1996 Grammy Award Winners

1996 Grammy Award Winners

  • Winners Announced: February 28, 1996
  • Held at: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
  • Host: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Eligibility Year: October 1, 1994 – September 30, 1995


  • Alanis Unplugged: Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill snagged Album of the Year, marking her as a force in the music industry.
  • Hootie’s Big Catch: Hootie & the Blowfish won Best New Artist, propelling them into stardom.
  • King of Pop’s Return: Michael Jackson’s Scream, his duet with sister Janet, was one of the most expensive music videos ever made and was nominated, although it didn’t win.
  • Country Under Spotlight: Shania Twain’s The Woman in Me won Best Country Album, indicating the growing influence of country music in mainstream media.
  • Seal of Approval: Seal’s Kiss from a Rose won both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, boosting his career substantially.
  • Soundtrack Success: Disney’s Pocahontas took home the award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television, continuing the trend of animated films performing well at the Grammys.
  • Comic Relief: The host, Ellen DeGeneres, was primarily known for her work in television and stand-up comedy, making her a unique but entertaining choice for the music-focused event.

1996 Grammy Winners

Album of the Year:
Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (Maverick/Reprise)
Song of the Year:
Kiss From a Rose – Seal, songwriter
Best New Artist:
Hootie and the Blowfish
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male:
Kiss From a Rose – Seal
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female:
No More `I Love You’s – Annie Lennox
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Let Her Cry – Hootie and the Blowfish
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance:
Duets II – Frank Sinatra
Best Pop Instrumental Performance:
Mariachi Suite – Los Lobos
Best Pop Vocal Collaboration:
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? – The Chieftains with Van Morrison
Best Pop Album:
Turbulent Indigo, Joni Mitchell (Reprise)
Best Rock Album:
Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (Maverick/Reprise)
Best Rock Gospel Album:
Lesson of Love, Ashley Cleveland (Reunion)
Best Rock Song:
You Oughta Know – Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette, songwriters
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male:
You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female:
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Run-Around – Blues Traveler
Best Rock Instrumental Performance:
Jessica – The Allman Brothers Band
Best Hard Rock Performance:
Spin the Black Circle – Pearl Jam
Best Metal Performance:
Happiness Is Slavery – Nine Inch Nails
Best Alternative Music Performance:
MTV Unplugged in New York, Nirvana (DGC)
Best Rhythm and Blues Album:
CrazySexyCool, TLC (LaFace Records)
Best Rhythm and Blues Song:
For Your Love – Stevie Wonder, songwriter
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male:
For Your Love – Stevie Wonder
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female:
I Apologize – Anita Baker
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Creep – TLC
Best Rap Album:
Poverty’s Paradise, Naughty by Nature (Tommy Boy)
Best Rap Solo Performance:
Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio
Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group:
I’ll Be There for You /You’re All I Need to Get By – Method Man/Mary J. Blige
Best Jazz Vocal Performance:
An Evening With Lena Horne – Lena Horne
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo:
Impressions – Michael Brecker
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group:
Infinity – McCoy Tyner Trio featuring Michael Brecker
Best Contemporary Jazz Performance:
We Live Here – Pat Metheny Group
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance:
All Blues – GRP All-Star Big Band and Tom Scott
Best Latin Jazz Performance:
Antônio Brasileiro – Antônio Carlos Jobim
Best Country Album:
The Woman in Me, Shania Twain (Mercury Nashville)
Best Country Song:
Go Rest High on That Mountain – Vince Gill, songwriter
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male:
Go Rest High on That Mountain – Vince Gill
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female:
Baby, Now That I’ve Found You – Alison Krauss
Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal:
Here Comes the Rain – The Mavericks
Best Country Vocal Collaboration:
Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart – Shenandoah with Alison Krauss
Best Country Instrumental Performance:
Hightower – Asleep at the Wheel featuring Bela Fleck and Johnny Gimble
Best Bluegrass Album:
