1986 Grammy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
Record of the Year“Higher Love,” Steve Winwood
Album of the YearGraceland, Paul Simon (Warner Bros.)
Song of the Year“That's What Friends Are For,” Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, songwriters
Best New ArtistBruce Hornsby and the Range
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male“Higher Love,” Steve Winwood
Best Pop Vocal Performance, FemaleThe Broadway Album, Barbra Streisand
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal“That's What Friends Are For,” Dionne Warwick and Friends Featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)Top Gun Anthem,” Harold Faltermeyer and Steve Stevens
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male“Addicted to Love,” Robert Palmer
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female“Back Where You Started,” Tina Turner
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal“Missionary Man,” Eurythmics
Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)“Peter Gunn,” Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy
Best Rhythm and Blues Song“Sweet Love,” Anita Baker, Louis A. Johnson and Gary Bias, songwriters
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male“Living in America,” James Brown
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, FemaleRapture, Anita Baker
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal“Kiss,” Prince and the Revolution
Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)“And You Know That,” Yellowjackets
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male“Round Midnight,” Bobby McFerrin
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, FemaleTimeless, Diane Schuur
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or GroupFree Fall, 2 + 2 Plus (Clare Fischer and His Latin Jazz Sextet)
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, SoloistTutu, Miles Davis
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, GroupJ Mood, Wynton Marsalis
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big BandThe Tonight Show Band With Doc Severinsen, The Tonight Show Band With Doc Severinsen
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or InstrumentalDouble Vision, Bob James and David Sanborn
Best Country Song“Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days),” Jamie O'Hara, songwriter
Best Country Vocal Performance, MaleLost in the Fifties Tonight, Ronnie Milsap
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female“Whoever's in New England,” Reba McEntire
Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal“Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days),” Judds
Best Country Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)“Raisin' the Dickens,” Ricky Skaggs
Best Gospel Performance, MaleTriumph, Philip Bailey
Best Gospel Performance, FemaleMorning Like This, Sandi Patti
Best Gospel Performance By a Duo or Group, Choir or Chorus“They Say,” Sandi Patti and Deniece Williams
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male“Going Away,” Al Green
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female“I Surrender All,” Deniece Williams
Best Soul Gospel Performance By a Duo or Group, Choir or ChorusLet My People Go, Winans
Best Latin Pop Performance“Lelolai,” José Feliciano
Best Tropical Latin PerformanceEscenas, Ruben Blades
Best Mexican/American PerformanceAy Te Dejo en San Antonio, Flaco Jimenez
Best Traditional Blues RecordingShowdown!, Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland (Alligator)
Best Traditional Folk RecordingRiding the Midnight Train, Doc Watson (Sugar Hill)
Best Contemporary Folk RecordingTribute to Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie, John Hartford, Richie Havens, Bonnie Koloc, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Prine and others (Red Pajamas)
Best Reggae RecordingBabylon the Bandit, Steel Pulse (Elektra)
Best New Age RecordingDown to the Moon, Andreas Vollenweider (FM/CBS)
Best Polka Recording (tie)Another Polka Celebration, Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones (Bel Aire)
I Remember Warsaw, Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (Starr)
Best Arrangement on an Instrumental“Suite Memories,” Patrick Williams, arranger
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)“Somewhere,” David Foster, arranger
Best Instrumental CompositionOut of Africa (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), John Barry, composer
Best Musical Cast Show AlbumFollies in Concert (RCA)
Best Classical AlbumHorowitz: The Studio Recordings, New York 1985, Vladimir Horowitz (Deutsche Grammophon)
Best Contemporary CompositionSymphony No. 3, Witold Lutoslawski, composer
Best Classical Orchestral RecordingLiszt, A Faust Symphony, Sir Georg Solti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (London)
Best Chamber Music Performance, Instrumental or VocalBeethoven, Cello and Piano Sonata No. 4 in C Major and Variations, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With or Without Orchestra)Horowitz, The Studio Recordings, New York 1985, Vladimir Horowitz
Best Opera RecordingBernstein, Candide, John Mauceri conducting New York City Opera Chorus and Orchestra; solos: Mills, Eisler, Lankston, Castle, Reeve, Harrold, Billings and Clement (New World)
Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera)Orff, Carmina Burana, James Levine conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Best Classical Vocal Soloist PerformanceMozart, Kathleen Battle Sings Mozart, Kathleen Battle
Best Comedy RecordingThose of You With or Without Children, You'll Understand, Bill Cosby (Geffen)
Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical RecordingInterviews From the Class of '55 Recording Sessions, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Moman (America Record Corp.)
Best Recording for ChildrenThe Alphabet, Sesame Street Muppets; Jim Henson (Golden Books)
Best Album PackageTutu, Eiko Ishioka, art director (Warner Bros.)
Best Album NotesThe Voice, the Columbia Years 1943–1952, Gary Giddins, Wilfrid Sheed, Jonathan Schwartz, Murray Kempton, Andrew Sarris, Stephen Holden and Frank Conroy, annotators (Columbia/CBS)
Best Historical AlbumAtlantic Rhythm and Blues 1947–1974 vols. 1–7, various artists (Atlantic)
Best Music Video, Short Form (Vhs)“Dire Straits Brothers in Arms,” Dire Straits
Best Music Video, Short Form (Vhs) (beta) (disk)“Bring on the Night,” Sting
Producers of the Year (Non-Classical)Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Classical Producer of the YearThomas Frost

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