1992 Grammy Award Winners

1992 Grammy Award Winners

  • Winners Announced: February 25, 1992
  • Held at: Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York
  • Host: Whoopi Goldberg
  • Eligibility Year: October 1, 1990 – September 30, 1991


  • Host with the Most: Whoopi Goldberg, an actress and comedian, took a break from her film career to host the music-centric event.
  • Unforgettable Night: Natalie Cole dominated the ceremony by winning three awards for her album Unforgettable… with Love, which featured a virtual duet with her late father, Nat King Cole.
  • Seal’s Spotlight: Seal won three Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year, both for his hit “Kiss from a Rose.”
  • Rap Recognition: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince won the first-ever Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for their song “Summertime.”
  • Country Collaboration: The Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals was awarded to “Restless” by Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner.
  • Crossover Success: Mark O’Connor’s The New Nashville Cats won Best Country Instrumental Performance, a rare win for a primarily instrumental album in a genre often focused on vocals.
  • Jazz in Focus: The Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance was awarded to Blue Light ’til Dawn by Cassandra Wilson, who blended jazz with elements of folk and pop.
  • Latin Flair: Tito Puente grabbed the Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album, affirming his position as a giant in Latin music.

1992 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year:
Unforgettable – Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole
Album of the Year:
Unforgettable, Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole (Elektra)
Song of the Year:
Unforgettable – Irving Gordon, songwriter
Best New Artist:
Marc Cohn
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male:
When a Man Loves a Woman – Michael Bolton
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female:
Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Losing My Religion – R.E.M.
Best Traditional Pop Performance:
Unforgettable – Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole
Best Pop Instrumental Performance:
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Michael Kamen conducting Greater Los Angeles Orchestra
Best Rock/Contemporary Gospel Album:
Under Their Influence, Russ Taff (Myrrh)
Best Rock Song:
Soul Cages – Sting, songwriter
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo:
Luck of the Draw, Bonnie Raitt
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Good Man, Good Woman – Bonnie Raitt and Delbert McClinton
Best Rock Instrumental Performance:
Cliffs of Dover – Eric Johnson
Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal:
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, Van Halen
Best Metal Performance With Vocal:
Metallica, Metallica
Best Alternative Music:
Album Out of Time, R.E.M. (Warner Bros.)
Best Rhythm and Blues Song:
Power of Love/Love Power – Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller and Teddy Vann, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male:
Power of Love, Luther Vandross
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female (tie):
Burnin’, Patti LaBelle
How Can I Ease the Pain – Lisa Fischer
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Cooleyhigh Harmony, Boyz II Men
Best Rap Solo Performance:
Mama Said Knock You Out – L.L. Cool J
Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group:
Summertime – D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Best Jazz Vocal Performance:
He Is Christmas, Take 6
Best Jazz Instrumental, Solo:
I Remember You – Stan Getz
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group:
Saturday Night at the Blue Note, Oscar Peterson Trio
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance:
Live at the Royal Festival Hall, Dizzy Gillespie and the United Nations Orchestra
Best Contemporary Jazz Performance:
Sassy – Manhattan Transfer
Best Country Song:
Love Can Build a Bridge – Naomi Judd, John Jarvis and Paul Overstreet, songwriters
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male:
Ropin’ the Wind, Garth Brooks
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female:
Down at the Twist and Shout – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Love Can Build a Bridge – Judds
Best Country Vocal Collaboration:
Restless – Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs and Vince Gill
