)
For: Bette Davis Eyes


Best New Artist

Sheena Easton


Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male

Al Jarreau
For: Breaking Away


Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female

Lena Horne
For: Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live on Broadway


Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

Manhattan Transfer
For: Boy From New York City


Best Pop Instrumental Performance

Mike Post featuring Larry Carlton
For: Theme from "Hill Street Blues"


Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male

Rick Springfield
For: Jessie's Girl


Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female

Pat Benatar
For: Crimes of Passion


Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

Police
For: Don't Stand So Close to Me


Best Rock Instrumental Performance

Police
For: Behind My Camel


Best Rhythm and Blues Song

Bill Withers, William Salter, Ralph MacDonald (songwriters)
For: Just the Two of Us


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, male

James Ingram
For: One Hundred Ways


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, female

Aretha Franklin
For: Hold On, I'm Comin'


Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

Quincy Jones
For: The Dude


Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance

David Sanborn
For: All I Need is You


Best Jazz Fusion Performance (vocal or instrumental)

Grover Washington, Jr.
For: Winelight


Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male

Al Jarreau
For: Blue Rondo a la Turk


Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female

Ella Fitzgerald
For: Digital III at Montreux


Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group

Manhattan Transfer
For: Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)


Best Jazz Instrumental by a Soloist

John Coltrane
For: Bye Bye Blackbird


Best Jazz Instrumental by a Group

Chick Corea, Gary Burton
For: Chick Corea and Gary Burton in Concert, Zurich, October 28 1979


Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band

Gerry Mulligan and his Orchestra
For: Walk on the Water


Best Country Song

Dolly Parton (songwriter award)
For: 9 to 5


Best Country Vocal Performance, Male

Ronnie Milsap
For: (There's) No Gettin' Over Me


Best Country Vocal Performance, Female

Dolly Parton
For: 9 to 5


Best Country Performance by duo or group

Oakridge Boys
For: Elvira


Best Country Instrumental Performance

Chet Atkins
For: Country, After All These Years


Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational

Imperials
For: Priority


Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary

Andrae Crouch
For: Don't Give Up


Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional

Al Green
For: The Lord Will Make a Way


Best Gospel Performance, Traditional

J. D. Sumner, James Blackwood, Hovie Lister, Rosie Rozell, Jake Hess
For: The Masters V


Best Inspirational Recording

B. J. Thomas
For: Amazing Grace


Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording

B. B. King
For: There Must Be a Better World Somewhere


Best Latin Recording

Clare Fischer
For: Guajira pa la Jeva


Best Instrumental Arrangement

Quincy Jones
For: Velas (Quincy Jones)


Best Instrumental Composition

Mike Post (composer)
For: Theme from Hill Street Blues


Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)

Quincy Jones, Jerry Hey
For: Ai No Corrida (Quincy Jones)


Best Arrangement for Voices

Gene Puerling
For: A Nightengale Sang in Berkeley Square (Manhattan Transfer)


Best Cast Show Album

various composers and lyricists
For: Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live on Broadway


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

John Williams
For: Raiders of the Lost Ark


Best Classical Album

Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
For: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor


Best Classical Orchestral Recording, (conductors award)

Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
For: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor


Best Chamber Music Performance (instrumental or solo)

Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Vladimir Ashkenazy
For: Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor


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

Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman
For: Isaac Stern 60th Anniversary Celebration


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

Vladimir Horowitz
For: The Horowitz Concerts 1979/80


Best Opera Recording

Sir Charles Mackerras conducting the Vienna Philharmonic
For: Janacek: From the House of the Dead


Best Classical Performance, Choral (other than opera)

Neville Marriner conducting the Chorus of the Acadamy of St. Martin-in-the Fields and the Acadamy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
For: Haydn: The Creation


Best Classical Performance, Vocal Soloist

Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti
For: Live from Lincoln Center, Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti


Best Engineered Recording, Classical

Bud Graham, Ray Moore, Andrew Kazdin
For: Isaac Stern 60th Anniversary Celebration


Classical Producer of the Year

James Mallinson


Best Spoken Word: Documentary or Drama Recording

Orson Welles
For: Donovan's Brain


Best Comedy Recording

Richard Pryor
For: Rev. Du Rite


Best Recording for Children

Muppets, Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker
For: Sesame Country


Best Engineered Recording

Roger Nichols, Elliot Scheiner, Bill Schnee, Jerry Garsza
For: Gaucho (Steely Dan)


Best Album Package

Peter Carriston
For: Tatoo You (Rolling Stones)


Best Album Notes

Dan Morgenstern
For: Erroll Garner: Master of the Keyboard


Best Historical Album

Hoagy Carmichael: from the "Star Dust" to "Ole Buttermilk Sky" (Hoagy Carmichael)


Producer of the Year

Quincy Jones


Video for the Year

Michael Nesmith
For: Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts




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