2003 Grammy Award Winners

2003 Grammy Ward Winners


  • This was the first time since 1998 that the Grammys returned to New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden.
  • One of the show’s major moments came when Simon & Garfunkel reunited for an opening performance of their classic The Sound of Silence.
  • Norah Jones had a breakthrough year, winning five Grammys, including Album of the Year for Come Away with Me.
  • Eminem’s The Eminem Show took home the award for Best Rap Album, a year after causing significant controversy with his previous album.
  • The Grammy for Best New Artist was awarded to Norah Jones, solidifying her place as the year’s breakout talent.
  • Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising was a notable winner, capturing three awards, including Best Rock Album. It was written in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Hot in Herre by Nelly won Best Male Rap Solo Performance, a bop that was everywhere that year.
  • The Police reunited for a performance at this ceremony, making it one of the show’s highlights.
  • Coldplay’s In My Place won Record of the Year, adding to their growing list of accolades.
  • John Mayer was awarded Song of the Year for his hit Your Body Is a Wonderland.
  • Don’t Know Why, performed by Norah Jones and written by Jesse Harris, won Song of the Year, further cementing Norah Jones’ big night.
  • Avril Lavigne, who had a strong year with her debut album Let Go, was nominated for eight awards but did not win any.
  • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance went to Norah Jones for Don’t Know Why, which became one of her signature songs.
  • Satisfied Mind by Ben Harper won Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, adding a diverse genre winner to the mix.

