1973 Grammy Award Winners

1973 Grammy Award Winners

Musical Highlights and Achievements

  • Sweep by “The Concert for Bangladesh”: The album, organized by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, won Album of the Year and demonstrated the power of music to enact social change.
  • Robert Flack’s “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”: This song won both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, catapulting Roberta Flack to stardom.
  • Prestigious Newcomer: America won Best New Artist, beginning a career that would span decades.

Engaging Trivia

  • Country Takeover: With the Grammys being held in Nashville for the first time, there was a noticeable focus on country music, including Charley Pride winning Best Country Vocal Performance.
  • Repeat Host: Andy Williams hosted the Grammys for several years, but the 1973 event was notable for its location change to Nashville, placing Williams in the heart of country music.
  • Youth Power: Michael Jackson got his first Grammy nomination at the age of 14 for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.

1973 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year:
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Album of the Year:
The Concert for Bangla Desh, George Harrison, Ravi Shanker, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton and Klaus Voormann (Apple)
Song of the Year:
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Ewan MacColl, songwriter
Best New Artist of the Year:
America
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male:
Without You – Nilsson
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female:
I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus:
Where Is the Love – Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
Best Pop Instrumental Performance By an Instrumental Performer:
Outa-Space – Billy Preston
Best Pop Instrumental Performance With Vocal:
Coloring Black Moses, Isaac Hayes
Best Rhythm and Blues Song:
Papa Was a Rolling Stone – Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male:
Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female:
Young, Gifted and Black, Aretha Franklin
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group, or Chorus:
Papa Was a Rolling Stone – Temptations
Best Jazz Performance By a Soloist:
Alone at Last – Gary Burton
Best Jazz Performance By a Group:
First Light – Freddie Hubbard
Best Jazz Performance By a Big Band:
Toga Brava Suite – Duke Ellington
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female:
Happiest Girl in the Whole USA – Donna Fargo
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male:
Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs, Charley Pride
Best Country Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group:
Class of ’57 – Statler Brothers
Best Country Instrumental Performance:
Charlie McCoy/The Real McCoy, Charlie McCoy
Best Country Song:
Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ – Ben Peters, songwriter
Best Gospel Performance:
L-O-V-E, Blackwood Brothers
Best Soul Gospel Performance:
Amazing Grace – Aretha Franklin
Best Inspirational Performance:
He Touched Me, Elvis Presley
Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording:
The London Muddy Waters Session, Muddy Waters (Chess)
Best Instrumental Arrangement:
Theme From The French Connection – Don Ellis, arranger
Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist:
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life – Michel Legrand, arranger
Best Instrumental Composition:
Brian’s Song – Michel Legrand, composer
Best Score From an Original Cast Show Album:
Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Micki Grant, composer (Polydor)
Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special:
The Godfather, Nino Rota, composer
Album of the Year, Classical:
Mahler, Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major (Symphony of a Thousand), Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Singverein Chorus and Soloists (London)
Best Classical Performance, Orchestra:
Mahler, Symphony No. 7 in E Minor, Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Best Chamber Music Performance:
Julian and John, Julian Bream and John Williams
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance, Classical:
(With Orchestra) Brahms, Concerto No. 2, Artur Rubinstein
Best Instrumental Soloist Performance, Classical (Without Orchestra):
Horowitz Plays Chopin, Vladimir Horowitz
Best Opera Recording:
Berlioz, Benvenuto Cellini, Colin Davis conducting BBC Symphony and Chorus of Covent Garden (Philips)
Best Choral Performance, Classical:
Mahler, Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major (Symphony of a Thousand), Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Boys Choir, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Singverein Chorus and Soloists
Best Vocal Soloist Performance, Classical:
Brahms, Die Schöne Magelone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Best Comedy Recording:
FM and AM, George Carlin (Little David)
Best Spoken Word Recording:
Lenny, Original Cast (Blue Thumb)
Best Recording for Children:
The Electric Company, Lee Chamberlin, Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno (Warner Bros.)
Best Album Cover:
The Siegel Schwall Band, Acy Lehman, art director; Harvey Dinnerstein, artist (Wooden Nickel)
Best Album Notes:
Tom T. Hall’s Greatest Hits, Tom T. Hall, annotator (Mercury)
Best Album Notes, Classical:
Williams, Symphony No. 2, James Lyons, annotator (RCA)