21st Annual Grammy Awards

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21st Annual Grammy Awards
DateFebruary 15, 1979
Location Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Hosted by John Denver
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS

The 21st Annual Grammy Awards were held in 1979, and were broadcast live on American television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1978. [1] [2]

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Award winners

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

for commercially released singles or tracks of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy. Award to the artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist.

Phil Ramone American recording engineer, record producer and violinist

Philip Ramone was a South African-born American recording engineer, record producer, violinist and composer, who in 1958 co-founded A & R Recording, Inc., a recording studio with business partner Jack Arnold at 112 West 48th Street, New York, upstairs from the famous musicians' watering hole, Jim & Andy's, and several doors east of Manny's Music. The success of the original A&R Recording allowed it to expand into several studios and a record production company. He was described by Billboard as "legendary", and the BBC as a "CD pioneer".

Billy Joel American singer-songwriter and pianist

William Martin Joel is an American singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has been making music since the 1960s, releasing popular albums throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Children's

The Grammy Award for Best Album for Children was been awarded from 1959 to 1993. Prior to 1992, the award was known as Best Recording for Children and was therefore open to any audio recording, whether it was an album, a single song, a recording of a book, or the audio from a television show or movie. In 1994, the award was divided into Best Musical Album for Children and Best Spoken Word Album for Children. In 2012, both categories were once again combined into the new Best Children's Album category.

Jim Henson American puppeteer

James Maury Henson was an American artist, cartoonist, puppeteer, inventor and filmmaker who achieved worldwide fame as the creator of The Muppets (1955–) and Fraggle Rock (1983–1987). Born in Greenville, Mississippi, he was raised in Leland, Mississippi and Hyattsville, Maryland.

<i>The Muppet Show</i> 1976–1981 TV series

The Muppet Show is a comedy television series created by Jim Henson and featuring the Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 failed to get the attention of network executives in the United States, Lew Grade approached Henson to produce the show in the United Kingdom for ATV. Five seasons of 120 episodes were broadcast on ATV and other ITV franchises in the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1981. The show was filmed at Elstree Studios, England.

Classical

Comedy

Composing and arranging

Country

Folk

Gospel

Historical

Jazz

Latin

Musical show

Packaging and notes

Pop

Production and engineering

R&B

Spoken

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References

  1. "In the groove: Grammys go disco". The Milwaukee Sentinel. 16 February 1979. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  2. "1978 Grammy Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  3. LA Times, "The Envelope" awards database. link. Accessed 2008 April 30.