2003 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year:
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Album of the Year:
Come Away with Me, Norah Jones
Song of the Year:
Don’t Know Why – Jesse Harris, songwriter (Norah Jones):
New Artist:
Norah Jones
Female Pop Vocal:
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Male Pop Vocal:
Your Body Is a Wonderland – John Mayer
Pop Duo or Group with Vocals:
Hey Baby – No Doubt
Pop Collaboration with Vocals:
The Game of Love – Santana & Michelle Branch
Pop Instrumental:
Auld Lang Syne – B. B. King
Pop Instrumental Album:
Just Chillin’, Norman Brown
Dance Recording:
Days Go By – Dirty Vegas
Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Playin’ with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues, Tony Bennett (Columbia/Sony Records)
Female Rock Vocal:
Steve McQueen – Sheryl Crow
Male Rock Vocal:
The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
Rock Duo or Group with Vocals:
In My Place – Coldplay
Hard Rock:
All My Life – Foo Fighters
Here to Stay – Korn
Rock Instrumental:
Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia) – The Flaming Lips
Rock Song:
The Rising – Bruce Springsteen, songwriter (Bruce Springsteen)
Rock Album:
The Rising, Bruce Springsteen
Alternative Music Album:
A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay
Female R&B Vocal:
He Think I Don’t Know – Mary J. Blige
Male R&B Vocal:
U Don’t Have to Call – Usher
R&B Duo or Group with Vocals:
Love’s in Need of Love Today – Stevie Wonder & Take Six
Traditional R&B Vocal:
What’s Going On – Chaka Khan & The Funk Brothers
Urban/Alternative Vocal:
Little Things – India.Arie
R&B Song:
Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) – Erykah Badu, Madukwu Chinwah, Robert Ozuna, James Poyser, Raphael Saadiq, Glen Standridge, songwriters (Erykah Badu featuring Common)
R&B Album:
Voyage to India, India.Arie
Contemporary R&B Vocal Album:
Ashanti, Ashanti
Female Rap Solo:
Scream, a k a Itchin’ – Missy Elliott
Male Rap Solo:
Hot in Herre – Nelly
Rap Duo or Group:
The Whole World – OutKast featuring Killer Mike
Rap Sung/Collaboration:
Dilemma – Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
Rap Album:
The Eminem Show, Eminem
Female Country Vocal:
Cry – Faith Hill
Male Country Vocal:
Give My Love to Rose – Johnny Cash
Country Duo or Group with Vocals:
Long Time Gone – Dixie Chicks
Country Collaboration with Vocals:
Mendocino County Line – Willie Nelson with Lee Ann Womack
Country Instrumental:
Lil’ Jack Slade – Dixie Chicks
Country Song:
Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning) – Alan Jackson, songwriter (Alan Jackson)
Country Album:
Home – Dixie Chicks
Bluegrass Album:
Lost in the Lonesome Pines – Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys
New Age Album:
Acoustic Garden – Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumbel
Contemporary Jazz Album:
Speaking of Now – Pat Metheny Group:
Jazz Vocal Album:
Live in Paris – Diana Krall
Jazz Instrumental, Solo:
My Ship – Herbie Hancock
Jazz Instrumental Album:
Directions in Music, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, and Roy Hargrove
Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
What Goes Around – Dave Holland Big Band
Latin Jazz Album:
The Gathering, Caribbean Jazz Project
Rock Gospel Album:
Come Together – Third Day
Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album:
The Eleventh Hour – Jars of Clay
Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album:
We Called Him Mr. Gospel Music: The James Blackwood Tribute Album – The Jordanaires, Larry Ford and the Light Crust Doughboys
Traditional Soul Gospel Album:
Higher Ground, The Blind Boys of Alabama
Contemporary Soul Gospel Album:
Sidebars – Eartha
Gospel Album by a Choir or Chorus:
Be Glad – Carol Cymbala, choir director; The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Latin Pop Album:
Caraluna – Bacilos
Latin Rock/Alternative Album:
Revolución De Amor – Maná
Tropical Latin Album:
El Arte Del Sabor – Bebo Valdés Trio with Israel Lopez Cachao & Carlos Patato Valdés
Salsa Album:
La Negra Tiene Tumbao – Celia Cruz
Merengue Album:
Latino – Grupo Mania
Mexican/Mexican-American Album:
Lo Dijo El Corazón – Joan Sebastian
Tejano Album:
Acuérdate – Emilio Navaira
Traditional Blues Album:
A Christmas Celebration of Hope – B. B. King
Contemporary Blues Album:
Don’t Give Up On Me – Solomon Burke
Traditional Folk Album:
Legacy – Doc Watson, David Holt
Contemporary Folk Album:
This Side – Nickel Creek
Native American Music Album:
Beneath the Raven Moon – Mary Youngblood
Reggae Album:
Jamaican E.T – Lee Scratch Perry
World Music Album:
Mundo – Ruben Blades
Polka Album:
Top of the World – Jimmy Sturr
Musical Album for Children:
Monsters Inc.: Scream Factory Favorites – Riders in the Sky
Spoken Word Album for Children:
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly – Tom Chapin (Live Oak Media)
Spoken Word Album:
A Song Flung Up to Heaven – Maya Angelou
Spoken Comedy Album:
Robin Williams: Live 2002 – Robin Williams
Musical Show Album:
Hairspray – Marc Shaiman, composer and lyricist; Scott Wittman, lyricist
Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media:
Standing in the Shadows of Motown – Various Artists
Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Howard Shore, Composer
Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or Other Visual Media:
If I Didn’t Have You (from Monsters Inc.) – Randy Newman, composer (Randy Newman)
Instrumental Composition:
Six Feet Under Title Theme – from Six Feet Under – Thomas Newman, Composer
Instrumental Arrangement:
Six Feet Under Title Theme – Thomas Newman, arranger
Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocals:
Mean Old Man – Dave Grusin, arranger
Best Recording Package:
Home – Kevin Reagan, art director
Best Boxed Recording Package:
Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton – Susan Archie, art director
Best Album Notes:
Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton – David Evans, album notes writer
Historical Album:
Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton
Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical:
Come Away with Me – Husky Huskolds, Arif Mardin, and Jay Newland, engineers (Norah Jones)
Producer, Non-Classical:
Arif Mardin
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical:
Hella Good – Roger Sanchez, remixer
Best-Engineered Album – Classical:
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1), Michael Bishop, engineer
Classical Producer:
Robert Woods
Classical Album:
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1), Robert Spano, conductor; Thomas C. Moore, producer
Orchestral Performance:
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 – Michael Tilson Thomas (San Francisco Symphony)
Opera Recording:
Wagner: Tannhäuser – Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Choral Performance:
Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1) – Robert Spano, conductor
Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra:
Brahms/Stravinsky: Violin Concertos – ilary Hahn, violinist, with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Instrumental Soloist Without Orchestra:
Chopin: Etudes, Op. 10 and Op. 25 – Murray Perahia, piano
Chamber Music:
Beethoven: String Quartets (Razumovsky Op. 59, 13; Harp Op. 74) – Takacs Quartet
Small Ensemble Performance (with or Without Conductor):
Tavener: Lamentations and Praises – Joseph Jennings, conductor; Chanticleer; the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston
Classical Vocal:
Bel Canto (Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Etc.) – Renee Fleming, soprano
Classical Contemporary Composition:
Tavener: Lamentations and Praises – John Tavener
Classical Crossover Album:
Previn Conducts Korngold (Sea Hawk; Captain Blood, Etc.) – Andre Previn, conductor; the London Symphony Orchestra
Music Video, Short Form:
Without Me – (Eminem) – Joseph Kahn, director
Music Video, Long Form:
Westway to the World – (The Clash) – Don Letts, director
Lifetime Achievement Awards:
Etta James, Johnny Mathis, Glenn Mille, Tito Puente, and Simon & Garfunkel
Trustees Award:
Alan Lomax, and the New York Philharmonic
Special Award:
Bee Gees