1979 Grammy Award Winners

1979 Grammy Award Winners
Winners Announced: February 15, 1979
Held at: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Host: John Denver
Eligibility Year: October 1, 1977 – September 30, 1978

1979 Grammy Winners
Record of the Year:
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
Album of the Year:
Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gees, David Shire, Yvonne Elliman, Tevares, Kool and the Gang, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, MFSB, Trammps, Walter Murphy and Ralph MacDonald (RSO)

Song of the Year:
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel, songwriter

Best New Artist of the Year:
A Taste of Honey

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male:
Copacabana (At the Copa), Barry Manilow

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female:
You Needed Me – Anne Murray

Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus:
Saturday Night Fever, Bee Gees

Best Pop Instrumental Performance:
Children of Sanchez, Chuck Mangione Group

Best Rhythm and Blues Song:
Last Dance – Paul Jabara, songwriter

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male:
On Broadway – George Benson

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Female:
Last Dance – Donna Summer

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus:
All’n All, Earth, Wind and Fire

Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance:
Runnin’ – Earth, Wind and Fire

Best Jazz Vocal Performance:
All Fly Home, Al Jarreau

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist:
Montreux ’77 Oscar Peterson Jam, Oscar Peterson

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group:
Friends, Chick Corea

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band:
Live in Munich, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis

Best Country Song:
The Gambler – Don Schlitz, songwriter

Best Country Vocal Performance, Male:
Georgia on My Mind – Willie Nelson

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female:
Here You Come Again, Dolly Parton

Best Country Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group:
Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

Best Country Instrumental Performance:
One O’Clock Jump – Asleep at the Wheel

Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational:
What a Friend – Larry Hart

Best Gospel Performance, Traditional:
Refreshing, Happy Goodman Family

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary:
Live in London, Andrae Crouch and the Disciples

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional:
Live and Direct, Mighty Clouds of Joy

Best Latin Recording:
Homenaje a Beny Moré, Tito Puente (Tico)

Best Inspirational Performance:
Happy Man, B.J. Thomas

Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording:
I’m Ready, Muddy Waters (Blue Sky)

Best Instrumental Arrangement:
Main Title (Overture Part One, The Wiz Original Soundtrack), Quincy Jones and Robert Freedman, arrangers

Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s):
Got to Get You Into My Life – Maurice White, arranger

Best Arrangement for Voices:
Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees, arrangers

Best Instrumental Composition:
Theme From Close Encounters of the Third Kind – John Williams, composer

Best Cast Show Album:
Ain’t Misbehavin’, Thomas Fats Waller and others, composers (RCA Red Seal)

Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, John Williams, composer (Arista)

Album of the Year, Classical:
Brahms, Concerto for Violin in D Major, Itzhak Perlman; Carlo Maria Giulini conducting Chicago Symphony (Angel)

Best Classical Orchestral Performance:
Beethoven, Symphonies (Complete), Herbert von Karajan conducting Berlin Philharmonic

Best Chamber Music Performance:
Beethoven, Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Complete), Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra):
Rachmaninoff, Concerto No. 3 in D Minor for Piano (Horowitz Golden Jubilee), Vladimir Horowitz; Eugene Ormandy conducting Philadelphia Orchestra

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra):
The Horowitz Concerts 1977/78, Vladimir Horowitz

Best Opera Recording:
Lehar, The Merry Widow, Julius Rudel conducting New York City Opera Orchestra and Chorus; solos: Sills and Titus (Angel)

Best Choral Performance, Classical (Other Than Opera):
Beethoven, Missa Solemnis, Sir Georg Solti, conductor and Margaret Hillis, choral director, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance:
Luciano Pavarotti – Hits From Lincoln Center, Luciano Pavarotti

Best Comedy Recording:
A Wild and Crazy Guy, Steve Martin (Warner Bros.)

Best Spoken Word Recording:
Citizen Kane (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Orson Welles (Mark 56)

Best Recording for Children:
The Muppet Show, Jim Henson (Arista)

Best Album Package:
Boys in the Trees, Johnny Lee and Tony Lane, art directors (Elektra)

Best Album Notes:
A Bing Crosby Collection, vols. I and II, Michael Brooks, annotator (Columbia)

Best Historical Repackage Album:
Lester Young Story Vol. 3 (Columbia)

Best Producers of the Year:
Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson