1987 Grammy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff
Record of the Year“Graceland,” Paul Simon
Album of the YearJoshua Tree, U2 (Island)
Song of the Year“Somewhere Out There,” James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, songwriters
Best New ArtistJody Watley

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Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male
Bring on the Night, Sting
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” Whitney Houston
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal“(I've Had) The Time of My Life,” Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)“Minute by Minute,” Larry Carlton
Best Rock Vocal Performance, SoloTunnel of Love, Bruce Springsteen
Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With VocalThe Joshua Tree, U2
Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)Jazz From Hell, Frank Zappa
Best Rhythm and Blues Song“Lean on Me,” Bill Withers, songwriter
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male“Just to See Her,” Smokey Robinson
Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, FemaleAretha, Aretha Franklin
Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal“I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),” Aretha Franklin and George Michael
Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)“Chicago Song,” David Sanborn
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male“What Is This Thing Called Love,” Bobby McFerrin
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, FemaleDiane Schuur and the Count Basie Orchestra, Diane Schuur
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, SoloistThe Other Side of Round Midnight, Dexter Gordon
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, GroupMarsalis Standard Time, Volume 1, Wynton Marsalis
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big BandDigital Duke, Duke Ellington Orchestra conducted by Mercer Ellington
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or InstrumentalStill Life (Talking), Pat Metheny Group
Best Country Song“Forever and Ever, Amen,” Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, songwriters
Best Country Vocal Performance, MaleAlways and Forever, Randy Travis
Best Country Vocal Performance, Female“'80's Ladies,” K.T. Oslin
Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With VocalTrio, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Best Country Vocal Performance, Duet“Make No Mistake, She's Mine,” Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers
Best Country Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)“String of Pars,” Asleep at the Wheel
Best Gospel Performance, MaleThe Father Hath Provided, Larnelle Harris
Best Gospel Performance, Female“I Believe in You,” Deniece Williams
Best Gospel Performance By a Duo, Group, Choir or ChorusCrack the Sky, Mylon LeFevre and Broken Heart
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Male“Everything's Gonna Be Alright,” Al Green
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Female“For Always,” CeCe Winans
Best Soul Gospel Performance By a Duo, Group, Choir or Chorus“Ain't No Need to Worry,” Winans and Anita Baker
Best Latin Pop PerformanceUn Hombre Solo, Julio Iglesias
Best Tropical Latin PerformanceLa Verdad—The Truth, Eddie Palmieri
Best Mexican/American PerformanceGracias! America sin Fronteras, Los Tigres Del Norte
Best Traditional Blues RecordingHouseparty New Orleans Style, Professor Longhair (Rounder)
Best Contemporary Blues RecordingStrong Persuader, Robert Cray Band (Mercury/Hightone)
Best Traditional Folk RecordingShaka Zulu, Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Warner Bros.)
Best Contemporary Folk RecordingUnfinished Business, Steve Goodman (Red Pajamas)
Best Reggae RecordingNo Nuclear War, Peter Tosh (EMI-America)
Best New Age PerformanceYusef Lateef's Little Symphony, Yusef Lateef
Best Polka RecordingA Polka Just for Me, Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra (Starr)
Best Arrangement on an Instrumental“Take the ”A“ Train,” Bill Holman, arranger
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)“Deedle's Blues,” Frank Foster, arranger
Best Instrumental Composition“Call Sheet Blues,” Dexter Gordon, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Billy Higgins, composers
Best Musical Cast Show AlbumLes Miserables (Geffen)
Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or TelevisionThe Untouchables (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Ennio Morricone, composer (A&M)
Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television“Somewhere Out There” (From the animated movie An American Tale), James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, songwriters
Best Contemporary CompositionCello Concerto No. 2, Krzysztof Penderecki, composer
Best Classical AlbumHorowitz in Moscow, Vladimir Horowitz (Deutsche Grammophon)
Best Orchestral RecordingBeethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (Choral), Sir Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra (London)
Best Chamber Music Performance, Instrumental or VocalBeethoven, The Complete Piano Trios, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell and Vladimir Ashkenazy
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra)Mozart, Violin Concertos nos. 2 and 4 in D, Itzhak Perlman; James Levine conducting Vienna Philarmonic
Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra)Horowitz in Moscow, Vladimir Horowitz, piano
Best Opera RecordingStrauss, Ariadne auf Naxos, James Levine conducting Vienna Philharmonic; solos: Tomowa-Sintow, Battle, Baltsa, Lakes and Prey (Deutsche Grammophon)
Best Choral Performance (Othen Than Opera)Hindemith, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd (A Requiem for Those We Love); Robert Shaw conducting Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Best Classical Vocal Soloist PerformanceKathleen Battle, Salzburg Recital, Kathleen Battle; James Levine, accompanist
Best Comedy RecordingA Night at The Met, Robin Williams (Columbia/CBS)
Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical RecordingLake Wobegon Days, Garrison Keillor (PHC)
Best Recording for ChildrenThe Elephant's Child, Jack Nicholson, narrator; Bobby McFerrin, music (Windham Hill)
Best Album PackageKing's Record Shop, Bill Johnson, art director (Columbia/CBS)
Best Album NotesThelonious Monk, the Complete Riverside Recordings, Orrin Keepnews, annotator (Riverside)
Best Historical AlbumThelonious Monk, the Complete Riverside Recordings, Thelonious Monk (Riverside)
Best Performance Music VideoThe Prince's Trust All-Star Rock Concert, Elton John, Tina Turner, Sting and others
Best Concept Music Video“Land of Confusion,” Genesis
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)Narada Michael Walden
Classical Producer of the YearRobert Woods

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