1998 Grammy Award Winners

1998 Grammy Award Winners

  • Winners Announced: February 25, 1998
  • Held at: Radio City Music Hall, New York City
  • Host: Kelsey Grammer
  • Eligibility Year: October 1, 1996 – September 30, 1997


  • It’s All About the Benjamins: Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs dominated the evening with No Way Out, which won Best Rap Album.
  • Fleetwood’s Comeback: Fleetwood Mac marked their return by snagging an award for The Dance in the Best Pop Album category.
  • Record of the Year: Shawn Colvin’s “Sunny Came Home” snatched this prestigious award, alongside a win for Song of the Year.
  • Dylan’s Timeless Voice: Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind not only won Album of the Year but also marked Dylan’s resurgence in popular music.
  • Jazzy Notes: Buena Vista Social Club by Ry Cooder brought Cuban music to the forefront, winning Best Tropical Latin Performance.
  • Classical Crossover: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma won Best Classical Crossover Album for his work Soul of the Tango, dedicated to the music of Astor Piazzolla.
  • Teen Pop Emerges: Although not a winner, the Backstreet Boys received their first Grammy nomination, signaling the ascent of teen pop in mainstream music.

1998 Grammy Winners

Record of the Year:
Sunny Came Home – Shawn Colvin
Album of the Year:
Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan (Columbia Records)
Song of the Year:
Sunny Came Home – Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal, songwriters
New Artist:
Paula Cole
Female Pop Vocal:
Building a Mystery – Sarah McLachlan
Male Pop Vocal:
Candle in the Wind 1997 – Elton John
Pop Duo or Group with Vocals:
Virtual Insanity – Jamiroquai
Pop Collaboration with Vocals:
Don’t Look Back – John Lee Hooker with Van Morrison
Pop Instrumental:
Last Dance – Sarah McLachlan
Dance Recording:
Carry On – Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder
Pop Album:
Hourglass – James Taylor (Columbia Records)
Traditional Pop Album:
Tony Bennett on Holiday – Tony Bennett
Female Rock Vocal:
Criminal – Fiona Apple
Male Rock Vocal:
Cold Irons Bound – Bob Dylan
Rock Duo or Group with Vocals:
One Headlight – the Wallflowers
Hard Rock:
The End Is the Beginning Is the End – the Smashing Pumpkins
├ćnima – Tool
Rock Instrumental:
Block Rockin’ Beats – the Chemical Brothers
Rock Song:
One Headlight – Jakob Dylan, songwriter
Rock Album:
Blue Moon Swamp – John Fogerty (Warner Bros. Records)
Alternative Album:
OK Computer – Radiohead
Female R&B Vocal:
On and On – Erykah Badu
Male R&B Vocal:
I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly
R&B Duo or Group with Vocals:
No Diggity – Blackstreet
R&B Song:
I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly, songwriter
R&B Album:
Baduizm – Erykah Badu (Kedar/Universal Records)
Rap Solo:
Men in Black – Will Smith
Rap Duo or Group:
I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Rap Album:
No Way Out – Puff Daddy and the Family
Female Country Vocal:
How Do I Live – Trisha Yearwood
Male Country Vocal:
Pretty Little Adriana – Vince Gill
Country Duo or Group with Vocals:
Looking in the Eyes of Love – Alison Krauss and Union Station
Country Collaboration with Vocals:
In Another’s Eyes – Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks
Country Instrumental:
Little Liza Jane – Alison Krauss and Union Station
Country Song:
Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas, songwriters
Country Album:
Unchained – Johnny Cash (American Records)
Bluegrass Album:
So Long So Wrong – Alison Krauss and Union Station (Rounder Records)
New Age Album:
Oracle – Michael Hedges (Windham Hill Records)
Contemporary Jazz:
Into the Sun – Randy Brecker
Jazz Vocal:
Dear Ella – Dee Dee Bridgewater
Jazz Instrumental, Solo:
Stardust – Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton
Jazz Instrumental, Individual or Group:
Beyond the Missouri Sky – Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny (Verve Records)
Large Jazz Ensemble:
Joe Henderson Big Band – Joe Henderson Big Band
Latin Jazz:
Habana – Roy Hargrove’s Crisol
Rock Gospel Album:
Welcome to the Freak Show: dc Talk Live in Concert – dc Talk (ForeFront Records)
Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album:
Much Afraid – Jars of Clay (Silvertone/Essential Records)
Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album:
Amazing Grace 2: A Country Salute to Gospel – various artists (Sparrow Records)
Traditional Soul Gospel Album:
I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray – the Fairfield Four (Warner Bros. Records Nashville)
