1994 Grammy Award Winners

1994 Grammy Award Winners

  • Winners Announced: March 1, 1994
  • Held at: Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York
  • Host: Garry Shandling
  • Eligibility Year: October 1, 1992 – September 30, 1993


  • Garry Shandling Returns: The comedian hosted again, entertaining the audience with his unique style of humor.
  • Houston’s Heavy Haul: Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You dominated, winning Record of the Year, Album of the Year for The Bodyguard Soundtrack, and Female Pop Vocal Performance.
  • Rap’s Recognition: Digable Planets won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat).
  • New Age Nod: Best New Age Album was claimed by In My Time by Yanni.
  • Nirvana Noted: The song All Apologies by Nirvana won for Best Alternative Music Album.
  • Tony Triumphs: Tony Bennett’s Steppin’ Out was honored as Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
  • Grammy’s Grunge: Pearl Jam’s Vs was nominated for Best Rock Album but didn’t win.
  • Blues Back in Business: Buddy Guy won Best Contemporary Blues Album for Feels Like Rain.
  • First Latin Pop Category: Luis Miguel’s Aries won the inaugural award for Best Latin Pop Album.

1994 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year:
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Album of the Year:
The Bodyguard – Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston (Arista)
Song of the Year:
A Whole New World (Theme From Aladdin), Alan Menken and Tim Rice, songwriters
Best New Artist:
Toni Braxton
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male:
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You – Sting
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female:
I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
A Whole New World (Theme From Aladdin), Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance:
Steppin’ Out, Tony Bennett
Best Pop Instrumental Performance:
Barcelona Mona – Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis
Best Rock Gospel Album:
Free at Last, DC Talk (ForeFront)
Best Rock Song:
Runaway Train – David Pirner, songwriter
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo:
I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Livin’ on the Edge – Aerosmith
Best Rock Instrumental Performance:
Sofa – Zappa’s Universe Rock Group Featuring Steve Vai
Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal:
Plush – Stone Temple Pilots
Best Metal Performance With Vocal:
I Don’t Want to Change the World – Ozzy Osbourne
Best Alternative Music Album:
Zooropa, U2 (Island)
Best Rhythm and Blues Song:
That’s the Way Love Goes – Janet Jackson, James Harris III and Terry Lewis, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male:
A Song for You – Ray Charles
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female:
Another Sad Love Song – Toni Braxton
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
No Ordinary Love – Sade
Best Rap Solo Performance:
Let Me Ride – Dr. Dre
Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group:
Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat), Digable Planets
Best Jazz Vocal Performance:
Take a Look, Natalie Cole
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo:
Miles Ahead – Joe Henderson
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group:
So Near, So Far (Musings for Miles), Joe Henderson
Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (Instrumental):
The Road to You, Pat Metheny Group
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance:
Miles and Quincy Live at Montreux, Miles Davis and Quincy Jones
Best Country Song:
Passionate Kisses – Lucinda Williams, songwriter
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male:
Ain’t That Lonely Yet – Dwight Yoakam
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female :
Passionate Kisses – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Hard Workin’ Man – Brooks and Dunn
Best Country Vocal Collaboration:
Does He Love You – Reba McEntire and Linda Davis
Best Country Instrumental Performance:
Red Wing – Asleep at the Wheel featuring Eldon Shamblin, Johnny Gimble, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart and Reuben Lucky Orleans Gosfield
Best Bluegrass Album:
Waitin’ for the Hard Times to Go, Nashville Bluegrass Band (Sugar Hill)
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album:
Stand Still, Shirley Caesar (Word Record and Music)
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album:
All Out, Winans (Qwest/Warner Alliance)
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album:
The Live Adventure, Steven Curtis Chapman (Sparrow)
Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album:
Good News, Kathy Mattea (Mercury)
Best Gospel Album By a Choir or Chorus:
Live… We Come Rejoicing, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir; Carol Cymbala, choir director (Warner Alliance)
Best Latin Pop Album:
Aries, Luis Miguel (WEA Latina)
Best Tropical Latin Album:
Mi Tierra, Gloria Estefan (Epic)
Best Mexican/American Album:
Live, Selena (Capitol/EMI Latin)
Best Traditional Blues Album:
Blues Summit, B.B. King (MCA)
Best Contemporary Blues Album:
Feels Like Rain, Buddy Guy (Silvertone)
Best Traditional Folk Album:
The Celtic Harp, Chieftains (RCA Victor)
Best Contemporary Folk Album:
Other Voices/Other Rooms, Nanci Griffith (Elektra)
Best Reggae Album:
Bad Boys, Inner Circle (Big Beat/Atlantic)
Best New Age Album:
Spanish Angel, Paul Winter Consort (Living Music)
Best World Music Album:
A Meeting by the River, Ry Cooder and V.M. Bhatt (Walter Lily Acoustics)
Best Polka Album:
Accordionally Yours, Walter Ostanek and His Band (WRS)
Best Arrangement on an Instrumental:
Mood Indigo – Dave Grusin, arranger
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s):
When I Fall in Love – Jeremy Lubbock and David Foster, arrangers
Best Instrumental Composition:
Forever in Love – Kenny G, composer
Best Musical Show Album:
The Who’s Tommy – Original Cast Recording, original cast (RCA Victor)
Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television:
Aladdin, Alan Menken, composer
Best Song Written for a Motion Picture or for Television:
A Whole New World (Theme From Aladdin), Alan Menken and Tim Rice, songwriters
Best Contemporary Composition:
Violin Concerto, Elliott Carter, composer
Best Classical Album:
Bartók, The Wooden Prince and Cantata Profana, Pierre Boulez conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; John Aler, tenor; John Tomlinson, baritone (Deutsche Grammophon)
Best Chamber Music Performance:
Ives, String Quartets nos. 1 and 2; Barber String Quartet Op. 11 (American Originals), Emerson String Quartet
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra):
Berg, Violin Concerto; Rihm, Time Chant, Anne-Sophie Mutter, violinist; James Levine conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra):
Barber, The Complete Solo Piano Music, John Browning, pianist
Best Orchestral Performance:
Bartók, The Wooden Prince, Pierre Boulez conducting Chicago Symphony
Best Opera Recording:
Handel, Semele, John Nelson conducting English Chamber Orchestra and Ambrosian Opera Chorus; solos: Battle, Horne, Ramey, Aler, McNair, Chance, Mackie and Doss (Deutsche Grammophon)
Best Performance of a Choral Work:
Bartók, Cantata Profana, Pierre Boulez conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; Margaret Hillis, choral director
Best Classical Vocal Performance:
The Art of Arleen Auger (Works of Larsen, Purcell, Schumann, Mozart), Arleen Auger, soprano; Joel Revzen, accompanist
Best Spoken Comedy Album:
Jammin’ in New York, George Carlin (Eardrum/Atlantic)
Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album:
On the Pulse of Morning, Maya Angelou (Random House Audio Books)
Best Musical Album for Children:
Aladdin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), various artists (Walt Disney Records)
Best Spoken Word Album for Children:
Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales, Audrey Hepburn (Dove Audio)
Best Recording Package:
The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 19451959, David Lau, art director (Verve)
Best Album Notes:
The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945 – 1959, Buck Clayton, Phil Schaap and Joel E. Siegel, annotators (Verve)
Best Historical Album:
The Complete Billie Holiday on Verve 1945 – 1959, Billie Holiday (Verve)
Best Music Video, Short Form:
Steam – Peter Gabriel
Best Music Video, Long Form:
Ten Summoner’s Tales – Sting
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical):
David Foster
Classical Producer of the Year:
Judith Sherman