Unleashed, The Nashville Bluegrass Band (Sugar Hill)
Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album:
Shirley Caesar Live He Will Come, Shirley Caesar (Word)
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album:
Alone in His Presence, CeCe Winans (Sparrow Communications Group)
Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album:
I’ll Lead You Home, Michael W. Smith (Reunion)
Best Rock Gospel Album:
Lesson of Love, Ashley Cleveland (Reunion)
Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album:
Amazing Grace – A Country Salute to Gospel, various artists (Sparrow Communications Group)
Best Gospel Album By a Choir or Chorus:
Praise Him… Live!, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (Warner Alliance)
Best Latin Pop Performance:
Amor – Jon Secada
Best Tropical Latin Performance:
Abriendo Puertas – Gloria Estefan
Best Mexican-American Performance:
Flaco Jimenez – Flaco Jimenez
Best Traditional Blues Album:
Chill Out, John Lee Hooker (Point-Blank)
Best Contemporary Blues Album:
Slippin’ In, Buddy Guy (Silvertone)
Best Traditional Folk Album:
South Coast, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (Red House)
Best Contemporary Folk Album:
Wrecking Ball, Emmylou Harris (Asylum/Elektra)
Best Reggae Album:
Boombastic, Shaggy (Virgin)
Best New Age Album:
Forest, George Winston
Best World Music Album:
Bohème, Deep Forest (Windham Hill)
Best Polka Album:
I Love to Polka, Jimmy Sturr (Rounder)
Best Instrumental Arrangement:
Lament – Robert Farnon, arranger
Best Instrumental Arrangement With Accompanying Vocal(s):
I Get a Kick out of You – Rob McConnell, arranger
Best Instrumental Composition:
A View From the Side – Bill Holman
Best Musical Show Album:
Smokey Joe’s Cafe – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, Jerry Leiber, lyricist; Mike Stoller, composer (Atlantic Theater)
Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television:
Crimson Tide – Hans Zimmer, composer
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television:
Colors of the Wind (From Pocahontas), Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, songwriters
Best Classical Contemporary Composition:
Messiaen: Concert a Quatre – Olivier Messiaen, composer
Best Classical Album:
Debussy: La Mer; Nocturnes; Jeux, etc. Pierre Boulez conducting the Cleveland Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)
Best Chamber Music Performance:
Brahms/Beethoven/Mozart: Clarinet Trios, Emanuel Ax, piano; Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra):
The American Album (Works of Bernstein, Barber, Foss), Itzhak Perlman, violin (EMI Classics)
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra):
Schubert: Piano Sonatas (B-Flat Major and A Major), Radu Lupu, piano (London Records)
Best Orchestral Performance:
Debussy: La Mer, Nocturnes; Jeux, etc., Pierre Boulez conducting the Cleveland Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon)
Best Opera Recording:
Berlioz: Les Troyens, Charles Dutoit conducting the Orchestre Symphonie de Montreal
Best Performance of a Choral Work:
Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Herbert Blomstedt conducting San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Chorus and various artists
Best Classical Vocal Performance:
The Echoing Air – The Music of Henry Purcell (If Music Be the Food of Love; Sweeter Than Roses, etc.), Sylvia McNair, soprano
Best Spoken Comedy Album:
Crank Calls, Jonathan Winters (Audio Select)
Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album:
Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou (Random House Audio Books)
Best Musical Album for Children:
Sleepy Time Lullabys, Barbara Bailey Hutchison (Jaba)
Best Spoken Word Album for Children:
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Patrick Stewart (Erato)
Best Recording Package:
Turbulent Indigo, Robbie Cavolina and Joni Mitchell, art directors (Reprise)
Best Recording Package – Boxed:
Civilization Phaze III, Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa, art directors (Barking Pumpkin)
Best Album Notes:
The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Volume 3: 1972 – 1975, Rob Bowman, album notes writer (Stax)
Best Historical Album:
The Heifetz Collection (RCA Victor Gold Seal)
Best Music Video, Short Form:
Scream – Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
Best Music Video, Long Form:
Secret World Live – Peter Gabriel
Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical):
Wildflowers, Dave Bianco, Richard Dodd, Stephen McLaughlin and Jim Scott, engineers (Warner Bros.)
Best Classical Engineered Recording:
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra/Kossuth: Symphonic Poem, Michael Mailes and Jonathan Stokes, engineers (London Records)
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical):
Classical Producer of the Year:
Steven Epstein