Contemporary Soul Gospel Album:
Brothers – Take 6 (Warner Alliance Records)
Gospel Album by a Choir or Chorus:
God’s Property From Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation – God’s Property; Kirk Franklin, Choir Director (B’Rite Music)
Latin Pop:
Romances – Luis Miguel
Latin Rock/Alternative:
Fabulosos Calavera – Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Tropical Latin:
Buena Vista Social Club – Ry Cooder
En Tus Manos – La Mafia
Traditional Blues:
Don’t Look Back – John Lee Hooker (Pointblank/Virgin Records America)
Contemporary Blues:
Senor Blues – Taj Mahal (Private Music)
Traditional Folk:
L’Amour ou la Folie – BeauSoleil (Rhino Records)
Contemporary Folk:
Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan (Columbia Records)
Reggae Album:
Fallen is Babylon – Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers (Elektra Records/EEG)
World Music Album:
Nascimento – Milton Nascimento (Warner Bros. Records)
Polka Album:
Living on Polka Time, Jimmy Sturr (Rounder Records)
Musical Album for Children:
All Aboard! – John Denver (Sony Wonder Records)
Spoken Word Album for Children:
Winnie-The-Pooh – Charles Kuralt (Penguin Audiobooks)
Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album:
Charles Kuralt’s Spring – Charles Kuralt (Simon and Schuster Audioworks)
Spoken Comedy Album:
Roll With the New – Chris Rock (DreamWorks Records)
Musical Show Album:
Chicago: the Musical (RCA Victor)
Instrumental Composition:
Aung San Suu Kyi – Wayne Shorter, Composer
Instrumental Composition for a Motion Picture or for Television:
The English Patient – Gabriel Yared, Composer
Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television:
I Believe I Can Fly (from Space Jam) – R. Kelly, songwriter
Instrumental Arrangement:
Straight, No Chaser – Bill Holman, arranger
Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocals:
Cotton Tail – Slide Hampton, arranger
Best Recording Package:
Various Artists: Titanic?Music as Heard on the Fateful Voyage – Hugh Brown, Al Q., and Jeff Smith, art directors (Rhino Records)
Best Recording Package Boxed:
Various Artists: Beg, Scream and Shout! The Big Ol’ Box of ’60s Soul – Hugh Brown,David Gorman and Rachel Gutek, art directors (Rhino Records)
Best Album Notes:
Various Artists: Anthology of American Folk Music (1997 Edition Expanded) – John Fahey, Luis Kemnitzer, Joh Pankake, Chuck Pirtle, Jeff Place, Neil V. Rosenberg, Luc Sante, Peter Stampfel and Eric Von Schmidt, album notes writers
Historical Album:
Anthology of American Folk Music (1997 Edition Expanded) (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Best-Engineered Album – Non-Classical:
James Taylor: Hourglass – Frank Filipetti, engineer (Columbia Records)
Frankie Knuckles
Best-Engineered Album – Classical:
Copland: The Music of America – Michael Bishop and Jack Renner, engineers
Classical Producer:
Steven Epstein
Classical Album:
Premieres: Cello Concertos (Works of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse) – Philadelphia Orchestra (Sony Classical)
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Tristia – Pierre Boulez conducting the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus (Deutsche Grammophon)
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg – Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (London Records)
Adams: Harmonium/Rachmaninoff: The Bells – Robert Shaw, conductor (Telarc):
Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra:
Premieres: Cello Concertos (Works of Danielpour, Kirchner, Rouse) – Yo-Yo Ma, violoncello; David Zinman, conductor
Instrumental Soloist without Orchestra:
Bach: Suites for Solo Cello Nos. 1-6 – Janos Starker, cello
Chamber Music:
Beethoven: The String Quartets, Emerson String Quartet
Small Ensemble Performance (with or without Conductor):
Hindemith: Kammermusik No. 1 With Finale 1921, Op. 24 No. 1 – Claudio Abbado conducting members of the Berliner Philharmonic
Classical Vocal:
An Italian Songbook (Works of Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini) – Cecilia Bartoli
Classical Contemporary Composition:
Adams: El Dorado – John Adams, Composer
Music Video, Short Form:
Got ‘Till It’s Gone – Janet Jackson; Mark Romanek and Aris McGarry, video directors
Music Video, Long Form:
Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill – Live, Alanis Morissette and Steve Purcell, video directors
Music Video, Short Form:
Ray of Light – Jonas Akerlund, video director
Music Video, Long Form:
American Masters: Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart – Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, video director