Best Country Instrumental Performance:
The New Nashville Cats, Mark O’Conner
Best Bluegrass Album:
Spring Training, Carl Jackson and John Starling (and the Nash Ramblers) (Sugar Hill)
Best Pop Gospel Album:
For the Sake of the Call, Steven Curtis Chapman (Sparrow)
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album:
Pray for Me, Mighty Clouds of Joy (Word)
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album:
Different Lifestyles, BeBe and CeCe Winans (Capitol/Sparrow)
Best Southern Gospel Album:
Homecoming, Gaither Vocal Band (Star Song)
Best Gospel Album By a Choir or Chorus:
The Evolution of Gospel, Sounds of Blackness; Gary Hines, choir director (Perspective/A&M)
Best Latin Pop Album:
Cosas del Amor, Vikki Carr (Sony Discos International)
Best Tropical Latin Album:
Bachata Rosa, Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 (Karen)
Best Mexican/American Album:
16 de Septiembre, Little Joe (Sony Discos International)
Best Traditional Blues Album:
Live at the Apollo, B.B. King (GRP)
Best Contemporary Blues Album:
Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues, Buddy Guy (Silvertone)
Best Traditional Folk Album:
The Civil War (Original Soundtrack), various artists (Elektra/Nonesuch)
Best Contemporary Folk Album:
The Missing Years, John Prine (Oh Boy)
Best Reggae Album:
As Raw as Ever, Shabba Ranks (Epic)
Best New Age Album:
Fresh Aire 7, Mannheim Steamroller (American Gramaphone)
Best World Music Album:
Planet Drum, Mickey Hart (Rykodisc)
Best Polka Album:
Live! At Gilley’s, Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (Starr)
Best Arrangement on an Instrumental:
Medley: Bess You Is My Woman/I Love You Porgy – Dave Grusin, arranger
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s):
Unforgettable – Johnny Mandel, arranger
Best Instrumental Composition:
Basque – Elton John, composer
Best Musical Show Album:
The Will Rogers Follies (Original Broadway Cast Album), Keith Carradine and cast (Columbia)
Best Instrumental Composition Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television:
Dances With Wolves, John Barry, composer
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television:
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You (From Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), Bryan Adams, Robert John Mutt Lange and Michael Kamen, songwriters (A&M/Morgan Creek)
Best Contemporary Composition:
Symphony No. 1, John Corigliano, composer
Best Classical Album:
Bernstein, Candide, Leonard Bernstein conducting London Symphony Orchestra; solos: Hadley, Anderson, Ludwig, Green, Gedda and Jones (Deutsche Grammophon)
Best Orchestral Performance:
Corigliano, Symphony No. 1, Daniel Barenboim conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Best Chamber Music Performance:
Brahms, Piano Quartets, Isaac Stern and Jamime Laredo, violinists; Yo-Yo Ma, cellist; Emanuel Ax, pianist
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra):
Barber, Piano Concertos, John Browning, pianist; Leonard Slatkin conducting St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra):
Granados, Goyescas, Allegro de Concierto, Danza Lenta, Alicia de Larrocha, pianist
Best Opera Recording:
Wagner, Götterdämmerung, James Levine conducting The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Choir; solos: Behrens, Studer, Schwartz, Goldberg, Weikl, Wlaschiha and Salminen (Deutsche Grammophon)
Best Performance of a Choral Work:
Bach, Mass in B Minor, Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra; Margaret Hills, choral director
Best Classical Vocal Performance:
The Girl With Orange Lips, De Falla, Ravel, Kim, Stravinsky and Delage; Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Best Comedy Album:
P.D.Q. Bach, WTWP Classical Talkity-Talk Radio, Professor Peter Shickele (Telarc)
Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album:
The Civil War (Geoffrey Ward With Rick Burns and Ken Burns), Ken Burns (Sound Editions)
Best Album for Children:
A Cappella Kids, Marantha! Kids (Marantha)
Best Album Package:
Billie Holiday, The Complete Decca Recordings, Vartan, art director (GRP)
Best Album Notes:
Star Time, James Brown, Cliff White, Harry Weinger, Nelson George and Alan M. Leeds, annotators (Polydor)
Best Historical Album:
Billie Holiday, The Complete Decca Recordings, Billie Holiday (GRP)
Best Music Video, Short Form:
Losing My Religion – R.E.M.
Best Music Video, Long Form:
Madonna: Blonde Ambition World Tour Live, Madonna
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical):
David Foster
Classical Producer of the Year:
James Mallinson