1982 Grammy Award Winners

1982 Grammy Award Winners

  • Winners Announced: February 24, 1982
  • Held at: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
  • Host: John Denver
  • Eligibility Year: October 1, 1980 – September 30, 1981

1982 Grammy Trivia and Noteworthy Moments

  1. Denver’s Return: John Denver reprised his hosting role, having been a popular choice from previous ceremonies.
  2. Posthumous Recognition: John Lennon and Yoko Ono won Album of the Year for Double Fantasy, months after Lennon’s tragic assassination.
  3. Kim Carnes Dominance: Carnes’ Bette Davis Eyes not only won Record of the Year but also Song of the Year. The song was inescapable in 1981 and its success spilled into the Grammys.
  4. A Night for Jazz: Jazz great Quincy Jones snagged Producer of the Year, fortifying his reputation as a versatile and accomplished artist.
  5. Sheena’s Surprise: Sheena Easton won Best New Artist, an unusual feat for a British artist at that time.
  6. The Genius of Jarreau: Al Jarreau was unique in winning in the jazz and pop categories in the same year, proving his versatility.
  7. New Categories: This was the first year the Best Rap Performance category was introduced, although it wouldn’t have its first winner until 1989. It was a sign of rap’s growing influence, even if the Grammys were a bit slow to recognize it.

1982 Grammy Winners

Album of the Year:
Double Fantasy, John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Warner Bros/Geffen)
Song of the Year:
Bette Davis Eyes – Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, songwriters
Best New Artist:
Sheena Easton
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male:
Breakin Away, Al Jarreau
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female:
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live On Broadway, Lena Horne
Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Boy From New York City – Manhattan Transfer
Best Pop Instrumental Performance:
The Theme From Hill Street Blues – Mike Post featuring Larry Carlton
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male:
Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female:
Fire and Ice – Pat Benatar
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Don’t Stand So Close to Me – Police
Best Rock Instrumental Performance:
Behind My Camel – Police
Best Rhythm and Blues Song:
Just the Two of Us – Bill Withers, William Salter and Ralph MacDonald, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance, Male:
One Hundred Ways – James Ingram
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female:
Hold On I’m Comin’ – Aretha Franklin
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
The Dude, Quincy Jones
Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance:
All I Need Is You – David Sanborn
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male:
Blue Rondo a la Turk – Al Jarreau
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female:
Digital III at Montreux, Ella Fitzgerald
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group:
Until I Met You (Corner Pocket), Manhattan Transfer
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist:
Bye Bye Blackbird, John Coltrane
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group:
Chick Corea and Gary Burton in Concert, Zurich, October 28, 1979, Chick Corea and Gary Burton
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band:
Walk on the Water, Gerry Mulligan and His Orchestra
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental:
Winelight, Grover Washington, Jr.
Best Country Song:
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton, songwriter
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male:
(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me – Ronnie Milsap
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female:
9 to 5 – Dolly Parton
Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Elvira – Oak Ridge Boys
Best Country Instrumental Performance, Country:
After All These Years, Chet Atkins
Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational:
Priority, Imperials
Best Gospel Performance, Traditional:
The Masters V, J.D. Sumner, James Blackwood, Hovie Lister, Rosie Rozell and Jake Hess
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary:
Don’t Give Up, Andrae Crouch
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional:
The Lord Will Make a Way, Al Green
Best Latin Recording:
Guajira Pa la Jeva – Clare Fischer (Pausa)
Best Inspirational Performance:
Amazing Grace, B.J. Thomas
Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording:
There Must Be a Better World Somewhere, B.B. King (MCA)
Best Arrangement of an Instrumental Recording:
Velas – Quincy Jones and Johnny Mandel, arrangers
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s):
Ai No Corrida – Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey, arrangers
Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices:
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – Gene Puerling, arranger
Best Instrumental Composition:
The Theme From Hill Street Blues – Mike Post, composer
Best Cast Show Album:
Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music Live on Broadway, various composers and lyricists (Qwest/Warner Bros.)
Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special:
Raiders of the Lost Ark, John Williams, composer (Columbia/CBS)
Best Classical Album:
Mahler, Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (London)
Best Classical Orchestral Recording:
Mahler, Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (London)
Best Chamber Music Performance:
Tchaikovsky, Piano Trio in A Minor, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell and Vladimir Ashkenazy
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra):
Isaac Stern 60th Anniversary Celebration, Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman; Zubin Mehta conducting New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra):
The Horowitz Concerts 1979/80, Vladimir Horowitz
Best Opera Recording:
Janácek, From the House of the Dead, Sir Charles Mackerras conducting Vienna Philharmonic; solos: Zahradnicek, Zitek and Zidek (London)
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera):
Haydn, The Creation, Neville Marriner conducting Chorus of Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance:
Live From Lincoln Center, Sutherland-Horne-Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne and Luciano Pavarotti
Best Comedy Recording:
Rev. Du Rite, Richard Pryor (Laff)
Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording:
Donovan’s Brain, Orson Welles (Radiola)
Best Recording for Children:
Sesame Country, Muppets, Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker; Jim Henson (Sesame Street)
Best Album Package:
Tatoo You, Peter Corriston, art director (Rolling Stones/Atlantic)
Best Album Notes:
Erroll Garner, Master of the Keyboard, Dan Morgenstern, annotator (Book-of-the-Month Records)
Best Historical Album:
Hoagy Carmichael: From Star Dust to Ole Buttermilk Sky (Book-of-the-Month Records)
Video of the Year:
Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts – Michael Nesmith
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical):
Quincy Jones
Classical Producer of the Year:
James Mallinson